A Sunday

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we’ve got a day on our hands that signifies fresh starts, Spring, a little color, a little more chocolate. So I don’t have a recipe for you today (although I have a great one coming up in just a few days), but I just wanted to stop in and wish you a very happy Sunday. Here are a few shots that I’ve taken lately in the quest to capture a little color,  life and light. I hope you’re doing the same in your corner of the world.

And here are a few folks/things that are making me smile this weekend:

  • Skinny Laminx, a little South African company, does the most beautiful tea towels you’ve ever seen. Seriously.
  • I just bought a few of these coffee cups. They make me happy.
  • It’s no secret that I love a good cocktail. The White on Rice Couple has written about the Kentucky Sidecar (tangerines and bourbon–oh my)
  • Bacon. There’s something about sitting outside on your city stoop, barefoot, with coffee in your new mug and some crispy bacon. This stuff is where its at.
  • Tulips! Lovely photos of them! Spring! Check out this post over at Abby Try Again post.
  • Have ya’ll seen Ready Made magazine’s new food issue? I spied one of my favorite bloggers, Lottie + Doof, has a little write-up, and there are some inspiring recipes for sweet and savory tarts.
  • Spring baking? Check. Batter bowl? Check.
  • I’m nesting a little. I hear people do that after break-ups. Needing a new lamp, I’m going DIY.


  1. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    Happy Easter Megan! I'm heading out to SF soon, and I can't wait to see all of those wonderful Spring sights myself. BTW, what are those yellow fruits on the third picture across?

  2. El

    Thanks and Happy Easter to you. I love the tulip pics. Stunning. Hope you had a cozy, relaxing weekend.

  3. Amy I.

    Hi Megan! Just found your blog through StumbleUpon. Have enjoyed my time poking around and looking at your lovely photos and reading your words. Glad to "meet" you, and looking forward to reading along!

  4. Amy I.

    Okay now I feel kind of silly because I realized that I already follow you on twitter. Still happy to have found you here :)

  5. Rose D

    Absolutely stunning photos...It's a reminder that everything is so much brigther and lovely following a long, dark winter!! Happy Spring to you!

  6. A Canadian Foodie

    What a beautiful collage of Spring and Fresh Starts... new beginnings... appreciating the beauty of what we already have. We were away in London for a little over a week. Left with the back yard piled high with snow and have returned to it completely melted. Spring is certainly in the air. I am inspired by everything I learned and saw while away and full of many new beginnings to get going on. Thank you for the little moment of renewal.

  7. megang

    Hi Christine--they're lemons from my mom's backyard. They're actually a super vibrant yellow. Doesn't come across as well in that photo.

    And cheers to new beginnings (and homecomings...wow, London!) Valerie.

    And thanks for popping in again Amy, El, and Denise. Hope you all had a great weekend!

  8. Manggy

    Oh crap, I was being such a guy. I wasn't able to deduce that you were moving out because of a break-up. Duh! I need to be spoken to sloowwly. I hope you had a great and very productive weekend :)

  9. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    Megan this was a lovely post. You are obviously needing some "you" time and it looks like you are being successful at that. What a beautiful weekend it looks like you are having!

  10. Suzanne T-H

    The Kentucky Sidecar, what a beautiful & tasty drink. Thank you for sharing the link. It was perfect to use the tangerine juice ice cubes I have in the freezer. Whenever I have citrus that is about to go over the hill, I juice it and made cubes. I store in glass jars in the freezer. Perfect for many recipes.
    In Chico our farmers markets are bursting with Satsumas all winter, my last bag of the year was about to go bad, so now we have lots of tangerine juice ice cubes. I mixed all the other ingredients in a shaker (a bit less triple sec), added two cubes for each oz of tangerine juice called for, shook till the tangerine cubes melted - it was perfect. A reminder of winter flavors as we head into spring. Thanks again for the beautiful blog. Suzanne

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