Ahem… (**tap tap**) is this thing on?
Recently, I was inspired to start writing again so I’m going to give this another go. I have a few ideas in store so look out, internet! Things are about to start happening in Lishy’s Kitchen again.
What better way to kick off a return to the blogosphere than with some extra summery photos? Last week my husband and I went to my Minnesotan homeland for lots of celebration and family time. Here is my photo essay for what I did on my summer vacation:
While I did a lot of cooking for family (I love having lots of people to feed!) Cam and I managed to get out in the sun and enjoy some social time. On the evening of July 3 and through much of the 4th we accompanied my sister and her husband’s side to their annual parish/city festival, Joetown Rocks. It’s quite a party for such a small town. I ran into a number of friends, acquaintances, and reconnected with those whom I have lost touch. It was a lovely time. There are a few things I enjoy more than a church bazaar, and the Catholics of central MN did not disappoint. I love embroidered tea towels–something on the order of these–specifically, I like embroidered towels of cats performing archetypical human activities. I found a package of 6 that had featured cats doing all manner of things from grocery shopping, to knitting, and ironing. Here is an example of what I mean. Unbelievable. It’s the only cat-themed kitsch I enjoy.
Once the festival died down and the afternoon got too hot, we grabbed our swimsuits and headed north to my Aunt’s lake cabin.
…she has a lovely home on a large, clean lake. I also appreciate that she typically makes incredible food with very veggie-friendly options. There is something so satisfying about a good swim, fresh air, and sun followed by a hearty meal and a cool evening boat ride.
Finally, I must confess that I have a summertime guilty pleasure. About once a year, whenever I am in Minnesota for part of the summer, I need a trip to the Dairy Queen. Dairy Queens are ubiquitous. Like Sonic in the South or Culver’s in Wisconsin. The DQ is a small town MN summertime hangout for those who do not fall into the VFW/American Legion crowd.
So, here it is in all of its glory — my once a year summer treat: the noble soft serve ice cream cone:
Ah, it’s good to be back. Enjoy all of your summer treats!