day 3

June 23, 2009 |  Category:   life seasonal travels

















Wegmans, possibly the greatest supermarket.

A windy picnic by the lake with our Wegmans bounty.

Strawberry picking.

Lazyman’s strawberry shortcake: store bought Angel Food Cake, organic just-picked strawberries and whipped cream from a can. No, Mark did not want to cook while on vacation. Oh, and by the way, Mia did a blind taste test between strawberries bought at a store and the ones we picked this afternoon. She totally called the picked ones as without a doubt being more tasty because they were sweeter all the way through, whereas the store ones were only sweet on the outside and bland in the middle. So true.

Claudine learns to spell “happy”.

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  • julia June 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    we all know what sets apart the magic that is wegman’s: that choo-choo train that circles above its patrons! i’ve seen it bring smiles to toddlers and grandparents alike.

  • Karin June 23, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    may i suggest making freezer jam with those yummy strawberries. Ball has a great recipe:

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert June 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Wow that is a LOT of strawberries…whatever are you going to do with them? Jam I hope 🙂 The taste difference in jam made with just-picked berries vs purchased jam is remarkable. Amazing photos.

  • Gabriel June 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    i need to stop reading your blog entries late at night. i always end up raiding the fridge for post-midnight snacks afterwards. sigh…

    my vote for greatest supermarket goes to rainbow in sf.


  • mike June 24, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I’m living nostalgically through your vacation posts, as I was a grad student at Cornell for many years. Is the Thai Cuisine still there? Good Thai though overpriced.

    Have a great holiday! I have never met any of you, but enjoy your goods and recipes. We are off to Whidbey Island and Tacoma soon, so our pasts will overlap, again.

  • Becca June 24, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Berry picking is so much fun….cept I always eat as I go! I’m ashamed to say that when I look at the 1st picture all I can do is get upset about the fact that they no longer sell Lucky Charms in the UK (and they’re not even in your picture!) x

  • Lani June 24, 2009 at 1:04 am

    What? That’s Claudine’s “happy?” I can’t believe it!

  • Fog and Thistle June 24, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Love your vacation photos. Some of them have a real retro feel to them (like the close up of Mia in the tree)

  • Perideau Designs June 24, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I love how pensive Mia looks staring at the strawberries.

    Looks like ya’ll are having fun.


  • Angela June 24, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Claudine is two, right? How on earth did she learn to spell “happy”? That is amazing!

  • bronwyn June 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

    We are going berry picking this wekend, so now I am all excited! And how did your two year old learn to spell happy? Pretty amazing. It looks like you are having fun.

  • .amanda. June 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I drive 20 miles to my Wegmans,. even though there is a grocery store 1 mile away. Oh Wegmans….

    beautiful photos!! having lots of fun this summer!

  • Mery June 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I love all the your pictures, but I especially love the one where Mia is staring at the strawberries because it looks like it could be a shot from a Hayao Miyazaki movie. Beautiful! And I really think Claudine is gifted. Maybe you should do some reading on that?

  • Yolande June 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Yay Claudine! I also love Mia’s bathing suit- where did you get it?

  • karen b. June 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Just curious – it looks like you guys are around Ithaca and we looked into relocating there at one point but got mixed feelings about it, based on all our research. Any thoughts on the place itself, besides the actual beauty of the surroundings?


  • courtney June 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Looks delish and wonderful. Thanks, as always, for letting us in to your lives.

  • unha June 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    looks like it was very relaxing. am shocked how big kid mia seems in the photos.
    and “happy”? wow! early writer! that’s amazing.

    i need vacation soon too. eek.

  • Tumus June 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    awww. Love the strawberry pictures and yes fresh picked vs. store……the picked ones ALWAYS win

  • Lee June 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great day all around! I miss Wegman’s. People in Madison just don’t understand!

  • Jenna June 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Mery, you are right. that photo does look like a miyazaki movie and mia is giving off some satsuki vibes there (happens to be her favorite movie and the 2 girls now totally remind me of the sisters). As for claudine being gifted, I don’t know. I think Mia was able to write her name at this age. She seemed advanced on a few things like that but seems to have leveled off as she got older (though Mia never drew people and things as early as C). We shall see.

  • haydee June 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Love your blog! Really cute and the bakegoods look delicious!

  • Jenna June 25, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Yolande, the bathing suit is from target!

  • Jenna June 25, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Karen B. I really like the lake region and the countryside. The town of Ithaca is ok. It was definitely sleepy and pokey since all the college students emptied out and so it felt a little like a ghost town. I’m sure it is much more vibrant during the rest of the year. I seem to recall having a lot more fun when I hung out in Ithaca in my late teens/20s. The town itself feels like a lot of towns I’ve been to. We could have been in Olympia, Wa or Burlington Vt. Would I ever consider moving there? Probably not.

  • karen b. June 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for your response about Ithaca – I appreciate your taking the time. We moved from L.A. to Portland recently but are still looking for a place to settle and raise our little ones. Apparently
    ( I say this jokingly) a progressive smallish town with access to good schools, a little culture, and beauty doesnt exist for people on an artist’s budget! Ahh, 40 years old and still searching…..

    P.S. I’ve been sending all my friends and relatives in Brooklyn a link to your Etsy shop.

  • sarah ahearn bellemare June 25, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    just discovered your blog. it’s beautiful! we just moved from ithaca, and your photos made me so happy! just perfect. and weggies~ yes oh yes… it’s the place i miss the most! looks like you had fun despite the ithaca gray skies! looking forward to keeping up with your blog… thanks for sharing! *sarah

  • sarah ahearn bellemare June 25, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    i should add that Ithaca is a fun town… for a little while. we were there for 5 years and i was ready to move on! it’s very isolated and the best thing about it (besides wegmans) is when the college kids leave for the summer. i do think it’s a great community for raising kids, and the farmers market is fantastic too. but did i mention isolated!? lots of lake effet snow and gray skies are other things i won’t miss! and yes, thai cuisine is still there! we always hit thai and wegmans when we go back to visit. : ) *s

  • patricia June 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    You have me craving strawberries now—but picking them ourselves. That looks like it was such a great day!

    Been so busy I sadly haven’t visited in so long. I’m so glad that you had such a fun family trip.

  • Danielle June 30, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Mmm.. those strawberries look amazing!