This last weekend was wonderful! Friday night Ryan and I went to the salon and got our hair cut (mine is really short now) and tooled around town.
Saturday night was a surprise 1/2 birthday party for one of our friends and it was actually kept a surprise by all 87 invited guests. Wow, that's a first! Normally someone spills the surprise right away. It was a crazy party - one minute I'm networking with one of the parents; next minute, the parents are doing keg stands!
Before the party, Ryan wanted a light salad and asked me to just whip something up. The pressure was on!! So, I started with a bunch of greens, searched through the fridge and came up with this:
-Asian pear matchsticks
-fresh mozzarella cheese
-sauteed pearl onions
I also threw together a bunch of stuff for the dressing: sunflower butter, orange juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, onion plant tops (similar to scallions), and a bunch of basil. It was a success - Ryan was very happy.
Sunday was a beautiful day; we had Ryan's parents over for breakfast sandwiches. Then we headed out for berry picking at Lorence's Berry Farm, which is only 20 minutes south of our house. Neither Ryan nor I had been strawberry picking before (maybe when we were little kids), but wanted to check it out since we finally caught the season. Usually we miss it by a couple weeks. Boy was it fun! We couldn't stop picking strawberries and figured most of them would be going in the freezer for smoothies. By the time we were done, we had over 10 pounds of strawberries!
Then, we heard they were also allowing raspberry picking - the first of the season! So, we headed across the street to start hunting for those. Since the ripe raspberries were rare, we ended up with a couple pints of raspberries. I think at least another pint ended up in our mouths - too good!!
Here a few of the strawberries that were a bit mutated. It was fun finding these odd ones.
Strawberry season is only for a couple more weeks, so we probably won't make it back again. However, we are planning on going raspberry picking again! Yum, yum, yum!