Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

cocktails alfresco

This one was a bit of a doozy. Mike’s mom landed in the hospital in Indiana on Friday, and things went from bad to better to far, far worse, and now, with treatment and a diagnosis, she is improving and we are planning our next steps.

It was a roller coaster ride. We’re not in a position to just jump on a plane, as much as we would have liked to do just that, so we held our breath and waited for details, which never come as quickly as you wish they would, particularly when you’re so far away.


Pleasant Cow

And we sought comfort in routine. We did our usual Saturday food safari. We talked with friends and family. We cleared out the remains of last year’s garden, the layers of fallen leaves that blanketed the patio, and made way for new plantings.



Dinner:  April 18, 2009

I worried as much about my husband’s well-being as I did about my mother-in-law’s condition. So I did the one thing that I could do for him that made me feel a little less powerless.


Sunday lunch


Dinner:  April 19, 2009

I fed him.

(As always, click the photos for more details.)

16 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. Food = Love
    I always bring food to people that need it. It lifts them up and comforts them.
    I hope Mike’s mom gets well……….too bad you can’t bring her some of your goodies, she would have no choice but to get better!

  2. Praying that Mike’s mother makes a full recovery. And yes, what better way to show someone that you love them than to feed them!

  3. Sorry to hear about Mike’s mom. Looks like you are taking good care of each other, though. Glad there was sunshine and the promise of this year’s garden.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about Mike’s mom. I hope the fact that she’s got a diagnosis and plan helps somewhat, as it must be especially hard from a distance.

    That said, your weekend eats and drinks look fantastic as always!

  5. I know how hard it is to wait at a distance and not be able to help. Best wishes for Mike’s mother’s speedy recovery, and your peace of mind.

  6. I’m de-lurking, too. I’ve been reading for awhile and love your blog. I’m glad you were able to provide Mike some comfort with food- I’m sure that meant so much to him. I hope everything is okay!

  7. What a tough few days to endure–I’m glad you found solace in the familiar and delicious.

    Cooking is like yoga–something to throw your whole self into to find peace–and routines are nice, especially during troubling times. My thoughts are with you.

  8. I see that beet and avocado salad! I thought that was MY crazy made up combination, but I am so glad that other people eat similar things. I mean, they seem like a natural affinity to me, but people turn their nose up at it. As always, I thoroughly enjoy visiting your blog on Mondays.

  9. Jennifer Hess says:

    Again, thanks so much for your kind words, thoughts and well-wishes. They are truly appreciated.

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