Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for sticking with me while I was taking a short break!  Everything's fine with me - don't worry!  Now I'm back and better than ever.

New York has been experiencing record high temperatures lately, and the California Girl in me is just swooning with delight and heart-bursting joy.

Last night was "Girls' Night", which meant that Adam had a work thing to go to so it was just me and Bug for dinner.  Naturally, with temps in the high 70s, we decided that dinner on the rooftop deck was de rigueur.

I put together our favorites on a cutting board: smoky almonds, Manchego, salame, grapes, pears, apples, bread, and crackers.  I drank a glass of Cotes du Rhone; Bug drank ginger beer.  And as per usual, there wasn't another single person on the deck with us.  On the one hand, I can't believe that in our HUGE building there is no one - no one - who thought it would be a good idea to sit outside.  But on the other hand, I adore having the deck to ourselves.

It's been a crazy, maddening, wonderful, challenging, refreshing couple of weeks...but I'm slowly feeling like the universe is coming into balance again.  I'm not doing much in the way of menu planning or complicated cooking as of late.  But with a meal like this, who needs it?  You don't have to turn cartwheels and set things on fire to put a good meal on the table.  Bug and I sat together, sharing details about our day, debating who the murderer could be in The Westing Game, and giggling about a boy that has a crush on her in class.  That was the best part.  Gathering together to eat is just what made it possible.

Again, you have all been really supportive and wonderful - I love being here and I love sharing with you. Thanks for being a part of it.

More soon...I really do want to get back to cooking in the kitchen!

Eat, drink, and enjoy the change in season!


Amanda said...

I love it!! I've been sitting outside too. I love when it starts to get warmer -- I adore the sun. I LOVED The Westing Game when I was little. I still remember one time when I was on vacation and re-reading it and I looked up and the hotel we were staying at was the Sunset Tower. I almost lost it.

Enjoy the sun and the delicious food!

carina said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're back on track. Eating outside is great. I have a tiny balcony, but insist on having dinner there as often as possible:-) Sounds like a wonderful meal.

~ lg said...

Hooray! Glad to hear that the warm weather and sun and loved ones are filling your soul - as they should :) xoxoxo

Stasia D said...

Can't wait to share THE WESTING GAME with my own daughter!

ileana said...

I love simple meals like that - and eating outside!