Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

“The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.” 

--Warsan Shire

Eating Gluten-Free on Cape Cod - The Keltic Kitchen

As a child we would visit the cape every summer. We would go to Mayflower Beach (the best on the cape), go shopping in Chatham, and eat a lot. One of the places I vividly remember visiting is the Keltic Kitchen where I got the best BLT with Irish bacon. Unfortunately it isn't super close to where we usually stay in Dennis so we haven't been back since. This weekend Evan and I were visiting friends in Yarmouth and Brewster when I realized we weren't far from the Keltic Kitchen!

The Keltic Kitchen is an Irish restaurant with breakfast and lunch options. I wasn't sure if they had anything specifically gluten-free (like pancakes or toast) but from looking at their menu online (here: http://www.keltickitchen.com/) I saw plenty of other things I could eat. When we arrived the place was packed - which as far as I am concerned that's a great thing. We really enjoyed waiting because there was a sand sculpture artist there making this incredible replica of the Molly Malone statue in Dublin. I can't believe the entire thing was sand. He told us that once finished they spray it with really watered down wood glue to keep it together. This photo does not do it justice. You wouldn't believe the details! There is a contest on the cape this summer and at many restaurants or events there are sculptures by local artists. The winners will be announced late August.

Anyway, once seated I asked my server about gluten-free options. My server let me know that they do have gluten-free pancakes, french toast, and toast! Naturally I ordered WAY too much food but was so happy. I ordered a short stack of pancakes, corned beef hash, eggs, and toast. The pancakes were really fluffy and delicious and the hash was great too. I couldn't get the home fries because they are fried with other foods, so not gluten-free, but I really wouldn't have been able to eat them I was so full. Even if you aren't gluten-free I would really recommend checking out Keltic Kitchen on your next trip to the cape. They had some fantastic looking specials and I'm still hoping to get back to have another BLT!

Gluten-free pancakes

Corned beef hash, eggs, and gluten-free toast!

Seagull Beach, Yarmouth

It's hydrangea season!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Things My Father Taught Me - Father's Day 2014

My father is a veritable wealth of knowledge and advice. While I can't even begin to write it all down, here are a few of the noteworthy ones. Please note, two of the sever are in regards to ice cream - our favorite thing.

Happy father's day to my Dad! I love you so much!

1. Be charitable.
2. Always repeat your phone number in a voice mail. 
3. Remember where you came from. 
4. Not everyone had the advantages you did. 
5. A proper sundae has walnuts.
6. The word very, is usually unnecessary.
7. The best ice cream flavor is coffee. 
8. Live your life like you are on camera.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This Weekend

This weekend was lovely, it was the first that truly felt like summer. We went to the beach for long walks, a birthday feast, and some magazine skimming. It was also a great weekend to be a dog! Not too hot, with plenty of opportunity for a swim.

We also tried out a recipe for a gluten-free, dairy-free key lime pie! It wasn't your typical key lime pie but we certainly ate all of it. Keep an eye out for a recipe coming.

Dream dreams, then write them, Aye, but live them first.
Commonwealth Mall, Boston, MA

Will, Lily, and Tori

Coconut cream in place of condensed milk

Beach roses, rosa rugosa

It's a tough life being a dog

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

A very happy birthday to my Mother today! I think the below poem, The Lanyard by Billy Collins, perfectly illustrates our relationship. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without her. Love you Mom!

At my graduation a few weeks ago. Please excuse the crazy eyes, we left the real camer battery at home!

The Lanyard

By Billy Collins
The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I , in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.