6.24.2015

Six Things To Try For A Great Summer

These little lights make a sweet statement in a garden or on a deck...party ready all summer long!

My sister gave me this Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish as a thank you once.  I loved the way it exfoliated and hydrated my skin.  It feels indulgent and it's nice to give to someone that you want to feel a bit pampered.


The Girl on the Train is a gripping tale.  I bought the audio version to listen to on long drives.  Sometimes I found myself sitting in the car at my destination not wanting to get out.

Not sure about a wine to order...or want to remember a good bottle?
I just bought this fun little app called Vivino.  
Just scan the label.

On Monday, I went to the San Francisco Flower Mart with my friend, Mindy, a floral designer and event planner.  More tips from Mindy for buying fresh:
Hydrangea blooms should feel hard to the palm.  Also, check the water that the flowers are in to make sure it's clear.
Although really tempted, I only purchased this orchid branch... which should last several weeks.





 I didn't buy many flowers as my husband brought these home from Costco on Saturday.  Lovely, but to be honest,


They look bad today, only four days later.  I'd like them to last at least a week.

Want an embarrassingly easy and light summer dessert?  Try my little invention...
Make them in advance and put them in a plastic container in the freezer until ready to serve.

Thank you all so much for your kind words about Chief.  He is back in action...spinning 360's and challenging dogs ten times his size.
You know his paws are not supposed to be on the couch...I'll let it slide for a bit.
How is your summer going?

35 comments:

  1. Now that is an adorable little being. Glad he is well. Lovely posts as always.

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    1. Thanks so much...doesn't he remind you of the cartoon Stitch from "Lilo and Stitch?"

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  2. Love the 'fancy' dessert! Definitely going to make these and serve them for my girlies when they come by for 'girl lounge night'!

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  3. Thank's for the book recommendation and for reminding me to go by Trader Joe's for that mango sorbet! YUM!!

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    1. Thanks, you guys! The sandwich is a little messy as the sorbet oozes out when you bite the cookie...who cares though :)

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  4. I love those meyer lemon cookies from TJ's...can't wait to try that combo! I need a good book suggestion for when I am trapped on the sofa!!

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    1. You will need some good books, Cindy! I'm not sure how YOU will stay still!

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  5. Chief looks so good.....Cute, cute boy!

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  6. So glad Chief is better! Love your summer tips and great ideas! I will definitely be trying them out!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  7. I love all your summer tips! We added bistro lights to our patio a couple of weeks ago and the light they give off is so romantic. Body scrubs are the best and I bet this one smelled heavenly and I also give the book 2 thumbs up! I don't know how you resisted not buying all those beautiful flowers, but the stock of orchids is gorgeous...so many blooms! But the mango sorbet and my fav meyer lemon cookies is a must and SO easy!
    Big hug to Chief! Glad he's back to being himself!
    xoxo

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    1. I would love to see your patio in the evening, Gail. It's so pretty during the day.

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  8. Mary Ann,
    So happy that Chief is back to his old self. The dessert looks delicious and I love sorbet in the summer. I really am always disappointed when flowers don't last. It surprises me that the roses didn't hold up longer (from Costco).
    Happy summer.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Me too! I I should really throw them out now :(

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  9. I can't wait to make those little lemon thingys.....they look yummy! And chief is milking it with those sweet paws on the sofa:)

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    1. I'm starting to enforce the rule that he has to fully be on his Target blanket now, Sherry. Bet your new dog stays off your sofa!

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  10. I love all of these great fresh Summer ideas! I need you to come train my dogs to use the blanket as you can see from my post I have naughty animals!! You are the 3rd person to suggest Girl on the train, now I really have to read this! xo K

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  11. So happy to see Chief has sparkle in his eyes again!! I love those cookies and the coconut ones as well. I will be trying this, I might do coconut with the mango and have a tropical treat!! Thanks for the great idea!!

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  12. Love this post, Mary Ann. Glad to hear Chief is doing well. Our dogs always bunch up the cover on the sofa and the towel on the bed. For whatever reason they want to be directly on whatever it is you don't want them to be on! I like the orchid branch you chose. Such a pretty, unique color. Aren't orchids amazing, and they do last a long time! Gosh, those orange tulips are pretty. I would have come home with two bunches of them. Orange is one of my favorite colors.
    Claudia
    P.S. Thanks for always leaving nice comments on my blog. I really appreciate it!

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  13. Love the orchid branch. Those sorbet sandwiches look too yummy. I need lights for my deck and like the ones you shared, but may get the other ones they carry with just the big bulbs...lot cheaper, too. So glad Chief is back to his energetic self.

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  14. Hi Mary Ann! Chief looks great! So wonderful to see that! Hope you did not throw out your roses yet. I have been using this trick for years - when roses begin to wilt, give them abt. a 1/4 - 1/2 inch cut under water & place them in a sink or basin filled with hot water. Make sure the cut ends are submerged - I sometimes have to place something over the stem ends to keep them submerged - & leave them there for at least an hour or two (the entire stem, roseheads & all, in the water). I then drain them a bit & place back in a vase, keeping them in a safe spot for a while so they don't drip water on a wood surface. This usually works to keep them looking great for another 3-4 days or longer! Hugs to Chief from Scarlett!

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    1. I'm going to try this this morning, Kathy!

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    2. This tip saved about half the roses! The rest were too far gone.

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    3. So glad this worked for you! :) I do something similar with hydrangeas when they start to wilt - I soak the heads in warm water & they usually revive for another few days!

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  15. Hi Mary Ann, glad to see Chief is back to his old self!

    I just bought some roses at Trader Joe's today...we will see how long they last. I bought a bunch of Peonies there a couple weeks ago that never opened. :(

    My mother-in-law loves the meyer lemon thins from Trader Joe's, I will have to make some of those little mango sorbet sandwiches for her. (my husband said for him too)

    Linda

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  16. Have a great summer. You will enjoy the book. It has lots of twists and turns.

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  17. Your orchid stems are so pretty! I never seen those colors before. I have 2 pink plants that just rebloomed. Love your quick and easy dessert idea. Thank you for sharing. And I'm glad to read Chief is doing much better.

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  18. Read The Girl on the Train. Yes yes yes! Good beach read. Now reading My Paris Dream by Kate Betts. All while I wait for the "new" Harper Lee book. Patience.......

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    1. Should I order My Paris Dream, Holly? I need a book for Fourth of July weekend.

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  19. So happy to see Chief back to his adorable healthy self!!! love all your ideas and the lemon cookie idea is a good one...love anything lemon-y.
    Fun list of summer suggestions...enjoy!

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  20. Hi Mary Ann-
    So glad Chief is feeling better and back to his old self! Love the ice cream sandwich idea!- Thanks!!
    looking forward to your next post...

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  21. Great ideas, Mary Ann!
    I am glad I did;t know Chief was sick. I would have worried.
    Happy Thursday.
    Teres
    axoxo

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  22. I've read on a blog recently (sorry I follow too many and can't recall the exact blog), that if you place fresh cut flowers in the refrigerator overnight, and take them out in the morning to display, then they'll stay fresh longer - plus you'll be sleeping so you won't miss seeing them out. I have not tried this myself, but plan to buy fresh flowers this weekend at the farmer's market.

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    1. That's interesting...let me know how it works!

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  23. Love that idea for a summer dessert! So creative! I listened to that book too...how funny....Rachel....I can just hear that name said in a British accent!

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  24. I was just wandering what book to start reading. Thanks for you suggestion.
    Eva

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