happy first day of summer from a little monkey

Guess where I could have possibly found this adorable monkey hat? (Brand new, by the way.) Frenchy's, of course. Phillip loves it.
This is a Caesar salad we've been making lately. Adam has a modified top secret recipe (it's not really top secret, but I don't know where he put the piece of paper) for a delicious dressing sans eggs, and it includes homemade croutons (from homemade bread, of course) and bbq chicken. Very summery, and very delicious. Homemade croutons are very simple, and much better than store bought. Just toss a bit of olive oil in with bread cubes, and add whatever seasonings tickle your fancy. I love garlic, so we loaded on the garlic powder. Toast on a baking sheet at 375-ish for 15 minutes or so, with a little stir every now and then, and you're all set.

Speaking of delicious, I was in Shelburne for work yesterday, and a co-worker and I went to a fabulous little place called Charlotte Lane Cafe and Crafts for lunch. I had heard of it many times, but as it's only open in the summer, I had never been in. It's a gift shop and restaurant, both of which were delightful. Speaking of delightful, I was so happy to see that they carry Gwen of Desideratum's jewelry, as well as Jennifer of Hunter Street Silver's things! I bought a couple of gifts, and had an incredible lunch. The prices are better than reasonable, the service is excellent, the food is real, delicious, food, the decor is fun and well put-together. I enjoyed a tomato and cucumber sandwich with sundried tomato cream cheese, along with an arugula, belgin endive and goat cheese salad with Canadian bacon and beet vinaigrette. Oh my, it was heavenly. Along with fresh squeezed lemonade, and a dessert of chai tea and an English dessert cake. I can't recommend it highly enough! Really, it was amazing.

Only one week of work left before summer!

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