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  • Perfect preppy dishes for your 4th of July BBQ

    4th of July

    Getting together with friends and family on the Fourth of July is a tradition that most of us look forward to every summer, so why not serve up some traditional American barbecue foods? From homemade Boston baked beans to a patriotic berry buckle tart, this meal is half make-ahead and half throw-it-on-the-grill, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the day.

     

     

    Boston Baked Beans

    In the summer, forget turning on the oven to make baked beans—let your slow cooker do all the work so you don’t have to!

     

    10984232715_a143f64368_z- 2 c. dried navy beans

    - ½ lb. lower-sodium bacon, browned and drained

    - 1 red onion, diced

    - ¼ c. molasses

    - 1 tsp. salt

    - ½ tsp. pepper

    - ½ tsp. dry mustard

    - ½ c. ketchup

    - 1 T. Worcestershire sauce

    - ½ c. dark brown sugar

     

    1. Rinse and sort through dry beans and place in slow cooker. Cover with water by 2 inches and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, checking periodically and adding more water if necessary.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over beans and stir.
    3. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

    Serves 6

     

     


    Grilled Corn On The Cob

    The best corn on the cob: easy to make and easy to serve.

     

    5420704405_72c211ede0_z- 6 ears of corn

    - 1 stick of butter

    - 6 pieces of heavy foil

     

     

     

     

    1. Shuck corn, remove husk and silk strands.
    2. Place a pat of butter into each piece of heavy foil. Place corn on top and wrap up.
    3. Grill over hot coals for fifteen minutes, turning every few minutes.
    4. Let corn rest for five minutes before serving.

    Serves 6

     

     

     

    New England Bake

    A proper preppy barbecue needs to at least nod at a clambake, doesn’t it?

     

    7176159319_16a5f97f2f_z- 1 filet of flounder (or fish of your choosing)

    - 3-4 small red potatoes, sliced

    - 1 lemon, sliced

    - 1 T. butter

    - 1 clove of garlic, minced

    - Salt and pepper to taste

     

     

    1. Lay out two pieces of aluminium foil. Place potatoes on foil.
    2. Put fish on top of potatoes and top with lemon slices; top lemon slices with butter, garlic, and seasonings. Seal packet.
    3. Grill for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

    This recipe serves 1; simply make more packets to serve more guests.

     

     

     

    Mixed Berry Buckle Tart

    The perfect red, white, and blue make-ahead dessert.
    15083122286_2750646abe_z- Flour

    - 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed

    - 1 egg, beaten

    - 1 T. sugar

    - 1 4-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

    - 1 8-oz. whipped cream (like Cool Whip), thawed

    - 1 lemon, zested

    - 4 T. powdered sugar, divided

    - ½ c. fresh strawberries, sliced

    - ½ c. fresh raspberries

    - 1 c. fresh blueberries

     

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or a baking mat.
    2. Lightly dust a cutting board with flour and roll out puff pastry; place on baking sheet.
    3. Measure a 1-inch border around perimeter of pastry and, using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg on the border. Sprinkle with sugar.
    4. Bake 13-14 minutes or until puffed and golden.
    5. Wearing oven mitts, softly press down on the center of the pastry to deflate. Let cool.
    6. In the meantime, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add whipped cream, lemon zest, and half of the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Spread onto cooled pastry.
    7. Arrange berries on cream cheese mixture, sprinkle with remaining powdered sugar, and serve.

     

    Check out our simple and delicious preppy summer cocktails for some fun ideas on delicious drinks to pair with this meal.

     

    Contributed by Charlotte Farley
    Image sources: 1. Theryn Fleming 2. Aimee Steen 3. brownpau 4. Stephanus Aryawan. All images licensed under Creative Commons

  • How to pack for your preppy summer vacation

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    Packing for your summer vacation should be as easy-breezy as you feel at your destination spot. You want to travel lightly and conserve space, not be bogged down with bags and suitcases. Follow our tips below to learn the best ways to pack for your summer vacation.

