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Simple Delights: Pasta, Wine, and A Walk in the Woods

Hello dear ones! I’ve truly missed you these last few days as I’ve scrambled to put together a semblance of a blog after much fuss and bother with my last one. There is still work to be done, but I’m so happy to have a place to put down my blog roots for a good, long while.

How have you been? How was your week? Are you so excited for the weekend?

With so much crazinessΒ  in my life this week, I’ve been delighting in very simple pleasures: reading on the creek bank, one foil-wrapped Dove dark chocolate each evening, and, on a particularly beautiful day, a stroll in the woods.

I love the above trail so much. πŸ™‚ I felt sure that it would lead somewhere quite delightful if only I had time to follow it.
I think this branch got blown down in one of our recent windstorms, but isn’t it lovely against the green?
Wildflowers were everywhere! Teensy tiny ones carpeting the forest floor and clinging to the banks of the stream. These little ones are so perky, aren’t they?
My happiness with simple things has extended to my food as well. I was too tired to muster up anything exotic, so I took a cue from Tracy at Amuse-Bouche for Two, and turned to wine and pasta. Tracy waxes poetic about pasta, rendering it so dreamy and wonderful that I simply had to see what all the fuss was about. A glass of chilled Aussie white was the perfect accompaniment…
…to simple whole wheat thin spaghetti dressed with pesto, fresh tomatoes, and basil from my garden.

What simple things are delighting you this week, my friends?

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RamblingTart - I have a miserable time with basil too, Tia! This is my second attempt this spring. I really hope it takes. πŸ™‚

Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie - basil never grows when i try and plant it πŸ™

RamblingTart - Thank you, Veterinary. πŸ™‚ I’m very glad you like it. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - I’m so happy you like it, Jamie! πŸ™‚ Well, I purchased a theme from prophotoblogs.com and my friend helped me export/import my old blog, and I’ve been tinkering with it ever since. πŸ™‚

Jamie - I love it! Stunning! Love the clean look, too. Who did this for you? Gorgeous photography, too. Congrats!

danishlass - I quite agree, Abbie! πŸ™‚ Pesto is the best!!!

Abbie - That trail DOES look enchanting! πŸ™‚ And…pesto makes *everything* better. πŸ™‚

danishlass - Oh, I’m so glad you’re back again, DJ! πŸ™‚ I’ve missed you! I’m happy you like the new look. πŸ™‚ I’m having such fun learning how to use it, making it look better and better. Alas, yes, I lost most of the comments. That made me sad, but they are still saved in Blogger somewhere, so that’s OK. I’ll look at this as a fresh start. πŸ™‚ You have a puppy! That’s great! I can imagine she wants your undivided attention. πŸ™‚ So glad you like the food and photos too. It’s so fun to discover that the things that make me happy make others happy too! πŸ™‚ All IS well, thank you, DJ. Things just keep getting better and better. πŸ™‚ Big hug!

dustjacket attic - Oh Hi there, what a fabulous new look. I had a bit of catching up to do on some previous posts (I noticed most of your comments are gone on them).

I have a new puppy and she does not like me on the computer so it’s been a bit difficult.

I just adore your photo’s and food in the previous posts and on this one of course. That walk looks just beautiful.

Hope all is well honey,
xoxoxo DJ

danishlass - Ohhh, I love that, Janny girl! πŸ™‚ I don’t have tomatoes yet, but I do have basil and have been eating it whenever I can. Delish!! William is such a doll. πŸ™‚ Love you!

danishlass - I’m so glad you like the photos, Diana! πŸ™‚ I’m having a beautiful weekend with dear friends, family and lots of sunshine. πŸ™‚

Janny - Looking forward to eating tomatoes and basil from our garden! We also have sugar peas. I caught William eating one just yesterday when I turned my back. πŸ™‚

Diana - Perfect day…walk and pasta!
Such a beautiful photos:)
Have a fun weekend:)

veterinary technician - What a great resource!

danishlass - Thank you, Jann! I’m so glad to meet you. πŸ™‚ I just visited your blog and you look like a true kindred spirit. πŸ™‚

Jann - Loved the photos…wanted to walk on that path! Then, sit down and have a bite of that fabulous pasta.

danishlass - Thanks very much, Lorraine! Isn’t it a lovely theme? I’m so pleased with it, and excited to learn exactly how to use it. πŸ™‚

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella - Wow, nice clean design Krista! It looks great! πŸ˜€ You always take such great nature photos!

danishlass - I’m glad you like them, Mary. πŸ™‚ Oh, a tulip festival sounds fun!! πŸ™‚ Sigh, your rhubarb jam sounds amazing! I didn’t think of adding it to yogurt, but that sounds perfect! πŸ™‚

danishlass - Mmm, I do love pasta! I’m glad you like the photo, threading. πŸ™‚

danishlass - Thank you so much, Daniel! I agree – there are few things more enriching than nature and good food. πŸ™‚

Mary - Your nature pictures are so peaceful and beautiful. It’s supposed to be rainy here this weekend, but I am now inspired to get out and visit the Tulip Festival, at the very least. Your spaghetti looks delicious–fresh basil already! The simple thing that’s delighting me this week is rhubarb. I picked 10 pounds of it and had great plans to make all sorts of things, but so far i’ve made jam and eaten jars of it with yogurt. Lovely, and simple.

threading in the choirs - paaasta. great shot.

Daniel@CocinaSavant - Stunning pictures and incredible fresh spring fare. What is better than enjoying nature and eating good food.

danishlass - Oh, my dear Mary, I’m so glad you enjoy it. πŸ™‚ I LOVE when you visit and miss you so very much. πŸ™‚

MARY WICKSTROM - I always enjoy reading… and almost tasting the delights you share, Krista.

danishlass - I am so grateful for it, Mary. The first time in my adult life I’ve had such an oasis. I do so treasure it. πŸ™‚ A “just let it happen” weekend sounds blissful. I hope I can do that NEXT weekend. πŸ™‚

danishlass - Ohhh man, that sounds fantastic, Tracy! Sorry about spelling your name wrong in this post AND not knowing how to do links properly yet. Grrr. I’ll figure it eventually! πŸ™‚ The pasta was so fantastic, just wonderful. πŸ™‚

Tracy - Hamburger and french fries on a Friday night. Glad you medicated with pasta. Once a day for 7 days. If after 7 days, symptoms persist, continue medicating with pasta…and wine. πŸ™‚

danishlass - Thanks so much, El! πŸ™‚ Oooo, fresh asparagus sounds amazing! And antiques hunting too? So fun!! πŸ™‚ I hope you find some fabulous treasures. πŸ™‚

Mary - I envy you the tranquility of your surroundings. The pictures you take are evidence of the love you feel for the place in which you live. Your pasta looks wonderful. We haven’t planned this weekend. We are, instead, just going to let it happen. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

El - Love the new look! The photos are great. Simple things this week? Fresh locally farmed asparagus and antiques.

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