fridays with oscar easter edition 2021

Easter weekend always conjures memories, whether it’s from my youth shopping with my mother for my Easter dress, hat, and handbag (yes, all three were required) or Easter brunches celebrated with mr. style and my three cherubs. even last year, when the world was temporarily falling apart with Covid restrictions, my small tribe put together a virtual Easter. and guess what? i bought a new Easter dress both last year and this. some things never change. join us today, for fridays with oscar Easter edition 2021.

oscar is back for his weekly gig. although last week was more fun as his buddy pax stopped by to say hello. this week he’s flying solo. while i’m not dishing up a traditional Easter brunch recipe, i do have a delicious dish that’s perfect for a Spring day – Salad Nicoise. and if you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail, look no further than a GinGin Mule, which is a spin on the traditional Moscow Mule. so come on in! we’re waiting for you.

fridays with oscar Easter edition 2021

today’s opens in a new windowblue and white shirtdress is from opens in a new windowTalbots. all shirtdresses come with a self-tie belt, but typically i exchange that for one of my own. i kept it simple with a opens in a new windowskinny white belt with a gold buckle. white sandals (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) seemed like a no-brainer, but navy would look stunning too. and, yes, the adorable opens in a new windowwhite satchel from opens in a new windowRalph Lauren is back in action. i always love to wear dresses as their one and done. no muss and no fuss.

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Salad Nicoise

Ingredients

  • 34.5 ouncescans or packets of tuna
  • 1lbfingerling potatoes
  • 1clovegarlic
  • 8ouncesgreen beans or haricot verts
  • 3cupssalad greens
  • 1tomato, ripe
  • 3tbspbutter, unsalted
  • 4hard boiled eggs
  • 1cupNicoise olives to taste
  • 4radishes, sliced thin
  • black pepper to taste
  • kosher salt to taste

Salad Dressing

  • ¼cupApple cider vinegar
  • 1cupvirgin olive oil
  • ¼cupwhite wine vinegar
  • 2tspDijon mustard
  • ¼tspmustard, dry

Instructions

Make the Dressing

  1. Place the oil, white vinegar, cider vinegar, Dijon, and garlic in a blender or small food processor and process until the dressing is thick and creamy. Add the mustard, and a generous amount of salt and pepper and process briefly to combine. Taste and add more vinegar, and salt as needed.

  2. This dressing will make more than you need for one salad; the remaining vinaigrette can be refrigerated up to 1 week.

Make the Salad

  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the potatoes by a few inches. Add a generous amount of salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and simmer over low heat until the potatoes are tender and can easily be pierced with knife, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes to a medium bowl and set aside to cool.

  2. Return the water to a boil and add the green beans. Cook until bright green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and place in a medium bowl.

  3. Cut the potatoes crosswise into thin rounds and return to the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine; set aside. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the green beans, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Place the drained tuna in a medium bowl, add a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette, and toss to combine. Taste and add more vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper as needed.

  4. Arrange the salad greens on a serving platter. Arrange the potatoes, green beans, eggs, tomatoes, tuna, and olives if using on the lettuce. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side.

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GinGin Mule

Ingredients

  • ouncesgin
  • ¾ouncefresh lime juice
  • ½ounce simple syrup
  • 1ouncechilled ginger beer
  • lime wedge, for garnish
  • mint spring, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the lime juice, simple syrup, and mint in a cocktail shaker; muddle well. Add the gin and ice, then shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the ginger beer. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

oscar and i wish you a lovely weekend. Happy Easter! He is Risen.

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53 Comments

  1. Sue wrote:

    You look lovely, Beth, as always.! I love Tuna nicoise and will definitely try that dressing. Happy Easter to you and yours.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  2. Jan wrote:

    Your featured photos this morning are simply heartwarming! The Easter season always brings a feeling of hope and this year in particular. I look forward to your blogs that are always sprinkled with positive messages.
    Thank you for all you do. You have no idea how much your words can help, not only in the good times but when the road gets too rough to travel.
    Hello to a fabulous weekend and a much better 2021!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  3. Jayne McLeod wrote:

    Good Friday morning Beth…Blessings to you and yours.
    You have a lovely and very informative web site. I so enjoy the content and your words of wisdom through out. Thank you for your willingness to share life’s lessons. Its been such fun and I have learned so much as I read along. Have yourself a wonderful day.
    He is risen indeed ! Jayne

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  4. Suzanne Kerr wrote:

    5 stars
    You look lovely! Thanks for sharing the salad recipe. I’m always looking for new recipes.
    Have a beautiful Easter weekend,
    Suzanne
    P.S. Some of my best memories are shopping for Easter clothes with my mom. A hat, dress, gloves, and handbag were required.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  5. Love your dress and ensemble. Oscar is as handsome as usual. Nice dinner and table setting you have planned also. Have a blessed Easter.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  6. Michelle Hamric wrote:

