Today I wrote the date “June 1st” and it felt so strange. When I think about all the great things that the past several months are comprised of, it helps to ease the anxiety I sometimes have about the uncertainty of the future (which is strange: I don’t even want there to be certainty, just new chances to take, people to meet and goals to set).
Ryan and I threw together a little Memorial Day picnic at the last minute, and despite the sometimes unbearable heat, it was such a lovely day. Some people stayed for 8 hours and it was sad to see them leave after all the food had been gobbled up, the music turned off and the fire put out.
Here are a few photos of the day (hoping to collect more from friends’ cameras!). A sincere “thank you” to everyone for coming over and sharing your food and sharing your friendship and smiles with us!
Food: Israeli cous cous salad with kumquats, apples, fresh dill, other goodies from Jon and Ali; Coconut Curry chickpea cakes; Cilantro Bean dip; Masala Potato Salad; bread from Mike and Sarah; Raspberry Blackout Cake from Chrsitian; vegan Buffalo Wings
Christian made this AMAZING CAKE. It’s a Raspberry Blackout cake from Vegan with a Vengeance. It changed all of our lives. I still have some leftover in the freezer and am having trouble eating it only because then there won’t be any left.😦
Thanks to the amazing Lou of THIS vegan blog, and Kutztown University’s vegan/vegetarian group! She made a Chai Spiced Baklava, as she is also an offical recipe-tester for an upcoming vegan baking book by Kelly Peloza who authored The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur. It was faaaaabulous. (I have that in the freezer, too!)
Danielle brought this AWESOME Dandelion Wine – made from dandelions she picked herself! – which tasted like a creamy pineapple juice. Who knew?
Alison left me this wonderful FB comment the day after our party: “Seriously, I’m not kidding- nothing I ate today tasted good (except Christian’s leftover cake). You’ve raised the bar on food so high that all food is crap compared to what we all had yesterday- and I mean everyone’s food was awesome! When can we open a restaurant? Can it be in your backyard and feature apples to apples as the entertainment? We’ll call it Jaime K’s Backyard!”
A hundred thousand smiley emoticons wouldn’t be fun to look at here, but that’s how I feel!