Lyman Orchards

Heyyy Swagsters.

I wasn’t sure I’d have time to update while my friend was in town. However, I woke up at 5 this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep, so lucky (?) for us, here I am. šŸ™‚

And here’s what’s been happening!

Holly’s here!

choo choo!

Holly, who is getting her PhD in Missouri right now, happened to be in Boston for a conference, and once she was finished there, she took a train into Hartford so we could have our little reunion. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, Holly is one of my best friends from college and life has kept us apart for the past 3 years, so our time together this week is long overdue!

We relaxed for a bit after I picked her up, and then we headed over to Blue Back Square for dinner. We ate at one of my favorite places in the area: The Counter Burger. They have, hands down, the best veggie burger I’ve ever had at a restaurant and I love the way you get to customize your burger any way you want.

in the belly, you go!

Usually I opt for cranberries, avocado and balsamic glaze, but today I was feeling the tex mex thing. So I ordered a veggie patty over lettuce with jalapenos, black bean and corn salsa, scallions and guacamole. Yum! And don’t forget the massive order of fries that we got as an appetizer. (So big it still looks untouched when we got our dinner!)

After dinner, Holly and I had some time to kill until Markus got off work and it was a gorgeous Saturday evening, so we sat outside and listened to the live band that was playing in the square. I won’t give their name, because I don’t have anything, erm, positive to say about them. But they gave us lots of laughs after we overcame our initial confusion. Sometimes you just gotta give up, take stuff as it is, and find the humor in this crazy life.


Sunday: Lyman Orchards!

Sunday was another beautiful day in CT so Holly and I made our way to Lyman Orchards for some peach and berry picking.

beautiful view from the orchards

beautiful berries.

this haul would easily have cost me $10 at the grocery, but i spent just under $3 to take them home. /swoon

I love, love, love picking fruit at the orchard. It reminds me of being young and going out with my sister and parents picking apples and having family time. It brings back a feeling of so much love. Every time I go, I’m always grateful my parents took us to do that kind of stuff. I feel like I appreciate it so much more as an adult now and I savor those memories. (Love you, Mom and Dad!)

Holly and I were sad to see that most of the peaches weren’t ripe enough to pick yet, because we love peaches but also because we’d had plans to put them in a cobbler later. However, once we hit the Orchard’s market store, we realized they’d pretty much brought all the ripe peaches in to sell in bunches, so we were able to snag a couple for our upcoming dessert.

After the Orchard, we went to Whole Foods to get dinner supplies and then came home to make this bad boy:

peach and blueberry cobbler!

making my kitchen smell divine and my tummy rumble in anticipation!

fresh outta the oven

The recipe for this cobbler can be found here. It turned out delicious. Not too sweet, tart from the fruit… basically the perfect summer cobbler. It would be great with some vegan vanilla ice cream or vegan whipped cream on the side. It would (and will!) also make a yummy, super healthy breakfast!

Well Swagsters, that was my Sunday. Staycation is about half way over! Time flies when you’re having fun, right? I continue to be grateful for this time with my friend and the time to relax and enjoy the summer a bit.

Today’s activities are up in the air, we were supposed to have a beach day but it seems that it’s going to be a rainy Monday! Time to get flexible and creative!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? What’s your favorite summer time activity? Is there an activity you love doing today because it reminds you of happy memories from your youth?

And don’t forget your Proud-of-Me lists! Have you been keeping at it? It’s easy to make excuses and say, “Oh, I’ll just do it tomorrow.” In fact, I’m guilty of that one night this week. But I am back on track and reminding myself that it only serves to make me love myself more. Plus it only takes a couple minutes! Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to give yourself love. YOU DESERVE IT!

What are you proud of yourself for doing this weekend?



6 thoughts on “Lyman Orchards

  1. YAYYY the cobbler! It looks so yummy! So does your Counter meal. I want to go back there – join me? I know you’ll say yes šŸ˜€ I want to try their veggie burger! Last time I got their grilled chicken and now I’m too much a food snob to order that, boooooring!

  2. Your salad looks SO GOOD! I would like that in my kitchen, now please! Same with the cobbler! I have only picked fresh fruit once: pear apples/nashis/asian pears – whatever they’re called – and it was so fun! We were given an abundance of free samples to eat whilst picking which made it even better! I would especially love to pick blueberries!
    I’m going pretty well with my nightly proud-of-me lists. Today I’m proud of myself for signing up for college classes, instead of taking the upcoming semester off like I was maybe planning on doing. I know I’ll be happy at the end to be that bit closer to graduating:-) I’m also proud that I finally asked about any job openings at one of my favorite stores (this girl needs to get a job).
    I’m proud of you for just giving up, taking stuff as it is, and finding humor in this crazy life, as you mentioned in this post – I love that outlook so very much! Glad to hear you had a great weekend with Holly!

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