I enjoy walking in the woods here in Vermont. When I was a little girl, this part of the woods was just pasture, but over the years the trees have grown tall, creating this spectacular setting for a morning stroll.
It’s fun to notice the little patches of moss, lichens on the stones, and ferns that just grow wherever they wish.
These moss-covered roots look like giant snakes, don’t they?
This morning I woke up in time to catch the sunrise through the screened window of the upstairs bedroom. There’s just something about Vermont that allows the most ordinary sights to become extraordinarily beautiful.
We stopped by the Paquet Farm to buy some fresh vegetables at their farm stand, and I took this photo of their barn with my phone camera. Just an ordinary barn along the road that I hardly noticed as a child looks stunningly beautiful to me now.
Today I transformed some ordinary ingredients from the fridge into a delicious dish for lunch. Since I’m sharing the beauty of Vermont, I’ll share this simple recipe for our extraordinary lunch with you too!
A rainy day like today reminds me of board games, jigsaw puzzles, and crafts; reading a whole book ( or two) in one sitting; baking cookies or sewing a new skirt; knitting/crocheting; making homemade soup. Chilly rain that smells like a mountain stream. Sweatshirts were invented for days like today, when the pond water is warmer than the brisk air.
I am in love with this glass of peachy orange goodness. And that splash of red on top? It’s raspberry puree! No need to add alcohol to this refreshing summer thirst-quencer. Want to feel like you’ve spent a week at a spa? Make this punch and invite some friends over for a Play Day!
During the past month I have had more free time as my church choir is on their summer break and only a few piano students are coming for lessons during school vacation. I was remembering the days when our kids would have friends come for a play day, and the moms would end up visiting too. One day I was chatting with a food blogger friend who is also a mom whose kids are grown up, and mentioned that maybe WE should have a play day just for us. The very idea of a day OFF made us both positively giddy! We set a date and mentioned it to a few more gals that we both knew. Each of us marked our calendar, reserving an entire day just to spend together for no reason but fun and laughter! Why didn’t we think of this before? Continue Reading →
Today I tried a new potato salad using Del Real Foods Chicken Tamales in Green Sauce. Remember when I made the Beef Tamale Pie with their Beef Tamales? Now that it’s summer, I’m craving potato salad, and I’m looking for ways to add flavors and ingredients for a one-bowl dinner that can be made ahead of time. Del Real Foods is hosting a recipe contest, so I requested some more of there products to try. Continue Reading →
Isn’t this the cutest kitchen? A few weeks ago I was treated to lunch here, hosted by The Golden Door Resort and Spa, which is just a few miles from our ranch. I flew all the way to Chicago to attend the Eat Write Retreat food bloggers’ conference and so did Chef Greg Frey Jr. from the Golden Door! He carried ruby red grapefruit grown on the resort property in California to make those refreshing mocktails you can see on the table! A busload of food bloggers from all over the United States arrived Continue Reading →