Gahhhh, this weekend, and Mother’s Day in particular, was so awesome! One of the best in my memory! It started with a phone call from Patty, asking if it would be alright to come out to visit. It pretty much set the tone for the rest of the incredible weekend 🙂 Saturday morning the kids and I went to the farmer’s market for broccoli rabbe, vanilla beans, asparagus, kale, and some flower pot painting. Jack painted a beautiful flower pot for me, and the woman running the booth helped him fill it with a mint plant.
He’s extremely proud of his plant. We check it every day and water it every other day. At this rate, our entire garden will have been totally free! Our tomato plants are looking really happy, too, which is good because I was afraid the replant would traumatize them.
After the market, I brought the kids home for naps, followed by a trip to Hamilton to pick up Patty. She arrived with a container of Babycakes chocolate chip brownie bites.
We are best friends for a reason 😉 We left Hamilton and went directly up to Doylestown, taking the most roundabout route because we were too busy talking and eating to pay attention to where we were going. Typical. We finally arrived at Sandy Ridge Farm, where they were celebrating the grand opening of their new market!
It is super cute and stocked with tons of fresh produce, as well as heaps of products from local businesses- Owowcow, Brad’s Raw, and Solebury Orchards were the big names. The kids were really excited to see Maurya, Julius, and Moms, and Carolyn just clung to everyone and bounced from person to person.
Snuggle bug! The market was really cute, but with some super high prices. A simple box of shredded kale was priced at $4, which is double what we pay at the farmers market for twice as much, but overall it’s definitely a step in the right direction! We scored a container of fresh pea tops for $3. It’s great knowing that there are different options out there, in different areas, so we have tons of options. I am really interested to see what the market near Owowcow will be like!
Sandy Ridge was nice because the garden they grow in is right next to the store, along with the chicken coop and field, so that was fun for the kids to see.
They were both loving the chickens. We’re looking forward to visiting the Milk House chickens sometime this week 🙂
After the farm we went over to Maurya’s to look through a bag of second-hand clothes, all super cute and total steals! We had smoothies and then Patty and I went home to get the kids settled, make a gorgeous salad, and get ready to go to the movies! Patty hadn’t seen Gatsby yet, and I wanted to give it a second look, so we caught the late show. We totally stashed a boatload of dark chocolate and blackberries in my bag so we wouldn’t be stuck with gross movie theater food. Patty is my soul mate in so many wonderful ways ;D
Sunday I woke up early to hang with the kids while Patty slept in. We did our smoothie thing, and gave Grammy her mother’s day gift- a handmade wind chime made from antique silverware from My Creative Recycling (check her out on Facebook)! It’s totally gorgeous.
When Patty woke up, we left to do some grocery shopping before she had to catch her train back home. Of course, she couldn’t leave without checking out Greenstraw and grabbing some juice and wheat grass!
We hit up Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for snacks and staples. It was great to have Patty there to help with the kids!
We ended up picking out some exciting items…
Hemp cloth wipes! I used to do the cloth wipe thing in New York, but it got to be more than I could keep up with, so I stopped. Even though Jack is almost out of diapers (woohoo!), I still want to continue our efforts to reduce waste. I picked up a bunch of these hemp wipes, because not only are they great for diaper changes, but they’d also be dynamite kept in a pouch in my purse, always ready to handle sticky hands and/or messy faces! I am so excited.
After we finished our shopping and dropped Patty off in Hamilton, the kids and I zipped back home. They had a date with their beds, and I had a brunch date with my Momma!
Blue Sage, one of my favorite restaurants in the area! They’re an entirely vegetarian establishment, and most of their dishes can be made vegan upon request. The food is absolutely outrageous, but before last weekend they were only serving lunch and dinner. They just added a weekend brunch, and as soon as I heard, I knew it would be the perfect outing for mother’s day.
We took our time pouring over the menu. It’s prix fixe, and for $18 you get your choice of a starter, a main, and coffee or tea. There is also a soup available, as well as a side of potatoes and a number of fresh juices. I went with green tea, which came in this adorable stacked teacup/mug situation. Too cute!
Blue corn johnnycakes with dried blueberries- Mum’s starter. These were served with fresh berries and a maple mascarpone, and were absolutely delicious.
I started with the parfait, and…..oh my heavens. I seriously do believe that this may have been the single most delicious thing I have ever tasted. EVER.
It was drenched in this incredible cherry compote, topped with a salted caramel something, and had the most delicious crunchy and light granola mixed in. Seriously, the stuff of dreams.
I ordered the pan bagna for my main, which was also incredible, served with a delicious fresh salad.. I couldn’t even finish it, I had to take half home!
Mum got a wrap sandwich, which I ended up being too full to taste, but she said it was delicious, so it’s on the menu for next time (NEXT TIME, NOM).
We also got a side of the potatoes, because we had no idea we’d be stuffed full of deliciousness. I ended up taking these home as well.
I had such a blast being out with my Mum, and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. It definitely helped that the food was so outrageous.
After brunch, we stopped in to see Nana. Nothing much to report- she seems about the same, though it still surprises me every time just how much she forgets, and then by contrast, how much she can remember.
Weird side-note: since getting back to a regular fitness routine, I’ve found myself becoming more and more comfortable with seeing myself in pictures. It used to make me cringe, but now it’s really not so bad. And I don’t even look any different! Just another reason to keep going, I suppose.
Home again, and time to throw some dinner together for the kids! The weather was extraordinary, and it felt like a real summer night. I couldn’t resist cracking out some fresh veggies and firing up the grill 🙂
Yummm 🙂 Chopped up and tossed into a bowl with some farro and a lemon-balsamic dressing…
Perfection. This is, hands-down, my favorite summer dish 🙂
My Mum presented me with a mother’s day card after I finished cooking.
BAHAHAHA. She asked Jack to sign the card, and that’s what he did. Best. Card. Ever!
We ended the night at Owowcow, because it’s Owowcow and we are obsessed.
Today served as a reminder of how much I have to be thankful for in my life. I won’t go into too much detail or try to list everything, but these past few weeks especially have been incredible, and it just keeps getting better as the weeks progress. I am thankful that this weekend provided me with some much-needed contact with one of my closest friends. Patty’s presence in my life is absolutely essential to my well-being, and I often feel like I just don’t see her enough. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her in two weeks, and maybe even next week for a yoga event taking place on the steps of the Philly Art Museum. Fingers crossed!
It’s a good life we’ve got going here, and getting better by the day 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the incredible Mums in the world, especially my own ❤