Saturday, August 25, 2012

Good Food and Good Times

I've been taking pictures of things I want to blog about but haven't had time to create the posts.  Life has been super busy but I finally found some time today to load pictures onto my laptop.  So, now I can start catching up.

Our daughter officially moved to her apartment late this last week.  She was nervous about what is ahead and sad about leaving but, so far, it's all going really well.  We've been Skyping and that helps a lot.  She had several days of orientation events, meetings with professors, music theory testing, and other things to do.  She was very busy!  But, those few days were also a lot of fun for her.  She met some very nice people and starting making some great memories.  Yay!  Classes start next Monday.

The week before she left was filled with errands, gathering up things she'll need in her apartment, moving, setting up, working on her quilt and enjoying time we always do...but it felt a little different.  One night, last weekend, we had an especially fun family evening.  We put together a healthy dinner of grilled Italian chicken sausage and mushrooms, roasted baby zucchini, steamed artichokes with Meyer lemons from our tree, and some tiny homegrown tomatoes.  It was simple but so delicious!

As a last minute addition to the meal, I pulled together some ingredients we had
on hand and made a pitcher of sangria.  It was soooo good!

I posted a recipe for it a few months ago.  You can find it HERE.  It's so simple and there really are
no rules.  It's fun to experiment with different ingredients.  While we enjoyed this pitcher full, 
we started dreaming up some new a white wine with peaches.  Hmmmm?

We topped off our amazing meal and evening with a wonderful treat that we recently 
discovered at Trader Joe's.  It's a dark chocolate bar with caramel and black sea salt.  
It's out of this world delicious!  We ate the whole thing!

Somehow, special times with special people are even better with great food!


Cindie Kitchin said...

What a beautiful plate!

jomomma said...

Nice!!! I love times like that.