    1. Bring a small suitcase

    If you want to pack lightly, this is the best advice you could possibly follow.  The idea here is that you can only pack so much into a small space, so you have no choice but to pack light! Unless you’re headed to an incredibly remote place, chances are you’ll be able to purchase the items you need at your destination place (think sunscreen and shampoo), thus saving room in your suitcase.

    2. Take a tote

    Chances are that you won’t forget your swimsuit if you’re heading to the beach, but you’ll also need to something to tote your towels and snacks down to the water. A canvas tote bag is perfect to use as your beach bag, and you can use it to bring home any shells, sand dollars, or other souvenirs you’ve collected.

    3. Follow the two-shoe rule

    Shoes take up a ton of space in your luggage, so choose wisely. Bring a pair for whatever your anticipated daytime activities will be, and a dressier pair for evening wear. Whether you’re walking down the boardwalk or spending an entire day exploring a new city on foot, you’ll want to make sure your feet stay comfortable. A comfortable pair of sandals or boat shoes can coordinate with most outfits and outings easily.

    4.  Pick versatile pieces

    Even though summer clothing doesn’t weight as much as winter clothing, that doesn’t mean you should scramble to pack as many outfit options as possible.

    - Choose a color palette for your vacation wardrobe for easy mix and match and coordination.

    - Stick to pieces that can go casual or dressy. Something as simple as a white polo shirt or a halter seersucker dress can take you from walking along the dunes to brunch to cocktails.

    - Finally, leave the what-if pieces at home. Pack versatile outfits for the activities you have planned, and you should be able to mix and match for the majority of unplanned events!

    With just a few carefully selected pieces, you can go from digging your toes in the sand to drinking cocktails with the band, you (and your suitcase) will feel lighter.

    Contributed by Charlotte Farley

  • 6 Simple & Delicious Preppy Summer Cocktails

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    Clambakes on the beach, seersucker keeping you cool, and sailboats dotting the landscape—how on earth could summer possibly get better? With a cocktail in hand, of course!  These six classic, refreshing, and not-too-sweet summer cocktail recipes are perfect for serving up at your BBQs and cocktail parties.  Whether you are sipping solo on a Sunday afternoon or whipping up drinks for guests, with just a few ingredients on hand, you’ll find yourself spending less time behind the bar and more time enjoying the simple treasures of summer on the coast.

     

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    1. Nantucket

    The quintessential summer drink named for America’s quintessential summer town.

    -2 oz. white brandy

    -1 oz. cranberry juice

    -1 oz. grapefruit juice

    -Ice

    -Slice of lime for garnish

    Pour together in a mixer half-filled with ice. Stir and strain into your glass; garnish with slice of lime. Serves 1.

     

     

     

    5122770697_02719c1c23_z2. Cape Cod Islander

    The addition of coconut rum and pineapple juice turn the wintry Cape Cod into a summer cooler.

    -1 oz. vodka

    -½ oz. cranberry juice

    -¾ oz. lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite)

    -½ oz. coconut rum (such as Malibu)

    -¼ oz. pineapple juice

    -Ice

    Fill a highball glass with ice; pour in the vodka.  Add cranberry juice, soda, rum, and pineapple juice; stir gently.

     

     

     

     

    7966457182_7068d64eda_z3. Tomorrow We Sail

    Perfect for brunch, afternoon cocktail parties—or anytime you want to celebrate with champagne!

    -3 ½ oz. champagne

    -½ oz. port (preferably late bottled vintage)

    -½ oz. dark rum

    -¼ oz. Grand Marnier

    -Orange peel twist for garnish

    Pour into a champagne flute; serve with orange peel garnish.

     

     

     

    5297942291_6dd364520d_z4. Stars and Stripes

    An All-American cocktail all the way.

    -2/3 oz. Rose’s grenadine

    -2/3 oz. Heavy cream

    -2/3 oz. Blue Curacao

    In a cordial glass, pour in layers; do not mix.  Serve right away.

