Monday, September 5, 2011

Go Grease Lightning!: A Summer Wrap Up

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
My son and I had gone to return the cable boxes for the old house and decided to swing in to my husband's restaurant for some lunch on the way home when the East Coast Earthquake hit. We were almost done with our meal when I thought a really big truck was out front until trophies (see above) started falling off the shelves above the door and the bar was about to start dumping liquor bottles to the floor. As soon as you realized what was happening it was over, knocking out telephones everywhere. When we arrived home we had some structural damage, that would really cause problems a few days later when Irene hits, and a few things were knocked over.

Archived photo of Washington Monument before cracking due to earthquake
Still in boxes and not even hanging towel bars and closet rods yet Irene hit.
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
Our power was out for almost exactly 100 hours and our neighborhood has one road in, one road out and it was blocked. There were down wires covering half the road, if you were willing to hold your breath under those and hope the cracked telephone pole holds you got to a second block of a tree and wires completely over the road. So we were trapped on our tiny peninsula. Thankfully after living in St Thomas, USVI and having to deal with WAPA power outages weekly I had kind of prepared of us for the storm. Told my husband to pick up bags of ice for the freezer, filled the bathtubs, got the flashlights ready, did a load of laundry and cleaned all the dishes, and 10 minutes after giving my kid a bath (knowing the power wouldn't be with us much longer) the power left. We didn't even see an electric truck in our whole town until Wednesday, the same day we got our power back.
What did we eat having no power and limited dishes, no way of washing hands...

Halibut with a vegan beurre blanc, baby broccoli, and cherry tomatoes

Romaine Salad with Creamy Parmesan, Kalamata Olive Viniagarette, and Fried Egg
Purple Cauliflower, basil, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes

BLOTs (Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Tomato) with a basil aioli and green beans

What do you do when you have no power and are stuck in a new house? Projects! Put up my walk-in closet shelves and rods. Started to work on the nautical themed guest bathroom. Hung pictures (to may or may not hide new water damage in the kitchen).
Still work in progress

My favorite reading spot right now
And a few more glimpses of summer food photos from my phone...

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
Books I read this summer and recommend:

And new cookbooks I acquired:                                            

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