One sure sign that the warm weather is here to stay is when we start eating dinner outside. It is such a simple ritual, but yet seems so elegant and special. Our backyard seems to have a serene feeling as the day winds down at dinner time. We go from the craziness & giggles with friends & games in the bright afternoon sun to a relaxed state during the sweet light at the end of the day. It is not uncommon for us to spot a turkey or two from the deck, and it is almost routine to see the gang of five deer dash through the yard as we are eating. We feel more connected to the outdoors and with each other as we enjoy our meals as a family.