Russ and Vhari Sterwart McBeth and their two cute daughters joined us along with Ben, Olivia and Cohen. Then Jordan, Craig and kids made a surprise visit on their way home from the Smokies. It was great to gather, visit and eat: Honey glazed ham with Rebecca's tender and light as a cloud homemade rolls with cherry preserves. Accompanied by strawberries, asparagus and beets from the farmer's market.
Ben and Olivia brought yummy rice noodles with cukes, ginger, soy sauce and jalapenos. I made blueberry ice cream in my favorite new tool, a Vita-mix. Just add frozen wild blueberries (from Costco), a can of frozen coconut milk, and a little sugar and turn it on. Instant soft-serve with none of the nasty additives. (I would recommend putting the coconut milk in a zip lock bag before freezing. That way it'll be easier to blend.)
When we moved in to our townhouse, there weren't any flowers in the yard. I'm working to rectify that travesty. Here's what's blooming now. (Nothing like instant blooms courtesy of the local big box stores.
My favorites are the star-gazer-type lilies. Not only are the blooms glorious, but the scent is sent from heaven. You can smell them from the street. Ahhhhh.