Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happiness Is....

Autumn at the Castle which means:

*Time to put out the Halloween decorations, with Jackson's..ahem..assistance. Since it's his first Samhain with us, he's naturally excited and very curious!

*a visit to an organic farmers market, maiden trip for us but it certainly won't be the last. The produce cost a bit more but the experience was so worth it. There's something incredibly sensual and earthy about walking through the grass under makeshift tents, touching and smelling fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. It was absolutely amazing! We came home with a box full of spaghetti squash, tomatoes, grapes, apples, zucchini, cucumbers, leeks, carrots, onion, pears and mangoes. The temptation was too great, I couldn't resist biting into one crunchy apple the minute we got back into the heaven.

*Ducking out of the torrential rain, we stopped at a trendy little spot for a frozen drink where we watched the raindrops pummel the pavement and blow around the disappointed tourists who came here seeking a tropical paradise. So much for sunny Florida, eh?

*discovering that Omaha Steaks has just opened a store in My Town, and was having a huge grand opening sale. Though we don't eat a ton of meat, when we do indulge we insist on quality as well as value, and here we got both. You'll be seeing a lot of recipes geared around Omaha products in the coming weeks, Beren can't wait to fire up the grill!

*a hot man in the kitchen! As you have undoubtedly noticed by now, my man loves his deep fryer and digs it out every chance he gets. I am a possessive kitchen witch, I admit, and rarely share my cucina with any other chef, but occasionally he seduces me with the scent and sound of hot be damned when mi amore is presenting me a plate of julienned fries liberally adorned with sea salt...swoon.....what woman, mortal or otherwise, could possibly resist?

*a tiny nap before dinner and the promise of a fun evening out with friends...the pool is warm, breeze balmy, rain dissipated, beach is calling..come join us! There's always room for more here at the Castle.


linda said...

I would love to, just one little problem...I would love to teach my hubby to make french fries, YUM!

Catherine said...

sounds like a perfectly wonderful day!

Rapunzel said...

Linda, it is dangerous for the waistline having a SO who is proficient at deep frying! *groan*

Rapunzel said...

Catherine, wish you were here, you would enjoy Coconut Grove!

Teacats said...

Oooooo -- well -- there would be no hope of any resistance from this corner -- those fries would be GONE in a heartbeat! Looking good in the kitchen Beren!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage munching on a toasted blueberry bagel and slurping hot tea while enjoying the first rain here in Dallas we've had in three weeks!