Thursday, June 09, 2022

Davis Vacation

I went with Mom and Dad over to Davis this week for a quick trip to visit Mer, Pete and Kate! The evening we got in, we headed to The Billy Motel for a cocktail!


Dad being silly:


I'd never been there before, but apparently they just renovated it and it looks awesome! 




SPARKLY BOOTHS!


Manhattans! Cheers!


Twins!


It's Pride month and there are rainbow flags all over Davis and Thomas. So cheerful!


Family!



We ordered pizza from Sirianni's for dinner. Yum!


After dinner, Mer, Pete and I went to a little sightseeing. We went to Lindy Point for sunset!


Sissies at sunset!


Then we checked out the Gentle Overlook at Blackwater Falls. Pretty!


Tuesday morning, Dad made eggs! Yum! There were jalapenos and cheese inside.


Tuesday was a rainy day, so we hung around the house most of the day. Mer's friends brought their new puppy Homer over, and he was soooo cute!


The rain cleared up in time for us to grill some veggie burgers. Yum!


After dinner, a few of us went into town to get some ice cream. Yum! This is Coconut Canyon flavor.


Wednesday was sunny and gorgeous! We went back to the Gentle Overlook with Mom and Dad! Still gorgeous!


Then we went to Pendleton Point!


We found a bouquet of fake flowers so Mom and Dad did a little photo shoot.


Don't forget to stop and smell the fake flowers!


We went back to the ice cream shop for lunch! This time I got Mornin' Sunshine. Coffee with chocolate slivers! It was supposed to have a caramel ribbon, but I did not detect one. It was still delicious though.


That evening we set up some targets and did bb shooting!


Pew! Pew!


We made roasted sweet potato and black bean tacos for dinner. They were amazing!


I taught everyone to play the card game Golf, and we had a great time!


This morning on our way home, we stopped to look at the windmills before leaving the area. They're so cool!



It was a great, relaxing week in Davis. Until next time!

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Spring Cooking Club

Tonight, Valerie hosted the first indoor cooking club since the beginning of the pandemic!!!!! The theme was spring, and needless to say we were ecstatic to gather and cook and eat! We had two special guests joining us -- Heather and Valaree! Sadly, Yumi couldn't join us because she was in recent contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID. BOOOO!! Yumi felt fine and tested negative, but the recommended five-day waiting period isn't up yet so she stayed home to quarantine. Which we appreciated but man, did we miss her!

Valerie set the table with lovely spring flowers.

Nancy started us off with a fancy gin cocktail! It had a sugar snap pea and fennel puree, lime juice, simple syrup, and gin. It was so springy!

Heather made little toasties with garlic and anchovy olive oil/butter spread with red pepper flakes and pan-roasted radishes, topped with chives, dandelion flower, and violets.

Lucy enjoyed the spectacle and hoped for a taste.

I made a spring salad, with quick-pickled rhubarb, Cara Cara oranges, pistachios, red buds, feta, and violets!

Valaree made spring rolls! SOMEBODY had to!! LOL. Aren't they gorgeous?

Served with a carrot miso ginger sauce.

Valerie made a pasta with leeks, asparagus, peas and scallops. What a treat!

Summer made a palate cleanser: honeydew sorbet with lime and black pepper. It was so tasty!

The sorbet was extra yummy with a splash of gin in it. We recommend The Botanist.

Emily made a braised lamb with creamy polenta and mint chimichurri. This was divine!

Valerie made darling little almond shortbread cookies.

Nancy also made limoncello, which paired perfectly with the shortbread cookies!

Summer also made a dessert, frozen honey mousse. This was the most honey-tasting honey-flavored treat I have ever tasted! It was SO HONEY-LICIOUS!

Will you just look at how Summer's dessert matches her jacket which perfectly matches the daffodils? She is a vision of spring!

It was absolutely fabulous to celebrate spring with the cooking club gang. We're back, baby!! (Stay away, COVID!!)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Hocking Hills Cabin

Ben and Felix and I took a little getaway trip to the Hocking Hills this week. The weather was super snowy, so it was a winter wonderland!


There was a cozy fireplace.


We tried a new beer, Chocolate Coconut Candy Stout from Untitled Art. It was delicious!!


We played cribbage. We played two very close games! Ben almost always wins cribbage, even though I'm the one who taught him to play.


I made lasagna for dinner.


And we had delicious breakfasts!


Blackjack Cabin! Would highly recommend.


It was fun exploring the property with Felix.




The cabin had a hot tub and a sauna! What a treat!