One of my favorite things to do on a gloomy weekend is go to the beach. Most people run to the beach on a sunny, bright day - the beach gets crowded, hot, bright, loud (which are pretty much things I enjoy at the beach when I’m looking for some sun) but on a cold, overcast day it’s interesting how different the tone is.
I take my camera, jump in the car, and make my way down to the coast. I usually stop any place that jumps out at me along the way. I love stopping by a farmers market unexpectedly. That’s a funny thing about gloomy days, unlike sunny days, I never feel this urge that I HAVE to get a list of things done. It’s like I have a free pass to ease on through the weekend.
One thing that is so great about a farmers market is the colors of the veggies and fruits. They usually look so great in their raw state. So much prettier than the grocery stores. Red onions with much of their dead skin stripped, baskets of fresh grain breads, fresh raspberries and black berries in their bright containers, fresh fava beans, beautiful green celery bunches, Chinese radish with all it’s curly roots. I love how the colors can be so bright, yet so earthy and organic.
I love finding color inspiration in food. It’s funny, we take a lot of our “style” inspiration for Paula Deen from Savannah - inspired by the colors of the historic homes, the lush Live Oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, the marsh grass that decorates our city, and the rich ironwork you see everywhere. But we are also a company built on food, so I love getting inspiration directly from the source. When we are designing products for the kitchen or the table, food is great resource.
I’m also a sucker for presentation. Presentation let’s you know how much people care about what they are showing you. At a farmers market the people selling goods are usually so proud of their product they display it so neatly. Here are people who I’m guessing haven’t been trained on presentation, but they have incredible pride and love for what they do. It’s not often that you see produce displayed better at a large chain grocery than a booth at a farmers’ market.
A gloomy Saturday is a great time to find all the little pleasures that you enjoy… and let them inspire you!
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am
Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm