Sunday, August 14, 2011

In these dog days of summer... these are a few of my favorite things

I've been a workaholic lately.  I've been reflecting about many things and realized I have recently discovered some new favorite things... and thought I'd share them.  

Those of you who know me may be a little surprised by my next statement: 
I eat breakfast everyday. 
Really... I have found something I truly enjoy eating - every day.  

Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with local honey and walnuts.  Sometimes I'll throw some blueberries or strawberries on it or just the honey.  It is so delicious and really good for you too. 

I love that every August, like clockwork, the PeeGee Hydrangea out front blossoms and goes from a creamy white to a light blush pink.   Many other flowers are looking a little spent by this time of year, not the PeeGee...  So pretty.

 My newest favorite obsession:  a truly decadent find... Trader Joe's does it again.  70% Dark Chocolate with Carmel and Sea Salt.  It's a piece of heaven, right here on earth.  

Get a look at that caramel... they say the serving size is 4 squares... but I savor this.  It is so rich you really don't need that much.  A square or two is perfect.  And so is the price: $1.99!!

I love to harvest! This morning, I went into the garden and brought in a lovely assortment of peppers and tomatoes.  Delicious.  Organic and warm from the sun.  Made quite a yummy BLAT (I added avocado) --mmm--mmm.   After toiling for hours getting the weeds out... this is a really lovely reward to harvest the veggies.  I do it every year, I must love it!

I love the simplicity of Homemade Philadelphia Style Vanilla Ice Cream. Simple and delicious.   I can whip up a batch in about 35 minutes (30 minutes is in the ice cream maker).  Pop it into the freezer to firm up for another two hours and then you can enjoy it however you choose: summer fruits, nuts, honey, caramel or just plain.  Yum, Yum, Yum

And finally, I love having my birthday in the midst of the heat and chaos of summer.  One day for me to be pampered and loved above all others... at least by my family!  This year was especially grand... my husband and kids took the best care of me and had a pile of presents for me.  It was a glorious day... thank you!   I love being a Leo. 

I am crafting away in preparation for the Sycamore Craft Show this fall... mark your calendars: November 19.  I requested the same booth.  So come listen to the bands and buy some great handmade items for the Holidays.

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