Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cookie tragedy

I just realized, while looking through my recent posts, that I never posted the photos of the cutest cookie ever. Admittedly the squirrel and acorn are incredibly adorable, but I fully intended to post on the wee batty cookie long before I ever knew about the squirel and his little nut. So, I think the batty has first dibs at being the cutest cookie. Is there a cutest cookie contest? If so, I could never be a judge; I would literally pass out from all the cuteness.

I bought this sweet cookie when I went to Harry and David's for fall goodies and truffles for Justin. He said all he wanted for his birthday was chocolate with nuts and spicy chocolate.

Just a few more photos from our trip home

What a sweet, little seat with a pretty view

Healthy, beautiful lavender

Pat's Sunflower garden

Star thistle - I always think it's kind of pretty.

My simple, fresh breakfast:peaches and whipped cream

Delicious tea latte at the Bend teahouse

Cutey table at the Bend teahouse

Hop Trellis

Friday, September 26, 2008

Autumnal Cuteness

So, I've noticed that my plan to lose the weight that I gained from our trip to Oregon isn't going well, but that is simply because I have too many good things to eat right now. My employers just returned from New York City with loads of wonderful food from Dean and Deluca.

One of the cutest things they brought back are these tiny squirrel and acorn cookies. They are a fabulous fall treat made by Art Girl Cookies. Almost too cute to eat, but every time I let cuteness stop me from eating something, I end up throwing it away which is always sad.

Monday, September 22, 2008

autumnal visit

I guess since today is technically the first day of autumn our visit home was not an autumnal visit but it sure felt like summer was over. The weather was hot during the day and very cool at night. Everything in the garden was over ripe and either dried up or falling off the vine ready to be eaten. The Italian Prune tree was perfectly ripe and we saw just a few snatches of fall leaves in the mountains on our way to Bend. Autumn was on it's way!

We had a lovely visit in Bend, which is a very pretty town. I never realized just how much it has grown up in the past 10-15 years.

Rachel's wedding (the whole point of the trip home, really) was gorgeous. We were amazed by the hop vines they had growing at the venue. The whole place was just beautiful, lawn, gardens, creek, everything.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Grape Harvesting

This morning we woke up early to help Pat and Charlie with their first real grape harvest. We picked 105 pounds in about two-three hours.

The grapes were lovely and most were rather juicy, perfect for making wine along with sticky fingers.