Block Island · Iggy's Boardwalk · Jacky's · lobster rolls · nerd heart · Newport · Providence · recharge · Rhode Island · summer · unplug · vacation · Warwick

Ocean State of Mind

So close, yet so far … I can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit “the ocean state,” otherwise known as Rhode Island.  I enjoy visiting places that have a lot to offer in terms of history, whether it is important sites or building and architecture.  Cities like Boston, Santa Fe, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Williamsburg, to name… Continue reading Ocean State of Mind

easy recipes · fruit syrup · green tea · iced tea · Maya's Jams · recipes · saving money · summer · summer splurges · tea

Brewing summer savings

I’m the kind of person that has to have an iced coffee or tea during the summer.  However, this does nothing for my wallet.  In trying harder to save more, I’ve started being smarter about planning out meals and preparing them ahead of time.  For breakfast, I make overnight oats with a variety of fresh fruit.… Continue reading Brewing summer savings

Bibliophile · books · childhood · From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler · kryptonite · reading · summer · The Alchemist

“When I was your age, television was called books”

Recently, I was speaking to someone about books/book clubs.  The conversation took us both back to our childhoods.  We compared notes about participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  The genres I devoured in my childhood have since expanded. A typical summer reading list then would include:  The Babysitters Club,Sweet Valley High, andThe Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys… Continue reading “When I was your age, television was called books”

agitation · coconut water · dessert · easy recipes · granita · ice cream · lime zest · mango · recipes · summer

It’s beginning to feel a lot like …

summer!  Everywhere you go … Although I can have ice cream (or just about any other frozen dessert) year ’round, it’s when summer hits you begin to crave it daily and feel adventurous about trying out new flavors.  At least this is true for me. Today I’m sharing a recipe that incorporates my love for… Continue reading It’s beginning to feel a lot like …

baking · basil · cupcakes · dessert · lemon zest · recipes · strawberries · summer · work in progress

Taste of Summer

I know that summer isn’t technically here.  But the calendar says June and in my mind, it is basically summer.  Sorry spring! There’s simply no denying that summer bears an abundance of fruits and vegetables that we cannot live without.  My favorite summer bounty are strawberries.  I can never get enough of them.  They are… Continue reading Taste of Summer

baking · beach · beach cupcakes · cupcakes · dessert · Memorial Day · summer

Gettin’ beach-y wit it

Summer, summer, summer.  There are too many to count the ways I love thee.   I would argue that in tandem with the rising temperatures, going to the beach is the most obvious sign of summer.  As we approach the unofficial kick-off to summer, I couldn’t help but share a cute way to decorate cupcakes for… Continue reading Gettin’ beach-y wit it