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Well, I know it sometimes looks like things are all sunshine and Bordeaux around here, but I’m having sort of a rough week. It seems that I have bitten off more than I can chew lately - and unfortunately, I don’t mean that literally. I’m so sorry, guys, because I really would like to sit down today and catch up with you. But I just can’t.

I can, however, give you a rather triumphant picture of the sky. I took it about a month ago, on a very nice, calm evening, and it always makes me feel better.

I can also give you an IOU, if you will take it. Will you? Please? I promise to make good on it - and get things back to normal around here - next week. Promise.


Blogger Adrienne said...

Well I'll forgive you since I like the idea of 'sunshine and Bordeaux' so much. Hope things settle down for you soon!

6:32 PM, September 16, 2008  
Blogger Victoria said...

You don't owe me anything. I await your next post, whenever it is. Hope things settle down. I can relate. Be well. (I am grateful for the pictures of bicycles in Amsterdam. How wonderful. How good was that?)

7:28 PM, September 16, 2008  
Blogger Lonna said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and am really enjoying your thoughts. The layout is very simple and wonderful. I plan to check in from time to time!

The Big (Southern) Apple

8:22 PM, September 16, 2008  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh girl, I can empathize. Hang in there and hope things are better soon.

8:33 PM, September 16, 2008  
Anonymous blair said...

I agree, you give plenty, no IOU's necessary! xo

9:03 PM, September 16, 2008  
Blogger The Fabulous One said...

Oh, Molly. Molly, Molly, sweet banana-bread-baking blog goddess, I have waited over two months for other blogs to restart. A week ain't gonna kill me. In fact, it'll just make me hungry. Come back with something yummy...

9:46 PM, September 16, 2008  
Anonymous valeda said...

thank you for the photo, molly. i was in need of a bit of cheering up myself, and that just did the trick :)

9:49 PM, September 16, 2008  
Anonymous oolong said...

Don't wory we are still here. This September has struck me too :)

2:41 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger barbara said...

Hope things are better soon.. smack!

5:00 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger El said...

I think you shouldn't worry one little bit. Look after yourself and in the meantime we can read the archives and maybe even make something. Best best wishes.

5:18 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Elaine said...

Wishing you smooth sailing and the occasional moment of calm. Elaine, appreciative reader

5:47 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Melissa said...

Why the heck are you apologizing? We (the readers) should be thanking you for all the wonderful posts. So, thank you.

6:28 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Botacook said...

Glad you're back! I like Bordeaux, it's a really nice city.
Take care!
PS : I just saw you're preparing your own cookbook?

6:33 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger blueyesholder said...

I can't begin to express the pleasure even your short posts gives. The sky is a little brighter here in the East because of your pic. Hectic weeks must be in the air. Hope your week and schedule become a little lighter and your clouds begin to clear.

On a side note: I would love to know the type of camera and possible filters you use for your fabulous shots. I am currently in a photography class, which I realistically cannot afford and don't have time for. It is such great fun though. Your lighting and exposure has created great inspiration.


6:34 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger JW said...

I've done the same thing this week, and I'm sorely regretting it. Hang in there!

7:13 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Jill of All Trades said...

Just caught a blurb in the paper this A.M. and thought I would check out your digs. Will be checking it out on a regular basis now. Thanks.

7:32 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger nikki said...

Your words are worth the wait. Until the next post, I will daydream beneath a clouded blue sky and imagine riding a slightly rusted bicycle along narrow streets in Amsterdam surrounded by more blue: buildings, and sparkling canals.

art and lemons

8:24 AM, September 17, 2008  
Anonymous Heather said...

Nice picture indeed!
No worries dear. I went scraping around in your absence and in the presence of ripening bananas. I will be trying your banana cake with chocolate ganache this weekend.
So see? All even stevens. :)

9:21 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Mary said...

Everyone is entitled to a break, and sometimes it's good (and necessary) to say no. I'll look forward to your next post, whenever it is. I'm sure it will be something yummy.

9:24 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Gingerly said...

Take care, Molly. I hope things will ease back to normal for you soon. Besides, your pictures from Bordeaux are so inspiring, I'm good for awhile! By the way, loved your leek article and recipe in Bon Appetit. With leeks and some special goat cheese from my farmers market, I'm making that tonight.

10:49 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger BeachBum said...

ahhh, love it-

I've lived at tha beach for EVAAAA

so im sayin, DAYUMMM, nice title pic

anyways- you creative kids out there, CHECK OUT MEH BLOG!


jigga jigga thankya ;]

11:18 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Susan Spracher Macaluso said...

Ugh! Why all the niceties?! chop, chop!! Get back to the bloggin'...

Just kidding. We'll wait.