     

     

     

     

     

    12937660083_dd6e4b6ba1_z5. Bleeding Madras

    You can wear your madras and drink it, too.

    -Ice cubes

    -1 ½ oz. orange juice

    -1 ½ oz.  vodka

    -3 oz. cranberry juice

    -Splash of Grand Marnier

    -Lime sections and orange peels for garnish

    Fill a chilled collins or highball glass with ice cubes; add orange juice. Slowly pour vodka over the juice, and slowly pour the cranberry juice over the vodka.  Float the Grand Marnier on top. Garnish and serve.

     

     

    6. Southside

    The mojito’s gin-based cousin—or, in other words, what to drink if you actually grow tired of drinking G&Ts.

    -1 sprig of mint

    -2 slices of lime

    -1 oz. simple syrup

    -2 oz. gin

    -Ice

    -¾ oz. lime juice

    -Club soda

    Muddle together mint, lime, and syrup in a bar glass.  Add gin and shake; pour over ice and stir until the glass looks frosty.  Top with club soda.

     

     

    Image Credit: 1. Thomas Hawk 2. Vikingfjord Vodka 3. Patrick Truby 4. comedy_nose 5. Christian Benseler 6. Culinary Geek. Licensed under Creative Commons through Flickr

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  • 7 Father's Day Gifts for the Preppy Dad

    Preppy Father's Day Gift GuideAdmit it - Dad is an incredible man. He is a rock you can depend on for support, life lessons, and an endless supply of sarcastic jokes. You know he would never turn down another novelty tie or "World's Best Dad" mug, but the person who taught you your timeless, preppy style deserves a tribute worthy of his station.

    Because fathers (not to mention men in general!) are notoriously difficult to shop for, here are 7 gift ideas that are sure to please this Father’s Day.

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  • Give $50, Get $50 Referral Program

    GIVE $50, GET $50

    Want to bring a friend aboard the Nantucket Brand ship, and get credit to spend on more great products? We're making it easy with our Give $50, Get $50 Referral Program.

    Here's how it works:

    -  Once placing an order, you'll find a referral URL in your Nantucket Brand account under "My Referrals"

    - Pass that URL on to your friends and family who love everything preppy and nautical

    -  When your friends click your link, they'll be redirected to our sign-up page where they'll automatically receive 50 points from your referral after creating an account

    -  They can then apply those points on any orders they place over $100. The option to apply the points will appear in a slider bar on the checkout page

    -  After they place their first order, we'll automatically send you 50 points as a thank you for spreading Nantucket Brand love!

    Sail on over to our shop now and start searching for your nautically-themed favorites for him, her, and home!

  • Enter the #HopAboard Photo Contest today!

    #HopAboard Photo Contest

    Do you spend your weekends sailing the high seas? Are all the rooms in your house decorated in nautical style? Are you always wearing your Nantucket Brand seersucker dress or cable-knit pullover?

    We want to see the best images of your nautically-inspired life for our monthly #HopAboard Photo Contest!

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  • Introducing The Upper Deck: A new club for our best "sailors"

    The Upper Deck

    We're excited to announce a new club exclusively for our very best "sailors." We won't share exactly what's required to get in the club, but we've sent out emails to the select few that met our criteria for joining The Upper Deck.

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  • Shipping Delays due to Winter Storm Juno

    As I write this from San Francisco, where it's sunny and 65 degrees, I understand Juno, a massive snow storm, is bearing down on the east coast. As you may expect, our New Bedford warehouse will be closed tomorrow - and perhaps Wednesday. The same schedule is true for our partner store , The Emporium of Nantucket . This means there will be shipping Delays due to Winter Storm Juno. Orders will not ship until Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest. UPS has announced potential delays as well. Please plan your arrival dates accordingly. If it's a gift, you pretty much get a fee pass to be a little late anyway.

    Also, if you're expecting to be hit by this storm, please prepare and be safe. Believe it or not, there are some things I miss about storms like this - but I still don't envy you.

