springing forward | fridays with oscar

the first week of march has come and gone. we are springing forward this weekend and feeling the spring vibes—even if the temps are low and the skies are cloudy. it has been hard to soak up that vitamin d here in Athens this winter:  we’ve had so much rain! but all that Florida sunshine energized me, and i am excited for a spring refresh here at home and a spring wardrobe refresh.

speaking of refreshing, today’s recipe features a dressing made with whole lemons for tons of fresh, bright and tangy flavor. you will want to be sure to read on for the recipe. we have a summery cocktail on the menu; the classic mojito and its mocktail counterpart: the “nojito”. are you ready to kick off Friday? let’s do it!

outfit of the day 

this week i am adding a pop of color to my OOTD and having some fun with stripes! a classic opens in a new windowstriped button down pairs with opens in a new windowslim wide-leg denim jeans from J.Crew. i love to mix stripes with stripes and these jeans are a great alternative to white jeans. my color pop today comes from a hot pink cardigan and pink ballet flats (similars opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and i’ve also sourced some similars in red below as the one’s i’m wearing are last season). you may recall ballet flats from my trip to Florida when i paired them with white Bermuda shorts and a pink striped popover top.

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salmon with whole lemon dressing

this recipe is by Alison Roman and was featured on the New York Times Cooking website. such a simple and easy way to prepare salmon. the dressing is bright and savory. perfect for dinner, or even lunch; the dish is essentially a bibb lettuce salad with baked salmon. it came together in about half an hour and is delicious warm or cold.

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Salmon with Whole Lemon Dressing
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lemons, seeds removed, peel, pith and fruit finely chopped
  2. 1 small shallot or garlic clove, finely chopped
  3. 3 oregano, marjoram or thyme sprigs, leaves stripped and chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  5. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  7. 1 ½ pounds skin-on salmon fillet (skinless is fine in a pinch)
  8. 1 head butter or Little Gem lettuce, torn into large pieces
  9. 2 Persian cucumbers or radishes, or both, sliced, for serving
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, combine finely chopped lemon, shallot, oregano and vinegar for the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, and add 1/4 cup olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. Place skin-side down in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish (or other 2-quart equivalent). Spoon half the lemon dressing over the salmon, and place in the oven until salmon is just cooked through but still a nice orange-pink in the thickest parts for more of a medium-rare salmon, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.
  3. Step 3: Meanwhile, scatter lettuces onto a large serving platter. Once salmon is out of the oven, use a spoon or spatula to transfer it to the serving platter with the lettuces, leaving behind the skin. Spoon remaining lemon dressing over the salmon and lettuces. Serve alongside cucumbers or radishes, or both, for crunch.
Adapted from The New York Times
Adapted from The New York Times
Style At A Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/

mojito and nojito

this recipe is for the classic mojito and making it a “nojito” – cleverly, a mojito without the rum, is simple. to make this a nojito, i muddled the lime juice and mint without the rum and i topped the shaken mixture with 7Up, but you could top it with lime sparkling water or any other citrus soda or sparkling water you like. 

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for both mojito and nojito i used a little agave syrup instead of sugar or honey. start small with the agave, it is a bit sweeter and since i prefer my drinks less sweet, i only used about a teaspoon.

 

mojito and nojito
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Ingredients
  1. 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  2. 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum
  3. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  4. 2–3 teaspoons honey simple syrup (see below), to taste
  5. ice
  6. club soda
Instructions
  1. For A Single Serving: Add the mint leaves, rum, lime juice and honey simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the mint (using a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon) to release its flavors. Add 1 cup of ice. Then cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, until chilled. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, as well as extra mint or lime wedges for garnish, if desired.
Notes
  1. for the mojito, instead of club soda i used sparkling water. for the "nojito" i used 7Up instead of the club soda or sparkling water. i used agave as the sweetener, instead of honey simple syrup.
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Style At A Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/

fridays with oscar

well ladies, that’s a wrap for this week’s fridays with oscar. let me know if you make any of the recipes featured today, and what you think! we have spring on our minds here at the blog, so stay tuned for fresh recipes, spring style and home decor all month long.  and join us all month for a spring wardrobe refresh. oscar, ollie and i wish all you a lovely weekend. 

