This summer has been endless fun in the sun summer. As I’m writing this we just got home a few hours ago after a weekend in Palm Desert in 110 weather with roughly 12 families most of whom we already know but some new ones who are awesome!! It was a wonderful time and it came together great!!!
About four weeks ago Oliver and I left California and headed to good ole’ New Jersey. We have been doing this trip for the last three years. We spend a week at the beach in Ocean City, NJ with my family and another week in my hometown. Jonathan met us a few days after we arrived so he could be with us at the beach and some time after as well.
The beach was great, weather was near perfect. Water temperature cold but not that cold. Sometimes we would go down to the beach in the morning and other times we would head down later in the day around 3 and stay til dinner. Other times we would head to the beach after dinner and let the kids run in the water while we watched and enjoyed some wine. We went to the boardwalk a few times, which Oliver could not get enough of, mostly because he was able to ride rides without us and ride with his cousin who is four. Super cute and sweet to watch them!!
This trip landed around the 4th of July. Wenonah, my hometown has a small town celebration that consist of a parade, games in the park for kids, fire truck rides for kids, a beer garden for the adults, and so many open house parties in the neighborhood it is hard to keep count on where to go to next. All in all it is a little slice of Americana. In fact the 4th of July parade was named one of the top 10 small town parades in America by travel magazines. One thing I love, every 4th of July in Wenonah before the parade starts the fire hall sets off it’s siren alarm to wake the town for the parade. Although it is 15 minutes before the parade, it is a great tradition to get everyone excited and ready to celebrate. Kids and adults love it all the same. The kids love it for the parade (free candy gets thrown all throughout the parade), games in the park such a the peanut scramble which is geared towards toddlers, picking up peanuts and putting them in their bags, and of course fire truck rides. This year Oliver was having no part of the firetruck ride as they will not let adults on anymore (not sure why) so needless to say he was basically like no way am I getting on this firetruck with out my mom or dad. The adults all gather later in the beer garden and catch up with old friends and neighbors. I saw friends from high school that I have not seen in 20 years. Pretty remarkable to pick up after 20 years!!
Lots of wonderful memories and a lot of great dinners shared together. Our last night in NJ we made so much food. Two things I made I want to share with you all. Popsicles are a must in the summer, I made some with blueberries and some with cherries with coconut milk as the base. And a nice crostini with smashed peas and mint with feta cheese spread below the smashed peas.
There are so many photos that I want to share from this trip so instead of flooding this post with pictures I made a video montage of our time in NJ.
Coconut Popsicle Ingredients:
2 cans whole coconut milk (you can find it in ethnic foods isle)
1/4 cup sugar
1-1 1/2 cup blueberries (or any other kind of fruit that is in season)
Directions for pops:
Place your berries in a saucepan and cook on low for about 10 minutes. Or until kind of mashed, naturally. At the same time heat your coconut milk in a saucepan with sugar. Bring it to a boil and then take off of heat. Fill popsicle holders with with milk and berries. Freeze until firm.
Crostini smashed peas Ingredients:
1 cup shelled peas
10 leaves of mint
3-4 large squares of feta
Olive oil for spreading on bread
Directions for Crostini:
Heat oven to 350. Brush sliced bread with olive oil. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until they become somewhat toasted. Try not to over toast them as you want to keep the bread inside soft. While bread is baking steam your peas. and chop your mint. Once your bread is done, your peas should be done about the same time. Pore peas in a bowl and smash. Once the peas are smashed add a splash of lemon juice, olive oil, mint, salt and pepper for flavor. Take your feta and spread it onto the bread and top with smashed peas. Enjoy.