Sunday, June 22, 2014

This Week #7

Top to Bottom, L to R: Our CSA farm//Red lipstick//A reunion with old friends//My growing strawberries//My pup Winnie

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope your week was splendid - I know mine was!

This week was a wet one here in southern Minnesota. We battled storms Mon-Thurs, some causing major flooding in areas. But I started Monday off right regardless, waiting out a major thunderstorm with good friends, sipping a cocktail. (top right) One dear friend was visiting town and it had been over 6 years since I last saw her. Needless to say, catching up was really nice.

On Tuesday I got to go to a really awesome fundraiser called "Power of the Purse", which raises money for the United Way and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. I got to hear Laura Ling (sister of the famed journalist Lisa Ling) speak on her time in captivity in North Korea, and it was so interesting. I was honored to be able to go to such an event. On Wednesday, my best friend came over for dinner and told us all about her honeymoon spent in the Bahamas. She just returned Monday and I am so jealous of her bronze glow. The work week was capped off nicely; Jake and I hosted my coworkers for a happy hour at our home. It was fun to catch up outside of work and see everyone's significant others. 

Saturday was the most beautiful first day of summer, and it actually felt like it arrived. 85 and sunny - perfection. Jake and I spent part of the day at the farm where we get our CSA box from each week, as they hosted their annual Strawberry Social (top left). We got to pick strawberries straight from the field, and then enjoy live music and stawberry shortcake. It was really interesting to hear about how they grow their crops and it made me very happy we picked this farm to provide us with our weekly CSA box. On Saturday evening, we cooked up the asparagus we received in our box this week, and made Pesto Pasta with asparagus, mozarella and sun-dried tomatoes. You can find the recipe here. Using the strawberries we got, we made Strawberry Gin Mojitos which I highly recommend you try out sometime. 

Today we'll be making our annual voyage to purchase fireworks for the cabin - my husband and soon-to-be brother-in-law are our firework show extraordinaires and they put on a great show each year.

Hope the rest of your weekend is peaceful and relaxing. See ya'll on Monday! 

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