Just saying hello and reporting that summer, in all it's heat and glory, is going well. Food, friends, travel, adventures, domesticity, and even a little dash of work have made for a busy couple of months. I'm still here and will update now and again. So thanks again for swinging by. I hope your summer is going well!
Happy Monday, everyone. How was your 4th of July? I don't think I've eaten so much since Christmas, but for that reason and others it really felt like a holiday this year. I'm going to drink a lot of water and eat some salad with lettuce and fresh veg this week, as opposed to this kind of salad (which I can highly recommend from recent experience).
What are you up to this lovely long weekend, my friends? My in-laws fly in from Vancouver tonight and we've planned the weekend all around food, museums, and pool time. My father-in-law turns 65 on the 4th, so we're planning an all-American "picnic style" lunch (per his request). Naturally, the only place I consulted for delicious summer food was here.
The call of this day: the call to love. There is always someone, something, some place in our lives who need our love and our support, our time and our company, our own life and blood- although sometimes it feels we can somehow live and exist in our isolated hideaways that we trick ourselves into believing as own our lives. But by acknowledging and practicing a very real, very present love, I am reminded just how deep and strong these bonds extend between us; the unending, boundless amount of love that exists all around us, freely and openly, that holds us and sustains us, if we will just reach for it and give ourselves to this love, reach for it and extend this love to others.
Anytime I see a good breakfast photo I think of BKFST. I knew the moment Ryan wiped the butter off the lens our camera this shot would be a winner and needed to be submitted. See it here. And check out some of the links to where it's been reblogged. The way images spread on the web is a wonder.
Also, check out the restaurant this meal was from. (Descendants of the Herbfarm, hello! - how could we not have gone?)
Vivace Coffee and Salted Caramel (where else than) Molly Moon
Pike Place dinner for dad's birthday at Seatown
Beachside picnic in Fidalgo Bay (read: waiting 3 hours for afternoon ferry)
Funny people and a crisp ferry ride
A surefire sign you're in the PNW
Views from Orcas Island
Lots of laughter
I love Orcas people (a 5 minute solstice parade!)
Take a look at this composition :)
Breakfast at Allium on Orcas
Views from the wedding ceremony
There's an app for this
We had such a great weekend in Seattle and Orcas Island, I only wish it could have lasted about 18 more days...
The weather was typical: cool, partly cloudy with sunny patches, misty, breezy, fresh and clean. Although it's summer and I know Seattleites are desperate for sun and warmer temperatures, the break from the heat in B-more was soothing, refreshing and just what I needed.
I felt so lucky to have been able to see my parents and some great friends, to not waste a moment/potential meal by enjoying some of my very favorite Seattle restaurants, and to be part of C & V's special day on Orcas Island (what an awesome wedding it was!). We had so much fun laughing with friends and being reminded of the incredible beauty and life that exists in the Northwest. I can't help but miss living there, but am also so thankful for the adventure and change that living across the country has brought. As it's said, part of me never really knew what I was missing until I left.
For now, it's back to work and back to life at home in Baltimore. Guess I'll just have to bring everyone from Seattle to me! Who's game?