cauliflower soup

It rains a lot in Seattle - or so I've heard

We just returned from a visit to the Pacific Northwest and I think we experienced sunnier days than Dallas had during the same time period! The mornings were beautiful and crisp and the scenery was spectacular. It was our first time to travel with my in-laws, who are 30 years our senior and we took our son, fresh out of his first year at TCU, who is 30 years our junior. Honestly, I didn’t know whether to feel young or old…it was very confusing! But it was a lovely trip.
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Many of you have children that are winding down their school year. The menu this week should help you get through the final push. You can also order late in the week and pick up at the St. Michael’s Farmers Market for your Memorial day gatherings. Just let me know how I can help.

Also, I am introducing my “Picnic Bag” service! This is an opportunity to take a meal to go that is not on the weekly menu. Choose a main from one of four entrees that all travel well, are great served at room temperature and are generally crowd pleasers. Add a salad or two and dessert to round out the meal and I will pack it all in a bag “to go” with just 24 hours notice. See the attached flyer for details.

I am so excited to announce that I am moving to a new kitchen next week —- it will be mine exclusively and it is very conveniently located! This week we will still meet in the parking lots but next Sunday, look for information on my new address and pick-up times. I know that many of you will be traveling over the summer but I will be here cooking and hope to provide meals for your families when you are at home.

Place your order by noon for pick-up the following day. Order online or by email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net. Have a great week!

Pickups for this week:

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

Order online here.

Read the BG Menu for May 23.

Check out the Picnic Bag options.

Bring your "A" game

I AM NOT AN ATHLETE.I just want to make that statement so there’s no confusion. My father was a track star in his youth and he always hoped I’d take up running but unfortunately, I was awkward and very unsure of myself in that arena. Being a daddy’s girl however, I was a sports fan. I knew all of the rules of football and baseball and Dad’s teams (Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers) were my teams. But it is only as an adult that I’ve come to appreciate a very valuable lesson that is learned through participating in sports, and specifically in being a champion.

I think the NCAA tournament, aka March Madness, is a really fun time of year. When our kids were in middle/high school, we would make a copy of the brackets, cut them up in to individual team pieces and then draw each team and assign it to an individual. The drawings were always random except for the #1 and #2 seeds. These were dispersed evenly so each person received a #1 and a #2. Then we would anxiously await the outcome of each game, with me keeping color-coded score and in the end, the winner received bragging rights and money seldom changed hands. The tournament itself really lent excitement to our little pool because in any given year, a #10 seed could come in and knock someone’s precious #2 seed out of the tournament with a single Buzzer Beater!

Invariably you’ll hear sports analysts and experts dub a team “bracket buster” because where they really have no chance to win the entire tournament, quite often they steal the chances to go all the way for a favorite team. (Think Michigan State’s loss to Middle Tennessee!) And I love this about the tournament!! This is where the life lesson comes in – that little nobody team that may have never made it to the tournament suddenly is on the national stage and they make the most of it! They brought their “A” game to play against the big power house teams and they were not going down without a fight. Isn’t that an attitude we should carry with us on an everyday basis? That no matter how small or insignificant the task or interaction may seem we should give it our all? Every day. Every hour. Every minute. It’s a winner’s mentality.

To apply this to lessons for our children: yes, if you have a setback, maybe a bad semester or you didn’t make captain on the drill team, it’s not over, you can strive to do better next time. But how much more difficult is it to make up lost ground when if you give it your all, all the time, you place yourself ahead in the running?

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Isn’t it funny the perspective that age brings? I sit here with my epiphany, ready to share it with my college freshman but did I think each course in school mattered enough to put forth my best effort? Ha. Not likely. But I can make it count now.

This week I am taking Tuesday off to spend some time in Round Rock with one of my little birds who is out of the nest, so pickups will be Wednesday and Thursday only. If you’d like to pick up Wednesday, I would greatly appreciate having your order by Monday noon. To order, send an email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net. Thanks for reading along and I hope you all have a great week – get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Pickup Times for 4/4-8

Tuesday – No pickups
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

BG Menu for Apr 4

My season of "lasts" and menu for April 13-17, 2015

I remember when my two middle children were in preschool and I thought, are we ever going to get out of this era of chicken pox, losing teeth, and crying over lost toys? And then I blinked and my youngest is a senior in high school and I haven’t heard either of my boys cry in years and I realized we are at the end.  The end of 30+ years of child raising…I’m not saying that we will cease to be parents; obviously not, with weddings, childbirths and college still ahead of us.  But an era does come to a close when you are no longer the biggest influencer in your youngest child’s life and your child becomes an adult.
IMG_9091This melancholy today is brought on by my son’s Senior prom last night.  It was the last high school formal that I will have taken pictures of any of my children. This past week he attended his last high school retreat.  And soon, he will have his last week of high school.  I’m sure that there will be more nights when I worry about how late he comes in, so there is still more fun parenting to come. But still, I mark each of these last events with a little tear.

Have a great week.   2015 Menu for Apr 13