Saturday, September 10, 2011

Week in review

I take the week off over the 3 day weekends during the summer. Usually I have stellar vacations.

It was off to a promising start!

Ride now?

The weekend was very nice and I caught a couple of lazy rides. A little too lazy. So on Monday we stepped it up.

I like to go English when it's hot out. I don't know that it makes much difference really but I feel better about the lighter load. My stock saddle weighs a ton!


We really did some serious work. We do that every once in a long while.

Tuesday it rained so I went off on a Big Mac Road Trip.

I *love* Big Macs!

And rained. And rained. And rained. Freezing cold too. Did I mention the rain? It poured buckets! Well at least I had electricity.

Look at the pollen! In September?!

I've never seen pollen in the river this time of year. This is a common sight in May but not in September.

Seasonal Ingredients

The Farmer's Market is *the* place for seasonal ingredients and of course I love seasonal ingredients.

Franklin MA, 9 September 2011

I think ratatouille is to Summer what beef stew is to Winter. And this is my favorite ratatouille recipe!

Ratatouille on the stove

Made with field fresh produce this is just Summer on a plate. No that's not summer squash. It's one of those golden zucchinis. I like ratatouille as a main dish with some chianti or better yet, anything at all from the Languedoc region. I had this a few weeks ago with a Minervois and it was sensational.

And I made a discovery!

SoCo Creamery vanilla

These people here at SoCo Creamery make the most awesome ice cream I swear.


  1. I love L's bell necklace. :-) Like you I support our local farmers and dishes like Ratatouille are great. I like mine with rice. Gosh, I haven't had a Big Mac in years!! I am going to have to have one for lunch this week. :-)

  2. I got L's necklace from this woman here She's a competitive trail rider and I love reading her stories and her blog.

    The bells warn the critters and field hands we're coming and I find them cheerful in the winter time. You know. Sleigh bells ringing and all that :)

  3. Thanks for the link!! I am going to place an order for the necklace. What size did you get L?? I like the way it hangs on her. BTW, in the winter, I always attach bells to my coat. It is so cheerful to hear them.

  4. I'm fairly sure that's a large necklace. And I'd think you might want the "even LOUDER bells". Certainly the "louder bells" at least. The "stock" bells are kind of tame. I put a couple of larger bells on mine.

    I like the way it emphasizes the line of her neck.

    I went to the hardware store and got one of those separable key chain things to use as a "clasp".


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