Yesterday was the first day of summer and I couldn’t be happier!
The warmth of the sun and the smell in the air (and the copious amounts of Rosé) have inspired way too many ideas for today’s post! I had to tell myself to reel it in and pick three.
Let’s eat first.
RICOTTA, IS, DELICIOUS. I could eat a whole thing of it with a spoon. One time I almost did. It was a dark moment. Here is a ricotta crostini recipe that is super easy but looks totally haute.
Ricotta & Honey Crostini
photo by Madison Fender
Baguette, sliced in 1/4″ slices
Whole milk ricotta of the highest caliber. Local, even better.
Honey (I use Southampton Apiaries Wildflower because its local and dependably delicious)
Fresh cracked pepper
The zest of one orange
Toast the baguette slices until they are just a little crisp and lightly browned. Stir half of the the orange zest into the ricotta. Allow the toasted bread to cool before spooning, not spreading, a nice healthy dallop of ricotta on top of all the slices. Using the handle end of the spoon, make a little hole in the center of each dallop. Fill each hole with some honey, and finish them off with the remaining zest and cracking pepper over them to taste. Voila, c’est fini!
Color Palette Generators
They are AWESOME. These simple applications take an image (say, a photograph of a beach) and generate a color palette based on the most prominent colors in the image. This is a great inspiration tool for when you are thinking about redecorating! I have used color palette generators to create color schemes for most of the rooms I have lived in. My current bedroom vibe was pulled from the cover art for Bon Iver’s self titled album. (A favorite of mine, you should buy it.) Here are a few examples that I have used before…
You can have a lot of fun with this! I print out my palette and bring it with me on my flea market/vintage rummaging trips. Also Home Goods. Love me some Home Goods.
Let’s talk skin.
I’m really worried, you guys. I’m seeing so many sunburnt people already, and their pain is my pain. Y’all have to start wearing sunblock. I am going to take this opportunity to remind you that the beautiful golden tan you covet so dearly is going to turn into gnarly patches of color when you’re older. Protect yourself, please. A little sunblock won’t keep you from getting a little tan, but it will save you a lot of pain and possible skin diseases! Also, with brilliant inventions like hats, clothing, and SPF in existence you look kind of silly still getting a sunburn dontcha think?
Here’s to eating well, getting creative, and not looking like lobsters!