My mom always did everything. She ironed, cooked, did the laundry. Not bad for a kid growing up. But wait a minute…how was I ever going to learn how to be self-sufficient? My mother was such a perfectionist, that the closest she came to letting me do things was to allow me to iron my dad’s hankies. And now hankies have all but disappeared.
Once I got married I became an expert at reading cookbooks. 1/2 of this; a 1/4 of that. And I prayed it would all come out okay.
Then came my kids and I definitely got better at making eatable meals. So much so, that both my sons, who now have their own families, cook. And they are very good cooks. (In terms of ironing, I must admit, that is not my best talent.)
VISITING BEACON IS WELL WORTH THE TRIP
For me, I have always liked things that are quick and easy. So when I read about Homespun@home in the March issue of Hudson Valley Parent, I had to go and sample what they had. They are located in Beacon, which both my husband and I love to visit. Fun shops. Good food. And a festive atmosphere. Saturday was a beautiful day and there were plenty of kids having a ball.
First we ate at the Vintage Cafe and met Beaky, the owner. My turkey avocado with cheese was scrumptious and the side salad was a wonderful touch. Clay had grilled salmon on a bed of greens. After lunch we chatted with Beakywho is a lawyer who was born and brought up in the Beacon area and went to Bishop Dunn Memorial School. She always loved cooking and as her kids got older she felt it was a great time to satisfy her dream. You go girl!
If you love to walk Beacon is the place. Down from the Vintage Cafe is Gourmetibles owned by Regina Furphy. I must admit they are a client of Hudson Valley Parent, but that being said, you still have to stop by. Regina knows that once you tast her gourmet snacks you won’t go away empty handed. My staff are always delighted, because that means I am guaranteed to share.
After visiting some of the galleries and stopping for coffee, Homespun@home was our last stop. It’s now about 4pm and I am looking for something delicious for dinner. Spinach Artichoke Lasagna was the special of the day and what a treat. I also bought a roasted half chicken plus the best Green Lentil soup. I went away spending $31, which I felt was slightly pricey. But we still have lasagna and soup left over for our Sunday night dinner so it works out okay.
On the next nice weekend (or weekday) visit Beacon and enjoy the shops, galleries and especially the food.
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