Lucky Number 13

Valentines Day is a little silly.  But it’s also a lot of sweet.  It’s the only holiday where I feel like it’s all about Tate and I.  Birthdays are about the birthday person and other holidays are shared by family and friends but Valentines Day is, at least for us, focused on romantic love.

And it’s sort of our anniversary.

In January 2000 I went to visit Tate in Montana, where he was living for the ski season.   We’d been casually seeing each other on and off for a year and a half but during that time we were more off than on.  As much as we told ourselves and each other that it was casual we just kept coming back together.  We both knew that we didn’t want to go 5 months without seeing each other so even though we weren’t really “dating” I planned a trip to Montana to break up the long winter apart.



During that cold, glorious week twelve years ago we fell truly, madly, deeply, head-over-heels for each other.  We weren’t together for February 14th that year but we celebrated a few weeks early.



This year, our 13th V Day as a couple, Tate brought me coffee in bed this morning and made me eggs and potatoes for breakfast. 😉



We learned our lesson early on about the hassle of going out to eat on Valentines Day so tonight we will order in sushi and  enjoy a quiet night together.



Gotta go snuggle my Valentine.

Have a heart-filled day!

Food is Good

What a full and delicious weekend!

Friday night was full of Mediterranean food, parents visiting, and a dance performance.

Saturday was full of bloggers and sweet treats!


{thanks for the picture Kath!}

Pictured from back to front

Back Row

Brittany of Eating Bird Food

Gabby of  Gabby’s Gluten Free

Lauren of Vegology

Kristen of Kristen Finn Photography

Kath of Kath Eats Real Food


Front Row

Liz of I <3 Vegetables

Jess (friend of bloggers and awesome chick)

Alex of I Eat Asphalt

Sarah of The Smart Kitchen

Sarah organized this awesome VA is 4 Bloggers meet up at Feast!  Thanks Sarah!  Besides hanging Kath, I don’t have many ‘real world’ friends that understand the blogging world (as if I understand it myself!) so it’s really fun to get together with folks who share a common interest.

Sarah, Brittany, and Lauren even brought everyone treats!  So thoughtful of them.

Gearharts Chocolates from Lauren, Homemade Peanut Butter from Sarah, and “Heady Goo Balls” from Brittany!

After the meet up I busted over to West Virginia in time for a nurturing dinner with my momma, brother, and sister.  Although dinner was lovely, it was not the main reason for crossing the border.  I went to West Virginia to work on my dance piece that is premiering in a show there next month.   I’ll post a video link after the concert but all I’m saying for now is that it involves vegetables, food photography, and me on a table…

I dashed back to Cville in time for sunset and a little ladies get-together hosted by my friend Julie.

Julie is an amazing cook and made a ‘spa dinner’ for three grateful guests.

You know you’re in for a treat when your hostess says “I just need to whip up a little creme fraiche drizzle for the soup”.

The soup was an on-the-spot creation geared at getting “the most possible nutrients into one bowl”.  It was incredible.  There’s no recipe but I did hear that it included 4 pounds of carrots, parsnips, and coriander.

Mmmmm Kale Salad and acorn squash…

We picnicked on the living room floor and each had seconds of both soup and salad.

Post dinner we treated ourselves to foot baths and scrubs and remarked several times that we need to do this more often.

Dessert.  Julie, you outdid yourself with this one.

Blood orange tart with Salted Whiskey Caramel Sauce, no recipe in sight.

Yes, indeed, we need to do that more often.