fourth of july pie

weekend love it — all things comforting

To be honest, I really haven’t been “loving” much of anything recently. This last week I said goodbye to my best friend and shadow, Lucy. Lucy was a 13-year-old pug, who to her last days was incredibly faithful, stubborn and entirely food-obsessed. Everything has been a bit more lonely recently without her hilarious and absurd presence, so I have been focusing on all things comforting.

Here is a small observance of Lucy that will never do her large presence (for such a small dog) justice and just a few things I’m enjoying:

1. Lucy. At this point I think that pictures say more than words about my forever love for Lucy.

always ready for a snuggle

always ready for a snuggle

suns out tongues out

suns out tongues out

Lucy loved stroller walks

Lucy loved stroller walks (& cookies of course)

2. Summer Desserts. There is nothing that I love more than making and obviously enjoying a dessert made with fresh fruit. I am partial to anything naturally sweet. In the past week I have made a rhubarb and blackberry pie for my brother’s birthday as well as a fresh fruit dutch oven cobbler over hot coals. Both were amazing, and recipes are coming soon. Teaser pictures below!

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

3. Fourth of July. The boy and I decided to forgo the typical July 4th celebrations and head off to the Copper Basin over Trail Creek to celebrate with his parents. We had a wonderful, relaxing day enjoying the sun, scenery and swims with Miss Maude. All in all, it was a perfect day of absolutely nothing, which is just what I needed.

Cooper Basin

Copper Basin

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim - you cant beat this view!

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim — you cant beat this view!

cocktail hour

cocktail hour

the boy's wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of"glamping"

the boy’s wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of”glamping”

the boy and Miss Maude ready for a nap

the boy and Miss Maude ready for bed!

4. “Like a Girl.” I found the recent “Like a Girl” campaign incredibly relatable. Even though I consider myself incredibly self-sufficient and independent I feel that I fell prey to the “like a girl” stigma. I had a remarkably similar reaction to the older girls. The younger girls who depicted strong, independent and determined girls when prompted were inspiring to me. This video is a definite must watch, if not only to prose the simple question but also to break the negative propagation that is clearly defined in our society.

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