Mini Red White and Blue Berry Hand Pies.

These red white and blue berry hand pies are such a fun and festive treat for the summer holiday season! Perfect served warm with melty vanilla ice and extra berry sauce. We’re getting festive today with the cutest little berry hand pies! These warm little pockets of love are bursting with summer berry flavor, and […]

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These red white and blue berry hand pies are such a fun and festive treat for the summer holiday season! Perfect served warm with melty vanilla ice and extra berry sauce.

We’re getting festive today with the cutest little berry hand pies!

red white and blue berry hand pies

These warm little pockets of love are bursting with summer berry flavor, and when served warm with vanilla bean ice cream? It’s like the best classic dessert for the summer holiday. I adore them. 

pie dough with fruit filling

You know that ever since having kids, I’ve become allll about the festive and fun foods around holidays. Even if it’s just a quick one day micro-holiday, I love making it special and exciting with a festive treat of some sort. The kids love it and it’s one of the things I want them to remember about growing up – how we made fun treats around the holidays.

Enter these adorable red white and blue hand pies!

pie dough with berry filling

A few years ago I made these little peach hand pies and they are something I look forward to every summer. They are SO incredibly delicious. The perfect combo of sweet fruit and flakey pastry. I use mother lovett’s pie crust and cut it into circles, then blanket some warm and saucy peaches in between. 

Bake until golden and crunchy, then serve with lots of vanilla ice cream.

YES.

red white and blue berry hand pies

If you love peaches, it’s a lovely way to use them in the warmer months. So I knew that we could make red, white and blue happen too.

red white and blue berry hand pies

To make the red and blue versions, I use strawberries and blueberries. You could use raspberries too, I’m just partial to strawberries! Since this can be a little high maintenance with two fruits and all, you could also use one or the other OR mix them (though they will turn purple-y, ha!) and make double berry hand pies. The berries are forgiving and create a wonderful sauce for the crust.

Oh and of course, the “white” is our vanilla ice cream.

red white and blue berry hand pies

They are the cutest things ever!

red white and blue berry hand pies

You will most likely have some berry filling leftover, and I like to do that on purpose. You can use it warm or cold to serve with the hand pies and ice cream, like an additional topping. Especially since the fruit inside is fairly minimal! This way, if you’re a fruit lover, you can scoop some extra right on top.  (more…)

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Tuesday Things.

1. How fun is this strawberry funfetti ice cream cake?! 2. There’s something about us having a new baby and the AC breaking at the same time. It broke when Emilia was a few months old, and it’s broken again now. It’s SUPER FUN let me tell you. 3. 10 things you won’t regret spending […]

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1. How fun is this strawberry funfetti ice cream cake?!

2. There’s something about us having a new baby and the AC breaking at the same time. It broke when Emilia was a few months old, and it’s broken again now. It’s SUPER FUN let me tell you.

3. 10 things you won’t regret spending money on. I love this.

4. June means the return of our giant fruit platters for the summer! I love making these for after dinner or on the weekends to snack on all day. Everyone loves them too.

5. TV things! I tried to get into Cruel Summer and just… couldn’t do it. I had a hard time following it at first and it just didn’t pull me in. I did finish Hacks which was so, SO good. We are DYING for Yellowstone to come back. It’s always been our summer show and we’ve watched it since the first episode released. So bummed it doesn’t appear to be coming back until later!

6. Have you found any amazing prime day deals? All I want is the pebble ice maker but I have no where to put it right now.

7. See also: I need absolutely nothing!

8. Sunday rituals to set you up for an amazing week. Bye bye Sunday scaries.

9. This is now the first time in 7+ years I haven’t been pregnant/trying to get pregnant and I am tempted to get rid of nearly everything in my closet! It’s a bit soon but I still feel the urge to throw everything in a huge bag and donate. I may do the trick where you pack it all up then set it aside for 3 months and if you haven’t thought about it, give it away.

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Our Favorite Warm & Buttery Lobster Rolls!

These warm and buttery lobster rolls are the best take on our favorite connecticut-style lobster rolls! So rich and decadent, perfect for a summer meal with an icy beer or chilled glass of wine! We have reached the pinnacle of summer with my perfect buttery lobster rolls! Seriously does it GET any better than this?! […]

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These warm and buttery lobster rolls are the best take on our favorite connecticut-style lobster rolls! So rich and decadent, perfect for a summer meal with an icy beer or chilled glass of wine!

We have reached the pinnacle of summer with my perfect buttery lobster rolls!

warm and buttery lobster rolls

Seriously does it GET any better than this?! Look at those buttery chunks of lobster! The fresh herbs, lemon, the buttery bread!

