Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Mom and Dad hosted a Memorial Day cookout today!

Dad grilled up some Edwards Burgers and bratwursts.

Yum! I brought tortellini salad.

Matching outfits!! You can't see it, but Dad's wearing American Flag shorts. We'll try to get a full-body shot on the Fourth of July. STAY TUNED.

Mer made strawberry shortcake with fresh berries she picked that morning. YUM!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Springy Cooking Club

It's my month to host cooking club, and I often gravitate toward themes with very little structure. The theme I chose was "Springy," as in, "make something that you feel like eating this Spring." It worked quite well!

Emily brought a fresh baguette with butter, radishes, and salt. What a simple but satisfying spring appetizer!

She also made fresh strawberry lemonade. Look at that color!

Summer attempted to recreate the tropical nachos we ate in Naples.

She did a great job! These were a delicious rendition. That cheese sauce! They were served on fried wontons and topped with mojo pulled pork, finely-diced pineapples, jalapenos, and three-cheese sauce.

Yumi made an asparagus soup with mushrooms. So fresh!!

Emily made potstickers!

I love summertime cooking clubs because we usually get to have Nancy's sister Valaree as a special guest at least once. I was lucky enough to get to have her at MY cooking club! She made this delicious lemony quinoa salad with chickpeas, walnuts, radishes, and fresh herbs.

Valarie made this amazing peas, pea shoots, and mushroom gratin type side dish that was my favorite thing of the night!! I loooooove mushrooms so much.

I made shaved asparagus grilled pizzas!

The pizza went well with the cheesy peas and mushrooms.

Nancy made rhubarb crisp with rhubarb ice cream! DOUBLE RHUBARB!

Spring flowers. Thanks again to my messageboard ladies for the portrait of Charlie. It's been so nice kind of feeling like he's still a part of things.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Felix reclining

We recently pulled our reclining deck chair out for the season, then this afternoon we looked out the window to see THIS! Bahahaha!

I didn't expect Felix to get up on it!

I mean he is a major couch potato, so it certainly makes sense. And he sure looks handsome reclining on it!

This lil' cicada was keeping him company.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

BFF Toilet Stall

Summer and I recently went to Marietta Brewing Company, for a 40th surprise birthday party that Maia threw for Chris. Happy birthday, Chris! The party was in this area behind the main bar, and the women's bathroom had two toilets with no stalls. It was so strange!! Most awkward bathroom ever!

We guessed that maybe they're planning to add stall walls and doors eventually? The placement of the toilet paper holder makes it seem like maybe not, but that could just be temporary. Anyway, we had fun with it.


Whatever! We loved it.



Friday, May 13, 2016

The cicadas are coming

The seventeen-year cicadas are descending upon Athens this month, and they're starting to emerge from their husks!

They are so creepy and weird and awesome!! I love them.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rainbow at Little Fish Brewing Company

Tonight was my first visit to Little Fish Brewing Company, and look what I got to see!! Needless to say, it was a great experience. I will be back!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy birthday, Kayla and Derrick! And CONGRATULATIONS!

Kayla and Derrick have birthdays just a few days apart, so we celebrated both of them today with a cookout at Stroud's run.

Little did any of us know, Derrick was planning to propose to Kayla on a camping trip in West Virginia just days later. And she said yes, of course! Sooooo exciting! So I'm taking this space to say Congratulations!

And mmm, BBQ!

I always love it when Kayla has a birthday because that mean we get to eat a cake baked by Jon. Mmm. They are always delicious, and always HUGE!

Happy birthday!

AHHHHH!!! Engaged!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Happy birthday, Dennis!

Today is Dennis's birthday, so we traveled out to the land for a birthday celebration! Complete with margaritas!

Vinnie and Felix got to hang out with Rita.

We made dinner. Yay, tiny pit!

Moss's black bean and mushroom burgers and I made a big fruity salad with strawberries, radishes and avocado.


Cheesecake for dessert!

We brought these dog treats with us to give to Felix throughout the evening.

A couple of days later, I had the following text conversation with Dennis:

Hahahaha, aw.