Mom Visit

So, I guess I missed the memo... it's flipping JUNE already!  I have a an overwhelming feeling of being behind - at work, at home, and with my blog.  It feels like I've been on the go since I came back from Vegas last month, but it has certainly been a great summer kick-off!  I'll have to check back in with my summer bucket list to see how much progress I've made so far. My mom visited last weekend, which was a really special treat since we don't get to see each other often, and we definitely don't get much time with just the two of us.  It's not really our style to plan out an itinerary for our vacations, so we just followed where the weekend took us...

I picked Mom up at the airport on Friday morning and we started the day with a long walk through Henry Cowell... I never tire of living so close to such an incredible place.

We had a fabulous dinner at one of my favorite places downtown, Soif.  I had the scallops and a glass of 2010 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir.

We (of course) made a stop at the Penny Ice Creamery, where they make their ice cream from scratch... they literally pasteurize the milk there and everything!  I had a s'mores sundae, which was to die for.

Saturday morning was spent at the farmers market in Aptos, which in the summer months is filled with beautiful fresh fruit and flowers.  We had a smorgasbord of snacks on the patio outside my cottage in the warm sun.

We visited the pier in Santa Cruz for some clam chowder and to take in the sights of the boardwalk, West Cliff Drive, and the ocean... the weather was absolutely perfect and made the day all the more enjoyable.

The whole weekend was fantastic, and it was so great to see my mom!

Weekend Snapshots

After the last few weekends on the move and a couple of crazy weeks at work, I was overdue for a relaxing, no-plan sort of weekend.  It ended up being a perfect balance of relaxing with wonderful company, great food, a good book, and lots of sunshine! I can't think of a better way to kick off the weekend than Friday night pizza and beer.

Cheryl and Rob invited Rudy and I over for dinner Saturday night - her veggie lasagna was delicious! was the dessert.

Sunday morning I enjoyed some coffee from The Abbey and went into work for a couple hours.

The best part of the whole weekend was staying at the beach until the sun went down.  Rob built a fire in the sand and Cheryl and I sat reading our books and chatting for hours.

Rudy is such a great little beach dog - just quietly hung out with us all day, enjoying watching other dogs, chasing his ball, and sleeping on my towel.  He made sure to get his share of cuddles with everyone, too.

The sunset was gorgeous...

I strayed from my usual Steak Sunday dinner and thought I would rather do a "Snacking Sunday" with a nice glass of Windy Oaks Pinot Noir - my favorite wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just another one of those surreal times that I have to pinch myself to remember that I really do live here in this paradise!


Weekend in pictures

Had a nice, quiet weekend to myself... Took myself out on a solo date Friday night at my favorite little place in downtown Santa Cruz, Soif Wine Bar

I had the venison in a port wine reduction and it was delicious!

Ukulele practice on Saturday morning with the Tiki King

Monk marathon, with Rudy cuddles... MAN his breath stinks.

Cottage cleaning

Scooby sighting

Boo time

My little bathroom troll escaped and took up residence on my pillows

Sheperd's Pie for Sunday dinner - 1st attempt and complete success!

Got the stink off the dog

He's not a huge fan of bath time, but he sure does love his towel

Pictures via my iPhone - most are taken through Instagram

Weekend in pictures

My dad and Kim were here for the weekend...

...which of course meant we had to make a stop at our favorite nursery shop in Ben Lomond.

Dad and Kim brought their usual goodies - fresh baked bread and avocados from their tree. Those avocados made some great guac!

Dad (of course) needed a project. So he hung the cast iron skillets they brought for me over my little stove

We headed up to Davenport for dinner at the Roadhouse

I had the New England clam chowder and a glass of Quinta Cruz Tempranillo

We woke up early Sunday for breakfast and took a hike through Fall Creek in Felton... I realized AFTER we got there that I had forgotten the memory card for my camera, so all I have are pics snapped with my iphone.

We went to lunch at The Farm, a little place in Aptos my friend Olive introduced me to that is rapidly becoming my favorite lunch spot. I had the club...

...and Rudy spent the whole time wishing he had the club, too

That's his begg-y face.

Next stop was Soquel for some treasure hunting through their many antique shops...

...then back up to Davenport to the sea glass beach - the tide was low so sea glassers were aplenty digging for their frosty glass treasures

We went back to my cottage to cook dinner - a rainbow quinoa and black bean salad with marinated skirt steak over a bed of lettuce, fresh-picked from Kim's garden - so delicious!

Thank you for a wonderful weekend... come back soon! :)