Sunday, July 27, 2008
P.S. I made his famous stuffed porkchops with a dijon/chipolte/honey glaze (minus the sausage in the stuffing) and they were good!
We had terrible thunderstorms again yesterday...in the morning and in the evening...our cable is sporatic today (again -- out more than on!)...it makes for a "not so productive" day at work with my line dropping...but it seems better now.
I got to see my oldest and dearest friend Andrea from high school tonight...she's in town from Arkansas because her dad fell and broke his hip (Mr. T, I hope you have a speedy recovery!) I haven't seen her since my dad passed away three years ago...we had some dinner and got to catch up a bit...our lives are going in separate directions but the best part is that when you catch up with a good friend, its like you just picked up where you left off last! HUGS!!
Well....it was VERY good, not super fancy, in fact they had outside seating and live music, as well as tables inside with people in shorts and sandles...so we were good ... just Martin and I went. We went a little crazy, neither of us really ate much on Saturday... here's what we had:
- Risotto Croquettes - very yummy, with a nice chopped, sauteed tomato base (shared)
- Mixed field greens (Martin)
- Pear & Endive salad (Me)
- Lobster Mac & Cheese (with white truffles, special for the night) (Me)
- Sauteed scallops with rice (Martin)
- Tiramisu & cappuchino (Me)
- Bananas foster towers & coffee (Martin)
Dinner was excellent accompanied by about five glasses of wine between us...and guess what?!? We used the gift certificate ($150) and had money left for the tip -- so it was a free night out! It lived up to the reviews! Definitely make a reservation if you go before 8:00pm. We'll be back!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Since my sister and neices left from their visit, I had Jillian stay a few more days...she celebrate her "real" birthday with us and then travelled home with her dad.
We cooked ziti, meatballs, sausage and peppers for 325 firemen. I wish I had pictures of that pot of sauce, but it was soo crazy trying to get everything ready and keep it hot/tasting good. Lets just say that my entire body was sore for two days...stirring a pot that big is hard work! Here are some stats on what we cooked:
- 105 lbs of sweet Italian sausage
- two cases of peppers
- two very large bags of onions
- 50 lbs of chopped meat
- 8 gallons of tomatoes
- we tossed lettuce, cucumbers, olives, onion and tomatoes in a 30 gal. garbage bag
Other than that, not much new has been happening... I have been a little under the weather with an unexplained fever and feeling yucky...but last night I got to stamp a little and helped my friend, Dena, create 36 card fronts out of the 200 she wants to bring to the Stampin' Up! convention this year. I got to use her new scalloped edge punch -- love it!:
Only one more month to go for me covering two jobs at IBM -- hopefully my co-worker is still coming back on September 2 ... then work/life can get "back to normal".
I joined a great Halloween swap on Artsy Mama's blog. Its called the Sweet and Sinister swap...my partner is from Richmond, VA! LOL!
I have to start playing with my new Canon Rebel camera -- I got a UV filter for it, and I just heard my remote is "in" so I hope to take a great self-portrait shots.
Off to find some dinner...I promise to write soon!
Monday, July 7, 2008
After walking around the lake, we played on the playground and had lunch -- then went splashing at the splash pad -- it is soooo cute! The girls really enjoyed it -- and the only way we got them away from the water park was to go digging in a cave for gems...
They had some really cool geodes that you could have them cut in half ... Alexandra had a really cool black one with sparkles that looked like sanding sugar.