Farmers Market

Farmer's Market

A summer highlight growing up were the early morning trips to Madison for the farmers market. With a pocket full of change, my sister and I would walk from vendor to vendor, taking full advantage of the free samples. After circling the Capitol Square once, we would make the tough decision on how to spend our money. Usually it came down to honey sticks or maple suckers. Clearly, we were all about the sweets!

Farmer's Market

Attending college at UW-Madison allowed me to continue the weekend farmers market tradition. It was on the Square that I learned of Ian’s sharp cheddar love, bought my first succulent, and satisfied my never-ending craving for Stella’s Hot and Spicy Cheese bread.

Farmer's Market

I have to admit, when Ian accepted the job offer miles away from Madison one of the things that tugged at my heart was the realization that our farmers market tradition may come to an end. Luckily, after a bit of online research I discovered our new town hosted a Wednesday night farmers market! It didn’t take long after we settled in before we were roaming down the main street enjoying samples from new vendors.

Farmer's Market

While I no longer can stock up on spicy cheese bread, I’ve found new favorites to fill my shopping bag. Our guilty pleasures now include macrons, beef jerky, local honey, and fresh berries. It’s one of our favorite summer traditions and has helped us feel apart of our new community over the past few years.

Farmer's Market

What are your favorite summer traditions?

Honeymoon: Solvang

Honeymoon: Solvang | Beauty and Blooms

When we were at Hearst Castle I saw a bus advertisement for Solvang, a cute Scandinavian style town nestled in Santa Barbara County. At first, I wanted to visit the town to purchase kringle, but I quickly fell in love with every aspect of Solvang. Each building in their downtown was constructed in true Scandinavian style. It was quite a sight!

Honeymoon: Solvang | Beauty and Blooms

Honeymoon: Solvang | Beauty and Blooms

Ian and I spent the afternoon walking through the town, popping in to boutiques, and snacking on samples at the local farmer’s market. The main square was hosting a live band, so we ended the evening by grabbing some ice cream and relaxing in the park.

Honeymoon: Solvang | Beauty and Blooms

Honeymoon: Solvang | Beauty and Blooms

Stay tuned for the final Honeymoon installment – LA!

Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette | Beauty and Blooms

On a hot summer’s day there is nothing better than a light spinach salad and cold glass of lemonade. This spinach salad has been a weekly dish in our house. You can whip in up in the matter of minutes, and it is a fun excuse to attend local farmer’s markets to pick up fresh produce.

Salad:

Mix washed spinach in a large bowl with sliced strawberries, mandrin oranges, feta, and candies pecans.

Drizzle with a lemon poppy seed dressing.

Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette | Beauty and Blooms

Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette | Beauty and Blooms

Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette | Beauty and Blooms