hump day nuggets: strawberry pillows

Soaking up every last bit of summer with backyard dining. Ashamedly, we don’t do this enough. Because often in the evenings, at the wind down from a busy day, food has one job: to feed us so we can move on. It appears easier for the family to gather around the kitchen table. But, really now, it isn’t hard at all to go outside. And everything seems slower and more thoughtful when eating outside.

Dinner straight from the garden. I devoured this salad: shredded beets and carrots with parsley and chives.


Margot loves tomatoes but sungold tomatoes only. And, while she can say tomato, she calls them strawberries or pillows. My little poet.



Walks to Benson’s Farm, our neighborhood farm that exists in the middle of houses and businesses and busy traffic on Reserve Street. This family just won’t sell and I love that. And I doubly love their corn. We preserved (froze) six quarts last weekend. And eaten corn like every other night. Read like Forrest Gump talking about shrimp: corn chowder, corn and tomato pasta, just straight up corn, corn on the cob, corn off the cob…


And the chickens love the cobs.

Bug in the bath. Really now. I love this girl.

Me as a saguaro cactus while dining with friends on a Montana river. And I was the one not drinking…drunk on life, friends.


photo by bff Anne Hughes. I think I have a new profile picture.

19 Responses to hump day nuggets: strawberry pillows

  1. Sage says:

    how lucky am I to be the first to tell you how great that beet and carrot salad looks! And you make a great cactus… happy hump day!

  2. Jean says:

    First I have to tell you I was so excited to see you’d posted already I ran out to get a cup of joe and came back in with an empty cup! I really am hooked on the Wed. Nuggets.

    These photos are wonderful. They just keep getting better and better.

    And I do LOVE the photo of you. Smooch.

  3. joan says:

    As far as a cactus goes you are the most unprickly one I have ever met. Margot in the bath has always been my favorite. So cute when wet. I am still coming to visit this weekend. Make your anniversary plans. Your tomatoes look great and that there beet salad looks excellent. Tell Margot daddy is on her way Friday after work. See ya soon, MIL

  4. TRB Holt says:

    What a good looking cactus you are too!

    Those tomatoes are amazing! Mine suck!

    “Bug in a tub”…..there I am a poet too Margot! You little cutie you!

    OK good thing I like Joan so much or I could be really jealous of how often she gets to see you all! Instead I am just happy that she does!

    Can’t believe it is your 4 year anniversary….seems like just a few months back. I hope you have a wonderful time! (look for a little something in the mail tomorrow :}….)

    xoxo, Mom/Gram

  5. Malissa says:

    I love your earrings. I also love the recipe for beets and carrots. I am going to go the farmer’s market this weekend and get some beets and try it. Lovin the nuggets! :)

  6. FinnyKnits says:

    So, with the salad, do you just shred raw beets and carrots and add parsley and chives and that’s it? If so, I now know how I’ll get rid of all these beets.

    Also, I would like to swim in said river.

  7. Melissa says:

    you are so beautiful!

  8. Kelle says:

    yes…you are so truly beautiful…as is your soul.
    “drunk on life.”
    smiling.

  9. j.j. says:

    I love everything about this post! Such a treat to see your pics: of your family, your food, your garden prizes, your chickens and life in general! Amazing.

  10. Oh how I miss seeing you! we live in the same town for goodness sake. I well, I am excited to make the salad with my freshly harvested carrots and beets.

    yes, let’s go see julie and Julia. Perhaps a matinee?

  11. Erin says:

    I’m with you on the corn. Try it grilled with butter, salt/pepper and a squeeze of lemon and fresh parm cheese. Oh. My. Goodness.

  12. sarah says:

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  13. sarah says:

    or a stop sign.

  14. Katie says:

    New dance move! Do the saguaro. Hand up.

  15. For those inquiring about that beet salad: I would say 2:1 carrots to beets and then a fist full of parsley and chives. We topped it off with a wee bit of vinaigrette.

  16. Do you have a degree in culinary arts for goodness sake.. I am hungry again while reading.. I will eat before I pop in next time.
    Love the drunk on life..it is always fun to come and read here.