Hello Monday

Hi friends!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We went to our local farmer’s market for the first time this year and it was so wonderful!  The rest of our weekend was pretty low key (Scott has been feeling under the weather), but it was nice and relaxing which was welcome, since we have a pretty busy week!  We are headed out of town on Thursday (more on that in a minute) and our dinners this week will consist of a lot of leftovers and cleaning out the fridge, so no Meal Plan Monday post today.  So instead, I’m sharing all the things I am saying hello to on this lovely Monday morning.

Hello Fresh Summer Vegetables!

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As I said, we visited our local farmer’s market on Saturday morning, and it was just wonderful.  Downtown Monroe is such a quaint and charming Southern small town.  They have really worked hard at promoting their events and downtown businesses, and have grown a really nice little farmer’s market!  Local farmers with their vegetables, flowers, meat and eggs, a local coffee shop sells coffee, a few local bakers sell donuts, breads, cakes, and cookies, artisans bring their jewelry, pottery, decor, and, the kids very favorite part, shaved ice!

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We took home beets, asparagus, strawberries, squash, tomatoes, though I could have bought bushels and bushels more!  I made a simple bruschetta for lunch when we got home, with one of the tomatoes, parsley from our own little garden, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

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And then for dinner we had a smorgasbord of summer!  Scott grilled the pork chops *perfectly* and we reduced down his honey mustard marinade into a pretty delicious sauce.  I roasted the asparagus for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper.  I sauteed the squash with a diced onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.  I trimmed the beets and roasted them with olive oil in their skin at 425 for about 30 minutes, and then removed the skin once they had cooled (it peels right off after roasting).  I diced them up, sprinkled them with some blue cheese and kosher salt, and they were to die for (we love beets, haha). We sliced up another tomato, because they were just so good, and it all made for such a delicious dinner.  The vegetables were certainly the star, and so simply prepared.

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And our little vegetable garden beauties are growing too!  We have little bell peppers!!!  And one darling little eggplant, and tons of tomatoes.  My parsley was getting out of hand, so I picked a ton of it to make pesto and used it for the bruschetta, and I have seriously got to figure out what to use the ridiculous amount of mint that has grown.  I can’t drink enough mojitos to use it all!

Hello popsicles after dinner every night.

Hello first summer trip!  We are headed out of town this weekend, and dropping Ben and Gracie at my parents in Blue Ridge, and then Scott, Brantley, and I are headed to Louisville, Kentucky!  Scott has a conference that he’s attending, and since Saturday is Brantley’s 7th birthday, we thought she would really love a weekend away with mom and dad all to herself!  Scott has meetings all day Friday and Saturday, so Brantley and I are going to hang by the pool, maybe get a little mani-pedi, eat some cupcakes, and go shopping for her birthday!  Then Saturday night, we’re going to get all gussied up, and take her out for a fancy dinner.  And best of all, it’s all a surprise!  We haven’t told her yet, and I am about to bust, I’m so excited!

Hello super dirty feet from playing outside all day.

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Hello iced coffees.  It’s taken me a while to come around to iced coffee, but I am obsessed with it now.  Coffee and unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my jam!

Hello beach packing.  We head out on our first beach trip in less than two weeks, so I need to get busy on all my lists- shopping list, grocery list, packing list!

That’s about it for me today.  What are you saying hello to this Monday?

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