Monday, July 8, 2013

Long Weekend Basics

It was one of those long weekends filled with family, friends and food here! Some of the highlights included:

Thursday we had both sets of our parents over for a 4th of July cookout!


My mom recycled one of the hanging mason jar flower vases from our wedding by filling it with fresh hydrangeas and other flowers from her yard — it was so cute! Tim tossed some chicken and sausages in the smoker, kicking off the first time of the season we've pulled it out to use!


This guy kept a close eye (and nose) on all of the cooking action:


Among many other goodies, Tim's mom made and brought over the dessert — a beautiful and delicious strawberry shortcake, topped with a little flag fitting for the day:


You can probably imagine, this didn't last long in our household.

Friday we were so excited to meet up with one of our blogging buddies, Olga of Mango & Tomato. She was visiting a friend in Richmond for the weekend, so we met for a couple happy hour cocktails at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and chatted like we've known each-other for years:


It was a lot of fun and a little surreal getting to meet someone in person who we feel like we've gotten to know online — thanks for such a fun meetup, Olga! Keep up with her and her delicious recipes over on Mango & Tomato.

Saturday we got our weekly farmer's market fix, I headed down to my mom's house on the river with some friends while Tim stayed home perfecting a few new recipes. He was also able to get the first full coat of polyurethane on the outside of the locker console project we've been working on:


While outside throughout the weekend, we noticed our neighbor has a tall blackberry bush fruiting and branching out over the fence:


Noted!

Much of the weekend we had some new tunes playing in the background — Tim scored 3 new records from the record shop down the street, one of which included a Kinks album from a live show he actually attended:


For those that don't know and if we haven't mentioned it here on the blog before, one of Tim's all time favorite groups is The Kinks. We actually had a few tunes in our wedding ceremony — I'll have to tell you all the details in a later post.

In unrelated news, I've developed a new obsession with the free DOTS game app. It's so clean and a simple concept, yet wildly addicting to play. I made Tim take a photo of my best score so far:


Oh, DOTS, it's only a matter of time before I break 300.


P.S. Speaking of obsessions, Tim and I watched the trailer for a new reality show coming soon on Oxygen and think we are already obsessed. Three words: Preachers of LA — thoughts?

9 comments:

  1. Oooh, I made it into the roundup! Loved meeting you!!

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    1. You sure did — it was the highlight of our Friday!

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  2. I've told my cousins we're going blackberry picking, but they're on snake duty while I pick berries. I promised goodies in return. And plus they're boys, they can totally brave snakes, right? Right?? ... I'm going to end up having to deal with the snakes, aren't I?

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    1. Jess, Tim here — I am not scared of many things but snakes give me the creeps. I would suggest wearing chaps. Snakes do like blackberries. Eew!

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    2. I'll let you know how this pans out! Lol

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  3. I am royally addicted to Dots. Such a fun game thanks for telling me about it!

    In North Idaho, as well as in Alaska we do not have poisonous snakes. Both Rusty and I have decided we will put up with snow and rainy springs if it means we live in an environment that is not conducive to snakes :) That being said, we have every large predator in the area.

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    1. Angie, Dots is crazy. So simple, so easy to play and way too easy to begin another round, ha!

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  4. I'm addicted to dots as well, such a simple yet fun game. I love playing it when I have to wait around for a few minutes, in my head instead of 5 minutes I think 5 rounds of dots, haha :)

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    1. Unfortunately our 5 minutes turns into 10. So addicting!

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