Oh, the simplicity…

We had one of those truly poignant and lovely weekends where we were blindingly aware that summer was coming to an end while we were trying desperately to just hold on to it… We didn’t get into anything too adventurous or crazy, it was in the simplicity that we grasped so tightly. Friday evening we had dinner with friends, out on the deck, until the mosquitos grew obnoxious and it was just a little too cold to justify staying out there. I was tempted  to stay, and had our friends not been on the mosquito’s menu, I may have stayed just to spite the face that a few months from now I’ll wish I would have because I’ll be trapped inside for a Michigan eternity of winter.

We had s Saturday brunch of pancakes bursting with blueberries, Irish Cream coffee followed by no agenda, movies and ice cream sundaes closing the night long after the sun had gone. Sunday was even richer. After church, it was a day spent alternating between making food, taking photos, playing around and laughing, bike rides and reading. So, basically heaven…








We’d grilled kabobs on Friday and since they were so good, we decided to make them again last night, along with a few ears of corn. While I was at the market picking up the corn, I noticed a bundle of beets and threw them in the bin as well. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at roasting them, much to my family’s lack of support. To roast them, we simply cut the tips off, wrapped them in foil and baked them for an hour at 400 degrees. Then kept them wrapped tight until they cooled.



The verdict on the roasted beets was:

Chw= not too bad.

Gen= yum!

Me= good!

I decided to take it a step further and make a crostini with them…

The verdict was:

Chw= good

Gen= not good (she hates goat cheese, she has decided suddenly)


Roasted Beet Crostini 

1 baguette, sliced in 1″ slices

1 pkg. goat cheese (I used Trader Joe’s)

3-4 fresh basil leaves, diced up.

Roasted Beets, sliced thin.

– Grill or toast the bread until it’s slightly crisp.

– spread with goat cheese to desired thickness.

– sprinkle basil on cheese.

– top with sliced beet.

Devour. Amazing…


We paired our dinner with The Dreaming Tree Crush wine because I am a huge Dave Matthews lover and have been dying to try it. It’s really full and I personally enjoyed it, although I’m still more of a sweet wine lover.



This post is full of a trillion little things I’m grateful for… (like those “family night” plates… Aren’t they cute? Genny picked them out, when she was five, so we could have them to eat dinner on special family nights. She used to try to pick out who we were from the people… So cute!)  It really just was the best of weekends…

How was your weekend?

9 thoughts on “Oh, the simplicity…

  1. I love those plates.


    Our weekend was a nice blend of on and off. Saturday, we had our first football outing and Bubba played great. He fits in to this new team very naturally. We ate at a fun local place for lunch and then headed home and crashed for the rest of the day. Sunday we went to the big town for church and last minute school/grocery shopping. Then we headed home, got our comfy clothes, and Honey and I hiked around a piece of property we are considering. Bubba’s first day is today, and tomorrow the girls start…

    1. Sounds like the perfect balance of productive and peaceful! I am so glad things “fit” there! The “big town”. Cute… I instantly thought “mancato?” LOL… It just sounded so Little House.

  2. Why must summer end?? Well, for us, I’m ok with the summer heat ending….but not so happy with the going back to a ‘real schedule’ again.
    Your weekend does look full of good stuff. I’ve never tried beets, but the crostini’s look delish. I LOVE Dave Matthews Band! I actually might be their #1 fan. LOL! I’ve enjoyed all of the Dreaming Tree wines myself.

    1. I would challenge you for the position but gladly share it with you! I love Dave to the moon and back, for sure! My wine tastes are not very refined (which is funny to say as it’s a supermarket wine conversation) but I really only like Moscatos and Late Harvest varieties. More sweet wines… So I was hesitant to try them…

      I’m excited about the real schedules. things feel smoother when their here.

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