White Peach Raspberry Crisp

 

Hi dear readers! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’ve been trying more and more to enjoy the slower pace of summer,  which can be tough for me, since I tend to thrive on multitasking and moving pretty quickly! Having children has taught me how important it is to live in the moment, and savor each day, especially during the summertime when we have an easy breezy schedule. Our days are filled with swimming at the pool, picnics, and playdates, as well as trips to the library, art projects (cue the water colors and sidewalk chalk!) and baking at home.

One of my favorite activities to do with C  is bake, as he loves to help me in the kitchen, especially when it comes to whipping up a dessert. While he’s partial to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes, we also love to bake crisps and cobblers during the warmer months. A golden brown crust filled with fresh blackberries, rhubarb, or peaches is truly the sweetest part of summer. Not to mention strawberry shortcake – talk about a summer indulgence!

Today I want to share our recipe for white peach and raspberry crisp. Hot and bubbling out of the oven, the sweet peaches mixed with the tart raspberries makes for an incredible combination, and paired with a scoop of cold and creamy vanilla (or dairy free vanilla!) ice cream, it’s as special for a weeknight treat as it is for dinner with friends. And so here is the recipe, and wishing you a great rest of the week!

 

White Peach and Raspberry Crisp

10 white peaches

1 pint of raspberries (or frozen)

1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal

1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the inside of a 10 x 15 x 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish or you can use individual ramekins. 

Slice the peaches into wedges and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the orange zest, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour, and toss until the fruit is completely coated. Next, gently incorporate the raspberries. Pour the peaches and raspberries into the baking dish.

Combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of quick cooking oats, a generous pinch of salt, and 1 stick of cold, cubed butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low until the topping is a crumbly consistency. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the peaches and raspberries, and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is browned and the fruit juices are bubbling. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy! 

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Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

Wedding Guest Attire Etiquette

Tips for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers


We recently traveled to California for summer vacation, and how wonderful it was to escape to cooler temperatures and enjoy time with our family and friends. Aside from the boy’s nap schedules, our days were organic and spent at our favorite little beach, poolside, walking along the bayfront and playing at the park. A hidden gem, the beach we frequent is tucked beneath a hill of charming houses, and the perfect spot to take little ones. C & G loved every minute of digging in the sand and splashing in the ocean. We also took C to Disneyland – he loved it and talk about a walk down memory lane! – as well as celebrated our beautiful and precious god daughter. I fell ill with strep on the 4th (I managed to snap a few photos of the boys dressed in matching red, white, and blue!), and while I rested at home, my amazing husband took C & G out to celebrate with their godparents and my parents. The trip went by too fast as always, however it’s so good to be home and settling back into our routine of summer.

As for the actual traveling, thanks to some advanced planning and organization, everything went smoothly. And let me tell you dear readers, what a relief that was! Rewind to Christmas 2016, our first trip with both children, and it was a slightly more stressful scenario. Clouded by a fog of sleep deprivation, we packed as best we could the night before our flight, however found ourselves scrambling the next day to get the bags finished and all of the strollers and gear loaded into the car. We nearly missed our flight! Once aboard the plane, G slept most of the time thankfully, and we kept C entertained with coloring books, blocks, snacks and his beloved Daniel Tiger. While we had traveled many times with just C, this first flight with two babes taught us a lot, especially how important it is to stay calm :). And so, I wanted to share some travel tips with you all and hope these make your next flight that much easier. Enjoy!


 

Quick Tips

Tips for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

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Pack everything the night before – everything – and have it lined up next to the front door, so all you have to do on travel day is get dressed, eat and head to the airport.

Talk with your child/children before the trip, and so they know what to expect.

Have a backpack (we use these) for each child, and fill them with the essentials including:

Extra diapers/wipes/underwear

Portable changing station

1 change of clothes per child

Pacifiers

Lovey or blanket

Books

Snacks (and more snacks)

Bottles/sippy cups

Coloring books/crayons, stickers, blocks, & small toys

A tablet will save you, so you might want to treat your toddler to screen time. Bring a pair of head phones for them too.

You may have to be flexible with the nap schedule. Consider feeding your baby prior to/during take off and then soothing them to sleep so they can rest during the flight.

Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

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Top 10 Wedding Guest Etiquette Questions Answered

Weddings give way to an endless list of questions for both brides, grooms and guests, especially given that the etiquette rules are evolving with every coming year. I remember when we were married in 2011 (I was a novice when it came to weddings!), I constantly flipped through my Emily Post and Martha Stewart books as well as The Knot and Brides magazines to ensure every facet of our planning followed proper etiquette, and that I was also a great guest. As a bride, I learned about letterpress invitations, seating charts and cake flavors. As a guest, I learned about wedding gift giving, dress codes, and the role of a bridesmaid. Six years later I’m all the wiser, and now excited to share my advice (both from research and real life experience!) with you my dear readers. And so, today I’m going to share the top 10 questions of wedding guests in the hopes of helping you all to be your best selves at the next wedding that you attend. Cheers to a great week!

 

Do I have to buy a gift from the registry?

You do not have to buy a gift from the registry, however couple’s often appreciate when you do so. Think of it this way – the registry is a curated selection of the exact gifts that the couple wants, and so they have taken the guesswork out of gift giving and made it oh so easy on their friends and family. If you are adamant about not buying off the registry, strive to give them something truly special.

 

Can I wear white? Can I wear black?

Guests should never ever wear white, cream, off white or any shade that resembles these fair hues – this color is reserved for the bride. Yes, you may wear black.

 

What if I’m running late to the ceremony?

Please, dearest guest don’t be late! The start time is not a suggestion, it is the actual start time of the ceremony so do everything you can to be punctual and aim to be there about 20 minutes ahead so you have enough time to find parking and take your seat. However sometimes life happens and if you are late and the ceremony has already begun, wait for the processional to finish and then quietly stand or take a seat in the back. Do everything you can to be quiet and not cause a disruption.

 

How do I know if I have a plus one?

It will be noted on the invitation via “and guest.” If the invitation is only addressed to you and there is no “and guest,” come solo as your fabulous self.

 

What is black tie optional? And is the dress code just a suggestion?

Black tie optional means men may either way tuxedos or dark suits, and women can either wear full length dresses or dressy cocktail dresses.

 

Can we bring our children to the wedding?

Unless the couple has invited your children to the wedding (this would be noted on the invitation), do not bring your children to the wedding. Many couples prefer their wedding to be an adult occasion, and so it’s important to respect their wishes.

 

Do I have to bring a gift to every event leading up to the wedding?

Yes, ideally you would want to bring a gift to any showers or engagement parties leading up to the big day. Since it can get pricey, give yourself a budget ahead of time so you can stay within your means and you can decide how much you would like to allocate towards each gift.

 

Can I mail my gift ahead of the wedding or do I need to bring it?

Absolutely! This is actually preferred by most, since it is more convenient for both you and the couple. Most stores where couples register (Williams Sonoma, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, etc.) have all of the registries online making gift giving just a click away.

 

Do I have to attend the ceremony or can I just go to the reception?

You need to attend both the ceremony and reception. The couple has lovingly invited you to witness their vows and then celebrate, and so share in this special day with them from start to finish. Plus, they are likely to remember who attended and who didn’t!

 

How do I know when the reception is over?

Cutting the cake signals the end of the event, and that guests may leave. Although, after their cake, many will choose to have another glass of champagne and hit the dance floor!