Al Fresco

Summer is finally here and we’ve been spending our days outdoors. Yesterday, Luna and I practically spent most of our day in the backyard as she enjoyed swimming in a little tub I set up for her. Towards the end of the day, I watched her continue to play in her little pool while I prepare dinner outside. It was such a lovely day and we continued to stay outside for dinner until the sun went down. Happy summer...

A Backyard Picnic

Our very good friends are here visiting from California and we had the loveliest family style picnic in the backyard last night. They’ve been gone for a year and we’ve missed them so much. We spent the evening exchanging a whole lot of stories while nibbling on caprese salad, homemade bread, paté from Provence & homemade mushroom pizza. And, you can’t end a backyard picnic without ice cream in pink...

Garden Days

When the sun is out, we spend most of our time out in the garden – and Luna loves being outdoors. This morning, Luna kept herself busy running around and exploring while I puttered around in the kitchen. I also got our outdoor clothes line out as I find it so much nicer to be able to air dry some clothes. Then Heather came for a visit with her sweet little girl Lily. We got a bag of rhubarb from Heather’s farm & a bunch of flowers as little presents. So sweet. Not to mention, more Missing Goat jams....

Tulips, Signs of Spring

You know it’s Spring when the tulips in the garden are in full bloom. Our tulips pop up whenever the temperature warms a little. They’re the easiest perennial flowers to grow. Plant some bulbs in the fall and watch them bloom come Spring-time. Actually, we didn’t plant ours. They were planted before we moved into our house and gave us a pleasant surprise when they sprouted up three Springs ago. We’ve never watered them, fertilized them or helped them along in anyway. The bulbs in the ground pack all the nutrients and the Spring rains give them plenty of water. They just take care of themselves, year after year. This year, I like the classic yellow ones because they’re an exact match with Eye of the...

Late Season Garden Breakfast

Fresh-baked bread, late season tomatoes, fresh oregano, fleur de sel with soft-boiled eggs – that was today’s breakfast. Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar was drizzled on after. That’s pretty much the last of the tomatoes for this year. Our oregano is relatively vibrant through the winter but it becomes a bit of a bother to hand-pick the tiny leaves when it’s cold and rainy. Enjoying every bite while it...

Tomato Melon Basil Salad

This summer salad makes for a nice bright snack. The picture and title pretty much says it all: mix together cherry tomatoes with cantaloupe melon and slivers of basil with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with a good pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. For some acidity, you can add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of balsamic vinegar but these particular tomatoes had enough zing on their...