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Color Pick & Summer (So Far)


Color Pick 2


My baby orchid is in full bloom on my desk! For the first time I have the space and adequate daylight in my living room to let things bloom! I’m also really enjoying eating in season, and it just so happens that my favorite produce appears in summer.

The farmers market I love is huge! I try to head over before work as it’s difficult to navigate on Saturdays when families with strollers swarm in by 10a.m. I fill bags with my favorites – tomatoes (that I can eat until my mouth is sore), berries, squash and peaches. Yummmm! With the sweltering heat we’ve had in West Michigan this summer I’ve been reaching for easy meals that let me leave the stove for cooler nights. Besides, I don’t mind an excuse to eat buckets of fruits and cold salads!


Marigolds
Lovely marigolds!

Baby Basil Berries
(a) My baby basil before it was set outside and chewed on by Japanese beetles! It has since bounced back after some TLC and beetle smashing. (b) Berries for days!

Climb
Climbing

Grand Haven Butter
(a) Walking in Grand Haven, the only time I think I’ve been to the beach so far this summer! (b) Anyone who knows me knows how much I love waffles. This is a Belgian waffle from Westsider Cafe, one of our favorite breakfast spots!

Summer! Props
Glasses! Mine are props from a photo shoot, his were a gift from me (from J.Crew).

Freestyle Pasta

Sunday Dinner
I’ve always made decidedly decent food choices, but a persistent bout with acid reflux and watching food docs (Food, Inc. and Forks Over Knives) inspired a fridge overhaul. Last summer I resolved to welcome more veggies and better food into my kitchen. I won’t say goodbye to the occasional bacon or bloody steak, but after kicking fatty ground beef, (a majority of my) processed foods and other junk foods I feel healthier emotionally and physically.

I’ve also become more comfortable deviating from recipes or making my own as I go along. I never thought I’d be able to imagine the taste of a dish by reading a cookbook without pictures! I no longer feel intimidated to cook. We collaborated on this pasta last weekend. The shrimp was cooked in garlic butter, a mix of veggies sautéed separately, and all mixed together with hot noodles. It was yummy!

Here’s to trying new ingredients and taking more food risks this year.