I can smell the rain fall on hot pavement now as a sunshower passes over head. The falling rain casts an eerie green glow over parts of the lake, but in a matter of moments the evocative scent is gone and the waters are once again a peaceful blue. The streets whoosh with each car… Continue reading Notes on a Monday in summer
Today I walked the long way to the cafe and picked up a coffee to go. From a distance I waved good morning to our friend Claudia, who was out enjoying a walk as well. I can feel the space between summer and autumn. The morning air feels cooler, gustier. The sight and sound of… Continue reading Thinking about nature
Piper joined me in the kitchen yesterday and together we cooked up a delicious ratatouille to usher in the summer solstice. We followed a Martha Stewart recipe that called for roasting the contents of a can of whole tomatoes in the oven for half an hour with some olive oil. This step ensures a thick… Continue reading Summer in the kitchen with Piper
Writing on the front porch again. I hear the crows overhead cawing and feel the balmy wind as it blows over the lake. I suspect rain later today. A cup of cold coffee leftover from this morning’s breakfast sits on the table. I take a sip and think about Rowan, asleep on the bed for… Continue reading A Midday Summer’s Daydream
A bowlful of juicy ripe cherries, a plate of sliced peaches that perfumes our kitchen. Leisurely breakfasts of coffee, eggs, yogurt, fruit and toast. Yearning to feel the ocean, to walk barefoot in the garden before sunset. To climb a tree, to seek the sun. Dragonflies and shy turtles. Snake birds. Ducks in the backyard… Continue reading Summer
Festive meals for a summer get together or picnic: Pesto pasta salad with kalamata olives, fresh and sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and a bit of tofu for extra protein. Three bean salad with a honey and apple cider vinaigrette. Tofu frittata with cherry tomatoes, peas, and shiitake mushrooms. Cara Cara oranges for dessert. Simple &… Continue reading Favorite meals, lately
Our Lemon Queen sunflowers have finally bloomed! They are taller than Will, who is six feet. Also, we have a cute Sugar Baby watermelon growing bigger by the day. We are enjoying watching the various flowers around the garden (such as this pumpkin flower pictured below) bloom and close, as well as watching all of… Continue reading Garden notes
It has certainly been a while since I last wrote here. I think, though, that most of you will be glad to hear of the adventures we have been on since you last heard from us. Will took a two week vacation and we spent most of it in the gulf, watching sunsets and swimming.… Continue reading We were on vacation, and now we’re back!
Yesterday I had some fun in the kitchen preparing a few colorful recipes from the Simple Vegan Blog, which is run by a lovely couple in Spain. I definitely want to check out their Horchata and Tortilla Espanola recipes down the line. Yesterday, though, I decided on their vegan Cobb salad for lunch, quinoa Tabbouleh… Continue reading Eats, lately.
We enjoyed a yummy picnic dinner and some outdoorsy time together this evening. We piled the bags of goodies into Piper’s little red wagon, which Will pulled to the park while she followed alongside on her tricycle. Once through the playground gates we saw a big soccer game set up on the field, several families… Continue reading A Picnic Dinner