Hello and happy Friday friends!
How great is it to end a 4-day work week with plenty of reasons to be grateful it’s Friday.
Because after the past few weeks of feeling like the world is going to hell in a hand basket (to quote my sweet mother) with such total sh*t happening in the world, there are still many reasons for trying to stay positive. Family. Friends. And feeling lucky to be alive.
But sometimes it’s just too much. And that’s why we need to stick together, to help others and to be more open to their ideas, grace, hopes and dreams.
Can’t we all just get along?
Last weekend my husband and I met some wonderful new people, who after clinking wine glasses, swapping stories and histories, we can now call friends.
It’s what sharing a meal can do to a group of strangers. And I recommend it to everyone.
We were at the Wasatch Mountain Table at Solitude Resort. A dinner held mountainside in one of Utah’s most pristine canyons, is open and welcoming to anyone and everyone who loves good food and good wine.
My hand is obviously raised.
This nights theme was Pigs n’ Pinot. The locally sourced 5-course meal created by Chef Ty Hess was paired by wines from wine wholesaler and importer Vine Lore.
The wines and food were matched only by the company and the setting. Hey Cassidy!
Gourmet Peas n’ Ham (spring pea vichyssoise with pea shoots and crispy ham), Pork n’ Beans (braised pork belly, Zursun heirloom beans and fine herbs) paired with Elk Cove Pinot Noir and Steak n’ Eggs (Salmon Creek Farms grilled pork tenderloin, poached quail egg, broccoli greens, farro and red-eye gravy) were all paired with varieties of Pinots that whetted the whistle and topped off our bellies.
Get more information for future Wasatch Mountain Table events here.
But enough about me, let’s talk about this week’s Friday Faves. Dig in!
This video is a prime example of why parents never communicate. HA!
The best strawberry jam. I’m adding EVER to that title = best strawberry jam EVAH! and I’m making it.
I’m going to put it in my new jars that arrived this week. Aren’t they awesome?!!!
Totally swooning over this blueberry crumble bread.
If you like piña coladas, and getting lost in the rain…then this pie’s for you.
5 tips to improve your cookie baking skillz. #1 is a game changer for me.
Summer is the season for popsicles, but would you be so daring as to try bone broth popsicles? Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently these pops don’t taste of meat (they just boast the health benefits of bone broth). I’m curious!
I KNOW I’d be down with these frozen pops. Hey! Hey! Rosé!
The best food city in each state. Do you agree?
Okay, these soda fountain stamps are too cute. Now if they could just figure out how to make them taste like ice cream — then I’d be sending a lot of mail!
Just ordered this cookbook and I’m not one bit upset about it.
I told you mom! 6 reasons why you should stop using antibacterial soap.
My summer reading is happening at the pool (yes! goal reached!) with this book to prep me for the Olympics (my mom says I HAVE to read it) and my monthly read of Bon Appetit. Now I want to make every single one of these hot dogs. Nom nom nom.
and, on the Olympics note…
I love this: An Olympic athlete who says she’s sick of being told she’s too pretty to wrestle. Take THAT!
This is such a good reminder: 4 questions to ask your kids every day. It’s our job to check in.
12 things coming to Netflix this month. Hmmm…Tony Robbins…I might have to check it out.
My mom and dad saw this movie and said it was great. Anyone else see it yet?
Wanna ask Bey and Jay Z for a cup of sugar? Inside Hollywood’s priciest summer rentals.
but back to reality…
These stunning European Airbnbs have my wanderlust going through the roof! Best part? They won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
This DIY lawn game would be super fun with the kids.
More lawn games. Twister on turf!
Absolutely LOVING White House photographer Pete Souza’s favorite photos he’s taken over the last eight years. UGGGGHHH~ I am going to miss this man!
My makeup case has totally crapped out. So I got the same style but in THIS fancy print. Slither!
Christmas in July. How to get the best deals on Amazon’s Prime Day (July 12).
Too many people I know could benefit from this read.
And finally, it’s been a rough week. Here’s why terrible news might actually be keeping you up at night. Let’s all resolve to make things better so we can get some sleep.
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What I Pinned This Week
After looking back over what made it to the pin board this week, I had more than a few complete meals in the making. Here’s one that fills every bill.
Maple Balsamic Chicken and Bacon Skewers
Because, hello. Bacon + balsamic = love.
Summer Nectarine Salad
If you know anything about me, you know I am ALL about this salad.
Limoncello Ice Cream
Because even healthy eaters have a sweet tooth.
Have a fantastic weekend friends. I hope you stay safe and get into the kitchen (or on the grill) to make something good.
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