I don't know how it happened, but we've officially been living in our new home for almost three weeks now. The last two months have been a flurry of activity and plain old stress. After our first night here almost settled in my body and brain came down from a tightly wound last 8 months (year?) and relaxed, almost in an exhaustive breakdown. Ok, so maybe not that dramatically, but almost involuntarily had to take a real break. I've slept in way too late, read several chicklit books (which I've never done before) and allowed myself a recess from the world and just enjoyed easy living in our new house.
Now renewed a bit, I'm back at work and back thinking about the next steps with the house. Of course, somewhere in my consciousness is a list a mile long of things we "need" (furniture, rugs, artwork...), but I'm doing my best to ignore the part of my brain that wants to do everything immediately. There were so many decisions that had to be made over the last year that I'd really like to take my time with the decorating. I want to hunt and gather and enjoy the process rather than just order everything at once.
In the meantime, I will be working on organizing what we do have. You don't want to know what my pantry looks like right now... or the basement. Tomorrow the organizing begins. For now, I think I'll fix another cup of tea and think about what we're having for dinner. There is something to be said for this (new to me) relaxing life : )
This photo was from the first morning after we moved in - Emma and I breaking the marble in with scones. This was one of those moments that I had thought about (maybe even planned the entire kitchen around?) while we were designing the house. Wide open doors and windows in the morning while we made breakfast.
The light in here is amazing. In the past I've always had to diffuse the light through our windows with a sheet, but the overhand from our back porch provides perfect shad for our kitchen windows. Whew.
Our first dinner - lemon and rosemary marinated chicken. You can still see boxes in this photo : )
This is what dinner looks like for us most of the summer - grilled chicken and vegetables with a side of heirloom tomatoes and burrata.
Summer Shrimp Pasta
1 pound of rigatoni
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound of shrimp (peeled and deveined)
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of white wine
2 tablespoons of butter
1 pint of cherry tomatoes (I like red and yellow)
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until almost done. Remove from water and strain.
Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, cook shrimp in olive oil for 2 minutes on each side, then add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds more, then add white wine. Cook for 2 minutes, then add heavy cream and butter. Reduce heat for and cook for 2 more minutes. Add pasta, tomatoes and basil and toss with sauce. Top with parmesan for serving.
More photos later this week of my organizing/unpacking progress and some yard updates, too. Hope everyone is taking some time to enjoy these first weeks of summer. There is always something a little magical in the air this time of year - embrace it and take a break : )