THIS is what it looked like in Columbus for the long 4th of July weekend. Mmm hmm.
Which meant no basking by the pool (sniff)… no sunny BBQ’s (double sniff)… no fireworks (who wants to post-up 3 hours early in the rain?)… and no sunkissed tans (sigh). But alas… we made of the best of it shopping, cooking, eating and partying our way through the 4th. Here she blows in pics (!) Good recs ahead…
SCORED THIS GEM
at the local Goodwill for $3.99. Have you scoured yours lately?
MENTALLY REDESIGNED THE BEDROOM
DELIBERATED ON WHERE TO USE SAID FABRIC…
…perhaps the swaying palms print as throw pillows on our all-white bed (???) Or better yet, on me, Rose & Blanche’s Lanai.
FOUND THIS AT CALICO ONLINE WHEN I GOT HOME
and would absolutely d-i-e to make long, dreamy drapes out of it. $100/yard is steep though when you need a whopping 10 yards. That’s a flight to Europe, yo.
HIT UP A HOUSE PARTY
on Wednesday night and Snoopy-McSnapped a pic of this VERY cool wedding invite on the host’s fridge. Unconventional but super fun and super sweet.
at Easton with my main squeeze and stumbled on these steals:
Anthro top by Lil – $23 (similar to shown here) | H&M Skinnies in Black – $29 and SUPER SLIMMING/AMAZING – go get them NOW, in umpteen colors | H&M Grey Denim Button-Up on Hot & Sleepy Arm Candy Matt – $29. It’s this one, but in the store they have it in grey.
Mila Cap Toe Leather Ballet Flats – got mine on crazy 4th of July super sale for about $30
UNWOUND POST-SHOPPING WITH A STIFF CUCUMBER GIMLET
at local hotspot Ocean Club. This place is my *official* Columbus fave. Requested the live jazz man play “You Are the Sun” (Lionel Richie) and then sang along WAY, way too loudly from our perch at the bar. #whoops
(Appetizer recs: Surf & Turf with Scallops + Short Ribs, Goat Cheese Ravioli, and by all means, Oysters on the Half Shell. Best Oysters I’ve ever had, and that is no lie.)
NURSED GIMLET HANGOVER WITH HOMEMADE MINI-QUICHES
Loose recipe: chop up whatever veggies you have handy (I did sun dried tomatoes, zucchini and spinach) into a ramekin… whisk together 2 eggs, a splash of 1/2 and 1/2, some chopped herbs (I used rosemary this time), and a dash of salt & pepper… then grate whatever cheese you have handy (I used Pecorino Romano) into the egg mixture and pour over the veggies in the ramekin. Bake on 375 degrees for about 20-30 min with foil on top, then about 20 more with foil off. (Bake time depends on the size of the ramekin, so you’ll have to watch ‘er.) Cool about 10 min and serve.
WATCHED MOVIES WITH FUZZY
…who hides under the coffee table when it rains.
WHOOPED IT UP AT LINDEY’S
…another local fave (Appetizer rec: Beef Carpaccio | Dinner rec: Grouper | Vino rec: Peregrine ‘Mohua’ Sauvignon Blanc)
RENDEZVOUS’D AT THE PEARL
with Matt’s mom (aka Sunny D) + her beau-friend afterward. Great, hustly-bustly atmosphere at the bar… great service… very see-and-be-scene-y right now… and feels kinda south-uhn. (App rec: House Smoked Salmon)
I especially loved the photo bomb selfie our adorable, Kate-Winslet-lookalike bartender took. Bahhahaa.
GARDENED MY FACE OFF
…and pruned more mint than Heinz has pickles. Discovered new uses for it by: a) Freezing it in ice cubs for cocktails and iced tea, b) Toss it into a Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato salad with basil and feta, c) Make Mint Pesto… who knew?
FOUND ANOTHER GOOD SAUVIGNON BLANC
at Whole Foods for about $10.99. How often do you try a good wine you like and then forget what it is? Had to share.
The weather aside, it was dee-lightful to sleep in, see some good friends and putts around all weekend. Hope you guys got some good down-time in, too!
Is it Friday again yet?