We were out for dinner a few weeks ago and the topic of the lake came up, and “yes, the boat is in the water, and oh, the kids will love it, we MADE AN HERB GARDEN!” and suddenly we had 15 people planning to descend on our little home.
Which always makes me happy and gives us an excuse to use our 10+ beds (two rooms have bunks and trundles, please erase any mental pictures of a castle on a hill).
But the best part about hosting for a weekend is that I have every excuse needed to spend 2 days in the kitchen preparing food.
And of course, hunting and gathering at the Union Square Farmer’s market for some treats beforehand.
When we got up to the lake on Friday evening, the kids were eager to check out the herb garden, which despite my black thumb, has grown more lush by the minute.
I realized quickly that animal-shaped watering cans are the key to child labor, and put them to work doing all of the weeding and watering while I oversaw the process with a glass of white in my hand.
We’d just finished watering the herbs when storm clouds gathered above and drenched us with rain while the sun continued to set over the Appalachian trail. It was our first sun shower together, such a beautiful moment.
On Saturday morning I woke up early to make our dessert for the evening, my signature banana pudding. Well, Magnolia Bakery’s signature banana pudding, but I’ve made it so many times that I feel a kinship with it, like we were meant to be together forever. And because the people who saw this picture posted to my social media accounts seemed to be astounded that you can make this at home (and because it’s too easy for words), I’m linking to the recipe right here.
We did eat some healthier foods too.
And as promised, we spent some QT on the boat. Rodney forgot to lift the prop after our wake skating session so the water hosed down all of the little ones lucky enough to get a seat in the back.
And my friend Irene snapped this father & son pic that I just adore.
After a requisite sunset of wine and salt & vinegar chips, we feasted on pork carnitas tacos and slammed down some banana pudding for dessert.
Our guests left on Sunday, leaving us with the slightly depressing vibe of an empty post-chaos house, but we made do by once again tending to the herb garden.
Lauren sneaked a few cups up to the deck and, characteristically, made herb clippings into art, arranging this way and that until she was happy with the end result.
And what else to do with that mountain of herbs but to eat them. Although I wouldn’t have thought to eat rosemary and thyme in their uncooked state, her suggestion of an 11-herb tomato salad was pure genius.
Hope everyone had a great (warm/sunny/perfect) weekend as well.
One day….ONE day of sun last week, but made the best of it as you’ll see. …and I want to eat at your place; yummo!!!!! YAM xx
One day, torture! Hope next week is better 🙂
That looks like quite the par-tay!
I enjoyed the colorful photos and the food always looks so good! All I need is good food and good conversation, with some beautiful scenery, and I’m completely happy. 🙂
I like the fun photos cute and all that fun food heheh!
Oops! sorry I put last weeks link in by mistake this weeks link is at 11 any other ones appear can be deleted argghh!
That looks like a real fun party with lots of food.
Beautiful as always
Sound and looks like you all had a blast, I will wait for the invitation next time around 🙂
Have a lovely rest of the week!
Yay, I have the wine, now I just need the animal watering can. Winning!! 😉
Yes, you need these! They’re the best, they get the kids so involved…
I love that giant pig watering can. Great collection of photos.
The food looks amazing! Wish someone invited me to a party like this! 😉
What a fun party wonderful food, kids are enjoying themselves, love the little gardener, shes cute!!
Enjoy your day, please stop by Oh My Heartsie Girl this week!
Looks like you had a lot of fun. I just love summer! Have a terrific day!
You certainly know how to party!
How fun! Besides the kid’s birthday parties, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a party of my own. I want one now.
That salad looks delicious! Actually the whole spread looks yummy. I am going to check out this famous banana pudding! If it’s easy, then it’s for me.
That looks amazing. You take great photos. You’ve just inspired me to host a small gathering next weekend.
Wow, that’s quite the weekend, with boating, sun, good food and friends. Do you make your hummus?
Looks like a fantastic time! Love the pre-dinner snacks – so yummy!
That really does look like a warm, sunny and perfect weekend!
I decided next year I will be doing some sort of raised beds for my vegetables
Oh my goodness! Such fresh and delicious food! Happy WW!
Everything is so fashionable and nice! The colors (including the food and veggies) are so VIVID! #WW
You are an amazing hostess. What a great house party.
Is that rhubarb I spy in your bag? Oh, how I LOVE rhubarb pie, strawberry rhubarb…well…you got the point!
What wonderful moments caught on camera…does it get any better than a lake, friends, family, food, and a boat?
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!
I love the container herb garden!
Great article and fabulous photos!!
I enjoyed your story. I snip herbs from my garden all the time.
Looks like the perfect weekend! Pictures are fab!
Thanks for the mini vacation! Your food looks amazing. Love your photos too…great composition and coloring. I’m going to try the banana pudding for my daughter and son-in-love’s first anniversary!
Of course you had to supervise the watering of the plants…Mom’s are good for that!
I am living vicariously through your beautiful weekend photos! And I am so impressed by your herb garden because I can never keep things alive.
What a perfect weekend! A little different than our perfect weekend, but the emphasis is on perfect 🙂
Love the idea of the 11 herb tomato salad (among others)
Love a good farmers market! What a perfect weekend! & colorful table full of delicious foods!