3 days till we’re open!!!
We have menu boards, artfully decorated by Matt
And drinks! Nutritiously ordered by me! (Honest Tea, Izze, Sparkles, compostable water bottle, Stonyfield)
And then this was noticed. Flat tire.
What is crazy is that I was running errands in the CAR after arriving to the bakery (needed to get heavy stuff from the grocery store) and I kept thinking my CAR had a flat tire! Either I haven’t been driving much or the road was just really bumpy. I get back from the store and check the tires. They all looked fine.
Then 20 minutes later Matt pointed out my bike tire. Are we soul mates or what!?! [my bike, not matt 😉 ]
This literally broke my heart – thinking of going all week without my commuter bike and having to get it repaired. Even if I knew how to repair it, we didn’t have the right tubing and the bike store was closed. I literally felt like a part of me was broken!
I had an iced coffee [decaf] to cheer me up
Soon enough we cleaned up and wrapped up and headed home, bike in the back seat.
Matt was in a cookin’ mood and when I described my vision for dinner he told me to cheer up on the porch while he put it together.
I sipped a Lemon Mint Spritzer on the porch! (Matt joined me once dinner was baking)
2/3 sparkling water, 1/3 bottled lemonade (a bakery sample) plus a slice of lemon and garden mint
And the most perfect Memorial Day weather ever!
Apparently Matt had a vision of my vision!
The highlight was tempeh, which I marinated in Dr. Pete’s Coffee Balsamic Marinade all afternoon.
This is the same company who makes my beloved Praline Mustard Glaze and we’re hoping for a killer OpenSky deal on these flavors in the next few weeks!
The coffee marinade was AWESOME!! It gave the tempeh a dark, roasted taste that was almost sweet + caramely on the chew. The tempeh was baked in its marinade for about 20 minutes in the oven and served over garden-fresh lettuce along with sautéed bacon and cremini mushrooms. YUM!!
Also show-stopping: roasted Virginia blue potatoes!! I could never have another French fry in my life and just live on these and be perfectly content.
Hot off the farmer’s market racks. They were roasted for 40 minutes at 400* and rubbed in olive oil, salt and liquid smoke (a new find that I have been reading about for years but have not yet formed an opinion of since it wasn’t very detectable in the ‘taters, precious)
For dessert, we had watermelon – but it was bad!! Not rotten bad, just mealy bad. So sad!!
After dinner, I was still sniffling over my bike problem when DR. HUFFMAN arrived!!! He may be an excellent chiropractor, but I think he needs to add bike tire adjustments to his list of services. He fixed my bike!!! Thanks so much Tate, we owe you more than mealy watermelon!!
Time for my nightly freezing cold shower and some book time. It’s not officially summer yet so no matter how hot it gets, we have a mental block against the air conditioning!
[Although if you saw how many bugs have gathered on our porch you might think again…]