Tuesday's Treasury (on Wednesday!)

After seeing some beautiful dahlias at farmers' market this morning, I decided to create a treasury with the theme of dahlias.

On the Menu: Tomato Zucchini Scallop

My parents have prepared this dish for as long as I can remember.  It's a perfect way to use some zucchini and a great fresh summer side that can be baking while dinner guests arrive!  Enjoy!

Tuesday's Treasury

I put together a collection of fabulous finds centering around the theme of scooters (can you tell I'm not totally ready to let go of summer?!!)  And MonkeyDogStudio was kind enough to feature the duck patterned blocks in a treasury.  Hence two treasuries this Tuesday!

Back to School Care Package

Dear Reader,

I love buying school supplies.  I had fun with the experience as a child (shopping with my mom and the list provided by my school) and now enjoy thinking toward that experience with my son.  There is a wonderfully fresh feeling about starting the year off with new notebooks, ink pens that have a lot of writing-life in them, and pencils with completely unused erasers.

Over the last few years, I have tried to put together care packages for some family and friends who are starting a new year of school.  I find it a great opportunity to let them know that you're thinking of them, especially with extended family and friends to whom I don't send a birthday card or Christmas gift during the year.

I'm working on the finishing touches for a package headed out this week to a friend of ours, a young woman who is starting at a new school this year.  Here are a few of the standards that are making their way into the package:

{composition notebooks, highlighters, pens, dictionary, sticky notes, and a felt flower clothespin}
 And I also worked on a craft to send along - a pencil case.  I painted and then added decorative paper to the lid.  I sealed the box, hot glued a felt bottom to the box, and then added a mini chalkboard embellishment to the top.  The pencils are inside and ready to be sharpened!

I remember my back to school experiences always feeling somewhat bittersweet - excitement about a new academic year and what experiences to consider ahead, and yet also sad to let go of the carefree conditions of summer.  I imagine that words of encouragement, a thinking of you note, or small package may be a nice boost with school days and homework ahead.

I'm linking up with Heather today for Life Made Lovely Monday!

On the Menu: Fresh Fruit Cobbler

 This recipe comes from dear neighbors and friends of ours.  I have made this dessert for friends and family (most recently with my mom's family in Chicago last weekend.)  This is a great August dessert given a (hopefully) plentiful supply of fresh blueberries and peaches.  Enjoy!

Tuesday's Treasury: Welcome Back!

I seem to find so many references to the school year these days - in conversation (and any trip to a store!), and so this week's treasury centers around the return to school with some lovely finds available on Etsy. 


Dear Reader,

I hope your week is starting well!  Today has been a day of catch up around our house (laundry, bills, groceries, cleaning, etc.) after spending the last week in Chicago with my family.  We enjoyed the company of many of our relatives this weekend (and my mom is an amazing hostess!)  On Saturday evening there were 17 around the table with plenty of conversation to go around.

One of my favorite places to visit in Chicagoland is the Morton Arboretum.   The maze garden there is phenomenal (a favorite for my four year old), and the children's garden is exceptional!  I spotted a lovely patch of zinnias in the children's garden and snapped a few shots.

Zinnias remind me of my grandmother.  Zinnias and snapdragons seemed to be such a staple in her garden.  I realized in thinking about these flowers how many nice memories of my grandma extend from summer months.  She tended her gardens so nicely.  She grew raspberries in backyard, and my cousins and I would pick them (and then she would serve them on ice cream for us all.)  And she absolutely loved trips to the farmer's market during the summer months.  I often wish I could have shared that experience with her as an adult who appreciates farmer's market far more now than as a young child.

And so the trip to the arboretum was full of nice memories of the past and also of enjoying the present with my dear husband and son. 

I'm linking up this post with Heather (and all of the great posts of lovely moments in life.)

On the Menu: Asian Pork Tenderloin

My dad does a great job with grilling, and this recipe for pork tenderloin is one of my favorites that he prepares.  Next week I'll post a yummy Asian slaw that serves as a wonderful side for the pork.  Enjoy!