I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend, filled with I Love Lucy marathons, checking out new state parks in your area, and cooking up a storm with the ingredients you have laying around your house. Is that what you did?
Earlier this week, we enjoyed a visit from Ian's parents who bought us a delicious dinner on Tuesday, and then took us on a nighttime bus tour of DC on Thursday.
Two sets 'o Brodies!
Ian and I arose on Saturday to go investigate the Burke Farmers Market. Since our awaking time tends to be later and later with every day, we rolled out of bed around 10:30, and made it to the Farmers Market (which ended at noon) around 11:30. There was still a lot to look at, although most things had been pretty much picked through. As we were sorting through a pile of corn on the cob, the old man who ran the stand came up and told us to just take as much as we wanted for free, since all that was left was the rejected ears that had yucky ends.
So we scooped up the entire pile and brought home an entire pile of free corn. Do we know how to shop or what?
After our farmers market expedition, we went to check out Burke Lake, one of the many beautiful areas we happen to live by. How cool is it that we are 20 minutes away from the city in one direction...
...and 10 minutes away from nature in the other?
What was going to be a little stroll through the woods turned into a nice 2.5 hour hike around the lake. Ian scoped out new fishing spots, and I worried about ticks and snakes.
Hiking on a stomach full of nothing but coffee and Golden Grahams can sure work up an appetite, so we returned home to feast. Ian was dying to try out our Emeril cast iron skillet, so he set to work concocting the finest corn on the cob I have ever laid teeth on, along with some Greek green beans from Georgia's garden.
And I heated up the delicious homemade baked penne and cheese from the night before. It was a hard job.
Let's just talk about how good Ian is at cooking. He just has this knack for throwing things together in a pan and making the most amazing __________ (fill in the blank) you will ever taste. Like the other night when he took us back to Jamaica with some improvised Jerk Chicken sandwiches...
Although I don't care for her much as a writer, Elizabeth Gilbert sure had it right in her 2nd book Committed, which I read on our honeymoon (a really depressing book to read on your honeymoon, FYI):
"I believe a woman's place is in the kitchen...sitting in a comfortable chair, with her feet up, drinking a glass of wine and watching her husband cook dinner."
Even though I definitely love to cook and bake (and decorating the kitchen was my domain), I'm pretty darn lucky that I've got such a talented man. Just saying.
Anyway. We finished off the evening with some Banana Frozen Yogurt (DELICIOUS and so easy!) fresh from the food processor...
...and some Sunday night Scrabble.
Yes, it was a delicious weekend.
And, as an added bonus, I got my replacement battery charger for my Nikon in the mail! No more crappy quality food pictures!