  • Meet the Maker: Quilter of Nautical Flag Banners

    Meet the Maker: Quilter of Nautical Flag Banners'Meet the Maker' is a series of blog posts that gives you a chance to get to know the people that make some of the great items we offer. For our first post, we've asked Kathy Baltz, maker of Nautical Flag Banners, a few questions.

    1. Beach or Mountains?  
      I prefer the mountains over the beach.  I find the Mountains beautiful and peaceful compared to the ocean, although I grew up thinking I could never leave the ocean!
    1. Favorite activity/hobby?  
      I love skiing so much, I taught full time for 14 years.  I still try and ski 4 - 5 mornings a week.  In the summer, I love my gardens.  I plant 20 dozen state fair zinnias per year to compliment my perennial garden!
    1. What was your Inspiration to quilt?
      I have a golfing friend who wanted me to join her quilting group. I told her: "I don't sew."  She was persistent and I went to a fabric store with her.  I was blown away by the color.  I'm an artist.  I love color and design.
    2. When did you begin?
      I started quilting 6 years ago.  My first quilt was child size quilt.  My biggest block was: "Why should I cut up this good fabric to sew it together again?"  After that first quilt I went out and bought fabric for a king size quilt.  It took me a more than a month to finish it.  The wonderful Ladies of the Lakes Quilting Guild in Wolfeboro, NH helped me, taught me, and supported me through my first big project.  I'm forever grateful and still have so much fun at meetings!
    3. Where did you get the idea for the banners?
      The idea came from a love of quilting and having a boat on Winnepesaukee. I wanted to make a quilt for the bed (which had to be a custom size) and put the name of our boat on the quilt. I wanted white with royal blue for a crisp look. I knew from experience, embroidery would take a long time. I thought about using the Nautical Flag Alphabet. When I looked at the alphabet, I realized it was all geometric shapes that could be pieced in fabric. It was white and royal blue and had just enough color for added interest with red, yellow and black.I got out my graph paper and markers and started to play with designs. Once I had drawn out Lake Winnepesaukee, I played with Scituate, Hingham, and Cape Cod.I'm from a big family in Scituate, Mass. All seven kids were brought up with a love of the ocean and boating. I thought of Christmas presents for family in their town names. That's when I thought Marco Island, Plymouth, Lake Erie, Annapolis, etc.I was in Stockholm during the Whitbread race years ago and remembered all the flags. This could be international.Even though I've been in NH for many years, the love of the ocean and all things nautical is still with me.The fabrics are 100% cotton and the batting is a polyester blend.
    4. Who was your first customer?
      My first customer was a Guild member who has a son in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  I made a table runner for her son "who has everything."
    5. What's the most overlooked detail?
      The most often overlooked detail is how tiny some of the pieces of fabric can be to get a proper nautical letter.
    6. What's the most complicated part?
      The most complicated part of quilting design is that a 1/4 inch seam must be allowed to each side of the fabric.  When a piece of a letter is 3/8" wide; well, it gets complicated.
    7. Do you have a favorite quilt?
      Three years ago, my then 87 year old Aunt Betty pulled two quilt tops out of her hope chest that were made by my Great Grandmother in the 1930's - 40's.  She asked me to finish one so she could use it on her bed.  She gave me the second one.  It's a 9 patch design, easy as pie today, but in the 1930's and 40's, people used up scraps to make quilts.  Some of the 3 inch squares are pieced together using scraps of the same material.  I was thrilled to find that quilting is in the family tree!
    8. Where's your favorite place?
      My favorite place in the world is the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire.  I have gone up there so many times, that sometimes I'll just drive up for lunch!  On a clear day you can see the ocean but I usually look to the southwest for "that feeling". I've gone up the auto road with a packed lunch, parked at the snow fields, and hiked over to the top of Mt Jefferson to read a book.  Once I met a couple who had been on the trail for three days on their way to Washington.  They were shocked to find me just sitting there with a day pack.  :  )  They took me up on my offer of a ride down the mountain but hiked to the top of Washington first.

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