Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What's in Store for May

Sadly, this most gorgeous of months has not started off very well and will forever color this time of year with sadness for me. Last week I learned that my youngest cousin, pretty much the baby of our family, was involved in a serious car accident and sustained critical injuries. At one point we really thought he was going to make it; sadly, he passed away yesterday at the incredibly young age of 22. Needless to say, our family has been devastated by the tragic loss of such a shining light in our lives (for those of you who knew about this, thank you once again for all your kind words of support & sympathy and all your prayers; they meant the world to me). It's taken the spunk out of my usual ebullient self and I'm sure you'll notice this in my writing for awhile (I 'pologize in advance). I'd actually meant to post a couple new recipes starting last weekend, but....

Anyway, I hope you all don't mind if I keep this short, especially because I have a GIANT I ♥ the Farmer's Market post I'm working on that requires all my attention. Featuring an interview with the fine folks at News10 on tips to shop your local market on a budget & get the kiddies into healthy eating, a tour of the market with one of Sacramento's premier chefs, and envy-inducing photos of our special fresh-from-the-market lunch, this is going to be a good one. :)

Here's what else is coming in May:

~ I bought tropical fruit and I'm not afraid to use it!!! I've never made anything with fresh guavas before, so I'm super stoked to work with this fruit and the other great finds I got from my last $25 Shopping Cart Run.

~ Mother's Day is this weekend and though I'm not sure I can top my mom's birthday crepes, I do have a pretty stellar recipe planned for her Sunday morning brunch that I'm sure she'll also love. (Sorry, Mama! I'm not telling you what's on the menu. HA!) I've been tweeting a few Mother's Day Brunch ideas on Twitter (are you a follower yet? If not, whatcha waitin' for?) so be sure to check them out if you want some good, low-cost ways to spoil the most important woman in your life.

~ Strawberry & asparagus seasons are in full swing right now, so I'll be making the most of them this month! Within my budget, of course, but if I can find a way to squeeze either one into a recipe this May, I'm gonna do it. :)

~ Cherries are a-comin'! Just saw the first of this year's cherries at the farmer's market and they were gorgeous. The cherry is one fruit I absolutely refuse to eat unless it's in season, so now that they're ready, I'll be taking full advantage of them, too.

As usual, more recipes, a new tip, and a new edition of The $25 Shopping Cart will be featured this May as well. That's it for now! Happy May, PGEWers. :)



  1. So sorry to hear about your cousin. It's never easy to lose someone, but it is especially difficult when we lose loved ones who are so young. I lost my brother to cancer when he was about the same age as your cousin. It's a terrible loss. My thoughts are with you and yours.

    Looking forward to your big, upcoming post. Sounds like some good things in the works.

    All my best,

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about such a huge loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. I'm so sorry you and your family have lost someone so dear. Take care and take all the time you need to grieve. Of course, if cooking and posting recipes helps as a distraction, by all means... =)
    And thank goodness for mother's day when you can spend time with your mom.
    All the best.



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