Family Time

My Sunday was just what I needed, time with my family. My brother in law is taking a professional development course at MIT this week, so my sister, 3 year old niece, and niece or nephew to be :) came along to hang out with me.

After a loooong morning of cleaning, trying to fix my Windows Live Writer, and blogging, I met them at their hotel, and we went for a walk down by the waterfront.

Beach Grass

It actually felt lovely and cool and even rained a bit. My family is from NJ where it has been in the high 90’s and 100’s for all of July, and they loved the break.

Carson Beach

Mid-summer flowers were all along the path, and my niece kept stopping to smell them. I would love to post photos of my nieces and nephews, but I feel like the blog is just too public for the little ones. Trust me when I say they are all cute :)


Dinner was laid back, New England-style food at The Ledge in Dorchester. I had heard great things about their patio, and it did not disappoint. It is beautifully done with great stone benches, lots of flowers, and tons of space. It is the best outdoor dining space I have seen in Boston because it is private and completely removed from the street. They also have an outside bar ;)

The Ledge, Dorchester Sea Dog Blueberry

I started with a Sea Dog Blueberry with a few juicy blueberries floating at the top.

For dinner, I started with the wedge salad, crisp iceberg lettuce, blue cheese, pickled onions, bacon, eggs, and grape tomatoes. I shared it with the table. It was enormous!

wedge salad

I shared some Island Creek and Point Judith oysters with the hubs.


And then had some mussels in a flavorful broth chock full of fennel, carrots, grape tomatoes, and garlic with a little grilled bread.


We also shared The Ledge’s ooey-gooey blue cheese tater tots, literally giant potato nuggets filled with melted blue cheese. Amazing.

The adults were full after dinner, but a certain 3 year old asked for strawberry ice cream with sprinkles, and we obliged. We stopped at the nearby Ice Creamsmith, a Dorchester favorite and some of the best homemade ice cream in the area. I stole a bite of the delicious, berry filled creaminess, and it definitely made me wish I had saved some room!

The Ice Creamsmith

Being with my family is definitely nice, especially in my hometown. Today I am off work to spend the day with my sister and niece at a farm in Central MA. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day right now.

Do you live close to your family? If not, how often do you get to see them?

I certainly cherish the time I have with mine!

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Tags: beer, Boston, family, Food, mussels, oysters, The Ledge

  1. Jess’s avatar

    I want to love oysters so bad, but I haven’t figured out how. Any suggestions?

    What farm are you going to? I went peach and blueberry picking yesterday at George’s Orchard in Lancaster/Bolton and it was divine. Have a great time and nice photos~


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I love family time! I got to spend time yesterday with Bret’s family and I especially love hanging out with his three year old nephew! Nothing makes me laugh more than hearing a child laugh with pure abandon.


  3. Raija’s avatar

    so happy for you to have this time!


  4. Juliana’s avatar

    I too, love time with my family…the food looks amazing :-)


  5. Justin’s avatar

    I do love a nice cold Sea Dog Blueberry beer. They’re hard to come by out West, though! I’m jealous.

    The food looks fabulous.


  6. MarathonVal’s avatar

    You can’t beat family time! There’s nothing better than having family that lives close by!


  7. Corinne’s avatar

    seadog blueberry with blueberries is my go to in the summer. maybe even more than sam summer! gah! my family is also from nj so i know how that goes. i do not get to see them as often as i would like thats for sure. enjoy all the family time!


  8. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    What a salad – I had to stare at the picture for several minutes :D I’ve never seen anything like it before! HUGE.

    My mum lives quite close and my dad too, so we meet once in 2 weeks / 1 a month, depens on how busy we all are :)


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