Monday, June 27, 2011

Fruits of the Summer

Ok, the title is a bit misleading as these are not exactly fruits.  Our stopped by with lovely and delicious vegetables from their garden.

Including a red-freckled variety of romaine lettuce:

I think the carrots are just so cute:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shades of Grey


It's been a bit of time since the last outfit post, I suppose I am just so taken with all of the summer happenings (food especially) that I haven't taken the time to photograph me.  

The somewhat-chevron patterned jacket is one I discovered hiding in the back of my closet when my sister helped me clear some things out.  It is very vintage and has become a staple for me since February.  The sparkly sweater is the best texture - its heavier weight makes it fall beautifully. 

Sweater: Eileen Fisher (de maman)
Jeans: Current/Elliott via Laws of General Economy 
Shoes: Pare Gabia
Earrings: Laurel Burch
Necklace: maman
Sunglasses: Retrosuperfuture via Eiwear, Berkeley

A Summer Burger

Disclaimer: this is not a vegetarian-friendly post. 

I apologize for my absence this week, I am working outside all day long and by the time I am home, I am beat.  Not to mention there just weren't many things to share.  However, because I love a summer BBQ as much as the next blogger, I am going to share some traditions from the BBQ's here in our home.

It may look like the burger is lettuce and buns, but really there's much hiding between the buns.

To dress the burger, some first steps include tomato and mustard:

Then some lettuce from the neighbors:

Meanwhile, onions are sauteeing and caramelizing:

Then they are brought to the table:

And thrown on the tomato:

It may look daunting, but fear not...

We shall manage to eat it.

I Couldn't resist sharing, as burgers really are one of my favorite foods.  And the onions, made from a secret and ever-changing recipe of my dad's, really make the meal.

Do you have a favorite summertime tradition?  Gros bisous.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

About My Father

This is my dad "a few moons ago," as he puts it (my mom is at the wheel).  After my mom had moved on to Volvos, he drove this BMW until it was 25 years old.  He enjoys getting the most out of something.  And listening to this song.
He also enjoys New York Times Crossword Puzzles:

And sitting outside in the morning /

Under his plum tree /

Next to the hibernia /

while drinking a caffe latte /

Made from coffee he has just ground /

And sometimes with a pastry (though not always) /

Also keeping an eye on the weather.

After breakfast, he gardens in shoes once used for hiking, close to 40 years ago /

Now with grass in the laces / 

While wearing protective gear, including noise-canceling headphones (of course) /

He whacks the weeds.

This year, he grows tomatoes /

And labels them /  

With enough to share / 

My aunt takes three bags full.

For lunch, he might poach an egg or two.

Then it is back to the garden /

Under the lemon tree /

He keeps the sun away from his skin, caring little for appearances /

Growing lettuce in a wheelbarrow /

With netting to keep the hungry deer away /

He fertilizes the roses /

My mother's favorites.

With a green thumb, he revives a mint plant /

And an orchid.

And at the end of it all, topped with his famous marinated onions and homegrown lettuce, he enjoys a hamburger and a Pale Ale.

This is a little about my dad.  
Happy Father's Day.