Cherry, Pistachio, and Mint Salad


A few weeks ago I received a review copy of The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket and was super excited, since picnics are a regular thing around here and we are always looking for new ways to liven them up. The book turned out to be a treasure trove of tips for making outdoor meals more convenient and picturesque and recipes for putting together the perfect array of food and drink for a well-balanced meal.

This fruit salad recipe was our favorite recipe we found. We've already tested it on a recent playground lunch and we made it again over the holiday weekend to take to one of the many BBQs we attended. It was a hit! Everybody in the world seems to love cherries, pistachios, and mint separately and when you put them together they seem exotic and extra-special. The tartness of the cherries matches well with the mint and the pistachios are a perfect added crunch.


  • 1 lb Bing or Ranier cherries (stemmed, pitted, and halved)
  • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted and salted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced

Toss together ingredients and serve in your prettiest bowl. Pro tip: use a chopstick to easily pit the cherries. I read that in The Picnic, too! I told you this book was handy.

Happy Monday!

Kid-friendly dining >> the Ringo sundae at Doumar's


This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, so we are sharing one of our favorite summertime treats today. The Ringo sundae at Doumar's has literally been voted the best in the area and here is why: vanilla ice cream, topped with hot fudge, topped with real whipped cream and cherry and Doumar's famous ice cream cones (they make them in-house) crushed up and sprinkled on top. They don't scrimp on the hot fudge either, the ice cream is really swimming in it.

^^ Stop taking photos, mom! It's melting! ^^

^^ You haven't really seen everything in Norfolk until you've spent a summer afternoon watching them make cones on the world's first cone machine ^^

Like I said, it is one of our favorite summertime treats but we stopped in for one last week thanks to the string of summertime-temperature days we had. Oh who am I kidding, when you're a pregnant lady you don't need an excuse for ice cream.

Happy weekend!

A day in the life (May 2015)


May is my favorite month of all, so this was a fun day to capture. Head over to No Monsters in My Bed and Not-So-SAHM to see what their days were like!

8:00 AM: Morning play dough and coffee.

8:30 AM: "Take a picture of my outfit, Mom. It's an ENSEMBLE." (Thanks Fancy Nancy.)

9:30 AM: Part of my mother's day present from Anouk: a wind chime made at school and watermelon plants for our garden (how apropos)

11:00 AM: Playdate at friend M.'s house! The moms work on various sewing projects and the kids practice yoga?

1:30 PM: A. and I spend so much of our time fighting over our new hammock. Today she won.

2:00 PM: After lunch snack.

3:30 PM: My mom watches Anouk while I take Hank cat to the vet. He does NOT like shots.

5:00 PM: The best part about doing laundry: finding the random things Anouk has stashed in the pockets.

7:00 PM: family walk/bike ride before bed. Don't you wish you had someone to carry you across the street?

7:15 PM: 97% of the dandelions in the neighborhood are directly the result of Anouk. Sorry, neighbors.

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