I love summer food. Food you can eat with one hand while strolling. On friday night we took a walk to our local ice cream parlor and I had a cone of my new favorite, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Dough. We walked through the village and I snapped this photo of our old town hall.
Saturday morning while Jared slept in, I made my weekly visit to the farmer’s market and treated myself to a gaelic sausage roll (Yum! Puff Pastry!) and sat under a tree to listen to this week’s entertainment (a girl with a guitar and a beautiful voice, I wish I had caught her name).
What are your favorite hand-held foods?
I totally forgot to post these photos of my birthday dinner the other week! Jared went out and bought a beautiful piece of salmon (one of my very favorites). I walked to the local foodie store and bought some cedar planks. Added some fresh lemon, a smidge of butter and fresh dill and tarragon from the garden and we had ourselves are pretty beautiful piece of grilled fish. I also picked up sparkling lemonade in a pretty glass bottle to pair with dinner.
After dinner we walked and got chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough ice cream and took a stroll through the neighborhood. It was a perfect start to the holiday weekend.
Oh snacking. In the afternoon, nothing gets me going again like a little snack to curb my growling stomach. Sometimes I crave something sweet and other times I need something salty. I don’t always make wise snacking choices (hello big bag of Hot Tamale candy!) but I do try. Here are some of my top picks when I’m on the hunt for a snack…
Photo by DMpics.
What is your snacking weakness?
After the farmer’s market this Saturday we had a little mid-morning snack with our moms to catch up and taste some of our treats from the market. I wasn’t even trying to make a pretty table, but once we set everything out it was picture perfect.
I tried a recipe from this months Real Simple Magazine for Hibiscus Mint Lemonade. It was pretty delicious. At the market we picked up fresh Zucchini bread. We also tried a chocolate chunk and cinnamon loaf which was amazing. And of course the fresh bouquet Jared’s mom treated us to made a perfect centerpiece in a simple antique mason jar.
It was the perfect way to start the farmer’s market season. I’m looking forward to a summer of beautiful fresh food.
And our own garden, magical things are happening! We have little green tomatoes! It was a total high-five moment. Our little green beans from the seed bank are also climbing like crazy now! It’s all so fun and exciting.
Since we were at a craft show last weekend we missed the opening for the Hudson Farmer’s Market. The market is about a 5 minute walk from our house and takes place every Saturday morning throughout the summer.
This week my mom and step-dad are visiting from Portland and we walked down to the market with Jared’s mom to browse the early summer crop and sample local foods. We ended up taking home fresh green beans, Herbes de Provence chicken burgers, a loaf of Amish-made banana bread and Jared’s mom treated me to the most beautiful bouquet of peonies and lamb’s ear.
It was lovely to see some old friends and teachers from my high school days. I ran into Caty (who I hadn’t seen since I graduated) who was preforming at the market. My old ecology teacher has a garlic stand weekly. And we finally got to meet Meredith and John of Gray Fox Farm.
I think I will be making this a weekly trip. Even if I can’t get Jared up in time to go. We’re so lucky to have a farmer’s market this close during the summer. I would be crazy not to take full advantage of it.
Memorial Day means the start of summer for me, and it sure felt like it here! When we looked at the thermostat it was 94 degrees outside! We celebrated by sleeping in, getting a few things done around the house and throwing together a barbecue for 2. We bought a new grill yesterday and are loving it (we’ve never had the space for our own grill). The early Ohio summer corn is so sweet, the burgers were topped with fresh lettuce from the garden and I tried a new crispy potato roast.
My white peonies are blooming beautifully and made a lovely centerpiece in a vintage canning jar. And we split our first little strawberry! It was a little tart but I’m hoping they sweeten up.
So, happy Memorial Day from our family to yours! And here’s to a beautiful and adventurous summer!
It’s not quite picnic weather here, but I think this all-in-one picnic kit from Gilt Taste would make a perfect first date (did I ever mention for our first date Jared packed a picnic and took me to a park?). Just add sandwiches, fruit, a sweet treat and a bottle of wine and you have the sweetest summer picnic complete with entertainment for awkward moments (color the paint-by-numbers box with the provided crayons).
Finished my day with a couple of treasuries to keep the creative juices flowing. I hope you don’t mind me sharing these. I really love putting them together and I hope you find some new lovelies…
- Night Bathing -
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Yesterday I spent a good chunk of the evening scrubbing our kitchen down to get it ready for our landlord to show. While cleaning I started pairing down the items on our counter to absolute necessities, and it really got me thinking about the things we have become very reliant on in our personal kitchen. Today I’m sharing my 5 essentials for the kitchen.
Hope your week has started well! I’m off to keep cleaning.