This post is suuuuuper late, but I have a good excuse. Two things happened this weekend and I have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news because I prefer to end on happier things.
The matriarch of the family, my great-grandmother is dying. Last year she had a stroke and hasn’t been the same since. Now her condition worsened after being sick multiple times since the stroke. It is a matter of moments when she will pass. Everyone loved her and considered her a grandmother – even the children in her neighborhood. It is heartbreaking to see this vibrant, sharp woman look so weak and frail. I am just glad she had a chance to get to know my daughter.
On a happier note (sheesh, it feels weird switching gears like this, but it is how I cope). my mother, one of my sisters, Natushka and I went to the beach the other day and N loved it. She squealed and laughed the whole time, begging me to take her deeper into the water. It was a day of making castles, collecting seashells and eating delicious last-minute thrown-together salad with a nice sand crunch. I also brought my huge picnic pitcher with some honey, mint, lemon and lime water. My arms are killing me now after dragging it from the car to the beach and back again.
Now, let’s get our drool on.
Caramelized Onion and Portobello Mushroom Sliders with Fry Sauce – I could probably eat this every day.
Pesto Focaccia Bread – How did she know pesto is my weakness?
Strawberry Blueberry Iced Tea Lemonade – I feel refreshed just reading the title. My new favorite summer drink
Spaghetti in Red Clam Sauce – This with a glass of red wine = perfection!
Spam Musubi – Um, what?!
Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs – Pretzelllssss!!!! And Cheeeeeeese! And hot doggggss!
Feta & Herb Chickpea Quinoa Sliders – Oh Happy Day!
Vegan Coconut and Pistachio Ice Cream – Total yumfest right here (yes, I really typed “yumfest”)
Peanut Butter Bourbon Milkshakes – Just like the ones from my favorite diner!
Bahn Mi Hot Dogs – It’s BBQ season, ya’ll!
Raw Bounty Bars – Oh. My. God.
Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing – This is just too much for me to handle.
Blackberry Basil Belgian Ale Milkshake – Much too much. Must try now.
Red Wine Poached Apple Jam – She had me at red wine
Fresh Strawberry Marshmallows – Soooooo perfect in so many ways!
Blackberry Brown Sugar Ice Cream Sandwiches – So delicious.