It happens every August. My friend Kate and I escape to my cottage for a week and enjoy what we call "Art Camp." Every day we paint (or draw or create whatever we're into at the time). Kate works on her annual calendar; I just do whatever I feel like, though I always try something new, too.
But it's not all art! More on that next time! This is about the fun and the food! Our days are filled not only with art but with books, walks, swimming, market-visiting, Lizzie, and yes, good summer food!
Oh, and we have never ending talks, too! And walks and swims as well!
We're seeing changes at the lake -- the goldenrod has arrived in force, spreading it's glorious golden bounty along our walking path.
And the Queen Anne's lace is slowly saying farewell.
After a good walk, we might feel like a fun, easy dinner. How about shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, crackers and cheese and other snacks!
The weather was remarkable -- every day was sunny and the temps were in the mid-80s. When the afternoon sun hit the beach, we hit the water. I'd do my swim and then we'd hop on our floaties. After that, you're ready for dinner (again!). A quiche with fresh corn and another caprese salad!
A visit to the farmer's market is always a good thing! Kate introduced me to kohlrabi, which is my new favorite cold snack. There were fabulous peaches and wonderful sweet corn. And Kate found more than a few jams to bring home to Mike!
With all that corn, we had to revisit my new favorite recipe -- broiled sheet pan shrimp "boil" (no boiling required.)
Lizzie, the Catnip Queen, was happy as a clam, too.
We enjoyed a lot of corn, caprese salad, tons of fruit and salads. But we also took a night and went to favorite restaurant, Bennethum's Northern Inn, for their happy hour (which was really dinner with fabulous appetizers!)
We toasted to my birthday with their half-price wine offerings as we sat outside under a lovely umbrella, far enough from other diners to feel comfortable.
Even Bennethum's seemed to know about my birthday. Someone has a big mouth!
Evenings reading on the porch were lovely too, with beautiful sunsets.
And even after the sun was down, it was still so quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
Life is good!
(More to come!)