Shhh…do you hear them?  I do.  Crickets, that is. It’s been much too quiet around here.

I apologize for the long absence.  It wasn’t my intention to be away so long but summer came calling and I’ve been enjoying its company.  I haven’t done much cooking at all in the last couple of weeks so I have nothing to share from the kitchen with you at this time.  Just know that I’ve missed you all.

I spent the 4th of July weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho.  If I close my eyes, I can still see the flash of reds, blues and greens from the fireworks display hosted by the town.  I can still smell the freshness of the crisp mountain air and feast my mind’s eyes on the endless sea of vibrant yellow and purple wildflowers that bloomed proudly on the hillside during our hikes, defying summer’s hot temperatures.  Best of all, I was in the company of good friends.  We spent a few days catching up with each other, relaxed, over good food and wine, as well as over more sweat-inducing activities, hiking and biking.

This was a couple of weeks ago.  I’m currently on another adventure which I will also share with you.  Until then, here are some snapshots of Sun Valley from my phone.  I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far!




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  1. Beautiful photos! Hope you are having fun!

  2. Enjoy your summer fun!

  3. wow!! now I’m so jealous! Glad to hear your having a good time, its always nice to stop and listen to the crickets and remember when life was that simple….sigh

  4. Gorgeous!! It sounds like you’re having a really great time. 🙂

  5. Have fun Jean! Did hubby fly there? Enjoy your time off and relaxation! 🙂

  6. Hi Jean! Been missing you. At least one of us is having a glorious summer. The weather’s not always that great in this part of town. Fabulous photos!

  7. Awesome pictures, no doubt your are having a great summer.

  8. Looks like a great time! Hope you continue to enjoy summer!

  9. Wonderful photos! Go on and enjoy summer, its ocer so fast…

  10. I’ve missed you! But I’m so glad you have been enjoying your trip. The shots are gorgeous! What a beautiful corner of the world.

  11. What a fantastic summer! Enjoy it while you can. It will never come back again in the same way.

  12. Lovely pictures! Have a funfilled summer. Enjoy!

  13. Looks like you are having a blast! LUCKY!!! 🙂

  14. Enjoy your adventures! Thanks for sharing these beautiful images of Sun Valley – can’t wait to see more 🙂

  15. Thank you for sharing some of your summer adventures with us. It looks like you are having a wonderful time!

  16. Gorgeous photos! Nice to see you back~

  17. I didn’t know it was so pretty there Jean, enjoy your vacation. Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure. Enjoy.

  18. We miss you, Jean! 😉 Saw your tweet this morning that you are back, so welcome home! Looking forward to your next post as usual.

  19. Just found your blog today. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Right now I’m going to take your advice and just enjoy the season in all its luscious splendor! Beautiful photos.

  20. I figured summer had held you captive. Lucky you! GREG

  21. That looks like it was a lovely walk. I miss being in the mountains… some times. What a wonderful place to spend some summer time.

  22. Wow!!! Gorgeous! I’ve never been there and thanks for sharing some pictures. I’ve missed your and your post, but we all deserve to have a nice summer break. 🙂 Looking forward to your next post!

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