Lemon Love

When my husband and I were in New York a couple weeks ago, we spent an afternoon shopping in Brooklyn. It was somewhat of an excuse to get out of the heat and into some air conditioning, but let’s be honest, I was looking for deals. At one point, we popped into a Gap Factory store. I haven’t shopped at Gap in a long time, let alone the outlet version but I was pleasantly surprised. There were definitely some gems, including this sweet little lemon top. It was literally the last one and I nearly squealed with delight when I saw it! With its bright colors and tie waist, it feels like the perfect summer piece that I want to wear everyday.

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Gap top, J. Brand jeans, Anthropologie shoes and bracelets .

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I have such a fondness for clothing with patterns of fruit or animals and such; it just seems extra whimsical and fun! Also, between the peaches, pineapples, and lemons – it seems we have a theme this week. Have a beautiful day friends.

-Meg

Pineapple Paper

Have you noticed pineapples are a reoccurring trend this summer? I see pineapples popping up everywhere—on jewelry, on clothing, on iPhone cases. So I decided to hop aboard this train by adding them to handmade cards. A homemade pineapple card is the perfect stationary choice for any and every correspondence one might have during summer time.

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Green, yellow and white paper and decorative Washi tape.

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5 1/2 by 4 1/4 card stock blank white card.

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I could have found a more accurate template, but I ended up just sketching my best guess.

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Testing size and placement.

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Washi tape horizontally placed.

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Glue/tape the stem first then the body on top.

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Have you joined in on the pineapple trend? Who else is craving a piña colada right about now?

-Allison

Peach Cobbler

When they’re in season, Trader Joe’s carries a large box of peaches – about twelve of them – for around five dollars. They’re delicious but even between my husband and I, it’s hard to eat them all before they go bad. This past weekend, we ended up with six ripe peaches and a BBQ to attend at a friend’s house. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better excuse to whip up a fuss-free peach cobbler. I looked around for recipes but didn’t find one I liked through and through. So, I picked my favorite bits from each and just sort of winged it. Lucky for me, it turned out fabulously!

Ingredients for the filling:

6 ripe peaches
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
 
*The one thing I did not have which I think would have really added something is the juice of one lemon.
 

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I wash my produce with Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash; it’s more thorough than just using water but more gentle than using dish soap, and still removes any pesticides, dirt, or residue. I highly recommend it!

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Cut and pit the peaches; it is up to you whether or not you want to peel them.

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Toss the peaches with the rest of the ingredients until the peaches are coated evenly.

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Pour the peaches along with any remaining juices into a pie pan or 9×9 square pan. Bake for ten minutes at 375 degrees.

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While the peaches are baking, make your crumble topping. I used my go-to recipe, and added pistachios for a twist.

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Take the peaches out of the oven and coat with a generous layer of the crumble topping.

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Put the cobbler back in the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Remove when the crumble is toasty golden brown and peaches are soft.

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The mix of the brown sugar and the juice of the peaches almost created a caramel which was insanely delicious. This recipe is interchangeable with different types of fruit in the filling or nuts in the crumble. I of course, topped it with vanilla ice cream, but don’t have a picture because we all inhaled ours before I remembered to take a picture. Eek! It happens (insert embarrassed Emoji here). To me, peach cobbler is one of those quintessential summer time desserts. What do you think? Do you cobbler?

-Meg