Music and Mom’s Day

After seemingly a month’s worth of rain in just a few days (and nearly a year’s worth of waiting), I obsessively watched the weather, anticipating Saturday.

This weekend was a fun-filled couple of days full of friends, family, great food and art.

Saturday featured my favorite local (Blacksburg) artist as we welcomed Kat Mills (Polys) to Pear Tree Hill Farm. The weather held (and we exhaled after a few rain drops fell, wound up with sunburns by the end of the show, and saw double rainbows before dusk).

Double bows

Double bows

Rain and sun

Rain and sun

Friends and family came out.

Enjoying the moment

Enjoying the moment

Food and good cheer abounded.IMG_2517

Then sweet music filled the air.

Kat Mills - farm concert 2016

Kat Mills – farm concert 2016

Awesome live performance!

Awesome live performance!

Many thanks to everyone who came out, brought food and beverages, and filled the tip jar. What a great day. We really must do this again….it is the ONLY way to fully enjoy our local talent. Kat Mills, thanks for sharing yours.


Kites. Dogs. Fire pit. S’mores.

Atticus has a girlfriend

Atticus has a girlfriend

Saturday was a great day.



Sunday continued the good feelings as family gathered at the farm and we gave thanks to our mothers. Dogs ran about, albeit much slower than on Saturday. Fresh trout was smoked on the grill and some great leftovers from Saturday were revisited. Thanks to both moms for joining us for the concert and for a casual Sunday that still gave us some sunshine and joy.

We hope you and yours had a great weekend and special mother’s day, too.

Happy Thanksgiving

I just had a tooth extracted today. It couldn’t be saved. A molar. It will be missed until it is replaced.

What does that have to do with Thanksgiving? I mean, no one really wants to know another person’s dental history, right?

Well, I was told…prescribed…soft foods and liquids for the next couple of days. The two days are today…and tomorrow. Ahem. Thanksgiving day.

So…..while thinking of what possible soft foods and liquids might even be palatable, I find my mind completely wandering off task to all the fond memories of eats that our family has enjoyed over the years, on the very Thanksgiving day.

After all, it is one of the most food-centric holidays out there. The one day that gives us a winning ticket, a “get out of jail free” card, a license to eat to near bursting. The one day where cooks work feverishly and hosts tighten their aprons. The one day where someone fills a table with the most amazing items of all shapes and sizes and hues and then says “have at it…as much as you want as long as you’d like.” Only a few other days during the year even compare. It’s almost magical.

And here I sit. Thinking of my favorite sides, breads, desserts…and, of course, the entree.

Do you go traditional (twice bakes candied sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie)? Do you break the mold (mom likes to do a luscious prime rib roast, and one year I begged for chocolate mousse)? Do you have secret dishes (mom’s cranberry relish is my absolute favorite – fresh berries, orange zest, and other tasty bits…so sweet and tart all at once…refreshing)? Do you have old standbys (hello green bean casserole)?

This day should be celebrated at least every week if not every night!

Great food and companionship awaits tomorrow. So, despite my prescription, I will be certain to enjoy the day and all of the magnificent dishes I’ll encounter. Hail to all the cooks, hosts, and helpers out there.

And………..have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!