It's been a busy week around here. We've had summer camp, Futsal games, back-to-school shopping package tracking, dental appointments and ballet. There has been some serious hustle. Through it all, I've managed to read a little, cook a little and sneak in a ballet class for myself.
We've only got a week and a half before my son begins school and another few days before Maggie heads off, in her new mint-green Jansport, to 8th grade. Whew. The summer is rapidly coming to a close. Is anyone else excited with the prospect of fall? I can almost feel the change in weather. My Dutch ovens are begging for more use.
Before I go down that road...here are a few pics from my week. I'll warn you, it's heavy on the wine...as it should be this time of year.
Sandy sits loyally while my husband makes a work call. I love this dog and her devotion us, except when we have to leave the house and she won't come inside from her spot flopped on the porch. We all try every voice possible (soothing, excited, demanding) and she just looks at us like: oh...did you want me to get up?
We took the Apple Fritter recipe my son brought home from his field trip to Old Salem and threw some blueberries in there instead. This resulted in some solid pancakes. They were excellent, and I've tossed some in the freezer for upcoming, harried school mornings.
This rosé has some kind of crazy-high rating like 95. I've always heard Chloe wines are a bit sweet, but this one wasn't too sweet at all, even with that bright hue. It was good, solid, a nice treat. I'm still going with Klinker Brick for the top rosé of the summer, though. I'd give this Chloe a 7/10.
While we're talking wine, it was all whites/rosés for us this week. We enjoyed this chardonnay. It was crisp and light without being too acidic. I'd buy it again. We were really rushing around this week, and I'm not sure I gave any glass of wine my full attention. I should remedy that.
Although I didn't enjoy the soup accompanying this salad, the greens and homegrown tomatoes were wonderful. As I wrote in my article on Aspirational Clutter, I don't care for kale. I'm also not a big fan of Swiss Chard. But....I do love arugula, so this week, I tried to get some greens into my diet. This salad was really lovely. It makes me want to grow my own food. The tomatoes are from our aunt and mother-in-law, and they made all the difference. They were a deep, vibrant red and tasted like tomato rather than nothing at all. I'm going to try to add more salads like this to the menu. I've heard if our bodies get more nutrients, we crave sugar and carbs less? Fingers crossed.
That's it for me this week. Per usual, the kids are still asleep, and Sandy is snoring softly on the bed beside me, her paws all tucked up underneath her.
Here are a few bits from the web I perused this week:
I've been on the hunt for a new purse/bag for a few years. I carry an old camel-colored leather tote, which I've had for about 5 years. I love it. It has one of those attachments for keys, so your keys don't get lost. I love the leather. I love it all. But it's in bad shape. It's filthy inside and out. I'm considering this LL Bean bag, which looks like it can handle mom life and a laptop.
I'm reading this book, and readers....I'm not a fan. There are times I have to put the book down because it causes such vexation. I'll have to write more when I finish and have some time to process it. Anyone else read it? It gets a lot of love on Amazon.
I'm watching and thinking about this Ted talk: There's More to Life Than Being Happy.
This cartoon is cracking me up. The fine 'art' of tidying up. :)
That's it around these parts. I hope you are all heading into some sort of fabulous weekend - iced coffee and long lunches and maybe a nap before wine? Hahahaha. More like clean the toilets, get ready for school and take the dog on a walk. :)