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23 Comments

  1. Susi noblett wrote:

    Hi Beth… you don’t know me of course but I just love all the clothes you wear and how you wear them… what I really wanted to tell you is how I admire you for carrying on after your husbands passing…. I’m 61 years old and I lost my husband 22 month ago, he was the love of my life just like yours was to you….. I’m carrying on as well, enjoying my children and grandchildren, I get enjoyment out of the little things in life like a flower , a sunset or just watching the birds!! You are strong… I guess most women are😊
    Much love. Susi

    Posted 3.6.20
    • thanks so much, susi. life does has its ups and downs but we only have one to live. and we need to make it count. i’m so sorry for your loss. but i’m certain you’re so very thankful for all the years you spent together. xo

      Posted 3.6.20
    • Georgia Peach wrote:

      Pretty today,Beth!
      Love blue stripes. And that refreshing pop of pink!
      Oscar has certainly matured into a gorgeous dog.
      I love my furry companions.
      Beautiful tablescape. I’m ready for St.Patricks Day☘

      Posted 3.6.20
  2. Pat wrote:

    LOVE the pop of pink. Do not like the mixing of stripes. Love the placemats and love to see pictures of your lovely home.

    Posted 3.6.20
    • some people like pattern mixing and some people don’t. vive le difference!

      Posted 3.6.20
      • Klandi wrote:

        I never used to like mixing patterns, but when done right (like here), it can make the outfit more interesting. Great color combination (or maybe you should have had something salmon colored. 😉).

        Posted 3.6.20
  3. Linda wrote:

    Thank you Beth! I love Fridays with Oscar!!💖💙💖

    Posted 3.6.20
    • it’s definitely my favorite day of the week. thanks for tuning in!

      Posted 3.6.20
  4. Marie wrote:

    Ollie is so darn cute! We have a golden retriever named Rosie. Dogs are just the best!
    Love your outfit also love on the spring green placemats, etc! I enjoy your posts and look forward to them every day. So, thanks!

    Posted 3.6.20
    • ollie is such a hoot. and gives oscar a run for his money. so thankful for both of my buddies.

      Posted 3.6.20
  5. Jeannette schacht wrote:

    It was great to see Ollie-don’t see the kitty much ! Love Oscar but more of ollie❤️❤️❤️

    Posted 3.6.20
    • we definitely try to include ollie as much as possible. she’s a keeper that’s for sure.

      Posted 3.6.20
  6. Susan S wrote:

    The striped jeans are not a flattering style on you. I would go back to white.

    Posted 3.6.20
    • oh i’ll definitely wear my white denim as well as the stripes. it always cracks me up that our generation is so fixated on what’s flattering to our figures. sometimes, it’s just plain fun to color outside the lines. and i do love these striped jeans.

      Posted 3.6.20
      • Gayle wrote:

        I love your attitude. Make life fun.

        Posted 3.6.20
      • Mare wrote:

        Amen lady!

        Posted 3.6.20
  7. Jan wrote:

    Pretty in pink, for sure! Love the outfit you put together today. Yes, spring is trying it’s best to please us. The snow geese are heading back north so that’s always a good sign.

    Posted 3.6.20
  8. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Love this! Such a vibrant pink with the mixed stripes. You look great! And the lemon salmon dish sounds excellent. I’ll have to give that a whirl. What’s not to like about that? Today was gray and chilly. This winter has been all over the place. I’m ready for spring and pops of color, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 3.6.20
  9. Mary C wrote:

    I love the pink shoes with the striped pants. How totally fun!

    Posted 3.6.20
  10. Shelly wrote:

    Hi Beth, thanks for the “nojito” recipe!!!!!

    Posted 3.6.20
  11. Jeanette wrote:

    I have blue striped jeans in my wardrobe, have difficulty matching them up with something.
    Certainly will try the stripe on stripe. Thank you for pushing my boundaries.

    Posted 3.7.20
  12. Marta Suarez wrote:

    Hi Beth. I Always read your blog, I like your style but sometimes I get angry with you. Excuse my english. I am a medical doctor, so I must ask you, please, people must stay at home about the coronavirus. Don’t encourage shopping, neither on line, because many products come from China. Be careful. Best wishes. Thanks, Marta.

    Posted 3.7.20
  13. Eve wrote:

    I love the stripe on stripe and the pink is just perfect. I need to add some colorful footwear. All I really have is leopard right now. Maybe some two tone. But bright pink ballerina shoes, that’s styling!

    Posted 3.10.20

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