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TBT: Winter Solstice Dinner

December 17, 2015

Winter Solstice has many associated traditions…Sadly, they’re all pretty bleak. Like the bleak midwinter they honor. But a few years ago we had a Winter Solstice Dinner and it was quite lovely. Here’s a Throwback to some a few of our Winter Solstice Dinner Feast and some of our favorite Winter Solstice treats.

Winter Solstice Pumpkin Soup

Yuletide Yule Wreath

Peppered Guinness Roast Beast with Parsnips and Figs

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

All these work great for a Winter Solstice meal, or I think I’ll be making a few of them for Christmas this year.

Merry Yuletide!


Lazy Summertime Playlist

July 31, 2015

I keep hearing the same song. No, not the song of the summer. The same song from people about how their summers have gone. Too fast. Too busy. Too weird. And filled with too many unexpected fast, busy, weird things.

I get that. Because this summer has successfully and totally obliterated my color-coded spreadsheet planning nature. I think it was around Memorial Day that I finally just threw the plan(s) away (after Plan B – Plan K were scrapped) and decided to embrace the unexpected and basically just chill the crap out. By the end of June, I’d gone into this zombiesque “leaf on the water” mode, where I was flowing forward in more of a defeated exhaustion than Zen-like peace, but the result was the same. Pet Sounds.

It was around this time that I saw Love and Mercy.  And the whole summer has sounded like Brian Wilson ever since.

Granted, the first part of the summer, I spent most of my time in a hospital sitting with my dad or in a kitchen baking hundreds (literally hundreds) of fish sticks for my bottomless pit of a son. Fish sticks were as close as we were getting to an ocean, but my kitchen soundtrack was filled with Best Coast, Real Estate, Flamin’ Groovies and The Beach Boys. And I started to see the entire summer settling into a lazy groove. The warmth of the sun helped.

And as I’ve let go, things have calmed down a bit…at least in my own head. We have four weeks left of the summer…and as we are winding down personally, we are gearing up here at The Queso. We are back and we’re looking forward to celebrating the rest of the summer with you.

And our current soundtrack is  The Lazy Summertime Playlist.  You’re welcome.

And happy August.

Lazy Summertime Playlist 
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You can listen to it here. On Spotify. 

Fall: A Plan.

September 16, 2013

As I mentioned last week, I’m not ready for Fall. I’m still holding on fast with a summer hangover, and we’ll still be wearing practically nothing until at least November, but I’m going to play along and try to pretend that it’s possibly changing seasons outside and if I dream it I can do it. Or something.

In the meantime, we went ahead and made Fall Plans. Because the optimism, it runs deep. Continue Reading…


September 12, 2013

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I flew to New York yesterday, on 9/11.

I do not like to fly on 9/11. I especially do not like to fly to New York on 9/11. And while some would say it’s the safest day of the year to air travel, I don’t know, I felt a bit too cavalier about the act of boarding a plane yesterday. The fact that any of us has the self-possession and optimistic confidence to strap ourselves in to another’s machine and take off into we have no control….well, the fact that there’s a flight industry at all says a lot about us as humans, doesn’t it? Continue Reading…

Summery: A Summary

September 6, 2013

Now that we are officially back to school, I think I can safely sum up the summer…even though, right now as I type this, it is literally 102 outside and the AC broke yesterday, and seriously, y’all, it’s still summer. Continue Reading…

Happy Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2013

I’m hoping to throw myself as hard as I can into this last weekend of Summer. And while I’m at it, I’m hoping that you do too.

I don’t have any big plans, except for the plan to find a large body of water and jump into it. Because it will be 105 here tomorrow, I’m pretty sure. It will for sure feel like it. But you aren’t scared. You’ll be at the beach, right? Continue Reading…

It’s Like Rain. On Your Wedding Day.

July 19, 2013

I’ve had two wedding days, and neither of them featured rain, so I won’t pretend to know first-hand what that’s about. But I do know it’s not ironic…not even a little…even if it’s rarely what you planned. Unless you’re now expecting the unexpected, then it’s totally what you planned. See what I did there. I deflected. Or shifted, as they now say constantly in the biz.

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The Magic of Summer

July 8, 2013

I feel like I’m swimming in summer right now. Drunk on summer. And I don’t want to stop consuming it. I almost can’t stop consuming it.

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