September 5, 2017

Grapefruit White Sangria

Sadly, summer is coming to an end, and the LMP ladies and I are mourning the upcoming loss of sunshine and beach weather. But we aren’t quite ready to give up our summer-style cocktails!

I decided to use up some of the grapefruit we had left over from our MZ Wallace party, where I made a Ruby Red Grapefruit Gin & Tonic, and make a super simple sangria! This Grapefruit White Sangria turned out way more delicious than I could have imagined!

Here’s what you need:
-fresh grapefruit
-fresh limes
-white wine
-vodka
-ruby red grapefruit juice
-sparkling water
-fresh mint
-sugar

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine sliced grapefruit, sliced limes and cut up pieces of mint. On top of fruit, add 1/4 cup of sugar.


2) On top of the fruit and sugar, add 3 oz. of vodka, a bottle of white wine and 1/2 cup of ruby red grapefruit juice.  Stir gently.


3) Top off your pitcher with sparkling water.
4) Let pitcher of sangria sit in the fridge for an hour or so to let flavors combine and chill.

Pour, and serve! This refreshing cocktail is a perfect way to toast the last few days of summer, and cry a little bit.  Just kidding…

Until next week… Cheers!

 

xx, Abby
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September 4, 2017

The last days of summer

OY is right. I HATE when the summer ends. HATE IT! So what do I do over the last few days of summer? I celebrate every last moment.

So it’s labor day weekend and here’s what’s on tap…

The last Saturday of summer and we’re blowing it out. I packed Adam a cooler (Thank you General Mills!) of beers and he went fishing with a few of his friends and quite literally caught us our dinner. Our friends made smoked mackerel and fresh sashimi with the catches of the day.

I spent the morning with Gavin and his girlfriends while Luke got in another day of QT with Harlow followed by a ride in a red Ford Bronco.

We had a big dinner for 12 with smoked pork butts that were devoured by all…most importantly the KIDS!

And to close it all out I turned my sunroom into a movie theater! I dolled the place up to make it a little more cozy feeling with some blankets and pillows that I found at Target. I got a movie projector and screen from Amazon which were both very reasonably priced and our friends brought over a popcorn maker! The kids were in all their glory.

As for the day after…Sunday….when I tell you we did NOTHING I mean we did NOTHING. It was the laziest Sunday of our lives and I loved every second of it.

Labor day Monday will be at the beach soaking up every last sun ray before we go back to reality…

It’s been real friends. Till next summer, peace out!

xx, Seri
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August 30, 2017

Maggie’s Mini Adirondack Getaway

One of the things I miss the most about being home with my family is being able to take little trips together- whether it was a few hour drive to my grandparents house in the country, or the long trek to Cape Cod, we always had such a wonderful time traveling in the summer.

This year, I decided, I couldn’t go the whole summer without getting away from the city to see the family! Luckily, they were headed up to visit my Aunt Carol’s cottage in The Adirondacks during the last week of August. I was able to take a train from New York to spend 2 days working from home and enjoying the wonderful views.

It was refreshing, relaxing and CHILLY. Talk about being ready for fall. Even the leaves are already beginning to change up there!

When we first arrived, we relaxed on the deck for a great summer meal- steak, potatoes, and corn on the cob.

Then we all sat on the dock to enjoy the sunset, including Roxy, our family pup.

As you might imagine, the cell service out in the woods is pretty bad, so we had to entertain ourselves all day (imagine, HAH!) with things like fishing…

nature walks…

and painting!

It was honestly a great excuse to not be glued to my phone all day, even if I was on wifi for work! Any chance to disconnect can be totally refreshing.

And it wouldn’t be a trip to the woods without hot dogs cooked over the bonfire.

I even got the chance to go kayaking with my dad, although the trip was short lived because Roxy simply couldn’t handle the concept of the oars… She can be crazy but we love her anyway!

And finally, another stunning sunset to complete a couple wonderful days away. I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with family, grateful to my Aunt Carol for her amazing hospitality, and already dying to go back for another dose of fresh Adirondack air!

A happy end to a happy summer!

xx, Maggie
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August 28, 2017

Family Dinner by Abby & Maggie

All summer long we’ve been eating delicious home cooked meals by Seri in The Hamptons. Abby and I decided it was our turn to treat the family to a meal of our own. We combined a couple of our favorite recipes and prepped dinner for everyone to enjoy!

We used our favorite tableware from The Grown Up Birthday Bash in a Box alongside some amazing flowers from Sag Harbor Florist. After dressing up the table, we brought out the good stuff.

Abby made her famous turkey burgers and Mexican street corn. I made my favorite brussel sprout salad, inspired by the farm salad from Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Boston. Below you’ll find our ingredient lists, if you’d like to test out this meal at home!

Abby’s Famous Turkey Burgers

1 lb. ground turkey
small pack of fresh basil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped red onion
salt & pepper to taste

Mexican Street Corn

4 fresh ears of corn
1/4 cup mayo
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup cojita cheese
2 limes 

Brussel Sprout Farm Salad

salad:
1 lb. brussel sprouts
1 bag of baby arugula
2 cups of red grapes, halved
1 cup cooked farro
crushed walnuts
shaved parmesan cheese

dressing:
chopped red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

We hope you get a chance to try our recipes, they were a huge hit! The perfect way to wrap up #LMPSummer!

xx, Maggie
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August 24, 2017

DIY Cork Name Place Cards

Whenever the LMP team is hosting a dinner party, one of my favorite tricks to “wow” our guests is to provide them each with a unique name card for their place setting. This way, they can each find their seat and take home the name card if they wish.

Last week, we hosted a backyard dinner party and wine tasting, so I made each guest a name card using CORKS, of course! I feel like we’re constantly yelling “GIVE US ALL THE WINE” so you can imagine that this was a hit as a finishing touch to our table.

The best part is, it’s super easy. You will need:

  1. black construction paper
  2. print out of your guests names in your favorite script
  3. scissors
  4. pencil
  5. ketallic sharpie
  6. old corks
  7. kitchen knife
  8. hot Glue & a glue stick

Step 1: Prep your corks by carefully slicing into them with a kitchen knife. Make sure the cut is deep and wide enough to securely hold the construction paper.

Step 2: Make your cards by measuring the height of your corks and deciding how wide your would like your card to be. My corks were about 2″ tall, so I made my card outline 2″ by 3″. I used a ruler and marked my paper, then folded it over so each card will be double layered for thickness.

Step 3: Once your cards are cut out, bring in your print out and start to make an outline of each name in pencil.

Step 4: Go over your pencil with the metallic sharpie, and add extra details (like leaves!) if you wish.

Step 5: Use your glue stick to glue your layers together.

Step 6: Apply the hot glue in the crevice of the cork and insert the folded edge of your card inside.

Voila!

xx, Maggie
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