We are in that in-between spot where I want to hang onto the sunny New England summer days as long as possible, but I also feel excited for my favorite parts of fall: cooler days, back to school supplies, and all of the cozy fun that comes with the changing seasons. My friends at Christmas Tree Shops and That! recently invited me into their store to check out some of the fall trends that are rolling out now, and I found so many affordable, stylish pieces that sparked some ideas for bridging the gap between the seasons. Warm rusty oranges, deep jewel-toned purples, and all of the bold textures and rustic elements that I found at Christmas Tree Shops and That! gave me the inspiration for this colorful, fall-inspired end of summer picnic! read more

Baking up this sweet, fluffy summer cake full of seasonal fruit like strawberries and peaches, and tangy Hood Sour Cream (the secret ingredient for giving it tons of flavor and a rich texture!). It’s what I like to call a “snack cake” – you can grab a bite of it anytime between breakfast and dessert! Get the full recipe below: read more

This post was sponsored by Artkive as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

A few weeks ago I shared on my Instagram stories that I was filling up a box with Jane’s entire year’s worth of preschool artwork and sending it off to Artkive to test out their Artkive Book process. I got so many messages in response asking for my review once the book arrived because it sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat! Just like at our house, many of you also have endless piles of precious preschooler artwork that pull at your heart strings (but also take up so much space!). read more

One of my favorite summertime traditions is blueberry picking at the berry farm down the road. I’m instantly transported to the pages of Blueberries for Sal with each kerplunk, kerplunk! as the berries hit the bottom of our tin buckets. We picked loads of blueberries on a hot day last week and came home to hide in the shade and bake up some tasty treats with our bounty! I was craving a blueberry muffin and decided to experiment with a cake-style breakfast treat. The base of the cake is an adaption of our family’s favorite chocolate chip cake from my cookbook, New England Invite. The chocolate chips got swapped for fresh blueberries, and with a few other tweaks we had a delicious blueberry breakfast cake. Get the recipe below! read more

I am feeling so grateful that we’ve been able to have some small summer gatherings lately. There’s nothing I love more than a night full of friends, family, and a good excuse to make a festive grazing board! My friends at Christmas Tree Shops and That! asked me to share some of my best tips for crafting a wow-worthy summer charcuterie board and I had lots of fun putting this one together with all of the special pieces I found in their stores! read more

Is there anything better than clean sheets and a freshly made bed? My friends at Serena and Lily asked me to share some of my favorite bedding pieces from their collection, they’ve been my favorite bedding resource for years! When we first finished our master bedroom I gave our bedding a big overhaul (see the original post here!) and I am continually impressed with the quality and design of their sheets, duvets and other bedding accessories.  read more

My garden is currently bursting with fresh herbs and veggies and I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate them into everything I cook! I had a craving for homemade potato gnocchi, and they seemed like a perfect vehicle for using up those bold savory herbs. The process of making them might sound intimidating but it’s actually quite easy! You cook and rice the potatoes, and then gently fold them together into a dough with some egg yolks and flour. I added the fresh herbs in at this stage to give them a really fresh, seasonal flavor. Then you roll and cut them into bite sized bits of pillowy potato goodness. After they cooked, I tossed them with a mixture of fresh veggies – zucchini and peas from my garden — and crumbled Italian sausage with lots of parmesan! Get the instructions below:  read more

I love using Pastene products because, well, they’re delicious, and I’m always finding ways to repurpose their recyclable and reusable glass jars, like in this recent DIY project! We eat dinner out in our garden most nights in the summer, and with some small gatherings coming back on our social calendar, it’s nice to have a grab-and-go set of entertaining items that I can tote outside for easy access. I made this DIY outdoor entertaining tray with recycled glass Pastene jars in various sizes, decorate them with festive blue and white patterned tissue paper and napkins, and then filled the jars up with essentials like utensils, toothpicks, and other festive serveware. Get the step by step details below: read more

This is going to be my official easy weeknight dinner of the summer, and I can’t wait for my tomato plants to start bursting with little red fruits so I can make it with garden-fresh ingredients! I made a big batch of crispy chicken cutlets and topped with a sautéed medley of fresh tomatoes, white beans, garlic and herbs. Don’t forget to serve it with some crusty bread on the side to soak up the garlicky tomato juices, the best part! Get the full recipe below:  read more

I’m giving my garden table a little facelift with the help of Serena and Lily and their gorgeous outdoor entertaining pieces! Their rattan wrapped serveware, patterned linens and paper goods, and bold wooden bowls and boards are some of my go-to pieces for outdoor summer entertaining. I’m rounding up some of my timeless, versatile favorites below:  read more