Simple Sundays | Scenes from Americana + A Potato Pizza

Memorial Day. While most of our country celebrates the holiday with swimsuits and barbecues, we often forget, myself included, the true meaning of the holiday. We all mean well. And on holidays such as this, when we honor those who have fallen for our country,…

Simple Sundays | Scenes from Americana + A Potato Pizza

Memorial Day. While most of our country celebrates the holiday with swimsuits and barbecues, we often forget, myself included, the true meaning of the holiday. We all mean well. And on holidays such as this, when we honor those who have fallen for our country, my sense of patriotism grows to include all those who have worked hard to make our country great: the pioneers, the farmers, the immigrants. I can’t help but feel a general sense of pride for the history of this nation. By all means, our history may be young, but it is still rich.

I thought that today, it might be appropriate to share some scenes of Americana – not too far from where I live, there is a preserved family farm with artifacts from this valley’s settlers and the family that worked hard toiling its land. These days, there are still open spaces and peaceful cows grazing the rolling hills, but mostly, there are sprawling neighborhoods. To know that there is a treasure so close by, full of history, is really quite special. These days, this family farm is now visited by school children, and I found a treasure trove of things to photograph. I could have spent all day there. These are pictures from my morning there, with my daughter.

The Vintage Farm & Kitchen












Garden Fresh

The farm also has a small garden, where children can learn, with their own fingers and tastebuds, the practical and delicious matters behind gardening.






Potato Pizza

I can’t leave you today without a recipe. Today, I have been invited by my friend Roxana to guest post over in her corner of the web, where she produces the most delectable baked goods. I thought it fitting that I share something simple and delicious, and for me, that means working with two of my favorite basic ingredients: potatoes and flour. My simple but tasty Potato Pizza can be found here.

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  1. Jamie

    Beautiful photos! We love places like this and whenever we travel – especially with our sons – we would go out of our way to visit living museums just like this. I find them fascinating to see and understand how people lived and worked. And the kitchen garden looks wonderful! A truly great learning experience for children – and inspiration for adults! And yum pizza – I’ve never made a potato pizza before but it looks delicious!

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    • liren

      Thank you, Jamie! I remember my most favorite field trips as a child were the ones to the living museums. I loved being transported in time, too!

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  2. Suzanne

    super photos Liren, the farm photos are just adorable.
    The potato pizza is pretty to look at but I’m sure better to eat :)

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  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I saw your Potato Pizza post at Roxana’s so let me talk about your photography. How BEAUTIFUL!!! I need patience to take pictures, well it’s more like I need to learn how to take pictures instead of just snapping… think about angle and composition etc. I’m very inspired after seeing your photos one by one… Hope you had a great long weekend Liren!

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    • liren

      Pshaw, Nami, you don’t need any help from me! I swoon at your photographs – because of you, I want to visit Japan and walk underneath the sakura!

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  4. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}

    we all need from time to time a “note” to remind ourselves how America got to where it is right now and what we should celebrate on Memorial day, Independence day, Veterans day.
    Lovely photos and thank you for the wonderful potato pizza you shared with my readers.

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  5. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings

    Liren, I LOVE this place! I don’t know which photo to pin…maybe i’ll just pin all of them!!! Gorgeous! I will now start looking for places like this here in Ontario! (It’s also such a beautiful backdrop for food styling / propping – heeheehee)!

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  6. Vijitha

    Wow, such gorgeous pictures. I live in the South bay and I am curious to know details about its location. I would love to take my toddler there.

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  7. Cate

    What gorgeous photos… reminds me of growing up in New England. We definitely don’t have scenery like that in Hawaii! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Liren!

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  8. Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers

    Potato pizza is one of the best. Simple yet so good. I love that you combined two kinds of potatoes. I loved all your pictures and I think I picked a favorite. I’ve always had a soft spot for Coke and I love how you captured it. Great post!

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  9. Barbara | Creative Culinary

    I think we all need to remember ‘the meaning for the season’ with this day; so many have sacrificed so much for our freedom and I’m most appreciative too.

    Gorgeous looking dish; simple but beautiful.

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  10. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Love your photos!!! It captures what America is all about. You will have to let me know where this is. Smile. Hubby and I actually want to venture to Mt. Diablo for a picnik and a bit of horseback riding – pretty darn american. Pizza looks fab! Will pop over to see Roxana’s blog.

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    • liren

      I just love how we have Mt Diablo as our big backyard, Lisa! This little treasure is Forest Homes Park, in San Ramon. They used to have have the Saturday San Ramon farmer’s market there, but have since changed location.

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  11. Veronica

    Love your take on Americana and the photos. One of my favorite subjects and it’s always great to see someone else interpretation. Have a great weekend and the pizza looks fantastic.

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  12. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Only what I can say at this moment is WOWWWWW…..I am speechless..I love your images, as well as that yummlishious potato pie!
    Have a great Sunday, Liren!

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  13. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    What awesome photo shots. And thanks for sharing the potato pizza. I actually have some leftover gorgonzola that I didn’t know what to do with but now I know I’ll be making/devouring this pizza!

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  14. Patty

    Hi Liren! Love your photos! The potato pizza looks delicious especially with the purple potatoes;-)

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