I love that time in-between seasons when the weather is just so – not too cold, but not yet summer-hot. I know some of you are freezing your mittens off in the polar vortex, and I don’t mean to show off—I really don’t—but the weather here right now is perfection (not so for most of the year, when it’s sweltering hot and you’re resigned to spending weeks on end indoors). We’ve had a couple of gloomy days, but otherwise it’s been warm with bright blue skies for most of the week.

I’ve been taking advantage of the good weather by picnic-ing at the park, tending to my windowsill “garden”, and going to the farmer’s markets, which are popping up all over the city. Here are a few bits and pieces from my week, I hope yours was lovely!

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{Gorgeous basil from the farmer’s market. I bought a whole bunch to make this pesto.}

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{Pan-fried zucchini flowers, some of which were stuffed with buffalo mozzarella. I’ll definitely put the recipe up if I can get them again!}

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{I love, love, love this light installation at the JW Mariott Marquis, where I met a friend for tea and sweets.}

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{Orange cake and cute little floral flags, made on a whim while testing recipes and making little goodies for Valentine’s Day.}

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{My little herb “garden” on my kitchen windowsill.  There’s purple sage, lemon-scented thyme, and sweet marjoram. This little guy is still with us, and he loves to sit by the window and look at the birds that perch on the sill.}

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I’d love to know you’ve all been up to this past week!