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Welcome to the Weekend......{summer kickoff}!

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Is it just me or is May the new 'holiday season'?  With mother's day, parties, graduations and end of the year celebrations.....I'm having all kinds of fun. It was a road trip for us last weekend so I'm happy to be home this weekend. The best news is that's a three day weekend....perfect.  What are you up to? 


I have a few favorites to kick off the summer season: 


For your summer party sound track this one is a must 
(oldie but happy goody-I dare you to not smile)

Play this 'Lovely Day'


I'm in the mood for some puttering around the kitchen and clean eating this weekend. 


(recently discovered the background de-focus feature on my camera)


The strawberries are so perfect this time of year.  I often toss them into a field greens salad with fresh goat cheese and a citrusy balsamic and olive oil dressing.  

 I may consider this strawberry tart that I made for Mother's Day brunch. I ended up sprinkling it with a dusting of powered sugar. 
The crust is the pate brisee from Martha Stewart here
(I haven't made a pie crust in years-not much of a baker but this one was an easy classic).
The filling is lemony cream cheese filling is too die for 
#don't leave me alone with a spoon



For the filling:
9 ounces (250g) cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cream all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Spread into cooled tartlet shells.
Cut strawberries lengthwise into quarters and arrange on top of the cheese in a pyramid shape.

To give the tartlets a glaze, melt 3 tablespoons of red currant (or other red jelly) with one tablespoon of water and brush over strawberries with a pastry brush.  

 I'm still enjoying the fragrance of these white lilies.

A few lovely links: I have a slight shoe crush on all the chunky heels I'm spotting this season. I bought a pair last year and I love the comfort and stability. These are catching my eye from Vince Camuto from Zappos.

Vince Camuto - Adrien (Ocean Coral Combo) - Footwear

Vince Camuto - Novasi (White) - Footwear

We'll be putting some finishing touches on summer travel plans to the Caribbean and I see some fabulous deals 

A hot little spring sale online shopping at Shopbop 
With all the darling doggies making appearances in blog world (Leslie, Adrienne:) our
Jack was just begging for a portrait. 

(He loves a cocktail party around the pool-you know the type;)
#loveacatwhothinkshesadog



This is where you'll find us hanging out this weekend. We are hoping it will get warm enough for a swim but there will definitely be a poolside BBQ on the lazy agenda.

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and healthy adventure as we kick off the summer season.
What are you up to this weekend?

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