Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I got to spend Memorial Day weekend at my favorite place in the world:

In my opinion, it really doesn't get any better than this beautiful lake.  

Time passed too quickly.  I really hope I get to go back again soon.  

Remember those seaweed snacks I picked up from Trader Joe's last week?  Yeah, probably not.  Anyways, I was excited to try some roasted seaweed snacks.

Well, they became the running joke of the weekend.  I had one on the way up to the lake and was not a fan - it tasted really fishy to me.  And I couldn't pawn them off on anyone else!  Many ideas were thrown around (seaweed pancakes anyone?) but none of them went over very well :)  That white bean and basil hummus, on the other band, is absolutely incredible!  You win some, you lose some.

On the way home, my dad and I stopped to load up on tons of fresh, local asparagus.

We've had it two nights in a row now (grilled, with a little bit of olive oil - my personal favorite, and steamed - still very tasty!).  Yum!!

The idea was to eat some of the asparagus fresh and freeze some so that we could enjoy it after the season is over, but at this rate, I'm not sure any will make it to the freezer!

Nothing else very exciting going on around here, except a little visitor this morning:

I saw something in the straw from my bedroom window this morning and wasn't sure what it was, so I went to get a closer look.

But not too close.  Hello, snapping turtle.  The reason I know this is a snapping turtle is not because I'm an expert at identifying wildlife.  (Surprising, right?)  It's because when I was younger, around 10 years old, we saw a turtle like this in our driveway and my mom made my sister and me get really close to the turtle so she could take a picture of us with it.  This was pre-digital camera for us, so it wasn't until we got the film developed (which, for our family, could take many, many months... or a year) that my dad saw the picture and asked why we were so close to a snapping turtle.  Um yeah.  It definitely could have taken my arm off.  Scary!

And true to form, my mom still cut off the top of my head in the photo.  Worth it?  Not so sure.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Song of the day:

"Tallulah" by Company of Thieves.  I like this song more and more every time I listen to it.


  1. 1) SNAPPING TURTLE! how cool! that is pretty fun to see in your backyard!!!

    2) LAKES ! I loveeeeeee lakes! we have 2 here that we visit every summer. Well, we did last summer, and we will this summer, so I am going to say EVERY summer, because I hope it becomes a tradition! they are so peaceful and calming, and always have great weather compared to the city! beautiful!

    3) I havent tried TJ's seaweed, but I've tried just about every other seaweed on the block! Sorry it was fishy for you :(


    5) hurray for TJ's nut butters! need to get myself some!!


    p.s. how cool that you got to meet the All-American Rejects!

    1. Oh my gosh, there is nothing better than going to the lake. That's really cool that you have 2 you visit - I think you can say every summer :) Sometimes I think it might be a bit excessive, but I love having 3 different kinds of nut butter in the fridge, haha.

  2. Can a snapping turtle really take your arm off? Eek! I'm in Australia and we have some crazy wildlife but I've never heard of that!!!

    1. I'm sure that's what my dad told me before, but I just looked it up and I think I exaggerated a little bit, haha. They do have really strong jaws and beak, and I read that they could do a lot of damage to a finger... but maybe not an arm :) I'm still going to keep my distance, though! I have a feeling Australia has more exotic wildlife than Ohio - I would LOVE to visit Australia someday, it seems like such a beautiful place.