It’s a wonderful life.

13 Jul

Summer so far;

I’ve been to the beach four times, two different lakes, four different beaches.

Have eaten six pints (and counting) fresh raspberries.

Danielle is home safe and well from her trip to Peru, plus she bought us awesome gifts including some amazing Peruvian salt.

My nephew Spencer is recovering after breaking his hip playing baseball.

Today is my birthday.  I’m having friends for dinner and this is what I’m cooking;

Potato salad with green onions and asparagus in a shallot tarragon vinaigrette

Tuscan chopped salad (cucumbers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, day-old crusty bread, capers in a red wine vinaigrette)

Arugula salad with watermelon and Parmesan cheese with a lemon vinaigrette (thanks to the Barefoot Contessa)

Baked cheese grits casserole (this is for my inner Southern belle)

Grilled lemon chicken (for the meat people)

White chocolate lime tart with fresh berries

Vanilla bean panna cotta (because it’s my new favorite dessert of the month)

And finally, triple chocolate Nanaimo bars

It’s a beautiful day where I live.  I am both fortunate and grateful to have the life that I do. In place of a recipe, here’s a few pictures of summer so far.

Randy testing the water.

Johnny's Antiques Bayfiels On, a tastefully restored Georgian revival cottage. I could live here

Mackies on the beach, for hand cut fries and their own "secret sauce."

Mulberry tree on the shore of Lake Huron. The branches are heavy with ripe, sweet berries. If I only had a ladder.

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