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I always have a grand plan to have a big 4th of July party complete with crafts and games and croquet and you name it….It never happens. For one reason or another the timing never works out. But one can dream. And below are things I’d craft for my party if I were to have one.

Starfruit print bunting. Check out the tutorial over at Alpha Mom via The Long Thread.

Chocolate dipped rice cereal pops courtesy of Twig & Thistle.

And I’d make these refreshing looking parfaits:

Courtesy of Martha.

I wish long weekends and family time for you. I wish great food on the grill and something sweet for you. I wish rest and rejuvenation for you. I wish you well this holiday.

Two weeks later and I’m feeling a little like myself this weekend. I have a lot of quality family time and cooking to thank for this. All week I worked half days trying to heal and take it slow….longing for the weekend when I could be with JD and Garner and be at home and rest and be together and cook….

Saturday: Shelby Farms and the Farmer’s Market…with a pitstop for some strawberry picking. It was warm, but with a slight breeze and showers off and on that made it enjoyable.

4 lbs strawberries
1 lb baby summer squash
1 big bunch of fresh basil

A trip to the market and I was set.

Washed, hulled and chopped. Ready for mango, lime juice, lime zest, and some avacado.



Garner watched on….anticipating a bite.

Meanwhile… a perfect chocolate cake was baking in the oven. More strawberries were chopped, sugared and chilled to be paired with the perfectly perfect chocolate cake. These would be enjoyed by our sweet friends Jim & Wren later in the evening poolside – thank you!


It was perfectly perfect chocolate cake…with hand picked strawberries.

Sunday didn’t disappoint. Garner and I made fresh pesto while the chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper. Thankfully, there’s enough pesto for another meal. Being with my family, cooking with them, resting with them, going to the Farmer’s Market with them and finding delicious in-season produce is all good for my soul. Thank you God for good food, for friends and for family.

Photos copyright 2010 JD Meredith.