It is rare that I have one son all to myself but the past two weekends I made it a point to take one at a time with me for a getaway from home. ZJ and I headed straight for our favorite hangout - Barnes and Noble. As I stood in line at the cafe, (he wanted a spinach artichoke strata!) I turned to see him in this reading pose. Our stacks of "to look through" books were equally high, our eagerness to find just the right story the same. I couldn't resist sneaking this photo, a memory of my reading buddy and me. This one moment in time, capturing our shared love of words, books and bookstores.
Last weekend we took the whole family to a nearby produce stand. We were craving something that tasted fresh from the garden and since I don't have my own garden, we found this place. The fields were full of fall-colored flowered. Can't wait for those cooler days to come. But for now, we are reveling in the height of summer sunshine and produce. It's easy to go overboard here and buy much more than you can use in the next few days. I don't even like okra but they look so inviting in those cute blue crates. These tomatoes inspired a caprese salad for lunch: tomato slices cut into quarters, hunks of fresh mozzarella, snipped basil leaves, salt, pepper and drizzles of olive oil and red wine vinegar. These strawberries wound up being dunked in Silky Chocolate Fondue . Every girl dreams of doing her shopping with one of these adorable woven baskets, doesn't she? Even the boys had fun playing in the sand while I took m