For today’s entry I would like to hand the electronic pen over to a woman I admire greatly. My former roommate and partner in wine, steamed spinach, and chocolate nosh sessions -Mari. Her recent post on her amazing blog Y Tu Palta Tambien captures the feelings I’m having inside about the recent death of Nora Ephron. Thanks to Mari’s beautiful tribute to Nora I was able exercise the deep sense of despair I was feeling and begin the healing process. Thanks Mari! I think I’ll have a glass of wine and some chocolate now.
This Apple Tart recipe from La Tartine Gourmande is quick, easy, and delicious. The flavor is subtle and soothing, and therefore, won’t last long around this house.
Oh, Pioneer Woman, you’ve done it again. Not only are you one of my favorite chefs around, but you never fail to impress. This spicy shrimp dish is to.die.for. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it is super easy to make. This is my new go to meal for uh-oh-I-forgot-to-go-to-the-store nights.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. Sixty-five years of marriage. They are an icon of long lasting love. Seeing and B and I are recently engaged, I’m drawn to stories of true love and successful marriages. Granted, all the money in the world doesn’t hurt one’s chances. Nevertheless, I am confident that I have found the love of my life. Think we can replicate this picture in sixty-five years?
Recently B and I relocated. Not only are we residing in a new city, but a whole new state as well. One of the greatest advantages to this move is our new home. It is the most amazing, adorable, and alluring (like that? Watch out Dr. Seuss!) cottage near Lake Erie. This is a most dramatic change from our old Chicago, above a bar, next to a bus stop, near a hospital with sirens a-blazing apartment. Not that we didn’t love it, but this is a needed respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown city living. One of the most exciting changes? We have a backyard! Yes, a piece of dirt to call our own. We can plant things! We can cook outdoors! We can lay in the grass and take a nap! All and all it is a much needed change of pace.
All of this outdoor time has gotten me thinking about how we can improve our little back yard into a haven of our own. With this I’d like to introduce a new segment aptly named “Garden Porn”. Here you will find visual stimuli intended to create awe and wonder for black and green thumbs alike.
Garden Porn Part 1…
Thanks to my dear Aunt Sally. Her back deck and garden have served as a serene space for warm family meals, escape from the stresses of life, and general merriment for years.