Category: Friends


The Easter Challenge

I decided I was going to make Easter cupcakes. Don’t ask me why, just another crazy idea. I put the challenge out to Catherine and Beth, and then to Kathy to share their Easter craftiness. I didn’t want to put undo pressure on anyone else, but do feel free to share your creations. I will broadcast an open invitation to the next holiday challenge (Lou was upset he didn’t get an invite). 

Let’s start with Catherine; Cath has been busy with work and was also attending Tory’s volleyball tournament all weekend, so really didn’t expect her to have time to enter our non-contest. But, she pulled through an adorable entry just before the closing bell – meet Monty, who is either an Easter Flower or a very handsome collie wearing his Easter bonnet.  Very cute!


Now we will jump back to Maine and see what Kathy was up to. She jumped at the chance to join the challenge, knowing just what she wanted to create. Meet Daryl, the Deranged Easter Bunny … Daryl is too cute to be called deranged 😉  Way to go Kathy – Daryl is truly an original and Steve said he tastes good, too 💕💕💕


Back to our California contingent, we have an entry from our ringer – I think we all know Beth takes her crafting seriously, and has a lot of talent. She made these beautiful yarn-wrapped Easter eggs in their own little tulip basket. Wow!!!  I’d still be trying to untie the knots in the yarn).  Very nice, Beth!  And extra credit for sharing your beautiful tulip bouquet.

This brings us to my entry.  I got this crazy idea to make Easter cupcakes, so I surfed the web and found “bunny butt” cupcakes.  “Oh, those are cute, and don’t look that difficult to make – easy peasy.” Here is the final product:


Kinda cute, as imperfect as they might be.  Except, I decided at the last minute to make bunny butt cookies instead of cupcakes. I thought they would be easier … O.M.G. Did I make a mistake? You will have to check back tomorrow for the whole saga. I don’t want to detract too much from the winning entries shared above.  Let’s just say, it was a lot like that time I decided I could make homemade tortillas … here is a preview of the cookies:



I would like to thank everyone for rising to the challenge.  I’d like to think we are all winners – I do know we had some good laughs when sharing our creations. Kathy said she laughed all the time she was decorating Daryl.  I almost gave up eleventy times, and Beth said she had more hours in than planned. I think Catherine and Monty may have had the right idea!!!


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Sunday Brunch is a Win!

Donna outdid herself with our Sunday brunch. She prepared a delicious egg and cheese casserole, served with kielbasa and some special bagels. We had orange juice, along with champagne for a mimosa option. Donna thought of everything, and we all enjoyed a feast. 

We continued to visit til early afternoon, when Pat and Donna hit the road back to Northport. We enjoyed their visit, and I believe they gave the Sugarloaf B&B high marks.   


Lou and I made the drive to Northport today (Monday), leaving about 11 am. We are getting our arrival and departure routines down, making it easy to go up to the cabin for a few days to a week at a time. The weather is warm!  It is in the 60’s and most of our snow is gone. 


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Bye Mij 👋

Mij was planning to stay a few more days, but the incoming storm had her rethinking.  She is living near DC and was driving by herself. So, after breakfast, she packed up, bundled up, and said good bye. The dogs are 😞 

We had a good visit, and it was nice to see someone besides each other 😹🙀😻




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Julia Child Came for a Visit

We had a very special treat last night. Mij prepared a delightful beef bourguignon, ala Julia Child. She spent most of the day in the kitchen, chopping, stirring, and optimizing our most flavorful dinner. I will let the photos tell the story:






Thank you, Mij!  Always fun to have a celebrity chef in the kitchen.


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Chef Louie Strikes Again!

You didn’t really think Lou would let the holiday go by with just bratwurst for dinner, did you?  Although I will say, the bratwurst was a treat after trying to eat mostly healthy for the past few months.

Lou outdid himself once again. He cooked a beautiful standing rib roast and all the trimmings. The meat came out perfect, and we enjoyed a delicious meal. Our friends, Donna and Pat, joined us. As I mentioned before, they are in our neighborhood bubble (the only ones, I might add).  Pat brought a nice salad (forgot to get a photo!), and Donna supplied dessert. They also each brought an appetizer.




The roast was perfect, and we all went back for seconds and more. We also had mashed potatoes, gravy, peas & carrots, and salad.


Donna surprised us with chocolate mousse with raspberries and whipped cream. A nice way to top off an amazing meal.

A sincere thanks to Lou for cooking such a nice meal, even though he is still a bit sore from the fall. And we appreciate having such wonderful neighbors and friends to help us celebrate the season. Thank you for joining us, Donna and Pat !


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