We ate our first al fresco dinner of the summer last week. Armando found the legs to an old picnic table in someone’s street side junk heap and was inspired to make us a table of our own. He’s good like that—spotting what otherwise looks like rusted old garbage and seeing a retro picnic table.
If times ever got tough we could easily set up a shop on Fab.com and sell all of the furniture and odds and ends he’s made for us over the years and be rich beyond our wildest dreams. Remind me again why we aren’t doing that?
Early on in our relationship he used to bring all this stuff home that he would find discarded on the street, having big plans to fix it up and it all looked like trash to me.
So I would throw it away.
That might have caused a fight or two…..I don’t remember.
Despite what he might tell you, I’ve learned to have patience with his vision and ask before I “donate” the plastic baby car with the broken canopy. He will most likely turn it into this ultra design-centric rocker for the kids that would cost us $200 at some high-end toy store.
He is a firm believer in fixing what you have and not discarding something simply because it’s broken. It’s a good trait to find in a husband.
To christen the new picnic table I made this super easy roasted pork tenderloin. This is the kind of thing you keep the marinade ingredients on hand so you can make it at the drop of a hat. This sweet-salty marinade was made for pork, you can use it on any cut you want, but pork tenderloin cooks so fast and stays nice and rosy in the middle.
Make it the centerpiece for your Father’s Day meal, you could even grill it if you want to be really fancy. Serve it up with some roasted cauliflower, steamed rice, and a nice strong cocktail and you’ll have one happy Papa.