I so look forward to weekends - especially ones where every minute isn't busy. With our sons living in opposite directions (one 3 hours NE and one 4.5 hours south) we are seeing lots of travel on weekends in our future. But this weekend we were home - without a long list of to-do's. And it was heavenly - although I should have been a wee bit more productive.
Friday we typically have happy hour at home on our deck but our new local brewery - Tattered Flag Brewery - was open and we knew it was going to be too hot to sit outside at home. We headed down for a drink and a snack. Nothing like eating chips and salsa for dinner. I tried one of their mojitos and while it was good I like my own better as this was really super sweet. Plus expensive!
Saturday we were up early and on the road to a lake about an hour east of us. We wanted to get on the water before the heat of the day started. It was 68 degrees when we left at 7 am. We put in the water about 8:15 am at Blue Marsh Lake and headed up the Tulpehocken Creek. While the water was very murky we had fun exploring the creek and saw tons of great blue herons, ducks, turtles and a snowy heron. Three hours on the water was just enough. We'll go back there again.
On the drive to the lake we saw several signs that caught our eye - winery, pick your own blackberries and a farm stand with ice cream. While we were not dressed for a wine tasting we thought we would try to hit up the other two places on the way back through. But when we got off the water it was 86 degrees and neither one of us wanted to try and pick berries - although I am regretting that decision now. We did stop for an ice cream - teaberry for him and blackberry for me. Honestly - the ice cream was just ok and not worth the calories.
Do you see a trend here? Really terrible eating this weekend - chips and salsa for Friday dinner and ice cream for Saturday lunch. I redeemed my eating by making fish on Saturday with a stir fry of really lovely veggies. On the fish I used up the last of a spice blend I really like from Penzey's - Arizona Dreaming. I cooked the fish in a pan with a bit of olive oil and thinly sliced peppers along with a generous sprinkling of the spice blend. It was wonderful - if I do say so myself! Sunday we had salmon for dinner with sugar snap peas and tiny red potatoes from my garden. And I made a big batch of stuffed peppers and stuffed patty pan squash for dinners this week. Luckily my husband doesn't mind reheats. The stuffing I use is not the typical pepper stuffing of ground beef and rice. I'll share my recipe another day.
The best part of the weekend was having our son, DIL and newest granddaughter stop on their way back through from vacation in SC. We had their dogs part of the time while they were gone. They stopped for a quick visit - just enough time to get in some baby snuggles. I swear she grew since we saw her the weekend prior!
All in all a really nice weekend.
Joining up with Karen for her weekending posts.