Sunshine Every Day & the Weekly Menu Revival

I’m back! We had a wonderful week in South Carolina eating some of my favorite food: shrimp and grits, fried shrimp, oysters every way, and abundant fresh fish. Not to mention the margaritas. There were a few. Still hanging onto the sun on the water, the sand in my toes.

Unfortunately, the weekly forecast is not as bright.

Here are a few things that are helping me hang on to vacation:

Coming home to the garden in bloom, trees the almost-fluorescent green of spring.

New sheets! Long overdue and yet another thing to cross off the to-do list.

Excellent new nightie! Pretty and still practical, impossibly soft and just a little bit sexy — I feel happy every time I put it on.

Eberjey Lady Godiva Chemise, $68 @ lajournelle.com

Great company at the beach…coming this weekend! There’s something about getting on a ferry and leaving the mainland that makes all your worries lighten. Not to mention the excellent hosts on the other side!

On the beach last summer

Bob Schneider’s latest A Perfect Day; love his music, his lyrics.  Especially Honeypot, which Melisa and I are obsessed with: “I’m lost, I’m built to last, I’m built to break, but that’s okay.” An Austin interlude. Melisa posted this link on Friday, but I’m reposting because I love it!

Sabbatical is two months away. That means Paris for the first time with the kids (the Eiffel Tower! The metro! The parks!), and back to the South to play Chez Mousseron. And Tuscany. Yes.

This is how old the kids were last time we were in Europe.

Summer dresses, summer shoes.

Stepping out shortly

I’m a lucky girl to have all that on top of my excellent wife, happy kids, and wonderful family and friends.

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The weekly menu:

Sunday: Melisa craving Tex-Mex, so it’s Grilled Chicken Tacos tonight for dinner with Cilantro Slaw and Chipotle Cream- an old Bon App recipe from ’96

Monday: Lemon-Parsley Linguine & Salad

Tuesday: Leek & Mushroom Gratin & Salad

Wednesday: Shrimp & Grits with Spinach. Thanks, Ari for the grits!

Thursday: Cinco de Mayo! Grilled Skirt Steak with Guacamole, Pico de Gallo & Cabbage Slaw (got to work our way through that stuff)

Friday: Off to the beach, baby! Where the company and the food will be divine.

May all your days be sunny, and filled with joy as much as possible.

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