Today, I went for a drive.
It was a beautiful day, perfect temperature for a non air-conditioned car, windows cracked just a bit.
By the way, one twin can't stand having wind in his hair and the other one would stick her whole head out the window like a dog (tongue flapping and all) if she weren't strapped down so tight. Yep, they're twins all right!
I asked the wee ones where they wanted to go - big mistake. They wanted timbits. Ach! Well, I dared ask. So we started at Tim Horton's where the two middle kids got one timbit each. Done. I won't ask them again today what they want. The story gets much better, bear with me.
I decided that because I ran out of coffee that I should go get more. I also decided I should go buy it straight from the roaster so they can stamp my frequent-buyer card. ROAD TRIP! The Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is in Grand-Pré, an hour if you just drive there on the highway and without kids.
But who does that?!
I took the "old road", the #1 highway. I love, love, love this drive. The whole thing, once I "get out of town". I love the Valley in it's entirety. I could melt there. I love the views, the smells ("it smell cowwww" today, they said), the tall trees, the houses, the history, the view, did I mention the views?
So, only the wee-est one slept on the way there. We stopped and got banana bread at Irving and played in a park. Finally, we arrived in Grand-Pré. We all pile out and order tuna sandwiches, a coffee in a travel mug (another stamp) and a bag of Espresso Blend, my favourite right now. We took a seat in the sun room to chow down. Then we went outside and romped in their garden. The kids picked so many dandelion bouquets for me and I threw them up in the air so it could rain flowers on us. They chased two butterflies, they watched the clouds, watched a couple of eagles, they did summersaults. The counted the tulips. Four minutes later, they were done in the garden. Phew! I *almost* relaxed!
Back into the car, I pulled out of the parking lot not in the direction of our house and the boy twin noticed and said that was okay. I explained that I wanted to find fresh pasta. I knew there was a place and I could picture it in my mind so I was going to find it. Just past the gorgeous town of Wolfville lies a village called Port Williams. Oh my. Gorgeous. I told you, I love the Valley.
I found the Pasta Studio no problem. AH! I've never shopped here before! I was so excited. I asked what they had in the fridge today and tasted two kinds to see what I thought the kids would like, I would've eaten anything from them. I decided on the cracked black pepper tagliatelle. I wanted so much to try everything.
With my treasures of fairly traded, organic coffee and hand-made-with-local-ingredients pasta, both companies with a mind for the future, our bodies and the environment, I started for home. The kids slept the whole way home, good for them and for me.
I tell you, they gobbled up that pasta so quickly and with gusto. They absolutely loved it. "More", "more"! Awesome! I cut up a chicken breast sliced very thinly and fried it quickly in a pan with a touch of salt and turned off the burner and added the pasta just to heat (it comes cooked and tossed in a bit of EVOO, heat and eat, baby!). I served it with yellow pepper strips and milk.
My camera is on vacation so I can't give you any pictures today. Please click on the links in the text above to visit the sites of the products I mentioned.