I could eat this every single day for the rest of the season.

lobster meat with butter and herbs

You may remember a few years ago when we went to Maine and basically took ourselves on a lobster roll tour for four days. I mean, we ate so many lobster rolls that I was fearful for my cholesterol when we returned from that trip. We waited in line after line and tried all the best places. 

Totally worth it.

lobster meat with butter and herbs

Both Eddie and I are definitely connecticut-style lobster roll people. We love the lobster drenched in butter on a warm (and sometimes toasty?) brioche bun. The best ones we had were at Eventide and I’m pretty sure they actually use brown butter. Which was absolutely INSANE. SO, so so good.

And since that trip, I’ve been making lobster rolls at home at least once a summer. 

warm and buttery lobster rolls

I mean… YUM.

I love to use claw meat because it’s my favorite – and then a mix of lobster tails too. I know that most lobster roll recipes used steamed meat, but I prefer to cook mine in butter! It only needs to be in the pan for a few minutes, which ensures that it is so tender and soft and not overcooked,

Then comes lots of melted butter, some fresh herbs, a spritz of lemon and… that’s it. 
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A Week In The Life, Vol 25.

It was our first full week as a family of five! Still totally blows my mind. I’ve never been so happy to have someone here three weeks early! Post dinner patio ice cream cone dates. He is obsessed with him. Perfect little french braids. I love putting my babies snuggled up with in my shirt. […]

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It was our first full week as a family of five!

Still totally blows my mind. I’ve never been so happy to have someone here three weeks early!

Post dinner patio ice cream cone dates.

He is obsessed with him.

Perfect little french braids.

I love putting my babies snuggled up with in my shirt.

Smoothie bowls saving me this week.

The best big bro.

Living on this too.

The sweetest.

On Friday, we had my brother’s wedding! Yes, the one I didn’t want to a.) be pregnant for and b.) be due near. Ha!

Cutest cousins.

These babes were just the best.

Other than that it’s been 24/7 snuggles with this guy.

The minute I set him on his back, he rolls to his side! It scares the crap out of me but the doctor said he must have been positioned this way in the womb. He’s such a snuggle bug.

Celebrated father’s day today with the best dad ever! I might have a heart attack when he goes back to work tomorrow.

The kids have been begging to paint for days.

So serious.

Played outside too!

I can’t handle them.

We made my root beer ribs and grilled potatoes and corn for dinner!

Plus shishito peppers… YES.

Now it’s back to snuggle city with this babe!

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What To Eat This Week: 6/20/21.

Happy first official day of summer! This week’s menu is full blow summer deliciousness and I can’t wait to share! What To Eat This Week Kick things off this week with my weeknight burst tomato burrata pasta! This is so flavorful and delicious – perfect for summer. Next, go with my summer garden quinoa with […]

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Happy first official day of summer!

what to eat this week

This week’s menu is full blow summer deliciousness and I can’t wait to share! (more…)

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Currently Crushing On.

What a whirlwind of a week! Since last Saturday we welcomed out newest addition, I have a handful of posts that I didn’t share with you. In case you missed it, you can find these incredible grilled chicken caesar sandwiches right here. I also made delish no churn strawberry oreo ice cream, and shared my […]

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What a whirlwind of a week!

Since last Saturday we welcomed out newest addition, I have a handful of posts that I didn’t share with you. In case you missed it, you can find these incredible grilled chicken caesar sandwiches right here. I also made delish no churn strawberry oreo ice cream, and shared my major house salad obsession. This week, I made this amazing summer weeknight burrata pasta and shared a bunch of recipes for father’s day weekend too!

You can find two new summer fridays posts too!

Annnnd I did share a week in the life diary, since it was a big one!

You can order your copy of Everyday Dinners now! Once you have your book, be sure to join the Everyday Dinners Cookbook Club too. It’s been going strong since The Pretty Dish came out in 2018 and it’s super fun! I am LOVING seeing all of your creations on instagram and in our cookbook club.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxoxo

What I’m loving this week

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Summer Fridays, Vol 3.

I love everything about this summer friday! EATING All the things? There is no hunger like post-baby hunger! I’m really craving my summer tomato picnic toast and these mojito watermelon wedges. I also want to make my grilled filet and potato skewers with rosemary chimichurri. BAKING My lactation cookies! I have to say these are […]

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I love everything about this summer friday!

EATING

All the things? There is no hunger like post-baby hunger! I’m really craving my summer tomato picnic toast and these mojito watermelon wedges. I also want to make my grilled filet and potato skewers with rosemary chimichurri. (more…)

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28 Recipes For Father’s Day Weekend!

Sharing 28 of my favorite father’s day recipes here, like the perfect slider bar, root beer BBQ ribs, skillet cookies and fresh cocktails! Super delicious weekend, coming in hot! So many of my favorite dishes in one big post for you guys! I have the ultimate Father’s Day weekend recipe guide here – tons of […]

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Sharing 28 of my favorite father’s day recipes here, like the perfect slider bar, root beer BBQ ribs, skillet cookies and fresh cocktails! Super delicious weekend, coming in hot!

