Ahh…August. We’ve still got plenty of summer left, but we’ve been enjoying a few cool early mornings that give a hint of end-of-summer and looking-towards-autumn. It’s rather nice. This week we took Willow for her first time to the river. Upon arrival she was pretty nervous and did not want to go in the water.
But, after wildly running around on the banks and checking everything out, she did get her feet wet, and eventually was splashing around.
Climbing on people when possible,
leaping about, and a couple of times going deep enough to dog paddle. It’s shallow, but there is a current and she definitely didn’t like it when she could feel the water pushing on her.
It was a wonderful afternoon, except that I became irate and disgusted with people due to the litter left there. Specifically, when Willow ran into the bushes and came back with a poopy diaper. Seriously? Can’t all people agree that it’s not ok to leave trash outside? Who thinks that’s ok? If you think nature is nice enough that you wanted to spend time at the river, why would you leave garbage behind that you will be looking at next time you are there? Ugh. I really couldn’t stop thinking about this all week. You are an idiot and asshole if you leave garbage on the ground, Simple as that. Really-who are the people who think that is ok? OK, rant over. Despite that, it was very nice and we went with some friends and the kids enjoyed that. Tabby collected many snails and brought them home, where they are actually living in the habitat she created.
We also returned to Ringing Rocks for another hike. Again, she was super excited. This time we hiked down below the waterfalls (which have no water presently) and explored the dry riverbed. I am fascinated by the rock formations and striations.
As you know the garden is a bit of a pass this year, but yesterday I was delighted to pick several tomatoes and also…peaches from our tree!
They are small but the sweetiest juiciest peaches ever. I think they are going to have a very short shelf life so am trying to figure out what to make with them today. Jam? Salsa? Peach barbecue sauce? I think freezing/canning/baking is in order. I also received a nice bag of peaches and jalapenos from our friends who have trees that bear a lot of fruit. It was Game Night with them and we had a grand time.
It had been a while since the pizza had been homemade so I brought my A game and made several delicious ones, including one made with fresh mozzarella and the just picked tomatoes.
Something Clark has been working on this summer is learning how to cook something. He’s been doing brownies and last night he made them almost all by himself ( he did everything, but I remained in the kitchen to talk him through it. Next time he’s entirely on his own) and they were delicious! Especially as he served them ala mode and capped off with another garden gift from Liz & Eleanor-homemade maraschino cherries (OMG-heavenly.) I have to share an amazing dessert that I made this week-Blueberry Sour Cream Tart.
I came across it in a cookbook I’ve had a couple years but haven’t often used (despite liking it), called Chicken and Egg. The tart has a crust that is like a sugar cookie, spiced with nutmeg. The filling is cheesecake consistency (but doesn’t taste at all like cheesecake) and then the blueberries are sprinkled on top.
This would also be amazing with strawberries or peaches. It was fantastic.