1. Weeding the garden
I’m not even kidding. I really like weeding at this phase of the gardening season. Last year I learned how to properly use a hoe, and weeds are under control. I enjoy going out for 10 or 15 minutes in the evening and plucking away the seedlings I didn’t plant so my little babies will thrive. It’s therapeutic. (Not so later in the summer when my schedule is more full and it’s hotter out…but we’ll deal when we get there.)
2. Open windows
Ahhh, yes. This is what good weather feels like. Fresh air, the smell of freshly mowed grass, and a gentle breeze making my bedroom curtains flutter. This is exactly what I was dreaming of all winter. And it’s happening right now.
3. My annual artichoke
Some things are special because they are few. I don’t make whole artichokes very often, but last spring I decided that I’d make a point to have at least one per year. It’s getting to be that time, when they are in season and plentiful and delicious. I will be buying it this weekend, and am so excited…but how to fix it this year? I just don’t know. All I know is, it’s going to be delicious.
Last year I topped it with parmesan and dipped in a butter sauce. (If you have any recommendations, kindly leave a note in the comments, please.) Here’s last year’s artichoke:
4. MY NEW EBOOK!
I’m so thrilled to be launching my ebook tomorrow! I’ve worked really hard on it for a really long time, and it feels amazing to finally releasing it into the world….a day that I thought would never come :o)
I’ve already started to think of recipes for a volume two, but I better slow down a little, eh? You can order your copy of I Don’t Buy That here!
5. Not just a girl
In honor of her baby girl turning five, photographer Jamie C. Moore did a series of her daughter dressed as five amazing and strong women leaders.
An excerpt from her post: “It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything so she can now have everything.”