This time of year always feels a bit crazy and over-packed with activities....the flurry of end of school events, the end of baseball season, the birthday parties, and the potlucks. And it all feels a bit more intensified with our upcoming move as we work the calendar to maximize our time with friends, but I have to admit it has had me feeling a bit more stressed and irritable this past week. I don't like being pulled in so many directions at once. My introverted self finds it hard to re-charge when I am faced with one large group gathering after another. I also don't like being faced with the reality that the good-byes are starting and that we are entering that count-down stage of our move.
Just like all of the recent social events, the strawberries at the local markets have been plentiful and over-ripe. It's hard to resist their sweet, seductive scent which saturate the local markets right now, beckoning us to desire more, buy more, eat more. Last weekend we turned a crate into strawberry ice and this weekend's crate was transformed into strawberry shortcake. It really does feel like the perfect summer dessert whether it is eaten to celebrate a memorable event (like my sister's fabulous strawberry shortcake wedding cake) or just to celebrate a quiet dinner at home.
And that's exactly what tonight felt like: a celebration of our own. A quiet little family dinner at home. Just the four of us around the table. Grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, and fresh guacamole with tortilla chips. A simple, summer meal followed by strawberry shortcake.