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Fabulous Friday

superthumb-3   Life can get pretty crazy, and sometimes we forget to reconnect with the ones we love the most. Bring the romance back into your relationship by planning a fun weekend together. It doesn’t have to be far away or break the bank…just reconnect! (Notice all of these are pretty much technology FREE!) Camping for two Or glamping, if your prefer! Pick a local nature reserve and grab your tent for a romantic outdoor weekend. Forget your watch and rely on nature to set your internal clocks. Take frequent naps, watch the stars, and make a romantic fireside meal for a memorable escape. This is where the cooking can get seriously creative (if you’re into that).                           We love…Hammonasset Beach State Park or Rocky Neck State Park or Burlingame State Park!   Unknown Visit the place you first met Whether it’s near or far, plan a trip to visit the first spot you laid eyes on one another. Have dinner at a restaurant nearby and take a walk around this special place. If your meeting isn’t the most romantic, have fun with that too. Met in a dive bar? A night of pool and darts it is! Overnight Boat Trip From the Mississippi River to coastal waters, book an overnight trip aboard a chartered boat. Enjoy the calm waters, candlelit dinners, and escape from the ordinary. You’d be surprised what one night away can do. Drive-in Movie If you can find one near you, an outdoor movie viewing is the perfect way to spend an evening. Blankets and fun food and drinks…just fun! Near CT?  Mansfield Drive-In or Rustic Drive In, North Smithfield, RI 0527drivein500x325 Forget the GPS Fill the gas tank and strike out on an adventure with no destination in mind. This one is my favorite. It’s totally spontaneous with no itinerary or expectations of how the day will look. We spend everyday with schedules and planning so this is totally different! Explore the back roads, unknown restaurants, and unexpected treasures in your region. Bring along a camera — who knows what you’ll find. This is something the whole world needs to do…put down the technology!!! images Life is short so get out there!! xo∼Jen

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Fabulous Friday

 

Picnics!

Happy Friday everyone! Picnics…are you having them? I hope so! We wait all year to be able to get outside and play and while they can be a lot of work, picnics are one the best parts of summer.

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This picture inspired me to talk about picnics today. This week, Newport Film Festival had a movie and mansion night with a picnic contest. This is an example of the competition. Stunning! I think that is the greatest idea ever and I wish I could have been there!

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Bring the best of the inside of your house and kitchen outside. Shop yard sales and flea markets for blankets and old dishes and glassware that you won’t mind getting a little dirty and keep your picnic ensemble handy. Keep the food simple but good. It’s farm stand and farmer’s market season so add those specialties to the mix. Grab your best family and friends and get out there and enjoy!

xo∼Jen

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  Unknown-1 Happy Friday Everyone- As the weather is getting more and more gorgeous, our social calendars are getting busier and busier. Many of us have weddings, barbecues, brunches, beach parties…basically all day drinking events. So, when someone offers you a wine spritzer, you can no longer think of your grandmother. Have you heard of session drinks? It’s the newest trend (at least in the U.S.) in the world of spirits. Totally “of the moment”. Session cocktails and beers allow you to sip your way through one of these fun events for a long period of time without feeling tipsy! “Session drinking” is a chiefly British term that refers to drinking a large quantity of beer during a “session” (i.e. a specific period of time) without becoming too heavily intoxicated. A session is generally a social occasion. First came session beers-low-alcohol suds engineered for extended sipping throughout an afternoon. inline-founders-all-day-ipa Now the trend is session cocktails -The trend toward low-alcohol quaffs has been simmering for several years. Now cocktail bartenders are following suit, with low-octane drinks that rely on less-potent ingredients like vermouth, sherry and amaro. Low-alcohol cocktails can convey as much flavor and complexity as many boozier drinks. But they are also much more food friendly because they don’t overwhelm the palate. Barkeeps around town are tinkering with easy-sipping potions, devising all manner of tweaked aperitifs and low-alcohol cocktails, so that you can keep tippling late into the evening. Check out this link, Why You Should Be Drinking Session IPAs Right Now, for a list of some great session beers. As I said, this is a British concept that has made it’s way to the U.S. but if your local liquor store isn’t carrying it…ask! Your favorite bartender can whip up any of your favorite session cocktails for you if you know the ingredients. It will catch on, just be patient! Recipe: Lady Stoneheart 1/2 ounce of Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth 1/4 ounce simple syrup 4 dashes of Angostura bitters Add all the above ingredients to a glass flute, then top off with champagne and garnish with a slice or twist of grapefruit. Remember…wine spritzers are not for your grandmother anymore. Grab a beautiful bottle of your favorite Rose, add seltzer, lots of ice and finish with your favorite fruit. A fun glass doesn’t hurt either. Have fun! Unknown xo∼Jen      

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