So many of my favorite dishes in one big post for you guys!

I have the ultimate Father’s Day weekend recipe guide here – tons of dishes we love (and Eddie’s absolutely favorites too, let’s be honest). From the best ever ribs (I adore the root beer BBQ sauce) to my smash burgers to alllll the things with caramelized onions, I’ve got you covered!

28 Recipes for Father’s Day Weekend

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Summer Weeknight Burst Tomato Burrata Pasta.

This weeknight burst tomato burrata pasta is perfect for summer dinner! Burst tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, basil and melty burrata is a dream come true on your summer table. So fresh and comforting.  This may be my ultimate summer weeknight meal. I mean… can you blame me?! Those burst tomatoes. Melty burrata. Garlic and olive oil. […]

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This weeknight burst tomato burrata pasta is perfect for summer dinner! Burst tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, basil and melty burrata is a dream come true on your summer table. So fresh and comforting. 

This may be my ultimate summer weeknight meal. I mean… can you blame me?!

burst tomato burrata pasta

Those burst tomatoes. Melty burrata. Garlic and olive oil. Tons of fresh basil. The pasta!!

It’s everything in a skillet that is so deliciously summer and comforting and warm. And SIMPLE. 

Oh yes.

This is a super simple dish with a few ingredients but it will blow your mind in terms of flavor. It’s all I want to eat. 

burst tomatoes and garlic

Burst tomato pasta isn’t a new thing around here! We absolutely adore this roasted garlic butter burst tomato bucatini dish too – again it’s simple in terms of ingredients, but has so much flavor. The good news is that this dish here with burrata is so much easier – no need to roast the garlic and make a butter. Everything can go into one skillet and get all merry and delish.

pasta with burrata cheese

I like to kick things off here with a slightly spicy garlic oil. My garlic sauce pasta is always a huge hit, and I wanted to take some notes of flavor from that. So we start with a bunch of garlic cloves and red pepper flakes. Then let the tomatoes burst in that incredible oil. They take on so much flavor while at the same time melting into the oil. It sort of creates a burst tomato oil in a way, with hints of garlic and spice.

It’s SO GOOD.

You could seriously use the oil itself to dip some fresh sourdough in. Or drizzle on vegetables. It’s fantastic.

burst tomato burrata pasta

What I reeeeeally love about this recipe is that even though tomatoes aren’t perfect yet where I live, lettings them burst in a skillet gives them a ton more flavor. Sort of like slow roasting them. So it means you can technically make this dish any time of year and be happy. 

burst tomato burrata pasta

One the tomatoes have burst in the garlicky oil, toss in some cooked pasta and lots of basil. Once everything is combined and coated in our little makeshift sauce, throw on the burrata cheese.

I love burrata SO much in this dish because it continues to melt into the warm pasta and bring everything together. You can toss it as much as you’d like, so it disperses the cheese or you can leave the burrata in fresher chunks and serve it that way. 

burst tomato burrata pasta

Just look at that melty cheese and garlicky, saucy pasta. LOVE. (more…)

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Tuesday Things.

1. Finally got our hands on some local strawberries and we were barely in the parking lot when Emilia was eating them right from the crate. Girl after my own heart! Whyyyy are they the best fruit ever in season? 2. OMG. I am so craving these kale pesto and cheese stuffed shells. Yum. 3. […]

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1. Finally got our hands on some local strawberries and we were barely in the parking lot when Emilia was eating them right from the crate. Girl after my own heart! Whyyyy are they the best fruit ever in season?

2. OMG. I am so craving these kale pesto and cheese stuffed shells. Yum.

3. Current favorite salad combo right now: spring greens, crispy chicken (like my chicken tenders or even the ALDI red bag chicken), blue cheese, cherries, some sort of nuts and my creamy balsamic dressing. I can’t get enough.

4. 10 ways to bring more calm into your home. Love it. Especially because ours currently looks like a bomb went off.

5. TV things! I mentioned it in last week’s summer fridays post that I wanted to start watching Hacks! And I have, now that I have some time on the couch… ha. It’s so good. I’m also thinking I might binge Cruel Summer?

6. Speaking of – this is so good: on the unexpected delights of Hacks.

7. Over the last 15 months I’ve actually become friends with my shipt shopper for Target. This is life now.

8. Everyone always tells you “oh don’t worry if you’re not ready for when the baby comes! they don’t need anything but you!” and I mean, while I agree to a point, let’s just say for a type A planner it is verrrry nice to have organization to come home to. Pretty much feels like we will have things set up and organized… maybe by 2023 at this point.

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