Monday, June 2, 2014

My 10 Favorite Things in May

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and that's certainly been true this spring -- though May has had its fair share of showers as well!  It's been an eventful month filled with new adventures, good friends, and happy memories. Best of all, summer is right around the corner! So without further ado, these were the highlights of the month:

1) May Flowers
One of my favorite things about Boston are the vast numbers of blooming trees, bushes, and flowers in the springtime. It's like a joyous celebration that winter is over, and summer is on its way!
2) Visiting Night Shift with Jane
I always love catching up with my beautiful friend Jane. Whenever we get together there's sure to be plenty of laughter. This month we met up at Night Shift Brewing for a flight of beer samples (our last trip to their old brewery, as last week they opened their shiny new brewery) followed by dinner at Tavern at the End of the World
Perfect for a light but filling spring lunch. And feta cheese is involved. Who doesn't like an excuse to eat more feta cheese?
4) Drinks at Drink with Kurt and Nina
Boy do we love these two people! And we always love an excuse to go to Drink. 
5) Making homemade Spanish Rice
Since we can't go out for good TexMex in Boston, we make it at home whenever the cravings strike. And you can't have TexMex without a good batch of Spanish Rice. This recipe from my brother is the best!
6) Date Night at B&G Oysters
My husband and I spent a beautiful evening out on the back patio eating fresh seafood and sipping wine. I love going out in the South End with its brick sidewalks and stately brownstones. It's an almost magical area that's quintessentially Boston.
7) Finally going to the Brimfield Antique Show
I still can't get over how much fun this was with antiques as far as the eye could see and treasures hidden in ever nook and cranny. I'm so glad we finally made the trek out to Brimfield. If only Mom, a professional antiquer, could have gone with us!
8) A Night Out with Friends
A couple weeks ago, we spent such a fun night on the town with some of our co-workers (I'm lucky to work with some really great folks)! We started at the Liberty Hotel, a prison that was renovated into a gorgeous, trendy hotel, for dinner at Clink and a drink at Alibi. Afterward, we trekked over to State Park for southern snacks and cocktails.  We loved the fried tobacco onions, fried pickled okra, fried catfish (there are a lot of fried options!), and the pitchers of Pimm's Cups and Tom Collins!
We met Troy and Crystal through the Longhorn Band at UT, and man were we excited when they relocated to New Hampshire a couple years ago. It's nice to have such good friends in driving distance, and we had the best time visiting them over the Memorial Day weekend.
10) Rose wine out in the backyard
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the transition from spring to summer is sitting out in the backyard in just the right balance of shade and warm sunshine sharing a bottle of rose with my husband.
BONUS: 11) Seeing George Strait in concert, a lifelong dream come true!
What a night! There are no words to describe how amazing it was to see King George in concert at long last as a part of his "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour. I'm pretty sure that he could sing the phone book and it would be a hit! 

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