The next Pie Camp begins this afternoon and there are new additions to the cottage to greet campers. For you, my excitement of two new stainless steel prep tables may feel kinda uninteresting or ho-hum, but let me tell you, these tables are a big deal. I’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and investing in them for a long time—years to be exact. I name them Fannie and Flo, and the girls are having their maiden voyage this weekend. Here they are tucked together to make one big 60×60 teaching table, along with snazzy new stools, too, which may be named for Sleeping Beauty and the 7 Dwarfs.
When the tables aren’t front and center, they tuck along the wall to be used in my daily writing and recipe work.
But wait! There’s more! A new south facing window in installed for me by my son while I am in Ireland. I know this view has always been there, and it thrills me to have it, and all the extra light it provides.
I totally feel like I live in House Beautiful. Would you guess that most everything in the picture is from second hand stores and yard sales?
My garden rhubarb is abundant right now. The stalks are weighing in at over two pounds a piece.
I’ve named her Melissa, for my dear friend who had the mother plant from which my little start came. I planted this baby in my garden last summer, and this is her first bearing season, and she’s thriving. In 2015, the day before flying to NYC for the first week long photo shoot with Andrew Scrivani for the collaboration of our first book, Art of the Pie, I paid a visit to Melissa’s farm, harvested big stalks like this from the mother plant, and hand carried them on to the plane from the west coast. In early June, I will be heading to Andrew’s studio once again for another week of photo shoots—this time for Book 3. Melissa is putting on quite a show. She just might be telling me it’s time for her to visit The Big Apple once again.
The red poppies are bursting open, too. I just love this time of year. Don’t you?