7.17.2015

How to Relax and Make Your Summer Easy

AKA, another post that is all over the place about things I want you tell you about...
Last night, I served rosé wine with peach chunks and a sprig of mint...and red pepper hummus with pita bread from the from the grocery store.  The peach gives the drink a little flair and I stole the idea from my flairful (spellcheck says that's not a word) friend, Netta.  

She sent me this photo to show me that she uses the little glasses and twig knife that I gave her.
I like the Cotes de Provence wine from Trader Joe's...a light summer wine...and look at that price and cute bottle!

Sort of along those lines...here is a fun summer read that is filled with anecdotes and recipes...

The recipe for these delicious Lemon Squares with Frosting (that the author's mom makes) was in the book.  This is the best one I have tried!  

But I won't be making them again any time soon as I got sucked into an infomercial and am currently on day five of the...
Twenty One Day Fix  Autumn has different workouts on the DVDs that can be adjusted to your level.  You want to hate her--look at that body--but she is so encouraging.  I have to take Advil now just to turn on the remote control.

Made some changes to our bed for summer involving less bed linens... (that suzani shows up everywhere in our house).  Try removing a few blankets or pillows to make it easier to make your bed in the summer.


My client, Carolyn, wanted to freshen up her guest room and I suggested Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper.

Looking good, Carolyn!  She shined up the brass bed, too, using Brasso and
some elbow grease.

Jan decided to pull the trigger on these fabrics for her blue and white living room...
updates to follow.

Tabouli, a Middle Eastern parsley salad, makes a light and healthy dish for summer.  My Aunt Arlene, of Lebanese decent, always used more parsley than bulgar in her tabouli.
She used fine wheat bulgar but my grocery store only had coarse...still good though.

Here is my recipe:
4 bunches chopped flat parsley
2 small bunches chopped mint
1/2 cup softened bulgar
4 green onions chopped
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 Roma tomatoes chopped
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Use a food processor to chop the parsley and mint.  Chop everything else by hand.  It's good for lunch the next day, too!  As kids, we used to stuff it in Romaine lettuce leaf "boats" and eat it by hand...(taco style) but I forgot to buy the Romaine.  Next time.

It's not all fog here in SF...blue skies pop through every now and then!
 Hope you are enjoying your summer!

38 comments:

  1. intrigued by the 21 day fix. and scared :) keep us posted...i'm finally over my foot problems and started bootcamp again just this week. think stock in advil must have gone up this week thanks to people like you and I :)

    xo,
    nancy

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    1. Good luck, Nancy...you are in far better shape than I am to start with!

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  2. Great idea with the peach chunks! Happy weekend to you!

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  3. That shot of the Golden Gate is fabulous!
    The brass bed against BM's Glass Slipper is perfect! What a great guest room.
    All those yummy dishes and the drinks somehow don't jive with the 21 day fix :)
    xo
    Patty

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    1. Right, Patty. I'm doing the exercise...but slacking on the diet :(

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  4. Oooh, I have some peaches and mint in the garden, that looks so refreshing! Thanks cute friend!

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  5. Awesome post....do you promise I will get a butt like Autumns? I am carving rose, hummus and lemon squares at not even 11am, thanks a lot:) I love everything but those fabrics made my heart skip a beat and love Glass Slipper, such a pretty soft hint of a color. All good things here, enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Mary Ann, I love how your post is "all over the place." Lemon Bars with frosting? Mmmmm...but I will have to just look and drool...we are working off my sons' birthday cakes around here! Thanks for sharing the suggestion about paint color. I am trying to redo our extra bathroom this summer and Glass Slipper would look lovely in there! Happy Summer!

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  7. I've never tried rose wine before, this easy drink combo is making me want to!

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  8. Mary Ann you have summer entertaining down to perfection. I love the same Trader Joe's wine!
    Thank you so much for visiting my friend!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Gratitude

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  9. PS Adore your susani and seeing it all over your home! xoxo

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  10. Mary Ann...love your "all over the place" post!! FUN...:)
    Incidentally....my sister in law from Sausalito is here visiting (Manhattan, KS) We have had many 100 degree days lately...I think she is READY to head home!!
    Linda

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  11. Sparkling rosé with mint simple syrup and a splash of OJ is tasty too! And my fav cheap rosé is Sofia (Coppola) that I get for $10 at Costco. Beautiful bottle and the vineyard manager for Coppola's 1000 of acres is a young woman! Unheard of in the business! Cheers Mary Ann!

