Fruitcake season is again upon us. Dear husband couldn’t be happier. This is his nectar of the gods, the key to his tolerance of the holidays. He began looking for it at Costco weeks ago and came home jubilant the day he finally found it. Without telling me what he was talking about he started the conversation with, “They make 911 of them every year.” Me: “Uhm, 911 of what?” Him: “Fruitcakes! So I’m not the only one who loves it! They make 911 and they sell out every year!”
He believes there should be more fruitcake in the world. He’s twice suggested to That Takes the Cake that they should make fruitcake cupcakes. They’ve humored him but it’s not looking like it’s going to be part of their business plan anytime soon.
In the meantime our routine is the same every year. I hide the fruitcake. He gets a piece a week. If we didn’t have a rationing plan the darned thing would disappear within a couple of days. Or maybe less. We do the same with my peppermint bark. It’s under lock and key. You’d think a couple of adults could exercise some restraint, wouldn’t you?
For today’s Theme Day, “Sensual,” I’ve allowed myself to get a little personal. A young couple, newly engaged. The look. That moment where eyes meet and, soon, lips lock. Sensual doesn’t have to say everything. It can suggest, imply, foretell. This is a photo taken in 1981 by a dear and good friend, Marie, who has been featured before on this blog.
And speaking of sensual…my second nominee for today’s theme. This one is another moment, just before lips move into action. Sensual in an entirely different way.
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You know the restaurant or market you go to that has the best seafood, the freshest shellfish? This may be how they get it, directly off the boat. These guys scored as the shrimp fisherman came in. And they were very pleased.
It’s ice cream season. What’s not to like?
The wild roses that are so abundant around here have lost their delicate blooms. Now come the rose hips, the seed pods that are left behind. This one caught my eye. Its oval shape and pale, peachy color is different from the round red ones produced by the common Nootka rose (rosa nutkana). It may be a less common baldhip (rosa gymnocarpa). Rose hips are a food source for birds, small animals, deer, and elk. Humans use them too. Click here if you want more information about that.
I recently had lunch with friends at Alder Wood Bistro. It was one of the first perfect weather days we’ve had this summer and the outdoor patio was ideal. Lunch was great. Dessert was better still. Bliss, in fact. Chocolate bliss, one of their signature sweets.
Shaker lemon pie was also on the menu, also a winner.
The patio area is shaded by two enormous cherry trees and landscaped with edibles that are used in the kitchen. A wonderful spot for a good time with friends.
Before we went to the Port Townsend Aero Museum, here and here, we went to the Spruce Goose Cafe nearby. I’d heard the food was good. I’d heard right.
The decor is all about airplanes: posters, models, framed photographs.
It was a nice day and the deck was full. After they finished their meals several diners walked down to the air field, untethered planes and took off. That’s one way to make an exit.