fridays with oscar | gin basil smash and honey glazed porkchops

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew graphic tee, jean skirt, lightweight cape scarf, and Tory Burch sandals

patio decor

are we ready for the long Easter weekend? i am, i am! so we’ll keep it short and sweet today. don’t worry, mr. style and i rustled up a recipe or two. and we cranked the grill for good measure. our patios are slowly coming to life. a landscaper stopped by yesterday to draw up a plan for our backyard. fingers crossed this one will stick with the project. we’ve met with not one but three landscapers since we moved in three years ago. and then they disappear… why georgia, why?

oscar is always at the ready when it comes to his backyard. and i’m happy to join him when the weather permits. this week has seen temps range from mid-sixties to eighties. and my outfits have been all over the map. today, i’m wearing a cute graphic tee from J.Crew, jean skirt (old similar here), and an adorable featherweight wrap that’s perfect for throwing on when the sun dips down.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew graphic tee, jean skirt, lightweight cape scarf, and Tory Burch sandals

love variegated geraniums.

patio decor

pitcher | glasses | cocktail napkins | tray

patio decor

a salsa garden nestled next to the grill. tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

patio decor

a hammock is a must for lazy summer days. this is mr. style’s favorite piece of furniture.

honey glazed pork chops

Honey Glazed Pork Chops
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup honey
  2. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  3. 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tablespoon)
  4. 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  5. 4 boneless pork chops (3/4-1" thick)
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
  7. 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. To make the glaze, whisk the honey, lemon juice, minced garlic, and soy sauce together in a bowl, or shake it up in a jar. (This step can be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you're ready to cook the pork chops.)
  2. Crank up the grill or heat 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil in a large (12") skillet over medium to medium-high heat, until the oil shimmers.
  3. Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Carefully add them to the skillet and let them brown (3-4 minutes).
  4. When they're nicely browned on the first side, flip them over and sear the second side, 3 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the glaze. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the skillet and stir them into the glaze.
  6. Allow the chops to simmer until cooked through, about 4-8 minutes, depending on their thickness.
  7. When the chops are done (see notes below on temperature), remove them to a plate.
  8. Continue to simmer the glaze until it's thick enough for a spatula to leave a momentary trail if you scrape the bottom of the pan (about the consistency of pancake syrup).
  9. Pour the glaze directly over the chops on the serving plate, or serve it on the side!
Notes
  1. I marinate the chops in the glaze before cooking.
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honey glazed pork chops

charred broccoli & rosemary aioli

Charred Broccoli & Rosemary Aioli
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads of broccoli
  2. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
Instructions
  1. Toss the broccoli with mayo and a little olive oil. Broil or grill broccoli until it is charred all over; sprinkle with salt, and squeeze fresh lemon and rosemary on top.
Adapted from Malibu Farm Cookbook
Adapted from Malibu Farm Cookbook
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
charred broccoli & rosemary aioli

this easy and delicious charred broccoli recipe is from Malibu Farm Cookbook.

honey glazed pork chops, charred broccoli & rosemary aioli

pork chops, charred broccoli, and brown rice. perfect summer dinner.

gin basil smash

Gin Basil Smash
Serves 1
Perfect accent for an outdoor supper.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces gin
  2. 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  3. 2/3 ounce simple syrup
  4. Small bunch basil leaves (about 10)
  5. Basil sprig, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle basil leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and gin and shake. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice. Garnish with a basil sprig.
Adapted from The New Cocktail Hour
Adapted from The New Cocktail Hour
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
gin basil smash

gin basil smash

a gin basil smash is perfect for a warm summer night. it’s refreshing and goes down smooth.

gin basil smash

tray | cocktail glasses | cocktail napkins | cocktail shaker

tray | cocktail glasses | cocktail napkins | cocktail shaker

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew graphic tee, jean skirt, lightweight cape scarf, and Tory Burch sandals

similar skirt | tee | cape | sandals

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew graphic tee, jean skirt, lightweight cape scarf, and Tory Burch sandals

similar skirt | tee | cape | sandals

all right, gang. let’s get this long weekend started. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely Easter weekend. He has Risen!

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  • Julie Mycock
    April 19, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Hi Beth, your patio and garden looks fabulous, it’s really coming together and I bet Oscar is just loving it, looks as if he’s having great time. We have the same problem in England, it’s hard to find good trusty workmen so when we find one no matter if it’s a Decorator, Electrician, you get the drift we stick to them, it can be very frustrating knowing who to trust. The recipes look delicious, have. a great Easter weekend xx

    • Beth Djalali
      April 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

      thanks so much, julie! i hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend. xo

  • Cindy Sawkins
    April 19, 2019 at 9:50 am

    I’m confused about the recipe. Are you grilling the pork chops or cooking them in a skillet?

    • Beth Djalali
      April 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

      the recipe can be adapted either way. if you choose to grill the chops you skip the skillet section. if you decide to make the chops in the skillet then you will have a delicious glaze to pour over the chops! either way the honey glazed pork chops are delicious. xo

  • Lael Arrington
    April 19, 2019 at 10:42 am

    He is risen indeed!

  • Meg G Doster
    April 19, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for the recipes!

    • Beth Djalali
      April 19, 2019 at 11:12 am

      thanks for stopping by, meg! xo

  • Polly
    April 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

    So cute! What size are you wearing in the ice cream tee?

  • Donna G
    April 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Does Ollie not nibble on plants? I noticed the lilies in a vase. A friend have me a daylily for my sunroom and I had to re-gift it, as I didn’t want to take a chance that my kitties would snack on it.

    • Violet L O'Brien
      April 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Donna, They are very dangerous for kitties. You were wise to regift the daylily. So many plants are poisonous to them and it’s not worth it . Happy Easter!!

  • Rebecca
    April 19, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend. You and Oscar look ready to enjoy that spring seems to be finally here!

    • Beth Djalali
      April 24, 2019 at 10:09 am

      thanks rebecca! i hope you enjoyed the long Easter weekend. xo

  • jackie
    April 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I wish I lived near you . I would be over in a hop skip and assist you in that garden. Moved here less than 12 months ago and have converted acres of paddock grass to gardens. We are in the sub tropics so things do go grow quickly. It almost winter here and we are wearing jumpers. . There are some beautiful garden ideas on you tube if you have to end up doing it yourself.Have a great Easter.

    • Beth Djalali
      April 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

      awww, that would be great to have a helping hand! it sounds as if your gardens have really taken off. it sounds beautiful. xo

  • Debra Cervelli
    May 1, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Beth, your patio is lovely. I spotted the monogrammed cocktail napkins and realized they would make a
    wonderful hostess gift, along with matching monogrammed wine bags. Our friends will love them.
    Thanks for all of the inspiration!

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