The last harvest is always a sad day … for me, fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden are one of the very best things about summer. And this year was particularly bad for tomatoes — the squirrels got a few red ones, but I never did.
But here’s the last hurrah: lemon cucumbers, kale, basil, green tomatoes, and chiles (jalapeno and habanero). YUM.
And, some majorly delicious zucchini from a few weeks ago:
Stay tuned for some cooking posts … I finally got to spend a Sunday night in the kitchen for the first time in a long while 🙂
It was a dreary, drizzly Sunday in Minneapolis today … so we spent the afternoon working on projects for Danica’s wedding.
You probably recognize her from past craft days and parties at the house. She’s a great friend I’ve known since we worked on the magazine together years ago, and now we mostly get to see each other at seasonal clothing swaps and project days. But after the wedding in a few weeks, she’s moving into the neighborhood — yay!
While we’re on the subject of weddings… in July my mom, aunt and cousin and I threw a bridal shower for my cousin Maria. Aside from the housewarming party last summer it’s the most people I think I’ve ever had in my house at once! And it was a great motivator for me to get the living room painted and the couch delivered by the middle of July — I never could have hosted this many people with the old set-up.
We made it a kitchen-themed shower, and everyone brought recipes on cards that we had printed to match the invitations.
I wanted to decorate the house with fresh flowers, so I made an early morning trip to the Flower Market Annex at the Minneapolis Farmers Market
. It’s my favorite place to get flowers — wholesale prices and you can pick them out yourself from a big cooler in the back. Maria’s wedding colors were yellow and gray, so I got a selection of yellow flowers and white hydrangeas.
We organized a salad buffet for lunch (my mom, aunt and cousin each brought one) along with a bunch of summery appetizers and drinks. For dessert, I made a pavlova with fresh raspberries.
And of course, Maria opened presents 🙂
We even managed to get a photo of the entire group.
Maria and Johnny got married in August and it was beautiful. I’m so excited to have them in the neighborhood 🙂
For anyone who thinks I’m exaggerating when I say that my family* invades my house when they come to visit, here are some examples:
True, it was back-to-school weekend for the young’ns. But still. That’s some chaos for a girl who usually lives alone.
But yesterday they all left … back to school, back to California … and I’m home alone in the house for the first time in almost three weeks. (Which only lasts until Thursday when I pick up some beloved friends who will be staying with me for another friend’s wedding this weekend.) It was great having them around, though, and I’m going to miss coming home to my mom’s cooking when I’m working late nights this week 🙂
And they helped me with some great projects, so I’ll have more posts for ya’ll soon. Fun updates afoot around the little farmhouse…
For now, I’m just sitting here laughing at these photos and comparing them to my now very clean, very still, very empty living room. The very picture of the tradeoff between cleanliness and community.
*Hi fam. Love ya.