Valentine’s Day Breakfast on the Farm
This past Valentine’s Day weekend, Heather, Nolan and I bundled ourselves up and drove to a big farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York. Upon our arrival, we parked the car near some farm machinery, wandered through a large, cold barn, and eventually found ourselves in one of the most interesting ‘restaurants’ in the area…although I would hardly call it a restaurant by any conventional means.
Rogowski Farm (www.rogowskifarm.com) is just north of the NY/NJ border in the hamlet of Pine Island (near Warwick), and along with supporting a CSA, hosting farmer’s markets, and growing a diverse array of produce, they offer fresh-from-the-farm breakfast every weekend throughout the year. The fresh, local ingredients immediately made a wonderful impression on our tastebuds; our simple veggie omelettes with bacon and sweet potato home fries were just outstanding, and both Nolan and I could not get enough of the ‘just-came-from-the-pig’ bacon!
But this farm-to-table experience was much more than just amazing food, especially since breakfast was prepared, cooked, and consumed all in the same open area. The setup was very comfortable, with tables of different sizes and styles (matched with chairs that are themselves different styles). On top of the tables, no two coffee mugs were alike (at least from what we could see!), and a carafe of hot coffee just appeared on the table once we settled into our seats (which was perfect for a cold February morning). A few small chalkboards described the morning’s options – nice and simple. Friendly waitresses, delicious homemade hot chocolate, a tableside chat with the farm owner, bringing Nolan up to the chef for him to say Thank You…what a great breakfast.
So it goes without saying that I’d highly recommend a farm breakfast at Rogowski Farm, where you can support local farming and fill your belly with deliciousness.
I think his name was Jeremy…Whatever happened to him?!
After nearly 9 months since my last post, I thought I had better post something or else I’ll even forget about this blog! The short answer to this question is that primarily great things have happened in the past year. Of course, these great things have also been time-consuming/life-consuming, so it has been difficult for me to really carve out a chunk of time to get back into my Daily Photographs.
The main life-changing event since last March was the birth of my son, Nolan Thomas, in mid-April. He is nearing 9 months in age, and it is really remarkable how fast this time has flown by. A few words that come to mind to describe the past ~9 months — tough, exhausting, rewarding, incredible, joy.
In terms of this photo blog, for now, I’ll be shooting for posting at least a Weekly Photograph…maybe I’ll be able to work back up to Daily photos at some point! So please check back periodically, or just sign-up with your e-mail near the bottom of the page to receive new posts as they are written.
So with that, I’ll leave you with an all-smiles family photo from Christmas. Here’s hoping 2014 is a great year!
Playing in Foam
What do you do when you’re staying at a place on the beach and a storm rolls in and creates rough surf and tons of foam?? You go and play in the foam, of course! It was kind of gross wading through this sea foam, but hey, since we couldn’t go in the water or bake in the sun, we might as well have fun with foam. Amy, Heather and Jodie were definitely getting their lower legs all foamy around the time this photo was taken.
A Bit of Maine Fog
Heather loves Maine, even on a chilly, foggy day in May.
To My Valentine
It’s Valentine’s Day, so I thought I would share one of the earliest photos I have of Heather and I. This photo was taken about ten and a half years ago soon after we officially started dating.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my valentine!
Delicious Nagle’s Ice Cream
Sure, it’s the middle of winter, and we might receive an inch or two of snow overnight…but any time is a good time to think about tasty ice cream on a summer day. These cones (orange creamsicle and black raspberry with fudge bits) did not last very long as Heather and I made quick work of the cool treats. We got them at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe (in the background) in the town of Ocean Grove, NJ, and we would definitely be sure to stop by again the next time we’re in town!
Packing is a Pain…
Last year at this time, when we were getting ready to move into our new home, Heather and I realized that we have way too much stuff. Packing everything up into boxes laid out all over the apartment was not a fun activity, and we would be more than happy to never have to pack up for a major move again!