Monday, June 20, 2011


"Cooking is an art and patience a virtue...
Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and
 an unhurried approach are nearly all
you need. There is one more thing -- love.
 Love for food and love for those you
 invite to your table. With a combination
 of these things you can be an artist --
not perhaps in the representational style
 of a Dutch master, but rather more like
 Gauguin, the naive, or Van Gogh, the
 impressionist. Plates or pictures of
 sunshine taste of happiness and love."

~Keith Floyd

weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the comments.
This weekend was...

Waking before the sun to run
before the heat reached  the
triple digits. Finally overcoming
a runner's block and pushing
forward in my marathon training.
Picking quarts and quarts of blueberries
for the freezer..and a few for
 creamy blueberry pies too.
Reorganizing my kitchen [why
did I wait so long?] and spending
hours creating new recipes and
menus with garden fresh vegetables;
especially loving the pumpkin-carrot
soup with hemp seeds I had for lunch.
Sharing a big bowl of popcorn while
watching Bringing Up Baby with the
thirteen year old. I do love his voice
changing laughter! Waking in the 
middle of the night to a thunderstorm
and listening to the blessing of 
much needed rain.  Having all the children
come by with hugs and cards for their Dad.
Grilling venison burgers [them]
and portabella mushrooms [me]
on the grill  with homemade fries
for dinner followed by bowls of
vanilla bean ice cream. [and I
ate some too...yum!].
Preparing for two weeks with the
wee one while her Mommy and Daddy
are gone....have I told you how much
I enjoy being a grandparent? I do...
a whole lot! 
How was your weekend?
Linking with Amanda~the habit of being


  1. I love the quote on the top and your photos are beautiful. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Sounds like a perfectly wonderful weekend!

  3. I love portabella mushrooms grilled, YUM! I would wilt in triple digit heat. We are waiting for some of that rain up here. Your weekend sounds so relaxing and fun.

  4. Oh look at all those wonderful garden veggies, LOVE! Especially the garlic photo, mmmm. So glad to hear you had some rain, we had some showers too. Sounds like your weekend was full of family goodness ;), and two weeks with that beautiful blondie? So much fun...

  5. Congratulations on pushing through the runner's block, a lovely weekend and happy Grandma time! :0)

  6. It sounds like your weekend was filled with all of the best kinds of pleasure; good food, personal goals met, and family...

    Glad yours was great Tracey!

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. Sounds awesome. Love that garlic photo! Triple digits?! Eek.

  8. Love those photos! And I love that you love being a grandma! You must be wonderful at it as your daughter will leave her babe for two weeks!

  9. Sounds like a great weekend! I love your beautiful pictures of your simple, delicious ingredients. Bringing up Baby was a favorite of my mom and me when I was younger! :)

  10. Wow...what a lovely weekend! And the photos are great!!

    Here's what we were up to

    Happy Monday!!

  11. Marathon training? I can't run and frankly I just can't understand how anyone can run that long... I lift my hat to you!!!! I went to Scandinavian Festival this weekend, a and I have few photos in my blog.

  12. The weekend sounds delightful! Wish I Could have been there to share it with you!

  13. So very lovely.
    What a great weekend.
    Much love.x

  14. i've never had blueberry cream pie but might have to give it a try as i've got blueberries on hand...

    and how lucky that you get to have your sweet girl with you for two whole weeks. you are an incredible blessing to her parents!

  15. Ah yes - the late Keith Floyd - he was quite a man! Lovely weekend you had Tracey and how lovely to have your sweet granddaughter to stay. My eldest had her grandma all to herself for 5 years, before my niece came along and she had to learn to share. She really loved that special time. xx

  16. Oh lucky you to have your grand child for 2 weeks. How old is she? And I love that movie, Bringing up Baby! I might even have to go and borrow it.And I also love that verse at the top of the page.Mark has written a little something at the beginning of our recipe book(that we have available to our WWOOFers if they want one)that this quote reminds me of.

  17. my weekend also involved harvesting basil and tomatoes... loving your pictures as always!
    enjoy your time with your grand-daughter. i'm sure you guys will have a blast!

  18. Mmm....blueberries! I might have to find some frozen betties for that creamy blueberry pie!