Hi All! Things have been a little hectic in the last couple weeks. Laura finally got the piece of paper she had been working so hard for and Serena learned how to be a professional “stealer of seats” and “friends and family wrangler.” It’s been the best of times. We’ve celebrated, indulged, dinned, danced, swam, and lazed around about every chance we get.

This weekend was no different. With a few other friends in tow, we ventured down to Maryland for the most relaxing weekend yet.

We had great company (cats included) and spent the weekend soaking up the sun. Since we spent most of the weekened lazying around there isn’t too much to report, however, we did manage to fit in some amazing meals and summer cocktails.

One of our fellow guests from nosurefooting made us this scrumptious cocktail:

* 1 part gin
* 2 parts lemonade
* a healthy dash of champagne
* muddle blackberries with a pinch of sugar for the bottom of each glass

It was pretty darn tasty.

For one of our dinners we put together a lime and thyme crusted tuna, grilled veggies, and corn on the cob. Double YUM.

Photo by Jason Maymudes

Serena adapted this recipe for the Tuna rub:

For the rub
2 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves
2 teaspoons of sesame seeds *
1 teaspoon of ground mustard
1 teaspoon of ground pepper
a pinch of salt

Additional ingredients
Fresh Ahi Tuna steaks
Zest and juice from one lime
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Stonewall Kitchen’s Carmelized Onion Mustard

First Serena sliced the Tuna steaks into strips about an inch thick and three inches long, rubbed the strips with olive oil and let them sit for an hour. Then we dipped the strips in Stonewall Kitchen’s Carmelized Onion Mustard and smothered the strips in the rub. Next, in a cast-iron skillet heat up the EVOO and place the strips in the pan, flipping each strip after about 30 seconds. Don’t let the tuna cook too long or it looses its moisture and yummy pink center.

To top off our food and drink, Laura made these YUMMY oatmeal cookies.

Photo by Jason Maymudes

We were all sad to see the weekend come to an end so we took a few last dips in the creek and headed out. The only thing that made the hot afternoon drive better was knowing we would be back soon. Oh, and having the windows down and the music turned up.

Photo by Maggie Shapiro

Look out for our new Weekender Series. Whether it is to another country, state or just a different part of the city, every weekend we’ll let you in on one of the best secrets to surving summer living in NYC: letting the heart “grow fonder” and leaving. We’ll let you in on fun places to go near by and fun places to go far away. And because leaving the city isn’t always an option we’ll share some ways to avoid the heat and tricks for creating the perfect ‘stay-cation.’

Photos by Jason Maymudes

Till then, stay cool!