Summer Scenes

It’s a rainy day here, one of the few we’ve had all summer. Since it’s Tuesday and the garden needs to be watered, I’m not minding it a bit. Here’s what we’ve been up to for the last week or so.thumb_IMG_7506_1024Remember all those blueberries we picked? I’ve been busy using them up in things like this blueberry-raspberry crisp, blueberry corn salad and blueberry pancakes. YUM!thumb_IMG_7507_1024I love eating big salads for lunch, something I do all year, but summer is when salads really shine. Here’s an example of a recent one that really hit the spot. The key to deliciousness and satiety is to packing it full of good stuff. This one includes spinach, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, cheese, walnuts, dried cherries, chickpeas, avocado and homemade balsamic dressing. Pair with toast, crackers or grains for a solid meal.thumb_IMG_7522_1024I have been loving our garden so much this summer. Watching it grow after all of our hard work on it is so rewarding. And sometimes I even make new friends while puttering in it, like the other night when I spotted this praying mantis!thumb_IMG_7532_1024More delicious, fresh summer eats. The aforementioned blueberry corn salad, caprese salad and shrimp cocktail on a beautiful summer evening.thumb_IMG_7534_1024True love: when you and your spouse pick out nearly the same wine to drink with dinner.thumb_IMG_7536_1024We had to have some special wine to celebrate this guy winning his division at the Boston Open golf tournament the other day! So, so, so proud!!!thumb_IMG_7545_1024We recently woke up to a cooler, cloudy morning that dashed our beach plans. Instead of sulking, we set out to explore Charlestown, somewhere we’ve barely been despite living here for about eight years.thumb_IMG_7538_1024We climbed the Bunker Hill Monument (holy stairs!) and visited the USS Constitution, which were both very cool. Charlestown is also adorable and I’m so glad we finally made it down there.thumb_IMG_7549_1024We walked into Boston proper, visited the new Converse store and then headed to the new Boston Public Market for lunch. I was so psyched to snag lunch (a quinoa¬†bowl and smoothie) from Mother Juice, which I wrote about many moons ago. Mike enjoyed fresh, tasty ramen and dumplings.thumb_IMG_7554_1024Needing to satisfy Mike’s cannoli craving, we wandered over to the North End to stop at Mike’s Pastry. We stumbled upon a sweet little parade celebrating the Maddona della Cava, which we bumped into several times on our journey. It was such a great slice of North End life.thumb_IMG_7559_1024We walked around Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, which has graves dating back hundreds of years. Exploring them made me think about all the walks I used to take at lunch in Salem in the cemetery there.thumb_IMG_7561_1024Spotted this cool poem outside the Old North Church, which we also popped into.thumb_IMG_7564_1024More tasty summer food! This is the recent takeout-style sesame noodles from Smitten Kitchen (I added pan-friend tofu and shredded carrots), which was easy, refreshing and flavorful.

Where have your summer adventures been taking you?

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