Watermelon Basil Salad


The Summer of 2014 will from this day forward be remembered as the summer of the watermelon in our house.  We just can’t get enough.  It’s obscene how much we’ve eaten and this salad pretty much ensures that we’ll eat our weight in the melon at least two more times before the juicy fruits go out of season!  That’s not weird at all.  But this salad, OMG this salad!!!  I love the basil watermelon combo so much, but the pine nuts and balsamic take it over the edge.  Hope you love as much as I do!  xx- Sarah


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Friday Links


Happy Friday!  I’m doing something a little different with today’s links, inspired by How Sweet Eats amazing roundups.  They’re all food!  A nice way to mix it up, for those of you that are as hungry as I am.  And can we talk about the  maple bacon donut  (vegan!) above that is basically begging the question, what are you doing with your weekend if not making and eating these?!   Have a great one my friends!  xx- Sarah

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Boozy Watermelon Coconut Refresher


Oh man, you need to find the nearest pool on the sunniest day and you need to make yourself one of these.  Maybe three.  You need to sit back, feel the sun hitting your skin, notice a breeze and take a sip.  You will be transported.  You’ll think you’re on a tropical island and happiness will start to overwhelm you.  I promise.  You’ll also fall in love with tequila all over again, a love affair that if you’re not careful can get you into trouble but shouldn’t be neglected.  Oh yes, oh yes indeed.  SUMMER!!!  xx- Sarah  {this post was produced in collaboration with Sarah Dickenson for A House in the Hills}

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Green Onion and Pea Risotto (GF + Vegan)


I bought a bag of shelled peas at the Farmers market and then agonized like a girl over a prom dress about the best way to eat them.  Do you do that too or is it a special kind of crazy?  There’s a limited selection of veggies in the desert so something like a bag of fresh peas can really send me over the edge and get my neurotic juices flowing!  Mmmmm, but risotto with fresh peas- it was totally a happy dance in the kitchen moment when I had my first bite!  If you’re in the market for an easy weeknight dinner that celebrates summer, well here you go, I made this for you.  xx- Sarah

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IRO T-Shirt Dress


A dress that is essentially a silky oversized tee shirt that you can eat 5 slices of pizza and still look cute in is MY KIND OF DRESS!  I mean, really- this pattern, the fabric, the colors, the fit.  So good!  Three cheers to loose dresses and pizza in the Summer!  xx- Sarah

SHOP THIS OUTFIT:  dress: IRO, shoes: old, bag: Heather Heron (similar), sunnies: Karen Walker, bracelet: Kristen Elspeth, nails: Butter London “Pimms” & “West End Wonderland


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Lemon Shandy with Dark Rum Float


Happy Monday- I hope you all had an amazing weekend!  I’m in full on Summer-mode with air-dried hair, a solid tan (plus a million freckles), and a laissez faire attitude about my days.  I want to squeeze as much summery goodness into the next couple of months and these lemon shandys are high on the list.  They are SO tasty!!!   And aren’t these glasses so adorable?  Another amazing find by Farra!  Hope you love these as much as I do!  xx- Sarah  {This post was produced in collaboration with Sarah Dickenson for A House in the Hills}

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