This is not a full post yet, but wanted to let everyone know I got to go to the South of the James Farmers Market yesterday and it was just what I needed to motivate. We picked up our first share from Victory Farms which included: peaches, melon, kale, hot peppers, eggplant, zucchini, onions, potatoes, basil and pickling cucumbers! Can’t wait to make some refrigerator pickles this week! I also picked up some delicious bread from the Norwood Cottage Bakery stand (thanks to my pal Anne Marie’s advice) and some pimento cheese from a Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish?) stand?? I thought we had left PA! No complaining here. But I was most excited to try a taco from the much talked about Nate’s Taco Truck that sets up at the SOJ every Saturday…it was as great as everyone raves it is, cannot WAIT to go back for more!
FYI: Saturday mornings are totally booked for the rest of the summer.
Fourth of July started off well and got even better as we were invited to a couple parties! Rick unfortunately couldn’t make it out to any because of his studies, but I popped over to friends’ Emily and Chris Lacroix’s BBQ and as you can see evidenced above it was lick-the-paper-plate-good!!! They had made this amazing vinegar based sauce that went perfectly with the Pork BBQ–yum! and for dessert a friend had brought over a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake. Holy Moly do I LOVE ice cream cake. I was one very satiated mama-to-be. I didn’t make it to any other parties afterward unfortunately, just felt too run down. But was able to drag Rick out to get some more ice cream! Across from where we live in Church Hill is this cute lil ice cream place, “It Must Be Heaven”. It really is heaven and also looks like not just for ice cream, will have to go back for lunch some time! We took our bowls to go and walked around the neighborhood a little bit to see if we could catch any glimpses of the fireworks. No luck for us, but such a pleasant night anyhow! It was a really great day, left me excited and happy to be back in the south.
I even made dinner for the first time this evening! Kale-Sausage Pasta, a rather tame meal but a good one to break in the new kitchen (especially when using a glass stove top for the first time…I almost burned my hand on that thing, jeez!)