Where did the summer go!?! I am wide awake at 1am on Labor Day, my mind racing. Knowing that I haven't posted much at all since the beginning of summer I compiled some photos from my phone of summer dishes and events to bring you up to speed.
My summer opened with an old friend coming to visit, good friends having a baby girl, my husband and crew winning a trophy at BBQ Battle, an old friend passing away.
|Georgetown Cupcakes, Budweisers, and Shrimp Poop with CB at the Waterfront in Georgetown|
|I made these organic onesies with iron-on decals|
|Great Job, Old Glory!|
|An intimate meal the night before the funeral|
As soon as we got back from the funeral...
We bought a house! Finally. We were in search of a home that fit the needs for our whole family. My husband needed an easier commute and wanted water. I wanted a place for my gardens, my bees, my chickens, anything else I could fit in there, a great school system, and a great community. My son wanted a yard, a playroom, kids, and a fun school. We had been searching since January 2011, had put in offers on 4 houses and either lost the bidding war or we were willing to meet the seller's compromise. So when our realtor, Lynn (who I miss after spending at least a day a week with her since January) sent a house just listed that day we ran out to look at it and had an offer in by the end of the day. Everyhing fell into place and we were officially homeowners the day after our wedding anniversary. Not bad for having a 5 year plan and making it happen in the 4th year. Although it has my current arch nemesis- a concrete block shed, that really needs to come down and built somewhere else, it is perfect for us. And starts us on the next 5 year plan.
We are a block from the water, which was apparently smart on our part as we didn't have street flooding during Hurricane Irene. My husband's commute is now not only easier, but much more scenic. My bees have moved in and are very happy. We have met with a Master Gardener and the yard will be developed to be an fully edible landscape instead of one focused vegetable garden plot, my idea and Kristen executed it beyond my vision. The school system couldn't be better, it's a blue ribbon school. We have kids all over our neighborhood and they go down to the dock to fish, crab, or skip stones.
|Our Dock, a block from our house|
|The biggest cause of traffic at our new house|
|Archived photo of Washington Monument before cracking due to earthquake|
|Chesapeake Bay 8 hours before Irene was over us|
|Strapped down the bees, put a heavier rock on top, duct taped everywhere|
|Power Out, good thing my kid had his camping headlamp handy!|
|Part of water damage to wall in kitchen|
|Halibut with a vegan beurre blanc, baby broccoli, and cherry tomatoes|
|Romaine Salad with Creamy Parmesan, Kalamata Olive Viniagarette, and Fried Egg|
|Still work in progress|
|My favorite reading spot right now|
|I made chocolate dairy free ice cream|
|My kid made oreo banana dairy free ice cream with the new ice cream maker|
|My husband got a pearl in his oyster during his birthday dinner at Georgia Brown's|
|Birthday Cupcakes for my mother in law|
|My son will now only eat homemade tortillas made into chips. After having them once, he requests them all the time|
|Yellow Watermelon, made a chilled soup from part of it|
|And for our last boat docking lunch of the summer, my father in law ordered the Hawaii Five-O|
|Yes, that's a ham and cheese on a glazed doughnut|
And new cookbooks I acquired: