summer eats

good morning!

 

this summer has brought a change of pace

especially in the kitchen

I love to cook
but during these hot months…
not so much
although I do occasionally bake a dessert or two
and since there are just 2 of us at home now

suppers here lately consist of small plates
and lots of fruit and veggies
my new favorite is grilled bok choy
marinated in herb olive oil
and drizzled with balsamic vinegar

sometimes, like this past rainy weekend

we do an indoor picnic

a crusty ciabatta

cheeses, prosciutto, assorted olives

and wine

come the fall

I know I’ll be itching to cook up some comfort foods

but right now

I’m enjoying this little lifestyle change

 

 

 

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colorless

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bright spot

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black and white
on a cloudy summer day

in late July

can you believe it’s almost August?

hope

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

~Emily Dickinson

cool summer green

 

They give us those nice bright colors

They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

~Paul Simon

 

fern forest

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green carpet

while in the Berkshires
I couldn’t get over how lush
and green everything seemed
here at home, it is so dry
everything is turning brown
but there may be some hope
as rain is in the forecast
for the next few days
while I’m sure most vacationers won’t be happy
I’m actually looking forward to staying inside
with a few good books
hmmm… maybe I’ll even do a little baking

bring it on!

garden therapy

where I spend so much of my time in the summer

planting

watering

weeding

a little slice of life

that is mine

garden work is like therapy to me

my space

my “alone time”

 

but is it really?

 

upon closer look…

 

 

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big blue eyes

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balancing act

It seems that I have plenty of company!