last week we had an unusually cool tuesday wash over atlanta, georgia, and i insisted we all take advantage of it. phillip’s company was having their softball game at the active oval of piedmont park, and i convinced clark and kari to join me for a lovely evening in the city. despite the fact that the opposing team never showed up, we still had a fabulous time together. i thoroughly embarrassed phillip with my cheering and jeering as he was up to bat and out in right field. his coworkers looked at me on the bench and laughed, hopefully out of humor more than anything else. although it was a forfeited win that night, it was a win nonetheless, so there ya go!
afterwards the four of us took a stroll across the street and enjoyed a lovely dinner al fresco at the nook for some world famous totchos and beer. as i took in the other patrons, i was overwhelmed with joy at the weather. i cannot recall how many times i said, “how gorgeous is it out here? this weather is unbelievable!” i am a naturally joyous person, but when fall comes around, it’s a whole other level of happiness that i cannot contain. i couldn’t help but thinking of u2’s famous song “beautiful day” and how grateful i am for the changing seasons and the Lord’s grace for us on His earth. it’s an amazing thing, isn’t it?
thursday morning honestly arrived a little too early for my liking. although brian’s bed is extremely comfortable, a few more hours of shuteye really would have done wonders. well, there’s no room for whiners on this vacation, so we were up and at it by 7:30 a.m. an early day indeed!
brian was going to take the later bus to work so that we’d have a little morning time together. our first destination of the day was cafe st. jorge for a little caffeine and munchies. this place was all kinds of adorable, and i’m sure i embarrassed brian with all my question asking and picture taking. hey, there comes a time when one must be a shameless blogger, and that time for me is now. this type of coffee shop is right up my alley, and if i lived here, i bet it’s where i would go to write and read.
brian went for a large black coffee and i had a small cafe au lait. it was a solid au lait, a good thing since it is my favorite coffee beverage.
for eats i had the banana bread. i didn’t want anything too filling since i was planning to eat practically all day long. i wish it had been a little more moist, but the flavors and density you come to expect from banana bread were definitely there.
brian went with his usual in the small granola bowl. it was the cutest and most homey bowl i’d ever seen in my life, and i’m lucky he let me have a couple bites. the yogurt wasn’t overly sweet, and the homemade granola was stupid good. the fruit was fresh, and everything together in a single spoonful made for a very tasty breakfast.
we grabbed lids for our coffees and began our morning hike. brian had warned me about the hills, but, yeah, i quickly felt out of shape, and i run half-marathons for goodness’ sakes! slowly my layers were stripped as we continued upward towards the heavens. all that was running through my head was miley cyrus’ hit “the climb.” remember folks, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
brian promised me the effort would be worthwhile, and after we were atop the city, i realized he was absolutely right. the view from this high up is just gorgeous, a sweeping scene of san francisco and all its neighborhoods. the breeze was cooling, and the ultimate feeling of relaxation set in as we took in everything. ah, thank goodness for vacation days!
a couple of weeks ago, i had the brilliant idea for kyle and i to surprise kari, his fiancée, with an impromptu trip to piedmont park, where they would just happen upon a wonderfully laid out picnic with goodies for a fun-filled afternoon. i was up quite late pulling everything together, but it was certainly worth it. we spent a delightful day under a tree as the rain lightly fell down around us. there was no shortage of people watching, giggling, story-telling, and good company. and then when i thought it couldn’t get any better, we went to the dog park afterwards to watch all the pups romp around in the sun. the perfect saturday afternoon with my favorite people.
the treats we dined on were so delicious that i knew i couldn’t keep them to myself! the antipasto pasta salad and pineapple-mango salsa were delicious, but my favorites were the blackberry lemonade, lady marmalade chicken salad, and homemade rice krispy treats.
p.s. my secret for the rice krispy treats is to double the marshmallow filling. YES. you know it’s what you want. for the rice krispy treats, melt six tablespoons of butter on the stovetop. add 16 ounces of mini marshmallows and melt. stir until combined. measure out six cups of rice krispy treats into a large mixing bowl, add the melted marshmallow mixture (say that five times fast), and fold with a spatula until incorporated. mash mixture into a 9 x 13 pan that has been liberally coated with non-stick spray. NOMS.