Weekly Photo Challenge: CONVERGE

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Tall buildings converge

Taken on the streets of Boston on summer afternoon in July.

Weekly Photo Challenge

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A Weekend In April

As Sunday rolls to a close I thought I would share some of the images I captured in my varied and busy weekend. I was most relieved on Friday afternoon to end my work week.  It had been exhausting and challenging on several levels but I decided that instead of thinking about the “issues” all weekend I would do as my Savior tells me to do and cast my worries Him. You know I must say when practiced this works! I am feeling refreshed on many levels this evening and ready to begin the week afresh tomorrow.

Yesterdays post captured images of My Favorite Things from around the yard and house. After snapping, cropping and writing I returned to the yard to determine where my new raised flower beds would be placed. I hope to have fresh, organic vegetables all summer long, I will keep you posted on how this goes. I will confess it is a bit of a stretch for me. I kept my camera nearby and captured a few additional images of the bees and butterflies at work collecting nectar from those luscious lilac blooms. Butterfly sipping Nectar

Busy as a Bee

My daughter Jess came home, fairly unusual for a Saturday, and we spent some time chatting while she cleaned out her car(which acts like a cross between a closet and a suitcase). Both Haley and Kitty enjoyed some of the sunshine and fresh air.

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Cute dog!

After a nice day in the yard I headed out to a FunRaiser for a breast cancer organization called Team Towanda. I was participating in the health fair prior to the party honoring and celebrating amazing women. It was a great event with food and dancing all night long. I was blessed to have both my sister Kelly and a friend Grace attend the party as my dates.

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Sunday was busy and fun too. There was a bike blessing this morning at church, hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association. No good pictures of our bike though…I will snap a few next time. We rode along the shore enjoying more glorious sunshine until we reached a destination our most recent favorite eating spot, The Bridge. Plenty of good food and fellowship. Once back home I decided it wasn’t time to let the weekend go so we went out where I let my husband beat me at two games of pool:) We were heading around the final corner towards home when I spotted him. Standing so majestically. I could hardly believe it. So beautiful. So still. Such great posture. Patiently watching. Waiting for some unsuspecting prey to come past so that dinner could be fetched. Just look at him. Tell me he isn’t amazing.
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Fun with the Foodies- Italian Night

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It’s time for another episode with The Foodies.

Let me reacquaint you with the cast of characters.

We have Hilary…

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Then there is Doug…he goes with Jo-Ann

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And then there is me…

IMG_0667 The group began last fall. We pick a theme for the evening, decide upon the menu, then decide who will prepare what. The ingredients are bought and we convene at one of our homes to prepare the meal, consume the wine, and share an evening of food, fun and laughter. Our previous themes include the Fall Harvest, Holiday Cheer and Fondue Night.

Saturday’s theme was Italian which was selected to prepare the way for Doug in Jo-Ann who will be indulging in authentic Italian cuisine later this month. The 3 of us gals being weight watchers try to select menu items that won’t be a Points Plus disaster, this month was no different. The evening would be hosted at my home with the food prepped to get underway around 4pm.

The table is set…

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The FOODIE Flashcards are making a debut this month. A birthday gift to Jo-Ann from her daughter.

On the menu is a colorful Antipasto. Beautiful as well as tasty.

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We nibbled on this while we prepared the main course and enjoyed our first couple bottles of wine.

In the kitchen at the cooktop Hilary prepares the main course. This may be the most scrumptious chicken recipe I have ever tasted. First the chicken is coated in fresh herbs and “sits” for a spell.IMG_0566

It is then pan cooked thoroughly. Fresh herbs of parsley, fennel, roasted pine nuts and dried cranberries are then sautéed until soft. A good dose of wine is added and cooked off. The chicken is then added back into the vegie laden broth. The result is absolutely fabulous.

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The accompaniment to the main course was Eggplant Rollitini. Thinly sliced eggplant with a dollop of ricotta cheese mixture rolled and covered with a marinara sauce and cheese. The result was quite tasty.

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What would an Italian feast be if there was no bread? Even weight watchers have to indulge a little bit.

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We are now ready to EAT!

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Some calories to burn we turn on Santana and head into the living room for a little dancing.

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No one thought to grab the camera when I grabbed my pink boa and coin skirt and started to salsa around the living room. That is the problem with being the photographer!

We head back to the kitchen to get dessert ready to go. My absolute yumminess. Lemoncello ice cream is the treat for the evening, now I know what you are thinking…there is no way this is on the Weight Watcher’s meal plan…well you are wrong. The recipe is straight out of Cooking Light magazine and made a perfectly delightful way to end the meal.

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We broke out the Foodie Flashcards while we indulged on the treat.

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The girls were better guessers and did better depictions of the clues. It was fun to watch those boys try.

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We tried to convince the guys that they should take a turn at being the “chefs” but so far no go. Given how challenged they were at the game maybe we should let it be.

We wrapped up the evening with a bottle of Sambuca. What a perfect ending to a great night.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode of Fun with Foodies. Perhaps you want to start your own Foodie group. I would highly recommend it.

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March Madness

 

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I had a great weekend. My honey arrived home from his week in Guatemala in the wee hours of the night, tired and not feeling completely well, but home. Good to have him home. Saturday had a high potential of being a long day of waiting so I was so happy for the distractions I had lined up.

After a morning that was both productive and reflective I headed out the door to meet my sister for lunch that would be followed by a walk. It was a cloud covered morning but I prayed that the clouds would break so that we could enjoy some sun and warm spring air.

We started at this Thai restaurant. The food was beautifully prepared and served. IMG_0316IMG_0317

As we enjoyed our meals the clouds cleared and the sun came out. We proceeded to our destination down the road a ways called Stony Creek. I asked my sister about the history of the trail but she could not recall any of the facts she had been told.

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The water level was very low at this time of day and made for some interesting pictures.

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Dave was sitting on a bench on the marsh. He is an obvious birder and filled us in on the migratory birding patterns for this area. The Osprey nest awaits the return of the birds which according to Dave will be this week sometime.

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The day was quite warm and perfect for enjoying the shore. I snapped a few more pics before we moved on for the day. That is for the next post.

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Looking Forward

What are you most looking forward to right now? Leave a comment & let me know.

I am looking forward to the return of my best friend, Steven. The plan doesn’t get in until Saturday evening though and then it will take a few hours for him to drive home. So it will be late.

One of my favorite photo’s from MY trip to Guatemala last March. I just love the COLOR.

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Sunday Post- Pleasure March 5th

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Clockwise: My Grand-nephew Carter beating the drum gives him great pleasure;my friend Doug takes pleasure acting silly one night at dinner; me and my friends Joann and Hilary take pleasure in dancing after dinner one night; Piper and Poppi take pleasure in a special moment last weekend.