Monday, September 28, 2009

Dress Up Your Table With Coastal Decor From The Boardwalk... Where Style Meets The Beach!

No matter what time of year... there is always the need to entertain. To share those special moments around the table with those we love. Good company and good food beckons scrumptious dining decor that can be found at The Boardwalk.

We always know how to dress up a table... and the love for the coast can be brought into your home for all to enjoy. Even if you can't hear the waves lapping outside your door... you can cherish these beach inspired treasures on your table all year long! From turkey to tapas - The Boardwalk has you covered!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Collecting Supplies... A Family Affair!

Since I have been designing sea glass jewelry and decor - I have been including my children in the hunt for the supplies I use. Both of my girls started helping me scour the beaches when they were around two years old. My older daughter is now 15 - and for her, most of the magic of sea glass hunting has since disappeared... but my 4.5 year old knows the smell of low tide... can see when the water has pulled away from the shore... and still wonders what treasures it will bring. Living by the ocean makes it easy to slip away for an hour or two and get "lost" by the waters edge - for us... time stands still.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Blueberries... Savoring The End of Summer...

My mother recently spent some time on Martha's Vineyard and came back with a great *free* magazine - Edible Vineyard. While flipping through - I found a beautifully written article "Fifty Summers" by Jean Wexler. In the article, Jean Wexler shares her memories of fifty years living on Martha's Vineyard... and all the island has to offer. She also shares her recipe for Blueberry Crisp that has also been in all editions of Martha's Vineyard Cook Book.

Well - in the spirit of blueberry season - we grabbed a quart of farm fresh blueberries at our
local farmers' market and decided to try out this favored desert. Not disappointed in the least - we all manged to finish this off the next day - it was rich and oozing with flavor - just sweet enough and just tart enough for the pallet... it was the best Blueberry Crisp I have had.

I have copied the recipe here - however, you can also find it at the
Edible Vineyard Website!

I used a quart of blues which gave me a little over 3 cups.

Wash, drain and remove any stems from blues and put in mixing bowl

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

The rest is taken directly from the Edible Vineyard website:

"3 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon mace or nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar (brown sugar may be substituted)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup nut meats, chopped (optional but recommended)
Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

Add sugar, spices, lemon juice, and zest; mix lightly. Place the mixture in a shallow 1- to 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Prepare the crumb topping as follows: Combine in a mixing bowl the flour, sugar, butter, and salt. With the fingers or a pastry blender, work these ingredients to a crumbly consistency. Sprinkle over the berry mixture, adding the nut meats, if they are used.

Bake 30 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned and the fruit is tender. Serve with sweetened whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you wish.

Makes about 6 portions."

This is one recipe that you should be sure to try!

Monday, September 07, 2009

School Daze.... Saying Goodbye to Summer...

For most kids…. School has already begun… for the lucky few… they can savor the last days of summer for just a little bit longer.

You can tell fall is in the air… the sun sets earlier… mornings are just crisp enough for a sweatshirt… back yards are more quiet during the day… parks more empty… and streets more crowded in the afternoon. The smell of suntan lotion slowly starts to fade as the aroma of freshly sharpened pencils take its place. In the hall… backpacks now take the place of flip flops and wet towels.

Alarm clocks don the new day instead of a lazy late morning phone call from a friend down the street. Life guards are leaving for college and beaches show little trace that summer was even here…

The lazy, hazy days of summer soon start to fade from our minds…. As the hustle and bustle of school days… schedules… dirty cleats and paper bag lunches move right on in.

Soon… apple pies will be baking… turkeys will be carved and sleigh bells ringing… And summer won’t seem that far away anymore…

Photo From Frank Scallo on Flickr

PS: There is one place you can be sure to find handmade beach inspired goodies all year 'round - The Boardwalk on 1000 Markets.