Funny how a garden can bring up memories- just as a smell, (such as created when a tomato leaf is brushed against), a sight, (corn always reminds us of our kids chasing each other through the corn stalks towering about their heads), or a sound (a tiller motor always means spring is here) can transport one back to a moment far back in time, but deep inside the mind and heart. It really is a special experience for anyone willing to savor the moments.
However, after the kids left home, we had to figure out who we really were as a couple, and what truly floated our unique boat (or should we say raft). We realized a love of the land, gardening and preserving, cooking and bumping into each other in the kitchen suddenly meant so much more than some of our younger "bumping around". With our fur-babies at our feet, finding out we have some talents that were long hidden in the fervor of raising a family, were a delightful surprise to us both. Also being so busy helping our friends when they are low, and when unexpected trials beset them-it truly is a busy life; but one we would not trade for a minute with someone about to jump out of a moving plane...give us a hoe and shovel, a stove, and a bottle of vino and we get the same thrill :-)
Well, with that autobiography out of the way...
Tonight we only had a short window of evening, since we had to work and all that lunacy, to make dinner and enjoy unwinding at home.
Mamie wanted to make sure there was something sweet to be had tonight so she started with dessert. She took out her beloved cookbook, "Around My French Table" authored by Dorie Greenspan. She had made the apple cake called "Marie-Helene's Apple Cake" before, and it sounded like the perfect thing for dessert tonight- easy, and not too sweet.
By the way, if you love to cook, (and read) this cookbook is a fun one to have. We have made many recipes from it and enjoyed each one.
It even looks pretty when you are making it....
We did not have any rum called for in the recipe, so we made do with what we had!
And our beloved grilled veggies- a mix of eggplant, zucchini, asparagus and red pepper with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper & salt...
Can you smell it?
Of course, we always look forward to when these empty chairs are filled with our kids that were just tikes yesterday, and their mates who are now like our own son and daughter to us! And we need to add a highchair!
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