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A Cherry Tart for My Cherry Pie

I always end up on my classic rock Pandora station when I run. Okay, it’s not just when I run. The ’80’s are alive and well on my music lineup no matter where I am, and when Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” came up in the rotation the other day…I won’t hold it fully responsible for the need to bake with cherries that took hold, but it’s up there on the culprit list.

It doesn’t help that cherries are wonderfully and beautifully in season here in Northern Virginia. Those cherry blossoms that we were oohing and aahing over a couple months ago have sprung to ripe juicy life and are in need of harvesting. And right now, you can find them all over the place, in farmers’ markets, in roadside stands, and at pick-your-own farms.

We’ve been checking out different places to go picking but almost accidentally happened upon Hartland Orchard, about an hour from us in Markham, when we were driving back from another event. They sell gorgeous cherries in their shop and will give you a basket to go pick your own. We grabbed cherries from the stand this time, but next time, we’re going picking! And if they’re out of cherries, their peaches are supposed to come ripe in August and September.

Love.

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Forest Bathing :: Wash Yourself in Nature

Forest bathing is a wellness trend that’s erupted lately. It’s based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku {森林浴}, which became part of the national public health program in Japan in 1982, and has been proven to reduce blood pressure…

Currently :: July – and A Few Changes

Hello, friends, and happy Sunday! So, we’re going to be doing things a little differently here, and this will be the last Sunday Currently. I love these posts, but I also love my weekends and the time I get…

The Sunday Currently, vol. 16

Hello, friends, and happy Sunday! We had a wonderful weekend showing Scott’s folks around our little neck of the woods. We’d planned to range a little farther, but summer thunderstorms happened and we didn’t feel like being trapped out…

Bloom Where You’re Planted

“Bloom where you are planted.” ~ St Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva {1567-1622} Many of us have heard this phrase in an inspirational context – especially in the military, where we and our families are supposed to pick up…

Cedar Plank Coffee Spiced Burgers

I make a lot of food in my kitchen, but one thing I make more than anything else…is a burger. I do love a good burger, especially on the grill. Just a little crispy on the outside, juicy and…

O Beautiful

Every year, I compile my favorite photos from the U.S. in this ‘O Beautiful” post. The project reminds me of what a beautiful, amazing, diverse, and wonderful country we are, both in terms of nature and of our people. O…