Happy Friday, ladies! We made it through the week, finally. The weather in Athens has been wonderful—we hit 80 degrees yesterday! I spent the afternoon cleaning my patio and hosted happy hour with my son and daughter-in-law Kelly. Had to take advantage of the weather, because it looks like we’re in for a week of rain next week! My son was in such a good mood, he decided to order tickets to The Black Crowes in June. I’ve never really listened to them, but I haven’t seen live music since 2019. I’m looking forward to it. To get you into a good mood, I’ve got a colorful Spring sweater from LOFT that I know you’re going to love.
A recipe from Bon Appétit that’s perfect for a light spring dinner.
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 pound assorted small tomatoes (such as cherry, Sun Gold, or green), halved, quartered if large
Freshly ground black pepper
8 slices 3/4”-thick country-style bread
1 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped mixed tender herbs (such as basil, parsley, small dill sprigs, and/or chives)
10 oz whole-milk ricotta
Finely chop garlic, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, then mash with the side of knife to a fine paste. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar and 2 Tbsp. oil. Add tomatoes; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare grill for medium-high heat. Brush both sides of bread with remaining 4 Tbsp. oil and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.
Just before serving, toss herbs with tomato mixture. Spread ricotta on toast and top with tomato mixture; cut toast in half.
DO AHEAD: Tomato mixture (without herbs) can be made 12 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
Serving Size:8 servings
Saturated Fat:4.5 g
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A vodka-based cocktail is on the menu this week: a Bichon Frise. I love St. Elder liqueur, so it was hard to not pass along this recipe. Here’s to Friday, ladies! As my mother used to say, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere in the world.
1ounce red grapefruit juice, plus strip of grapefruit peel for garnishing
1/2ounce elderflower liqueur
1/4ounce lemon juice
Spread sugar on small plate. Moisten rim of glass by running grapefruit wedge around outer edge. Roll moistened rim in sugar to coat.
Add vodka, grapefruit juice, liqueur, and lemon juice to cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake until well chilled about 30 seconds. Double strain cocktail into prepared glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
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Fridays with Oscar
Well, that’s a wrap for us over here at SAACA. From Oscar, Ollie, and myself, enjoy your weekend. And try to spend it with someone you love!
One of our readers’ favorite retailers is Talbots. You probably noticed we snuck in a white button-down from them in addition to the Spring sweater from LOFT. In case you missed it, yesterday, we focused on the Talbots Spring Collection and featured a striped sweater that I just love. Make sure to check it out.
We just posted a new DAILY LOOK, so make sure to check it out. Daily Looks is a really simple feature: a dedicated photo feed of my daily outfits. And you can shop those outfits easily through the shop the widget below the picture.
Bring on Spring! Hugs to Oscar – and Ollie.
The Spring colors and beautiful weather are inspiring me.
Definitely getting your pink sweater.
Enjoy your weekend.
we’re all ready for spring!
Great post! The colors and food along with your precious pets were needed on this morning. Thanks for sharing!
bring on spring!
Love love The Oscar! My beloved Rilee is holding her own against bladder cancer. No better, but no worse. Takes the medications like a trooper. She loves her walks, eats like an elephant, chases the ball with gusto, and loves her outdoor time sniffing the air for Spring. I treasure every day God grants us to be together. Rilee sends love and a high five paw to Oscar.
that’s all you can ask for – a happy life! keep going Rilee! Oscar sends his love.
Your outfit is cute today. Love the bright pink sweater. Wow! 80 degrees there yesterday! It was 27 degrees here yesterday in my area of Minnesota
It is to be a balmy 40 here today lol. Rain is coming tomorrow. I Oscar. Hi Ollie.
spring in the south is glorious and starts early! hang in there as it’s bound to show up in Minnesota.
As always, another wonderful post. Hello to Oscar and your beautiful kitty with the tips on his ears. My cat has little tips on his ears too, like a bobcat!
i always think ollie looks like a bobcat!
Since my Princess is no longer wih us, pics of Oscar has to do it for me. Ollie looks grumpy, not enough pics of her for her vanity..I have a friend wtih a silver coon cat. Birdy. but they live too frr away for me to sulimate my dog,cat longing. So for now, I guess the pictures will just have to do. A going to be trying your St elder liquor this evening. Better han a martini?
both cocktails are good. very different from each other. but good.
Oscar love! (Some to Ollie too) ~
they both love to be loved! have a great weekend!
You should really look at UGA’s music lineup. They have some great live music open to the public. Of course, I’m a proud mom of a UGA music major.
thanks for sharing. UGA has everything! sports, music, theater. love this town.
Love the pink sweater! It’s nice to see a sweater that’s not slouchy & over-sized. Oscar & Ollie are looking good as always.
it’s such a beautiful shade of pink! have a great weekend
Such a nice, casual Friday look! Tell Oscar we love that he’s making cocktails with American vodka! Ollie is got a Friday face too. Can you share where you got the napkins? Will think of your weather as we ‘enjoy’ our 30-40 degree spring.
love Tito’s made in Texas i believe.
Enjoyed your post today. The pink sweater looked lovely on you. I couldn’t resist and ordered the sweater for me. Enjoy your weekend.
it is a beautiful shade of pink. you will love the sweater!
Hi Beth, would you please share the info on what eyeliner you are wearing? I’ve been looking for a medium taupe liner since the browns and blacks are too severe for my coloring. Thank you!
I usually wear L’Oreal Age Perfect Eyeliner, black – https://amzn.to/3hIKt65
or Nars Mambo which is a dark brown – https://rstyle.me/+11cWXfbZJQJxk6fFYoupgg
Hi Beth, I’m sorry to bother you again, but I’m looking for the taupe colored eye liner you are wearing in the photo of Oscar “kissing” your nose (I love your puppy!). You have on the pink sweater and jeans, towards the end of this post.
That is from the L’Oreal Age Perfect line. It’s black. Here’s a link:
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