Hello dear friends…
It’s that time of year… when AT stops a cookin’ or making anything of interest happen in the kitchen. Too hot for dinner? Yes. Weird collection of mish-mashed leftovers making a meal? Yes. These are not the things people are excited to read about. I have in the recent weeks, made a tasty sangria and chocolate chip cookies, but otherwise- I don’t think you needed more taco time or pictures of a salad (bridesmaid dress crunch time!! eep!)
As a blogger, I may not be very dedicated or on the cutting edge, but I try to check in. Maybe I should ease up on the food category and just tell you all what else is happening. Because I sure have been busy!
This past weekend I went to visit some of my favorite people in the entire world, some old & dear friends from college who have recently left the city and settled in Vermont. Nate & Kate moved to Vermont (where Kate grew-up) and have a nice lil’ spot up there. We always have a great time together and I think moreso now that we’re older and can appreciate each other and that we don’t always get as much time as we want. This weekend was especially exciting because my visit coincided with the arrival of their new puppy! An adorable rescue dog from Kentucky, Owen. In love. As you may have noticed from previous posts I’m a sucker for a dog. He’s such a love and lil’ peanut, they are going to be a very happy family.
As for the rest of the weekend we stopped at some favorite spots around the state- The Alchemist in Waterbury, VT which has a great beer selection (all made in-house) and pretty good food to go with it.
And a stop at the Long Trail Brewery Saturday on our way to pick up the pup.
Kate & I both got the sampler- I think the Blackbeary Wheat was my favorite- very refreshing, light & a touch of fruit, nice on a hot day.
Once we picked up the pup we headed back north to Kate’s Mom’s house up in the woods, dirt road and all, to have a nice cook-out and introduce the lil’ guy to the rest of the family- the 2 older goldens in the pack. There was a lot of dog at this house, and eventually a baby too. It was cute overload.
I was so glad I finally got up to Vermont, I’ve heard so many stories over the years and was so happy to put faces with names and just enjoy the relaxed pace of the country. I didn’t realize how much of a city person I’ve become over the past 5 years, but I was so happy to pull into South Station last night. As much as I love my friends, I was happy to be home.
And, even happier to be home in time to make a tasty meal and break in my cast-iron skillet!
On the evening’s menu: Rosemary Chicken Sausage with caramelized onions & mustard, and baked sweet potato fries.
And I decided to also stop wasting my dang money at Starbucks and made myself a batch of iced tea for the next couple of mornings. This is the only kind of tea party I support.
Up next will be a fun treat with the rest of the caramelized onions, and probably more life updates, Wedding Bonanza 2011 is in full swing and I will be out & about celebrating with my friends for the next few weekends. Good thing I bought new party shoes.