Perfect Fall Breakfast: Amaranth, Apples, and Dried Cherries

Perfect Fall Breakfast: Amaranth, Apples, and Dried Cherries

Posted by: on Oct 24, 2014 | One Comment

Way out here on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, fall has taken hold. The temperatures have settled into the 50s and 60s and the wind has kicked up. It’s absolutely lovely.

End of Summer Fire-roasted Corn Chowder

Posted by: on Sep 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

The final days of summer are here. We have been very busy playing and entertaining for the last month and a half. We spend every moment we can on the boat/Bay/beach during the summer. When we have guests we try to take them both seaside and bayside. We love taking people to the seaside because they are always so blown away by the undeveloped and unpopulated open beaches. Hunting for shells is easy as the beaches aren’t combed clean and fresh treasures wash up regularly.

Garden update: Fresh tomatoes!

Garden update: Fresh tomatoes!

Posted by: on Jul 9, 2014 | One Comment


Our Juan Flamme tomatoes were the first to ripen. We picked these beauties yesterday. They are a beautiful orange and taste deliciously tangy. These went straight into our salad for dinner last night. We also picked our first cucumber yesterday! I love summer harvest!

Overgrown herbs must be harvested!: Uses for mint and lemonbalm

Posted by: on Jun 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Our herbs were getting out of hand, so I harvested today. I trimmed back the lemon balm first and it doesn’t even look like I touched it! Then I harvested mint, thyme, marjoram, stevia, and our three kinds of basil: Thai, sweet, and lemon.

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Posted by: on Jun 6, 2014 | 11 Comments
“Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.”

My husband and I finally have our garden up and growing! We have been a little behind this year, partially due to cold weather and partially to travel. Nevertheless, in the true spirit of garden experimentation we have lots of exciting things growing in pots, buckets, and even in the ground.

Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Posted by: on May 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

The land trust I work for hosts an annual oyster roast in late March or early April. In addition to roasted oysters, we often also have roasted Virginia Peanuts. This year we got flooded out. It was a deluge. Normally, we host the roast outside on a conservation easement. However, the property we’d chosen had a nice long dirt road where 100 cars would end up inevitably stuck in the mud. We moved the event inside and consequently didn’t have roasted oysters or peanuts. However, we already had all the peanuts, which left me with one large black bag of raw Virginia peanuts.

Let’s Go Bananas (for Banana Bread)

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2014 | One Comment

I had some friends over last weekend. My husband is out of town, so we had a girl’s night. I made tacos and friends brought salad, salsa, humus, chips, and wine (LOTS OF WINE).

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 3

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 3

Posted by: on Apr 5, 2014 | 4 Comments

On Sunday, we set sail for the open ocean. We could see the water color change as we left harbor. Close in to Isla Providencia, the water changed between bright turquoise where it covered white sand to a deeper more green turquoise. But the ocean is a deep and endless royal blue. It’s absolutely nothing like our slice of the Atlantic or the Chesapeake Bay. The color is vibrant and unsullied.

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 2: Isla Providencia

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 2: Isla Providencia

Posted by: on Apr 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

Unlike in San Andres, the catamaran docked in the town center on Providencia. We disembarked, passed through yet another document check and found ourselves in the midst of town. Providencia is tiny. There are a few groceries and a town park, which has WiFi. The town center has a big compass rose painted on the concrete that you pass over to access the dingy dock. There were a few people milling around asking if we needed a taxi. We politely refused.

Planes, Autos, and Boats Pt. 1

Posted by: on Apr 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Before traveling to Isla Providencia and Guanaja, I had never been offshore on a boat with no land in sight, I had never been to the Caribbean, and I hadn’t left the United States in almost ten years. I talk travel. I feel envious of friends recounting their foreign adventures. But I continuously talked myself out of travel. So, when my husband’s family friends, Greg and Laura, who own Yorktown Sailing Charters, headed south to Panama for the winter on their schooner, we got on board. Also, to keep my sanity through this cold, wet, dark winter, I needed sunshine and warmth.