Beachy Bungalows

Here we are in August - the time of year we always vacationed when I was a kiddo. Which got me thinking about a summer long ago - my folks rented a lovely little shingled bungalow with a private beach for a few weeks in Dennisport, MA - which started me on this piece. Let’s take a look at some of these lovely gems.

Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod, MA

Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City, NJ

shingle: a small thin piece of building material often with one end thicker than the other for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building
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Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head NJ

Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head NJ

This is my Grandparents church Sacred Heart in Bay Head NJ, so pretty.

Patrick Ahearn Architect, Chatham, MA

Patrick Ahearn Architect, Chatham, MA

There are two vastly different beach towns that my family love. Ocean City, NJ with its Board Walk- filled with rides and yummy treats from Shrivers Candy Store and Manco & Manco Pizza and the beatific Chatham, MA located on the elbow of Cape Cod with it’s pretty shoreline and delightful downtown filled with shops and eateries.

Downtown Chatham, MA

Downtown Chatham, MA

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

Steven and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary with a stay at Chatham Bars Inn.

Riptide, Chatham, MA

Riptide, Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Chatham Pier Fish Market

Chatham Pier Fish Market

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

This sweet cottage above once belonged to my Mother-In-Law Marge and her husband Jack. The home below we rented with good friends on Main Street, Chatham in 2006.

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Is there are style of architecture that really speaks to you? Let me know what it is!

Til next time!

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Hello Summer 2019!

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We’re currently at the beach! We decided Liam needed to experience fireworks while sitting on the beach and if we say beach we can only mean one place my friends - Ocean City, NJ. We know he will be thrilled. For years my sister and her family came to the beach that week and I was always lucky and blessed to be able to join them - as long as I brought a case of Heineken I was welcome! Ocean City is a dry town - a stop at Circle Liquors in Somers Point is mandatory before crossing the bridge!

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This is the Lifeguard stand on our stretch of beach. We’ve been staying on St. Charles Place for years! We love being doors from the sand and Browns Restaurant - the makers of the best donuts in the entire world!

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This week is about reconnecting with family. Relishing hours on the beach, playing card games, enjoying beautiful beach views while eating a ton of Manco & Manco pizza, walking the boards, getting delicious chocolate treats from Shriver’s, enjoying rides at Gillan’s Wonderland, shopping for a new T-shirt or two from Ocean Treasures, seeing how many rounds of Mini Golf we can fit in, dinner at the Crab Trap in Somers Point and doing our best not to get sunburned while savoring every minute!

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Nothing beats Gillian’s for funnel cake, Kohrs ice cream, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Scrambler, Bumper Cars and more!

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Happy 4th of July everyone! Enjoy this wonderful Holiday celebrating America’s Birthday!

Til next time - I hope the weather is wonderful wherever you are!

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A Cheery Warmly Goodly Wine

I so very much hope you had the very Happiest Christmas!

One thing that is sure to happen when we gather with family and friends is the raising of a glass or two! So in keeping with the spirit of the season I thought I would share a few cocktails we love around the Chalet. #slainte (pronounced: Slaancha - Irish for Your Health!)

In this scene from A Christmas Carol Scrooge’s nephew Fred is offering Bob Cratchit a glass of port… “The 5th essence of the Christmas Spirit!”

Champagne and Chambord

Champagne and Chambord

A glass of Champagne and Chambord is always yummy.

  • 1 ounce Chambord

  • 6 ounces chilled Champagne

    Method

    Pour chambord into flute add champagne and serve!

Dark and stormy

Dark and stormy

Always a crowd favorite: Dark and Stormy.

  • 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

  • Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

    Method

    In a tall glass filled with ice add 4 – 5 oz of Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).

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Eggnog is always a staple. Its a great non-alcoholic delicious option.

Lamarca

Lamarca

Everyone who knows me know my drink of choice is always a glass of Prosecco!

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

I grew up on Shirley Temples and now my son loves them!

Method

  • Start with Ice add ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

whiskey sour

whiskey sour

I can’t close this piece without a Whiskey Sour - a real sour made with an egg! It’s so pretty and a personal fav! But, it must be made with Jameson Irish Whiskey for this momma!

Method

  • Place the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Do not add ice yet.

  • Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (This is referred to as a "dry shake." It's good for incorporating the egg white before adding ice to the shaker.)

  • Add ice, seal again, and shake for 7 to 10 seconds more to chill.

  • Fit a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. This is referred to as a "double strain" and this method is used to catch any ice shards or pulp from the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

  • Garnish with a speared maraschino cherry.


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Raise a glass and know I am wishing you a brilliant New Years my sweet friends!

Cheers! Sante’! Skaal! Prost! Salute! Yiamas! Keskun!

Til next time!

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