Hello, my friends! Here we are, Sunday night and just in time for the WeekendCoffeeShare. Heaven forbid I manage to do this early in the morning…
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If we were having coffee and as it is now past 7:00 pm, I would ask if you would you prefer a beer, glass of wine or tea? I do have all available? Have you eaten your supper? We sometimes (mostly) eat rather late so, you are more than welcome to join us. I always have some type of left-over!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my son’s thumb, though not pretty should heal fairly well. He is convinced he will lose the tip and he is impatient for the stitches to melt so he can move on. I think he more than takes after his father…
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I have the best customers in the world as they were more than understanding that after spending the night at the hospital, I was not in the best shape to make them their meals and they most graciously accepted to have their meals ready for Monday.
I made them an authentic Julia Child Boeuf Bourguignon, Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parm (that I received as a mega hint from Sophie…), a stuffed pork loin with Pommes Anna (a less fat version of scalloped potatoes and a Bowtie pasta with chicken and cream sauce, using evaporated milk instead of a bechamel.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Zeke and I were lucky enough to get out on our good walks on both Tuesday and Wednesday! Tuesday was not quite as long… the sun was shining, I got my camera, dressed warmly and stepped out. To a grey, yucky day! As a result, the walk was a shorter one to the Industrial part.
Something has my attention
Hint of blue
On Wednesday we got the gorgeous day we wanted. This time we made our way to “my” river. It is such a beautiful area that I am drawn to it over and over again. However, with each walk for any length of time, I find myself with boots getting steadily heavier, knowing that if I don’t time my return correctly, my feet will get wet. Problem is, I remember I need new boots only when this occurs! Oh well!
Berries in the sun
Also on Wednesday, I started making meals for a new customer! So very happy to be able help Anouk and her family with her meals. Will be providing three meals weekly so that is great.
Thursday I worked at Pier 1 and have decided that I will keep two shifts per week just to get out and socialise. Yeah, like I need to get out, right? Miss Social Butterfly, Mick called me. Well I sure felt like one starting Thursday evening! Tina texted saying we were overdue for a get-together and I agreed. Told her I just happened to have made Boeuf Bourguignon for myself and was she interested? Conversation, wine and food. What’s not to like?
Andrea and I decided that our coffee get-togethers were fine and dandy but next time we were going for martinis! Friday came along and we took a nice walk to Barbù to sit at the bar and do just that! Well, I’m not a fan of martinis so I had a nice Hendricks gin and soda/tonic. Andrea was curious about this and decided to try it herself. I told her Hendricks is truly a different flavour. She just may have adopted it as well! Was great to hang out for a couple of hours and on top of that, an old high school buddy, Jean, was sitting there. I told him about our recent get-togethers and after pouting at not being invited, I have added him to the list for the future GTs!
If we were still having coffee, or if I have driven you to drink, I would tell you that Saturday, I had four lovely ladies over for brunch. These same ladies are the ones with whom I rented a chalet for a week-end a few years ago. We try to get-together a few times per year to brunch and decided this time it would be nice to do it at one of our homes. I offered mine. It was especially important for me to offer this as we had booked the same chalet for December 2014. We were booked the very week-end Mick had his heart attack. They had graciously refused to accept my attempts at paying for my portion, even though I could no longer attend. Needless to say, there was no way hell they were pitching in on the cost of eggs and bacon! They arrived between 10 and 10:30 and left at 3:30! Mimosas, frittata, bacon, sausage, hash browns, chocolate-banana waffles, coffee. It’s amazing just how long one can spend chatting and having brunch!
They even cleaned up my kitchen after!
All together again
I had an hour to get changed and cleaned up (I knew I’d work up a sweat creating the brunch!) before I made my way to Michèle and Michel’s (yes, they are a couple with the same name!) for dinner. It was great to finally meet Michèle’s husband and their daughter, Dominique and grandson, Sebastian. We had a great time and laughed a lot. I just love meeting new people! I ended up staying until 1:00 am!
And now, here I am, Sunday night, after having made four meals for Sophie: Jamie Oliver’s Spaghetti and sausage meatballs, Chicken-bean-veg soup, pork tenderloin with apples, sweet potato purée and sugar snap peas and chicken souvlaki with Greek roasted potatoes. It has taken me four hours to write this post because I ended up chatting with my cousin in Calgary, then a friend who is a long-haul driver (kept him awake!), nuking myself some leftover boeuf Bourguignon, cleaning up my disaster of a kitchen (in two shots!) and well, now I’m pooped!
I’m aiming for a quieter week. I don’t think it will happen. Will keep you posted.
And here I was thinking I was going to sit down with my book and a cup of tea and read… ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