i know, i know, i disappeared again. i apologize, but being home has been filled with running around, hanging out with my family, seeing my friends, spending time with the boy, eating, baking, cooking, knitting and some sleeping...when there's time. i can't even believe i've already been home a week! time's flying.
last weekend, pretty much as soon as i landed, my parents and i drove up to manchester, vermont. we stayed at a super nice inn called the reluctant panther where we ate dinner the first night and breakfast the following two days. the food. was. awesome. dinner looked a little something like this:
smoked salmon appetizer with creme fraiche (complimentary!)
pumpkin raviolo with sage, pine nuts and cream sauce.
papardelle with mushrooms (and more cream...)
the most moist chicken there ever was. with butternut squash risotto and brussel sprouts.
and dessert - freshly baked donuts with cinnamon semifreddo. the most amazing dessert i've had in years, hands down.
on saturday, we took a trip to woodstock, vermont to go to my parents' favorite store: simon pierce. they have all this super expensive hand blown glass and then there's a restaurant inside...where we ate lunch even though we weren't hungry...obviously. we started off with some drinks, wine for my parents and a spiced cider for me. usually i don't love spiced cider, if it's too spicy i mean, but this one was perfect. it was mostly citrusy, which i've never tasted before.
then we split some things - the cheese plate, arugula salad with pear, almonds and goat cheese, and a pulled pork quesadilla. all amazing!
we ate a ton of delicious meals, but i honestly only took photos of two of them since the rest of the time i was busy looking like someone who'd never eaten in their life and devouring everything in sight (pumpkin fudge, the best roast beef sandwich ever, cheese, cookies, tempura chicken fingers, and more...oops).
we did do a tiny bit of exercise when we went on a hike sunday morning. it was so beautiful out, i just wish there had been snow so we could've gone snowshoeing like we did a couple years ago. either way, it was so much fun and i definitely felt like i was getting exercise.
despite the cold, vermont is friggin' awesome. and really beautiful. i'm happy i got to come home early enough to join my parents on the trip! now i'm heading into the city to see some of my best friends - i'll be back tomorrow with more on this past week :)