Monday: Well, I started off with no job today. By 10:30 I had a 1:00. At 1:00 I was informed that the start time was actually 2:00 because the attorneys were calling in from Iowa, which is a different time zone. My witness happened to be an attorney too, a tax attorney. When was the last time you spent an hour talking to a tax attorney?
I was home by 4:00 and enjoying a coffee and an HG cupcake on the couch by 5:00. At 5:30 the office called to send me 30 minutes away where the parties were already waiting for a reporter. We’re pretty much super heroes. One day I swear I’m going to get a cape. Anyway, the attorneys didn’t want to risk that I would be in traffic for 45 minutes, so they decided to do the deposition over the phone. Lucky me. Best part: one of the witnesses was a famous basketball player. Sorry. I can’t tell you the name. I guess it doesn’t really count since I was in my home office and he wasn’t, but still.
Tuesday: I didn’t have to work today. Well, I didn’t have to leave the house, but I did have some work to do . It didn’t last very long, so I made this Sour Cream-Blueberry Bread from Williams-Sonoma Bread.
There’s a lot going on in this bread: pecans and bananas, to name a few. Also, I should disclose that I used Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. I guess that means I can say “adapted from” and then take credit for the recipe. Not so much.
Wednesday: I’m always a little groggy in the morning when I walk the dog. I make it a strict rule that we don’t leave the yard until noon. Today I noticed little white pellets on the lawn and patio area. I thought it was strange that if it hailed it hadn’t melted in the 73 degree weather. But the yard is shaded until noon, so what do I know? I’m not a meteorologist. I even picked it up and couldn’t quite figure it out. I also went the extra mile to google hail in Atlanta in June. Well, when we went out again at noon it was still there. After walking around the neighborhood I realized that the company the HOA hires to spray for weeds had been here. Mystery solved. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t try to taste it.
I made these Cherry-Blueberry Trifles to make myself feel better about the possible exposure to pesticide. I got the idea from Eating Well. They suggested using ladyfingers and topping them with almonds, but I totally improvised and used leftover amaretti cookies instead. Toss your fruit with a little brown sugar and then layer with yogurt.
Thursday: I had a job today at a hospital. It was in a room that they called the library. I was foolishly expecting a spacious classroom. Instead I got a small conference room with an underachieving air conditioner. Did I mention that there were ten of us in the room and a light brighter than the sun, compliments of the videographer. I am always cold. Right now, my feet are cold and my AC is set to 75. I usually say to the attorneys that if I’m hot they must be REALLY hot. It was so stifling I swear I almost started drooling. I’m not sure what the relationship is, but I don’t usually drool during my jobs so I’m sure there’s a connection. I swear I was one mumbled medical term away from passing out.
I was exhausted by the time I got home, but I managed to make this Chilled Cherry Pasta Salad with Arugula and Bacon. I am proud to say that the arugula was harvested from my very own garden. I really thought the bacon would be the shining star, but it is four stars for the cherries. You’ll never guess where I got this recipe from, so I’m just going to tell you: Publix. The dressing is 1/4 cup each of olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, two tablespoons of basil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and the zest of one orange.
Friday: I had a fabulous cut and color today a Van Michael salon in Buckhead. That pretty much took up the bulk of my day. I did mange to pick up these cute little flowers, though.
They remind me of back in the day on the farm when I used to pick wild violets for my mom.
I also made Loaded Nachos for dinner. Cooking Light’s Crave! is my new Friday night fave.
Saturday: I was supposed to have a little soiree here at the house to celebrate our new patio, but this got in my way:
Seems harmless, doesn’t he? This is George.
I like to call him G-man. He’s my friend Marnie’s new baby and he is in the process of being housetrained and can’t go it alone for too long, so I brought dinner to her house on the lake. It was my plan to take some scenery pictures so that I could brag about her awesome locale, but Georgie boy is way cuter than trees.
I’ve been wanting to try these Cheese-Wrapped Olives since I saw them all over the Internet a few months ago. Little did I know that I have the recipe in Gena Knox’s book Southern My Way.
I also couldn’t resist this Tipsy Watermelon Salad from Virginia Willis and Bon Appetit, Y’all. Not only is there vodka, but there’s also crème de cassis.
I have a confession to make: I can’t stop buying cherries. The bag I have isn’t close to gone and I still pick up another one. That’s happened twice so far. So of course I had to make this Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Cashews from Better Homes and Gardens new book, Fresh. There’s apricots in there too.
So far everything was a success. And then this happened:
Are these the whitest baked beans you’ve ever seen? These are Aarti Sequeira’s Root Beer Baked Beans from Food Network Magazines’s June issue. I was tempted by the root beer, obviously, and they have ginger and garam masala too. They’re edible, but just not amazing.
Last but not least:
Lemon Icebox Pie. OMG. I didn’t think anything could make sweetened condensed milk taste any more amazing, but lemon juice can do it. This is worth the price I pay for Garden & Gun.
I think this guy deserves one more shout out.
Sunday: Not much energy today, but I did manage to set up my new plant stand.
And I discovered some baby ladybugs on my tomato plant! At least I hope that’s what they are.
I’m going to have some leftover pie now. Too bad you’re not here.
Eat Well and Savor.