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Notes from this weekend’s adventures:

12 Sep
  • I am getting too old to be up late drinking whiskey and listening to loud music, but I still had a great time at Friday’s 518 Rock n Relief Fundraiser at Valentine’s, sticking it out to the (near) end. It was nice to see a number of our musical acquaintances rocking out for a good cause. And kudos to organizer Eric Halder of Charmboy, because even with 18 bands, multi-item rolling raffle and bake sale, it was the smoothest-run event I’ve been to at that venue.
  • The Washington County Cheese Tour was a nicely pastoral late-summer road trip. Like last year’s tour we added stops at Hick’s Orchard and Roy Egg Shop. And even though I was stuffed with freshly-made cider donuts, I did not pass up the cheese panini offered at Consider Bardwell. It’s made with their Pawlet cheese, and is seriously tasty with a bit of mustard on the side to cut the richness.
Pawlet cheese panini

My 2010 Pawlet panino from Consider Bardwell Farm. Didn't even stop to take a picture this year, just scarfed it down.

  • Saturday’s Meat Fest was my first foray into making a large quantity of mashed potatoes that would be held for a while. I found a few tips and tricks online, and they all worked smashingly! Pun not intended! I might devote a post to making mashed potatoes, with fall and (gulp) Thanksgiving on the far horizon.
  • If, like me, you enjoy sharing popcorn with a movie buddy, don’t do it while watching Contagion, unless you want to become increasingly disconcerted for 105 minutes.

Summer vacation.

30 Aug

summertime instagrams

I meant to post more these past few months, really, but ended up mostly too distracted to stop and sit at a keyboard. Hope you’ve been enjoying your last days of summer, too.

Coming out of hibernation.

10 Apr

Ahhh, spring! Thank you for finally being here!

Though I feel like I’ve spent most of my time hiding under a pile of blankets and quilts, a lot has actually happened this winter, and this promises to be a very eventful spring. As many have heard, M. and I bought our first house! We’re hoping to finish what has been a freakishly smooth closing and move in together by the end of May. It’s terribly exciting. Although, I now find myself obsessed with things like shutter colors and grieving property taxes and the pros and cons of carpeting which is NOT terribly exciting for those around me. More exciting: having a dining room–something we both currently lack in our separate apartments–which opens up the possibility of hosting lots of food-based gatherings in the near future.

Another change that comes with the new season: getting outside more often. Though I gamely try to remain outdoorsy during the winter I have to admit I hate the cold. I deeply appreciate the ever-so-slightly higher temps we’ve had lately. This weekend we took a trip to see M.’s parents in pastoral Washington County, to celebrate his mom’s birthday and retrieve the motorcycle he had been storing at his dad’s place. On Saturday I tagged along with him and his dad for a really enjoyable ride on the country roads and we stopped for ice cream at Battenkill Valley Creamery.

Battenkill Valley Creamery Ice Cream Menu

The menu (click to enlarge).

I planned to order a kiddie-size soft-serve chocolate/vanilla twist in honor of the Tour de Soft Serve taking place the same day. Then the young man working the counter broke it to me: there was no soft-serve until Memorial Day. Instead, I ordered a kiddie vanilla with chocolate chunks. M. got the black raspberry, and his dad got chocolate. Take a look at how big kiddie size is:

Battenkill Homemade Ice Cream Cones

3 kiddie(!) cones in various stages of being eaten. Clockwise from top: chocolate, black raspberry, and chocolate chunk.

If you’re in the area I strongly recommend stopping by for a scoop (or three). Battenkill Valley wasn’t judged the highest quality milk in New York state for nothing. This is tasty stuff.

The Perseids.

11 Aug

If you’re out at night in the next couple of days, get some wishes ready and LOOK UP! It’s time for the Perseids.

shooting star

Thanks for the debris, Swift-Tuttle!

I was a very young nerdlet when I first heard of this yearly-visible meteor shower. After much begging my parents allowed me and my best girlfriend to camp out in our backyard into the wee hours waiting for the show, which we imagined would be some sort of Jerry Bruckheimer-esque tableau with giant fireballs filling the sky. The best friend was less than impressed with the reality, but I was thrilled; I’ve been looking up ever since.

This year the Perseids are peaking Thursday at 10pm. Cross your fingers the weather cooperates and the sky is relatively cloud-free. You’ll be able to view activity in Albany, and you’ll see more the farther you can get from light pollution. If staying up on a work night isn’t your thing, try a nice late Friday night picnic. It may not be peak but you’ll still have a good chance to see some shooting stars.

I’m thinking of grabbing a bottle of wine and someone to make wishes with and taking the trusty rowboat out to the middle of the lake at my parent’s house. I’ve watched from many places over the years, but that’s my all-time favorite spot.