Sunday, August 21, 2011

I love the farmers market!!

My husband and I have been going to the farmers market every Saturday morning before going to breakfast for the past month. (kids still sleeping:)

I look forward to it all week!

I love our farmers is one of the best things about living in Iowa.....we truly have the most amazing display of local farmers and artists....the entire market is BURSTING with good things!

I have been trying new recipes with the produce that I have been bringing home....

Zucchini Bread (even the kids love it!)

Rubarb Bread

Tomato Basil Salad (divine)

Blueberry crisp (omg)

Corn & Bean salad (with tomato and feta cheese)

Grilled veggies (including eggplant which I had never tried before:)

Sweet potato with rosemary biscuits (from scratch!) yum!

Creamy tomato and basil soup (from scratch)

I am now in the process of canning and freezing for the winter.

I feel like I should get an apron and start raising chickens!!

Tonight my parents are coming was their anniversary last week so we are making them dinner!

The Menu:

Grilled chicken (with a honey mustard/rosemary glaze)

Roasted rosemary potatoes with goat cheese

Peaches & Cream corn on the cob

Watermellon (which is AMAZING!!)

Blueberry Crisp and homemade ice cream

Strawberry/lime ice tea (until we switch to wine)

Bon Appetit!!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A bouquet for you!

Lately you will find me~


Cleaning floors and shopping for new carpet

Harvesting herbs~basil, rosemary, lavender, catnip

Making Pesto!

Watching HGTV (while I am painting)

Getting Max (and me) ready to go back to school :(

Meeting my friends at night for wine (with paint in my hair)

Watching hummingbirds

Did I mention painting?

Making flower bouquets with the flowers growing in my garden

Dreading going back to work!

Reading the book "50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do"

Realizing I could have written that book

Researching the best name for my new canary arriving in a few days ;)

Going crazy with all the painting we have taken on right before school starts


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life is Art!

My friend and fabulous designer, Jennifer Stackhouse Agan, had this on her blog and I had to steal it! Check her out here :

Have a fabulous weekend my loves!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vacation Snapshots!

Vacation Highlights

Frank-Train into NYC, Broadway, Curly's Cafe, Grand Central Station

Me-Bus tour of NYC, Seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway, Family Game Nights, Making and racing sailboats, swinging on hammock, Salem!

Erin-NYC, Mary Poppins, Salem

Anne-Mary Poppins, Kayaking, Monkey Trunks Zip Lines, Rocks in Maine, Salem

Max-Monkey Trunks Zip Lines, Rocks in Maine, Survival knife Frank got me in Maine, the Army Barracks in Salem with Frank, catching fish with Opa, hammock, Legoland, eating lobster,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where has the time gone!!

Hello my friends!! HELLOooooooooo!!!

I am here....

I have missed you madly!

We returned from our annual Family Road Trip about a week and a half ago...

...but have been overwhelmingly busy since our return.....

I will post a few of my favorite vacation pictures tonight!

Happy to be back and look forward to a glass of wine and reading your blogs soon!!