Ten Beautiful Culinary Treats!

Good morning all! This one’s for the foodies because food art is a real thing.

My family and I went on a driving “vacation” recently from Virginia to New England and back, through eleven states total: VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, Upstate NY, PA then back to VA! It’s a beautiful country y’all and I highly recommend a driving tour if you can swing it and before gas prices spike again.

The main purpose of the trip was to see family and friends, but in true Guy Fieri style, for me a big part of it was all about the food. My current retirement goal is to get myself a red convertible and follow Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tour! Enjoy!

Fried Oysters from The Matunuck Oyster Bar in Rhode Island
Apple Galette Latte from Petite Lou Lou
CAKE!!! The display case from the Chit Chat Diner in West Orange, New Jersey
Oysters! Can’t get enough of them!
Chocolate Ganache Cake from Trio in Narragansett, RI my home town!
Clam Cakes and Chowder from George’s of Galilee in Rhode Island
Coconut lemon cake from the Chit Chat Diner in NJ
Lobster and Rock Crab dinner made by yours truly at the beach house in ‘Gansett!
Pumpkin Pie Crepe
Prime Rib with mashed potatoes and horseradish sauce-Yum!

I hope you enjoyed my food tour as much as I enjoyed consuming it all. Thanks for reading, and happy dining all!

https://www.rhodyoysters.com/

https://www.trio-ri.com/

https://georgesofgalilee.com/

https://www.chitchatdiner.com/west-orange.php

https://www.guyfieri.com/

Firefly Magic

I’m not a big fan of bugs, but I understand and respect that they have their role in the ecosystem. Among bugs, I have a theory that any in the beetle family are somehow smarter and more evolved than other bugs and here’s why:

  • Their hard crusty shells give them added protection and make them harder to eat if you are a bird or another creature so inclined.
  • Most can fly, although they don’t appear to be aerodynamic enough.
  • They can also run fast and squeeze into small spaces.

In the beetle family you have the dreaded cockroaches. I think we can all agree those creepy critters will rule the world one day. Can’t kill ‘em. They’re crazy fast! They can survive in the most dismal environments. They scare the crap out of me and if I found one in my house I’d probably have to move.

Cockroach

On the happier side of the beetle spectrum we have Lady bugs-darling, sweet, let them land on you, make a wish…lady bugs. In the late Spring here in VA we get an invasion of lady bugs. I assume they’re on their way somewhere else but they come here for a spell. I say spell because it does feel a little bit magical. Even while I’m collecting and releasing them outdoors and making wishes, I wonder where on earth they all came from.

Ladybugs

Cicadas are another mysterious beetle with their odd shedding and bizarre dormant habits. Their creepy exoskeletons cling to everything…mailboxes, porch furniture, and siding. Their song is either incredibly annoying or surprisingly summer soothing depending on your perspective.

Cicada
Cicada Exoskeleton

Then there’s the June bug! On the one hand I have great summer memories June bugs battering the screen door, desperate to get in, like a moth to the flame of our house lights burning. Somehow they’d survive the self imposed beating of flailing their silly selves around and pop up and fly off to who knows where? Some other screen door maybe?

June bug

But my favorite of the beetles is the fire fly. I only recently learned there are several different species of fire fly and they live at different levels of the forest.

Firefly

Hats off to the beauty, the magic, the splendor of the firefly! May they outlast the dreaded cockroach!

Double rainbow 🌈 🌈 !!!

There is something special about the double rainbow! The full blown, in your face, double rainbow is to me a colossal sign!

The rainbow in biblical terms is the bridge between heaven and earth, so the double rainbow means…well we’re in double trouble down here!!!

As a person who not only believes in signs, but ardently looks for and is in tune to them, a person who literally will hit the brakes when the sun is shining through a perfect curtain of soft rain, craning her neck, saying: “where is it??? I know there’s a rainbow here somewhere!!!” And I’m always right.

Well here it is…and make no mistake my friends…this is a sign that hope…is still on the horizon.

Double rainbow video by Katherine Slovak

God bless! America.

Ten Beautiful Things…Part Three

Fancy desserts created by pastry chefs
The magical light of double rainbows 🌈 after a summer storm
Fast hot cars
Horseback riding on the 🏖
Friendship
The nostalgia of ice cream trucks in the Summertime
Sunsets on the ocean
Fruits of the sea
Antiques
Weekends! Enjoy yours all!

Loki Gone Loco!

Kids! Am I right? Loki’s growing up! He had his first birthday in April and he’s really testing the limits. I’m just not sure I have the energy to keep up with a toddler cat!

Yeah, that’s the roof!

He had his first debut on ‘NextDoor’ as a “lost” cat. He was still in his own neighborhood but decided to glean some sympathy or some free food, I’m not sure which!

Loki “lost” in his own neighborhood

He adores the outdoors and loathes being kept indoors, especially if we’re outside.

Let me out!!!!
He still loves tunnels because they’re awesome!
He still needs his naps every day or he gets cranky.
He likes making new friends. I don’t have the heart to tell him that’s a stone cat statue.
He knows the best places to hang out.
Still ‘thinking about’ working out.
And he still worships Licorice.
He’s still cute as ever! It’s his main saving grace!

Happy #Caturday all!