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  12. YUM! I am going to try that bulgar salad tonight, heading to the lake!! You are such a great cook and consumate hostess! I LOVE that book! It is the only thing I have read since I was layed up! Love the TJ's Rose as well as you know! Can't wait to share a glass with you guys at the lake...let's get it on the calendar!!

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  13. I'm not a wine drinker but that rose looks so refreshing with the peach and mint! I LOVE mint! Again, you've shared some wonderful ideas for summer. Those lemon squares look so delicious, now I've got to read the book to get the recipe! I'm sure it will be worth it! I've been wanting to paint my downstairs powder room and I think "Glass Slipper" might be the perfect color. And the fabrics for Jan's living room are wonderful. Great job of polishing the bed, Jan! I've polished lots of brass and I know that was a huge job!!! Good luck with your 21 day diet! Keep us posted!
    Sending summer lovin' your way! Gail

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  14. Mary Ann,
    What a refreshing and fun post. I do think summer, especially when it heats up, keeps me more in the mood to lighten the load. Dinners, especially.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Karen

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  15. Lots of fun stuff in this posting, Mary Ann!

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  16. Agree with My Little Bungalow: "Lots of fun stuff in this posting." Especially like Jan's blue and white fabrics and Carolyn's beautiful brass bed. Am wondering, Mary Ann, do you have a source for that bed? Thanks!

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  17. The drinks,the recipes, the views and the décor are so inspiring! Hope you have a great summer! xo Nancy

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  18. Is BM's Glass Slipper a gray/blue?

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  19. Fun post! Love the title of that book, I am going to have to check that one out. Love the blue and white fabric choices, just beautiful. It sounds like you have a good handle on your summer. Keep doing what you are doing it sounds like a fun and relaxing summer for you,
    Kathysue

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  20. You know I'm how I feel about blue and white fabrics...I would love to have the name of that stripe... That drink sounds so good right about now...so refreshing!

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  21. Goodness! I have the same antique bed and have been having a terrible time finding a wall colour that really plays well with the brass. Glass Slipper is perfection. I love it! Loads of thanks.

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  22. Mary Ann, Love this post! The rose with the peach and mint is a lovely idea for summer. That book looks fun too. I think glass slipper may be the perfect color for a bedroom. I am changing this sunner and am looking for something just like it. I look forward to seeing the blue room you are doing with the beautiful. I trekked up to SF this week and it was gorgeous! Enjoy your summer. x Kim

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  23. Julia Reed is the best. If you haven’t already read her previous books 'Queen of the Turtle Derby' and 'The House on First Street' - run, don’t walk, to the nearest book store or Amazon.com since book stores seem to be a thing of the past. Yes, I’m bitter after hearing that our Walnut Creek Barnes & Noble has lost its lease and Anthropology (groan) will be moving in. And, yes, I’m old and cranky - it’s hot here in the ‘burbs.

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  24. Love seeing the snippet of the guest room and the paint color is beautiful. Would never think to use peach and mint but sounds delicious and looks so pretty. Happy Sunday!!

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  25. What a fun post. I can't wait to get better so i can have me so good old wine again. Head colds ruin so much fun. And I'm going to be stalking your blog until you show more of that blue and white living room. I love those fabrics.
    xo
    Leslie

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  26. just discovered your site and love your work - any chance of naming the fabrics your client selected for her blue & white living room? Wish you were closer to the east coast...

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  27. Do you know I had Rose for the first time the other night, I have been a Gavi drinker and now I love this too! Great recipes and I love the fabric choices!

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  28. I enjoyed this post. Is it possible for you to reveal the source for the fabric of the blue fisherman under the bridge?

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    1. It's by Schumacher Nanjing. Really pretty.

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  29. The rose wine with peaches sounds delish. I need to drive to TJ's and pick some up. Loved enjoying a glass in France for lunch. We don't do that here. Yes, that is a killer body she has and sorry it hurts to turn on the remote. :)
    Love that color and may need to use that in the bonus room that I will be painting when it gets cooler.

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  30. Fun post - I have to try the peach addition to some drinks..yum!
    Shelley

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  31. You are such a hostess! I just don't know how you get it all done. Love the blue fabrics and also digging that brass bed!

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  32. Is there anyway to find out where Netta got that beautiful wood board?

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