and so there was iced coffee, with sticky buns brought back from up north by a dear friend who so generously shared. turns out all it takes to make me feel like I'm on vacation myself is sticky buns and iced coffee on the deck in the midmorning sunshine, listening to the birds and catching up with good people. there's the honey, of course. in recent days, as we've finished up the bottling, it's not been unusual for me to have honey on my elbows, my feet, my forearms.... there is plenty and so I just wipe it up or lick it off as I see fit. it is a sticky, sweet business, to be sure.
and then there are beans- oh so many beans all of a sudden. certainly it didn't just happen overnight, but with our attention elsewhere it definitely seemed so to us. I'll be needing some good recipe recommendations for pickled beans and pickled beets I think. the squash and zucchini are coming on strong, along with the volunteer squashes that seem to be a mix of zucchini and yellow squash and as long as we get them early enough, they are excellent sauteed or grilled.
I made yogurt. it was runny, but after straining it was quite good. topped with pumpkin seeds, apricots and some of that honey, it was more than quite good. and oh my goodness- have any of you read that book? Me Before You? surely several of you have. wow. I stayed up until 2am finishing it, sobbing the last couple chapters, then reread a bit in the morning to try to wrap my head around it some more. I'd been steering clear of tragic novels for the better part of this year and only somewhat knew what I was in for with this one. all the same, it touched me and I quite enjoyed it. and I want to talk about it.
black bean stew. raspberry jam. a large batch of granola. jam on toast with another good book in the morning sunshine. eggs + beets + seeds.
the garden from the deck, flowers tucked in here and there, mixed up garden beds, tomatillos, cabbages, a glimpse of the hives, a girl in the beans.
the kitchen and the garden. two of my favorite places to be.
*playing along with Heather for her This Week in My Kitchen blog hop