Mr. HB and I are enjoying a much needed week of respite at Quarter Deck Cottage on Pender Isalnd. The change of scenery is such a tonic and the fresh air walks are invigorating. We are feeling immense gratitude for this getaway.
Cottage life is relaxing and we get into the rhythm almost as soon as we drive off the ferry!
We brought some Graham Thomas roses from The Humble Bungalow Garden.
We eat quite simple meals here at the cottage.
Fresh French Radishes from our greenhouse for our salads.
Fresh from the Farm
Strawberries, sweet tasting and delicious!
As a dessert or with my morning fruit and yogurt breakfast.
Fresh eggs from the Saturday morning Farmer's Market here on Pender.
The yolks are a dark orange colour and the flavour is outstanding.
My current book...
a page turner and a very interesting topic.
I have not read any of Jodi Picoult's books before and I am enjoying her writing.
Spaghetti and a glass of red wine from the local vineyard.
I make pasta once a week as it is my husband's favourite meal.
I make a batch of sauce that will last for two meals.
It's a very simple recipe.
Pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large dutch oven.
1 medium diced onion saute until soft
a cup of sliced mushrooms
2 or 3 cloves of minced garlic
1 pound of lean ground beef or spicy Italian sausage
sprinkle with a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
(or to taste)
salt, pepper, dried oregano, a splash of worchestershire sauce
add a jar of good quality tomato sauce
small can of tomato paste
Simmer for about an hour.
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Top with the sauce and grate some fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
The roses are wilting in the summer sunshine...
Staycations and local travel are the New Normal for residents of BC.
We must be vigilant and stay safe to avoid an upswing in Covid cases.
We have to make our own fun
at home, at the cottage, at a resort, a marina, a hotel or campsite.
How are you doing?
What are your holiday plans?
Please share any tips you have for coping during the pandemic.
Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
Wishing you a lovely week.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~