Raspberry Picking

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I go a little overboard sometimes with the adventures. I love trying new things, and since Hannah’s arrival that desire has kicked into overdrive. Which is how the two of us ended up raspberry picking a week ago.

The Berry Farm in Colts Neck (right behind Delicious Orchards) has black raspberries in season now. Last Wednesday we had a late start because we finally got an attic fan installed! It’s made a huge difference to the upstairs air conditioning, I highly recommend it. Anyway, the farm isn’t open every day. It closes for a couple of days at a time to allow the berries to ripen, and you really have to get there first thing in the morning on picking day to get anything. But, of course, I didn’t know this so Hannah and I rolled up around 3pm bright-eyed and ready for adventure. The owner looked like he just wanted to pat me on the head, and then he handed me a tiny Chinese takeout container and told me to go pick $4 worth of raspberries to make something for dessert tonight.

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Anniversary Weekend Shenanigans

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

On Saturday Adam and I went to Philly for a little anniversary celebrating. We had dinner at home on Thursday night, so Saturday was our first chance at a day out. We went to IKEA and got 2 of these loungers, which I love. The boxes were huge, and Adam had to ride home in the seat behind mine. We had cheesesteaks. And I went to Spool to meet Eleanor Grosch. Adam met her, too.

I’ve mentioned before that Eleanor designed our wedding stationery, but I’d never actually met her until this past Saturday. On Friday I heard through the Philly Modern Quilt Guild that she’d be doing a demo at Spool on Saturday, and Adam and I both decided it was too good a chance to pass up on our anniversary weekend. I brought wedding photos, I almost wore the Keds, I was thisclose to making a complete example of myself. Expecially when Jay McCarroll walked in to say hi to Eleanor. I held it together, though, and only embarassed myself a little (I talk a lot).

That’s Eleanor on the right. Her friend Jen did the demo for this project.

The project was a little Noah’s Ark out of Zoo Menagerie.

Adam was a trooper when we got home, he put the loungers together IN THE RAIN. I have not yet been able to sit in them because of the vast quantities of precipitation falling from the sky. But they’re out there, waiting. Taunting us both with the promise of sunshiney afternoons on the patio. One. Day.

Then yesterday I drove up to hang out with my mom for a little while before meeting up with Kathy. We had a marathon 4 hour gab session at Tick Tock Diner, my favorite of all the NJ chromed eating establishments. I think that may have broken our record for most time spent talking in one place. The diner has gone a little Hollywood since being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives a few years ago, but my favorite cheeseburger deluxe with mozzarella was still available if you asked.

An excellent weekend, topped off with the TiVo’d Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix. Now I have to get ready for Book Expo America tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s here already!

Firepit!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We got a firepit and spent Sunday night sitting on the patio making s’mores. I love this firepit.

And s’mores. I also love s’mores.

Spellbound Truffles

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Oh. My. Heavens. I heard about Spellbound Girl’s Taste! truffles on the Elvis Duran Show at the end of April, and I ordered some that day. Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, and Dark Chocolate. I’d actually completely forgotten about them, they take 2-3 weeks to shop. And then when I got home today they were waiting to surprise me. And I am in truffle decadence heaven. Seriously, Adam better get home soon or there won’t be any left to share. Go get you some, right now.

Lancaster, PA

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I had the best time running around Lancaster County last week with my in-laws. I think I had more fun in Amish country than anyone else, it was Orange Room heaven. You wouldn’t believe the fabric prices out there! And all the homemade jams and other goodies. Plus hand-dyed yarn from local sheep? How have I not been back out there since I was a kid??

I was so excited by the craftiness that I couldn’t even take a focused picture in Lancaster Yarn Shop or The Old Country Store.

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