Hi friends! I’ve written about how our priorities have shifted over the years quite a few times- how we’ve turned our attention away from seeking satisfaction from things towards seeking happiness from experiences. I was in a bit of a race with myself in the past- I wanted more success, more clothes, new things to decorate our house with. None of which is a problem except for that it distracted me from enjoying what I have, and from…well, having as much fun as I’d like! I feel more grounded, content, and at peace since we’ve made these changes. I’m a work in progress of course, but I definitely value my time differently and you won’t find me spending it chasing the next must-have thing with the intensity I did before. You WILL find me plotting more ways to enjoy our life!
One of the things that happened when we moved into our current house a bit over two years ago is that we made friends with quite a few of our neighbors. This might not seem like a big deal to some of you but neither Lou nor I had experienced neighbor friends in our adult life and it turns out these relationships bring so much goodness to our days and enrich our time here on this big ol earth in ways we couldn’t have imagined. We’re kind of obsessed with these neighbors of ours! Every few months we host a s’mores night in our front yard- wine for the adults, s’mores for the kiddos and any soul who happens to walk by is invited to join. It’s such a fun cast of characters and I love watching the kids play into the night- they’re living my childhood dreams of endless summer! We’ve been wanting to add another celebration to the mix for the summer season- something a bit healthier and geared more towards the adults. Which brings me to our newest tradition- the front yard picnic!
Gathering on blankets spread on our lawn with neighbors is the perfect way to enjoy my summer (and life) essentials: great conversation, delicious food and drinks, summer sunshine and belly laughs! The menu for our front yard picnic is simple, quick to throw together and most importantly: totally yummy and fun! Sandwiches are my favorite picnic food- probably because they’re a treat I don’t indulge in too often but really, really love. I made two kinds that celebrate what’s in season, one with heirloom tomato, pesto and ricotta, another with fig, goat cheese, mint and honey. Alongside the sandwiches I threw together a simple green salad, bowls filled with popcorn and sweet potato chips, cherries, watermelon, berries, figs, pistachios, and saltwater taffy rounded out the nibbles. For drinks, a selection of Teas’ Tea– my favorite for their simple Organic ingredients and bright, fresh flavor! The Rose Green Tea is my personal fave. They’re also what I’m sipping on when I hit my afternoon wall and need a little treat to help perk me up!
I hope this post inspires you to get together with friends and enjoy the season! And if you don’t already know your neighbors, may I suggest a front yard picnic as a way to meet them? Who knows what goodness they may bring into your life… xx- Sarah
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