Sunday, January 22, 2012


Tommy and I were recently in Florida to visit family and friends.  We stayed at my grandparents place part of the time, and after waking up the first morning there I walked into the kitchen and found a bowl waiting for me with half a grapefruit sitting in it with all the citrus-y triangles cut by my grandma so they would come out easily.  Immediately I was brought back to childhood visits at my great-grandparents place in Florida.  The excitement of walking out with my great grandma to pick grapefruit off the tree next to their house was vivid in my memory.  She would always cut the grapefruit triangles to make it easier for me to eat and we would make fresh squeezed grapefruit juice together, too.  I never could quite figure out how she made it so delicious.

I never thought a simple, round, juicy piece of fruit could bring me back like that.  Maybe this just means I'm getting old, but I'm kind of looking forward to carrying on the tradition of grapefruit that my great grandma and my grandma have passed along unknowingly to me. 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Deep North

Patagonia just released this great video done by Corey Rich and Dane Henry on Tommy and Hayden's trip to the Arrigetch Peaks last spring.  Check it out!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bonne Année!

Chatting with my friend, Kaci, the other day we decided to dinner before she and Jay headed off to Hawaii for 3 months and Tommy and I started our whirlwind of traveling for 2012.

Kaci doing yoga.
I wanted to have a little fun with this dinner.  Since I have been studying French and recently got Stéphane Reynaud's Rôtis cookbook I decided to put a French spin on things. 

I went a little overboard (again, the holidays making "Martha" well up in me) and made menus with old postcard designs for our festin.  

On the menu at chez caldwell:

(I'm not advanced enough in my French practice to put together everything on this menu, so my apologies for any errors)
We feasted and enjoyed the company of each other welcoming 2012 with satisfied bellies!

I caught a smile from the gang before digging into the créme brûlée and espresso!

Also present at dinner in spirit were our friends Rio & Jodi who moved to the East Coast for a couple of years.

Rio and Carsyn all cozy on the futon.

After all was said and done, the guests had left and the kitchen was cleaned I found this guy passed out on the futon.

What a great way to welcome 2012!  This might have to become a tradition at the Caldwells.

Bonne année et bonne santé á tous!