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the taste of lavender

Ever so often we head west and anchor ourselves down in the State of Colorado. Last fall when settling into a weekly resident in Mancos, Colorado I scuffled through Ansley’s stash of readable material and found Edible Magazine. From there started a lengthy conversation and sharing of regional recipes. The premise of Edible Magazine is to feature a region and its local, seasonal culture. (There is not one for Western NC just yet but I am definitely keeping my eye out!) I always enjoy chatting with Ansley about food, gardening and babies! Just our thing!

There were some specific recipes that caught my eye that had been shared in the spring edition of Edible San Juan Mountains. (Mancos is located in the San Juan Mountain region of CO) Excited to share Ansley’s hubs, Barry, headed to the printer to make copies for me. For nearly six months now I have been looking for an excuse to make this drink, The Green River Martini. It is infused with Honey Lavender Simple Syrup. Seriously.

When our beach trip arose and our friends, the Wheeler’s, agreed to join us for one of the two weeks I knew I had found my excuse. We headed out to the yard and picked 4 cups of fresh lavender and set it out to dry (makes two cups). Packed the lavender and the honey and loaded it to the Outer Banks. Week one consisted of making the simple syrup and letting it marinate. It smelled exactly like it was going to taste. Floral, light, heavenly.

The martini itself is a bit complicated in flavor but over ice it mellowed out and was pleasant to sip on a warm afternoon. But the syrup has many purposes. The best I’ve experienced thus far is over vanilla bean ice cream (yes!) or dolloped in a warm cup of green rice tea. The taste of lavender is delicate and floral and purely satisfactory. A pleasant way to embrace summer.

ONE LOVE-

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making the shift

Boy, is it good to be home!

Something I adore about holiday, as much as the actual holiday, is the return home. Stay away long enough and a certain deep gratification is aroused. We’ve returned to cooler temps, lovely afternoon showers and happy animals.

Also upon return is the motivation to really get things done. We’ve talked long enough. The flower beds have an appointment with my shovel and hands as well as the mulch pile. The dead locust trees have finally met their end, leaving their sole purpose to warming the fires this winter.The grass is cut, the house is clean and the corn is canned! Other projects on the to do list, each with their own appointment, will be met with determination!

Other things I appreciate about holiday is the reminders while away. When you slow down, put work aside and really partake in the break, you are reminded of things you like to do. Like, sitting on the porch and reading a book. Doing yoga. Coloring with the kid, etc. Prior to holiday I did loads of coloring, but rarely any reading and definitely not yoga. Coming home I have brought these little treats back. Making it a point to treat myself. Balance the day with 15 minutes of reading. 10 minutes of yoga in the morning. While those aren’t ideal amounts of time to indulge in these habits, it is still a treat. I don’t lose my day, my work or my time with my child. And that is exactly what a holiday is! Sweet reminders that, yes, somehow, it can all be done!

ONE LOVE-


fresh local yummy

Who says you can’t eat well on holiday?

With friends, family and birthdays upon us we have been blessed with a bounty of local goods. Enough local goods to last the remainder of the holiday and into the canner upon arrival of returning home! My brother (yea, that guy) graced our tables once again!

The corn has arrived.

As well as a bushel of fresh, local Blue Crab

It’s what’s for dinner!

For RCB’s 5th birthday (!!!!!!) we gathered around the table, cracked the crab, slurped the sweetest corn and chomped shrimp. It was fun, full of laughter, sheer enjoyment, not to mention absolutely delicious.

However, 10 of us could only eat but so much leaving us plenty of leftovers. On holiday, this is great! Lunch the next day was just as delicious and grand as the dinner. Cracked crab to make crab salad for crab rolls (mimicking lobster rolls), cut the corn and blended it with raw vegetables, ginger and jalapeno (oh. my. so. good.) for a vegetable salad. A super compliment to the crab roll.

Dinner served the shrimp its final purpose. Tossing the shrimp in some fettucini noodles with asparagus, avocado, red onion and garlic. Seasoned with sea salt, black peppercorn, and olive oil. Sprinkled with red pepper flakes and parmesan chunks. Light and satisfying, full of flavor. A nice meal to round out the rainy afternoon while sipping on a crisp white wine.

Our future consist of ferry rides, island tromping and lunch al fresco. The kids are getting their groove, sharing and playing nicely. Waves have been surfed. Sandcastles built. Epic card games played. Happy food consumed.

ONE LOVE-


Base Camp

At least for the next couple of weeks!

(all photos by sweet cove musings. Taken with the i-phone 4. Please ask permission before using)

Happy 4th of July! Wherever you are may it be full of fireworks, fun, family and friends!

Choose your celebration and be safe!

ONE LOVE-


time keeps on ticking

“Sed fugit interea, fugit inreparabile tempus”

(Time meanwhile flies, never to return)

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

I mean, seriously, where does the time go? The minute school ended for the year and summer vacation officially veiled us it seems that no time has, nor will it, slow down. Although time has been filled with whitewater, bike riding, birthday parties, firefly chasing, and presence of good company we find ourselves at the end of each day thankful for the time while wondering where it went!!

I hope you are noshing on happy, juicy summer fruits and rich vegetables. Picking the clover to make necklaces. Playing kick ball or frisbee golf in the yard. Teasing the pups. Sipping sweet tea. Laughing with your loved ones, family and friends a like. All the while ignoring the big project you’ve been plotting all spring. Knowing that you will probably get to it tomorrow. Today, playing with the kid is more important!

Click on the photos below for links for some of the things we’ve done so far this summer!

Sky High Trampoline Sports

Seriously fun jumping and crazy tips for a cardio workout!!

And

US National Whitewater Center

(also known by us kayakers as the Whitewater Park even though there are tons more activities available at the center!)

(RCB watching our friend Jason Put in. She thinks the river is as good as chocolate cake. Loves it! She thinks Mr. jason is pretty darn cool too!)

Wherever you are, I hope your plate is full of sunshine, joy and happiness!

Cheers!

ONE LOVE-


fireflies a go go

(photo pulled from the fun blog, sweet peach)

While the fireflies have appeared early this year due to the warmer temperatures there are still a few to be spotted around here. Each year at the Smoky Mountain National Park there is a campground that highlights some extremely amazing firefly viewing. The spectical is said to be phenomenal.

Even though this year nature’s firefly show may not be as grand for long it is still something worth checking out. If you happen to be in the area link here to see how long reservations will be available. The trolly ride alone in a very beautiful, mystical park will be worth the ride!

Meanwhile, back here at the house we have delighted in watching RCB chase, carefully collect and release the magical fireflies all over the yard. It is gorgeous.

I hope your summer break is starting off with a bang!

ONE LOVE-


Moroccan Yoga Bliss

Who’s going with me?

Moroccan Yoga Bliss.

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