Monthly Archives: August 2010

Awaiting the arrival of the “cold” front

Temps have still been topping 100+ here in the middle of the US.  By Sunday we are supposed to get a reprieve for several days and get down to the upper 80s.  I am definitely ready.  I am struggling to keep my outside vegetation alive.

This past Saturday was the event I helped with.  My food was a success at the VIP hour.  Here is what I made for my plate.

Pea crostini, cucumber slices with hummus, and caprese skewers

I think, though, that as much as I love food, the catering world is not for me.  I spent my entire day working on all of it for about 150 people for a one hour portion of the event.  I did not have much left over.  It was great fun, and a new experience, and I loved doing it, but I believe I will keep my day job. 

The benefit was a great success.  There was a $700 capital outlay — most everything was donated — and the benefit raised $7,000.  It was awesome.  And everyone who attended seemed to have a great time.

I was exhausted when it was over, but then it was on to the next thing.  Some missionary friends were in town from Nairobi, and an early evening picnic was planned, so back to the kitchen I went.  I made a summer ranch pasta salad, a caprese salad, and walnut fudge brownies with an espresso kick.  No photos.

Monday evening I had a pass for two to a sneak preview of Eat Pray Love.  I had read the book and was very interested to see the movie.  It was very well done, I thought.  My friend took me back to the office at the end of the evening to get my car and it had died.  I thought it was the battery, and the next day I tried to jump start it to no avail.  It is now sitting in the parking lot and my mechanic is supposed to tow it today to the shop.  I hope it can be fixed before the weekend — especially since it is now Thursday afternoon……

Got a call from the fashionista.  She has been in PA for a year now, and is finally starting to do some fun things.  Saturday she went to the beach on the Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk and had a great time.  Today she called me and said, “Guess what I’m looking at?  The U.S. Capitol on my left and the National Monument on my right!”  She and a friend drove to DC to spend the day at the Smithsonian.  When she was in elementary school, I took her to a Smithsonian “Americana” traveling exhibit that came through St. Paul, and she was hooked.  She has always wanted to go to the Smithsonian.  She is having a great time, and sent me a couple of pics.



At the Smithsonian 8-12-2010