12:20 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Penelope Roo said...

Totally understandable...we do all have lives outside of blogging.

Don't we??!!! :-)

Take care!

12:32 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger RCBonay said...

"Of all the blogs that I have ever encounterd, yours is the most human".

Not to be geeky, but Kirk once said something along those lines to Spock.

Me, I never cared about - or even book-marked - a blog until I somehow stumbled upon yours a couple of years ago.

You have so much going on in your life so just post when you can!

We'll be here.

3:14 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Amy said...

I would wait longer than a week....your pics and prose are wonderful. Take your time, take care of you and we'll all be here when you come back. Hungry, but here!

3:35 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Naomi said...

I just wanted to let you know that my family has loved your Scottish scones and tomato sauce when I tried them out recently - vehicles for homemade jam and the last of the summer tomatoes, respectively. Both turned out beautifully and groan-inspiringly delicious. So thank you.

10:10 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Jaymie said...

I am too busy making and eating your banana bread with cinnamon sugar topping to need an IOU right now. Possibly my favorite banana bread ever. I have made two this week and there is only a sliver left. Mmmmmm...
Good luck with the task load.

11:44 PM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger Il Fornaio said...

You don't owe me anything! BTW, I made the leek and goat cheese tart from your Bon Appetit article last night and holy God, why have I ignored the leek for so long? It was heaven.

4:54 AM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger amisha said...

oh molly, i hope things get easier soon! thinking of you and hoping you get lots of sunshine + bordeaux days very very soon. xo

5:03 AM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger chef-renee said...

Yes a very rough week, my husband is a stock trader...AHHHHHHH!!!
Try a haiku, it made me feel better, or maybe it was the vodka.

9:08 AM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger Just Jen said...

I'm not going anywhere.
I'll still be here when you catch up. And I'll enjoy whatever you post, whenever you post.

10:55 AM, September 18, 2008  
Anonymous Jen said...

If your weather is cool enough to handle running the oven, while you're waiting, try Molly's Pomodori al Forno . . . make a LOT, because there won't be any leftovers.

Also on the oven-fall-kind-of dish front:
Dice a bunch of potatoes. Coat with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake at 400F for about an hour.
When they come out of the oven, toss about a cup. of shredded super sharp yellow cheddar (I used Tillamook vintage). Top with one bag of frozen corn that you've heated with just a bit of butter, a handful of chopped, flat leaf parsley, and 4-8 chopped green onion. Toss. Sprinkle on 4 chopped, crisp thick bacon slices. Serve right away with a green salad.

I also added fresh picked, steamed green beans the other night.


12:33 PM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger maggie said...

Just chiming in to say how much I'm enjoying reading your Bon Appetit column every month.

1:19 PM, September 18, 2008  
Anonymous Julie said...

Everytime I get overloaded and overwhelmed with more than I can chew, I retreat to my bed with my laptop and read Orangette, and it's like a teeny-tiny vacation from my own head and workload.

10:14 PM, September 18, 2008  
Anonymous Alisa said...

We're a forgiving bunch, I'm pretty sure.

5:20 AM, September 19, 2008  
Blogger shari said...

oh molly. hope you are feeling a bit better. thank you for that lovely sky. i needed it so. xox

5:38 PM, September 19, 2008  
Blogger Leslie said...

You are well worth the wait, Molly. Hope you can make some time for some puppy-and-husband snuggling, sweat pant wearing, banana bread eating, wine drinking, fall weather admiring time this week. I find that all of those things allow me to breathe and tackle life's messes with a bit more sanity. Hang in there!

12:22 PM, September 20, 2008  
Blogger Nik Snacks said...

That's right...You take care of you. Bite and chew and we'll be here when you get back. We'll be here.

5:59 PM, September 20, 2008  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I'll keep checking back. In the meantime, enjoy the busy-ness, hope it's productive and lucrative!

9:39 PM, September 20, 2008  
Blogger godines said...

guess you owe it to yourself to rest a bit, take care sweetness..... you make us all happy!

3:56 PM, September 21, 2008  
Blogger Jesaca Soubi Lin said...

Hi there,

I love your photographs! Every one of them possess the dreamy quality that I adore. What kind of camera do you have? Is it automatic? I have an old school SX-70 and sometimes it is very painful to use but I love it neverthe less.


5:31 PM, September 28, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks, Jesaca! This shot was taken with a Minolta Instant Pro. Some of its features are annoying - such as the flash, which automatically fires for every shot unless you remember to turn it off - but I really love it. It doesn't have the manual focus capabilities of your SX-70, though, so I don't know. If I were you, I'd stick with the SX-70, painful or not...

10:19 AM, September 29, 2008  

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