happy summer, people! well, the theoretical summer wherein children are out of school. rush had his last day on wednesday, and we didn’t waste any time getting right to the summer activities. we took to the road yesterday with my friend shannon and her brood to hit up southern belle farms to pick strawberries! it was a gorgeous day, and we almost had the whole place to ourselves…
we left with an overflowing bucket of the biggest, reddest, juiciest strawberries you ever did see. yum! i also asked the lady working the counter if they were an organic farm – she said they weren’t certified, but they didn’t use any pesticides. fabulous! the kids had a blast and i can’t wait to go back for blueberries and blackberries later in the summer. if you do go, plan to pick berries in the morning and pack a picnic lunch – they have tables in a pavilion by the cafe (i use the term “cafe” loosely – although they DO serve the most delicious homemade strawberry ice cream that we all enjoyed).
growing up, we had a small pond in front of our house. it was the most fun – we would always have ducks we could feed in the spring and summer, fish (that my dad added) that we could catch…then toss back, and the cutest little yellow rowboat we could take around for spins. it was totally country, except it was in the middle of sandy springs. it was such a great way to grow up. so, we always saw a lot of random animals because of this pond. like…muskrats. when is the last time you ever heard mention of a muskrat? i don’t think they have those at the zoo even. meercats, yes. anyway – i remember one day we were trapped trying to come home because this massive turtle would not move from the middle of our driveway. so it seemed like a great learning experience for the kids when i happened upon a poor little turtle in the middle of a road by our house this week. i stopped the car and showed him to the kids…
right after i took this picture, i planned to pick him up to move him to the side of the road. i told rush – WATCH THIS! he is going to go into his shell when i touch him. that’s what turtles DO. so i gingerly touched his shell to pick him up and that bastard whipped out the longest, sharpest claws and batted my fingers right off with his might – so much so that the force landed him on his shell. momentarily i freaked, thinking – OMG! what do i do NOW! but in two seconds flat he was flipped right back over and on his merry way, right under the middle of my car where he set up camp. no good deed, man. no good deed. he would not budge, so a nice man passing by running helped me direct my car so i wouldn’t hit him – and then he sort of pushed him off to the side of the road (i had already told him how rude he was).
more milly + BR sneak peeks!!! kind of obsessed with the shorts OP is wearing. but i love those multi-colored ones in the top row too…
it is the most fun seeing how small businesses flourish…remember katie from sweet peeps? she and her husband micah (which reminds me – i did their wedding invitation and am not sure i ever blogged about it…will have to add that to the programming!) just opened ‘the butcher the baker‘ on the marietta square. get it – she’s a baker, he’s a butcher… i went last night with some of my favorite college pals and LOVED IT! it’s all locally sourced, organic farm to table food.
sample menu (it changes daily!):
everything was fabulous…the company (l-r above: abbie, julia-leigh and me), the wine and especially the FOOD. we started off with the fried pork belly appetizer and they brought the most amazing breads to nosh on…dinner rolls (better than any other dinner roll i’ve had) and vidalia onion foccacia. then we all shared the strip steak, trout and chicken entrees with their respectable sides. there was not a morsel left! katie was so sweet to send a couple of dessert selections out and they were all amazzzzzzze. we are a hard bunch to shut up but there were no words exchanged during the dessert course. we will definitely be back!!! and p.s. alton brown is a big fan…that should tell you all you need to know.
hope you all have a GREAT holiday weekend!