So, as of yesterday, we have exactly 14 days until school starts. It just doesn’t seem possible…where did the summer go? June was a blur, July was vacation and now here we are in August. While I still need to buy school supplies (least favorite job ever) I’m holding onto bits of summer. We’ve got 14 more days, right? Why not make the most of them!
I’m just going to come right out and say it…
I had a great weekend.
It began Friday night, spending a beautiful evening with friends at a local vineyard. Our favorite band was playing, and the wine was flowing as easily as the laughter. That would’ve been more than enough for me, but it got even better as I got to experience my first ‘Outstanding in the Field’ dinner on Saturday night.
About a year ago, I came across a post on Facebook that mentioned a dinner and something called, ‘Outstanding in the Field’. Being curious, I did a search and came across their website. Browsing through the photo gallery I was in awe of the beautiful setting where they held dinners as they toured across the farmers, orchards and nurseries of North America. Then, reading about their mission, to share the beauty of food and honor the farmers that grow it…helping people to make the connection of where their food comes from…well, I was hooked. Unfortunately, I had missed the dinner not too far from our home, and often they do not stop in the same place twice.
Little did I know, that after the success and raves of last year’s dinner that they would make an exception and return to Nebraska!
‘There’s nothing like an adventure to remind you how you want to live when you reenter routine.’
–Kristen Armstrong, Mile Markers
Yesterday, we came home from a wonderful few days in the mountains. This is a trip we make every summer, joining my parents and brother’s family for some uninterrupted time together. It is our family tradition (we figured well over 15 years strong). We don’t make plans any further than to be there, the same week each July. Everything else just seems to fall into place. Hiking, good food, hilarious, never ending hands of crazy 8s, cool mountain air, a Saturday trip into Boulder for the farmers’ market and some time at the bike park and on the trails.
I heard a man on TV yesterday say that, ‘July is like the Saturday of summer.’ Days move a little slower, vacations are taken, afternoons at the swimming pool, evenings of playing with neighborhood friends. Yep, it’s definitely July.
Last week, we made our way out to the cherry orchard to pick our share of cherries. Out of all the ‘u-pick’ fruits that come into season, I think cherries is probably one of our favorites. There are big fans of cherry desserts around our house, so we made sure to pick enough for several rounds of crisps and cobblers.
It’s been a little quiet around here for the last week, but with good reason! I spent last week down in Louisiana, working out the details for photographing a cookbook project, getting some shots of the author and her family. In between, I was able to visit New Orleans and the French Quarter, along with enjoying my first beignets!
Continuing what my husband calls my ‘Farmers’ Market World Tour’, I visited a quaint Saturday morning market set in a local park of a smaller Louisiana community. The produce was beautiful, and the music of a blue grass band filled the air as shoppers visited the vendors. I always love seeing the region specific goods that vendors come to sell, and this market was no different. Boiled peanuts and fresh shrimp sold by the pound were popular stops. I enjoyed a fresh made watermelon and lime juice while soaking in the market vibe.
While it felt good to go away and have a new adventure, it felt equally good to be home again.
Of course there are pictures, I don’t go much of anywhere without a camera these days. Some you may have seen on my Instagram feed, others are with my ‘big camera’.
Before I sign off for the weekend, be sure to head on over to, A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt to see more farmers’ market images. Tiffany invited me to share what $10 will buy at my local market. It was a fun challenge!
Have a wonderful weekend!