-- my all-time favourite thing about this week was that Blair's mom mailed me my very own Strawberry Stem Gem! i'm kind of a sucker for kitchen gadgets, but i get leery of any one item with a large kitchen footprint. and this? this actually works, plus it's the size of a (very hefty) pair of tweezers, plus it makes hulling strawberries kind of addicting. and it makes eating said strawberries even more fun.
-- we had crazy storms at the beginning of last week, and now there have been brown-outs around the city since people are using their air conditioners so much. (guilty as charged.) after a semi-scary afternoon where the winds kicked up and there was a bona fide tornado warning for an area about 15 miles south of our house, we had the rare pleasure of seeing a DOUBLE RAINBOW, FULL RAINBOW ALL THE WAY.
the photo just barely picked up the double rainbow (outside the clearly visible one),
but IT WAS THERE!
-- this blueberry sauce from the amazing Annie that can be served over ice cream, waffles, in a pie, or, you know, right out of a jar. or the pot that you make it in. if i made this stuff, i don't think any of it would end up being preserved.
photo from taste of home
-- after living in our house for two years, Nick and I finally tried out the tiny Mexican restaurant a mile down the road, Mendoza's, and it did not disappoint! we were the only patrons there for lunch on Saturday, so i hope their business is doing okay. we'll certainly be doing our part to keep them afloat, i think. here is my ginormous taco salad in a fiery red taco bowl!