I went for my inaugural swim in the pool this weekend and I am already drowning in too much food from the garden. I guess summer is officially here.
Tarragon:: When I planted my herb garden, I planted tarragon because it is one of those herbs that whenever I eat it, I absolutely love the flavor. My mom makes this chicken dish with a ham and tarragon stuffing and it is amazing. It was a happy surprise that tarragon is a perennial and it is one of the first things to come up in the garden. Last year, on a whim, I started using it as a green in flower bouquets and I found that it lasted forever. It’s now my go to when I need a little green and a good way to make sure that it doesn’t grow out of control.
New cookbooks:: Second to magazines, cookbooks are my favorite thing to buy and have around. It MAY be a little bit of a problem. I made a commitment that I would start cooking a lot more from my cookbooks instead of just enjoying them like novels. Haha. These are four new cookbooks that I have purchased and they are all awesome. However, without a doubt, Six Seasons by Joel McFadden is my favorite. If you are a gardener or belong to a CSA and you are looking for creative and different ways to cook vegetables, it’s a must. We have already made the charred snap peas, the honey roasted carrots with almonds and the swiss chard and ricotta crostata. They were all so good and the book is really beautiful. And this weekend we made the fried chicken as well as the buttermilk biscuits from Ashley English’s Southern from Scratch and they were also really, really good. Off to a good start on this new commitment!
My girls:: School is out and as usual I have totally unrealistic expectations. Am I doing enough to make summer special for them? Am I focusing on the right things? Will they have enough downtime? Do they have too much downtime? I want them to have great memories from their childhood summers. I just love this time in their lives and I want to freeze time. I will take tween and teen kids over babies and toddlers any day. Hearing their stories and listening to their laughter is just the best. Teagan took this picture of that honey jar the other day when I was making lunch. She looked at the viewfinder after she took it and said, oooh, that’s a great picture. I didn’t see it until today when I downloaded the pictures and I agree, it is great. She’s got a good eye for an 11-year-old. I also love how it captured the friendship bracelet that Ceara made for me. When I was her age, I tried so hard to make cool friendship bracelets like that and was never successful. My cousins and I even thought that we could have a business and the bracelets were definitely never that good! I am so impressed that Ceara can make them so well and so fast and I secretly hope that they will be a gateway to other crafts in the future, like knitting or crochet. 🙂 xo