watermelon granita with whipped coconut cream and mint

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Add the watermelon to a blender and blend until liquefied. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and press out liquid with the back of a spoon.

Add the watermelon juice and sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. When the mixture reaches a boil turn off the heat. Pour the juice into a 9×13 inch baking dish and whisk in the lime juice and rum if using. Freeze for 4 hours then use a fork to scrape the mixture into small bites. Freeze again and repeat the scraping process one or two more times within the next two hours.

When ready to serve, open the can of cold coconut milk and remove the liquid. Scoop the cream into the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed with the whisk attachment until peaks form, about 2 minutes. If desired, sweeten with a bit of powdered sugar.

Serve in small jars (which you can prepare beforehand and keep in the freezer), top with a big scoop of coconut cream and a sprig of mint.

so begins a new decade…


Today begins a new decade and an opportunity for greater adventures. This will be the best decade yet filled with firsts and lasts.

In this decade, there will be two bat mitzvahs and one bar mitzvah, three high school graduations and four college graduations. We will watch as our five children become adults and make their own paths in life. We will travel to four continents this decade… filling our lives with experiences, cultures and cuisines that spark the imagination. 

I will mark almost thirty years of marriage with my love in this decade and for that I am so very grateful. To have experienced such remarkable love is a blessing. I run with open arms, grace, love and laughter into these next ten years. I am thankful for all that I have experienced and achieved so far… for the friendships, the laughter, the late nights, the adventures, the cocktails and this extraordinary life!

Cheers~

The Joy of Pastis

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One of my favorite things to do is drink a pastis every afternoon. Sitting outside, watching the sunset, laughing with friends and enjoying the small, meaningful moments in life.

Ingredients:

2 ounces pastis
Pitcher cold water
Ice cubes

Fill a glass pitcher or jug with very cold water. Pour a little pastis into an old-fashioned glass. Dilute the pastis with water — the usual ratio is five parts water to one part pastis. Start with equal parts water and pastis, sip the drink and add more water to suit your taste. If you’d like, add an ice cube after diluting with water.

not impressed

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not impressed

we spent the weekend enjoying the fabulous weather… swimming in the pool, entertaining friends, checking out the Broad Appetite Food Festival and listening, a little shopping and live music, but i feel no matter how hard we try, these kids just not impressed! I think our little guy’s face above says it all. All kidding aside I think this has been one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time. Would love to hear what you did this weekend?

today’s favorites:

  • morning mimosas
  • sleeping in
  • late night sitting by the fire
  • impromptu dinner party with friends
  • live music
  • napping by the pool with my little man
  • children’s laughter
  • gardening
  • ice cream and burgers
  • food festival
  • soft kisses
  • bottles and bottles of rosé
  • farmer’s market and cake pops
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my two favorite guys enjoying a swim

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farmer’s market and cake pops

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it’s a rough life

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beer anyone? @broadappetit food festival