    Beth, you have set a beautiful table for Easter! I only wish I still had a dining room. But, I’ll add a few festive touches to our small kitchen table.
    Like you, I have wonderful memories of Easter. I remember Mom, my sister and I buying our Easter oufits which included hat, gloves, shoes, ruffle anklets, white straw handbag, and of course, THE dress!! Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, I have to say that there weren’t too many Easters we got to actually wear our Easter outfits. If Easter fell later in April, then usually it was a go! I now live in southern Missouri. It will be sunny and 70+. Can hardly wait even though we’re still attending church online. I just got my 2nd COVID shot yesterday. After 2 weeks I’ll be freer to attend church and other activities. HAPPY EASTER to you and your family!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  7. Violet L O'Brien wrote:

    5 stars
    Food and drink look delish! Enjoy your day. Happy Easter….He is Risen Indeed!!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  8. Karel wrote:

    I just love Beth’s blog and always have to click in and read it. I’m a huge Talbots fan also and her style and choices are impeccable (for dress and home). BRAVO, Beth (and Oscar)! Happy Easter: Christ is risen!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  9. Alecia wrote:

    5 stars
    Enjoyed today’s post so much.

    My childhood Easter’s were similiar to yours but I also had the wrist length white cotton gloves. Every Sunday.

    I am buying the white belt from Nordstrom.

    Plan to make the salad, and had the drink at a dinner party and loved it.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  10. Georgia Peach wrote:

    Happy Good Friday!
    You’re so pretty in your blue Easter dress. Ocsar’s looking handsome as always. Your Sping door decor is lovely. Happy memories of Easter for me too.
    Always had to have a special ensemble. I well remember as a 10 yr. old a navy & white dress with a sailor collar and white straw boater with navy and white grosgrain ribbon. My precious mama kept us going pretty fashionable 💟
    We have 3 sons and they got spiffed up too!
    Such a precious celebration.
    I hope you and your family have an awesomely blessed weekend. 🐇

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  11. Carol Bohn wrote:

    5 stars
    Happy Easter to you too, Beth. Lovely dress and table setting. I too have so many Easter memories with my parents, husband and three kids. I’m alone now as the kids have launched, and my husband didn’t pass away but decided to come out of the closet 6 years ago at age 65.
    He left home 2 weeks after my youngest.
    Too much info, probably, but just wanted to let you know I find these holidays hard as you probably do. Hope you get together with the family as I am!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
    • it’s hard flying solo. but we will continue to make the best of being single. God Bless!

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  12. everything adorable for Easter!!!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  13. Cindy Smith wrote:

    Lovely dress on you and I adore that satchel purse too!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  14. I love your website i enjoy it a very much.
    I am 73 years old, not very good with this
    web, I leave short messages but is that is a problem, let me know

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  15. JOAN wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog and YouTube videos for about 2 years now and getting so much inspiration from them. Thanks so much for all you do. I wish you a blessed Easter with your loved ones!
    He is Risen, indeed!
    Joan

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  16. Sheri Deppe wrote:

    He is risen indeed!
    Blessed Easter to you friend!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  17. Linda Aulgur wrote:

    And Happy blessed Easter 🐣 to you!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  18. Eve wrote:

    You look beautiful and so does Oscar. Your table settings are always inspiring.
    My husband passed on February 2 so Planning Easter is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with a main piece missing.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
    • it’s so hard, Eve. one day at a time. God Bless!

      Posted 4.2.21Reply
  19. Diane wrote:

    5 stars
    Happy Easter Beth. Glad to see you looking so well. Thank you for the amazing style you bring to us each and every week. And of course the inspiration to live a better day!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  20. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    That heavenly blue frock is a timeless treasure. Perfect on you. I love seeing you celebrate all the holidays. It is so important and life-affirming. I hope Oscar, Oliver and Pax enjoy their Easter baskets. My mom did Easter gifts for me until she passed away at 89 back in 2006. Such great memories. Happy Easter.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
    • such a simple dress perfect all spring and summer. Happy Easter!

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  21. Cheryl Sampson wrote:

    Agree with your memories of Easter-similar to mine. Still love an Easter dress. Happy Easter to you and your family including Oscar, Ollie and Pax. He is risen!

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  22. Kathye Vance wrote:

    You look lovely, and Oscar is handsome as always! Thank you for the Easter greeting. God bless…..

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  23. Andrea wrote:

    Happy Easter, Beth. Love your table, always so chic and inviting. Gorgeous door decor too.

    I know what you mean about traditions. Easter, was the one time, as a child, I could count on a new dress, hat and, sometimes new shoes! Love blue and white. Those shoes are the perfect touch of feminine.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
  24. Anon wrote:

    That shade of blue is so nice on you. It works for many different complexions, too. What a wonderful spring and summer dress.

    Posted 4.2.21Reply
    • i just loved the colors! and you’re right, blue looks beautiful on everyone.

      Posted 4.2.21Reply
  25. Agnieszka wrote:

    Piękna sukienka i piękny wystrój stoł.

    Posted 4.3.21Reply
  26. Billy wrote:

    5 stars
    You’re an incredibly beautiful and classy lady. I love your dress and shoes.

    Posted 4.3.21Reply
  27. Kim Kirkegaard wrote:

    5 stars
    Just signed up to your blog and so enjoy your style and product and recipe recommendations! Love Oscar! I grew up with GS’s. What a wonderful breed! So loyal and loving! I too am in my early 60’s. Your Easter Table is lovely!

    Posted 4.5.21Reply
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