If there is one thing I like to hold onto at the end of summer, it’s al fresco dining in our garden. In fact, those late summer nights when it finally starts to cool down are some of my favorite times for entertaining. I visited my local Christmas Tree Shops for some fresh inspiration for a late summer table and came up with a table that is full of my favorite blue and white tones and mixed with natural textures. read more

I snuck out to the garden this morning before the day got too hot and plucked a big bowl of ripe tomatoes straight from the vine. Sweet, homegrown August tomatoes are the number one reason that I built my veggie garden – nothing tastes better! Faced with a bounty of tomatoes, I went into the archives for some inspiration and was reminded of so many of my favorite summer tomato recipes – sharing a round up of all my best summer tomato ideas below!  read more

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA burger. All opinions are 100% mine.

A cheeseburger or veggie burger on the grill is a favorite way to make a super quick weeknight summer dinner! Paired with a side salad or some French fries, it’s a fast way to get dinner on the table when we’re soaking up all the last bits of summer at the beach or camp or pool. I’m excited to be partnering with BUBBA burger this summer on a tasty burger recipe series, and for a final post in the series I’m going to share my favorite topping for a grilled cheeseburger or veggie burger: my burger special sauce! read more

I have been absolutely loving our Ooni pizza oven since we got it in the early spring and have learned so much in the past several months as I experimented with different doughs and recipes and techniques. Every time I post about our tasty pizzas, I get lots of questions about how difficult it is to use and what the learning curve is like for pizza-oven-newbies. I thought I’d share a few of my best tips for making better Ooni pizzas and help troubleshoot some of the most common pizza oven questions that I get asked! (PS: If you have questions about which Ooni model and accessories are right for you, check out my Ooni review and FAQ post first! read more

Last week we were hosted at Inn at Diamond Cove  for a fun, family-friendly Maine summer getaway trip! The Inn at Diamond Cove is located on Great Diamond Island, one of the many small islands in Casco Bay about 30-minutes by boat from downtown Portland, Maine. We took the ferry over and had a few days of good old fashioned summer fun, from time in the pool to beautiful al fresco dining overlooking the bay. read more

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA burger. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m excited to be partnering with BUBBA burger on a tasty burger recipe series this summer (check out the other posts here!) and we’re continuing our collaboration today with a super easy, and exceptionally fast summer dinner idea: Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza! read more

One of my all-time favorite summer treats is an ice cold creamsicle pop! My friends at Fancypants Baking Comake an Orange Burst cookie that has all those citrus-y orange and sweet vanilla notes of that classic, nostalgic summer treat. Recently after taking my first bite into the Orange Burst cookie, I got a spark of inspiration for combining the cookies and the creamsicles into an over-the-top sundae that tastes like warm sunny days of my childhood! read more

I’m excited to share the launch of a new collaboration with my friends at Feather + Finn – a limited edition citronella candle collection designed for al fresco summer nights! The candles are handcrafted and poured by a local, woman-owned small business, and they’re made with nontoxic ingredients and eco-friendly 100% recycled glass vessels. They’re the kind of entertaining pieces that I use on my own summer tables, and am so excited for them to be on your patios and in your gardens this season too! We collaborated on a bright, fresh scent of orange blossom and lemongrass citronella, I love how the notes bring out the summery smells of my garden and subtly compliment the food I serve when I’m hosting friends and family. The scent was so delightful, that it inspired an Orange Blossom + Lemongrass Fizz cocktail that I created to match the candles. Shop the patio collection on the Feather + Finn website, and scroll down for the full cocktail recipe – cheers!  read more