I've been in blog hibernation for the last few months. Not reading blogs, not updating my own blog...all not intentional. Today, I stumbled across Food in Jars again which led me to pull up Orangette and reading back on posts that I've missed, I realize exactly how long I've been away.
I kicked of 2011 obsessed with blogs and blogging, don't get me wrong, I'm still in love with them, but something changed. I've been picking up books from my bookshelf--works that I purchased over my college years, perused, but never really read--and now I'm beginning to appreciate them. More and more I find myself flirting with the idea of writing a book, although I don't know if I'm disciplined enough to do so, nor do I think I have the time. But, it's always fun to think about. And I have to admit that as I type, I'm realizing how much I have missed writing.
This past weekend my family and I took a mini road trip to Carmel--God was it gorgeous. After four years of engagement, my cousin and her fiance got married on a beautiful Carmel beach (Congrats Jamie & Joe!!). I have to admit, it makes me want to plan a wedding...but what girl doesn't go through spastic moments of wanting to plan her dream wedding?
It was nice to finally catch up with family that I haven't seen in years. It's kind of awesome how even with the distance and the lost time we still talk, get along, and act out (parents and cousins alike) like we've never been apart--we're all just older now. Watching all the parents dance to Ryan Tedder & Pit Bull was just a riot! I loved every moment of it and I can't hardly wait to get a copy of the wedding DVD to relive the dance floor.
Corn and Crab Chowder
I got the Halibut, my mom got the Lamb, and my dad got the Filet Mignon. Just like any family of food lovers, we then swapped a bite of each.
To say the least, it was a fantastic weekend. The food at the wedding was amazing, my cousin looked gorgeous and so happy, and it was so much fun spending the weekend wining and dining with family. Not to mention, Carmel is one of the cutest little towns that I've ever been to.
I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.