Began the morning with Bill and Marjorie over for a light breakfast
to celebrate July 4th
I had my second experience in the kitchen. They were SCONES I had while at Lisa's when in Dallas this spring. Boy were they good.
I came out in the kitchen and found this! Leon must have been impatient and decided to help me along the way.
Mix! Mix! Stir! Stir! And into the oven they went. Now they didn't come 0ut like Lisa's, but I'm sure they were going to be delicious.
After putting the glaze on top and adding nuts (always adding nuts!) the
scones were ready to serve.
Marjorie brought over some fruit and adding that cup of coffee
a perfect breakfast occurred.
It was a real treat as Marjorie and I got ready to take bite into a second one.
It happened to be a great celebratory 4th of July brunch with dear friends.
Thanks, Lisa, for introducing me to those scones!
It's 4th of July party time by the water at Teddy and John's - a yearly event!
The centerpiece spread our celebratory colors all over with that flag
representing our cherished country.
A plate full of goodies led the way
plus other treats to eat up and enjoy.
A wonderful group of friends sat and conversed while it was nice, then rain occurred, then finally the sun came out to stay.
Rick bought a new drone to fly and take photos of us all treating ourselves to good eats and much laughter. I have always loved the 4th of July spending it with family and friends as I grew up. That day happened to bring many wonderful feelings about our country and what it represented to us all. It was a day we never wanted to miss when our family got together and my father gave a short speech making all aware of what we had in this world to be oh-so thankful for.
It was a treasured day indeed.
Speaking of flowers, I had an appointment at Dr. Lavine's office for a skin care check-up and looked at all these wildflowers in the waiting room.
They add a bit of beauty and were purchased in Camden. I'm going to try to make such arrangements with our wild flowers growing all over the place.
There is a mass of color everywhere you look in our backyard.
New ones popping up all over the place in that field of beauty.
Some hiding behind the rocks peeking out so subtly!
The garden moon lights up at night so we are able to picture some of the flowers in the dark. Such loveliness! Total beauty! Wildflowers are so pleasing to the eye.
Yesterday was an adventure on a trip to Freckle Salvage Co. in Winthrop, Maine! The purpose: looking for an addition to our garden. I wanted something like this red wagon, hoping that it could be found after reading a Penbay Pilot article.
To get there we got to ride in Jon and Helen's new car.
What a treat that was!
We found this array of nature's beauty at the entrance of the vintage shop.
Once inside I went through room after room of looking for that one item meant to land in the flower garden.
Walking out with this white object that reminded me of the red wagon.
If fit perfectly among the flowers.
Went searching for a plant at Beth's that would fit right on the bike,
coming home with this.
Moving things around it landed where you could see white wildflowers
growing above the wheels. Perfect!
There! It fits right in place!
It was a spectacular day, eating fabulous lunch in Winthrop and riding in Jon's car, where you could drive without having your hands on the steering wheel.
(I'm still looking for a little wagon I can paint red. Let me know if you see one!)
Waffles with chicken! Eggs Benedict with bacon and potatoes! Who could ask for a more delicious brunch than this at the Causeway Inn?
This is the beauty that lies outside the Craignair Inn. The calm waters with huge rocks and green, green trees to highlight the background are stunning!
On the way to the car this scene displayed nature's artistry.
The scenery couldn't get much better at a special dining place for us.
A spectacular Sunday...
It's Saturday! Time for some sweets at Rose Cottage Bakery where Sue and I dive into that scrumptious cinnamon roll with caramel pecan icing on it!
I'll give you a closer look!
We enjoyed seeing Marjorie and Bill with their Austin family visiting. I'm so very happy that I got a little time to talk with them as it was their last day in Maine.
Next year - pizza party when they come.
Now back to Sue and I continuing to enjoy every single bite of our rich tasting sweet. It's just another Saturday with luscious pastry. That was the best, Megan.
Let's check the gardens out! The flowers bloom so readily since
they were just planted June 1st.
The other side of that beauty has a few bare spots. We are waiting for those areas to fill in within the next couple of weeks.
This part of the other garden looks pretty OK,
but the rest is waiting for some original and creative pieces added to it.
Or possibly more flowers!
Michelle and I visited Beth's yesterday.
And were blown away with all the new flowers they have
added to the many selections.
Plus the selection of strawberries!
Along with all the other goodies.
Coming back home and checking the wild flowers smiling away right beside the garden is a gift. A gift of beauty that is cherished every single day.
Spending time with Leon is a treasure so I decided to make it a learning adventure along with being together. He's teaching me how to cook! I do realize what these pans are for and certainly know the beauty they shed on the stove.
Now, I'm going to learn how to use them.
Tonight we are dining on salmon and green beans.
First flour is poured out. Then PANKO (not sure why that is used)!
Dip the salmon on all sides and ...
into the frying pan it goes. Watching it carefully and turning it from side to side until it's just right. Then a dinner plate is served and ready to eat.
That wasn't too hard!
I did wonder why Leon pulled out this spoon with holes in it. Then I dipped it in the beans and realized the liquid drained out leaving only the solid food. Well, that wasn't too hard. What meal is next for me to prepare as this one tasted fabulous.
Last week began with new trees placed in the front yard that didn't make it over the winter. Dave and his son get a pizza evening at the Bausch house for replanting two new trees. A real friend he has turned out to be.
Michelle and I went for lunch at DOTS and found this display at their front door. I'd say it looks pretty darn neat and a whole lot of work put into it.
Spencer and I went for a Miata ride throughout the neighborhood. He is always waiting at the car door, not to be left behind. Such a good boy.
Took a trip to Cushing to take pictures of Karin and those beautiful lupins that surrounded and her house. And she matches them perfectly! She's saving some seeds so the Bausch yard gets peppered with them next year.
Leon is waiting patiently for me to get ready for our Friday night at Cuzzie's.
Spencer realizes he is not joining us, sitting and thinking, "maybe this time..."
Lastly, we got a surprise call from Dallas friends who are spending a month in Rockport, close to our old neighborhood. We were surprised and invited them over so we could catch up after not seeing them for a long time. It happened to be a wonderful evening snacking on Leon-created hors d'oeuvres. What a treat! In fact, the whole week was full of treats. I love Mondays - always looking for new events that seem to occur during the week.
Friday we picked up MahJongg once again and spent that evening at Cuzzie's with the group. After enjoying our friends we took off for the Opera House in Rockport to hear Chris Bohjalian speak. That was a pure pleasure hearing about his life and how he prepared his 23rd novel, The Lioness, which takes place in Africa and has rave reviews. His advice: "Write in the genre you love to read. Read all the time. Write every day. Write because you love it, not because you
ever hope to get rich."
This novel is very much about race and social injustice, and the Black characters from both continents (USA and Africa) experience horrific discrimination. "The character of Terrance Dutton offers the perspective of a Black American and his backstory delves deep into the racial issues and struggles of 1960's America and Hollywood." He wanted this book to be a thriller and wanted the reader to understand and care about each character. He also wanted the reader to turn the pages frantically to determine who was going to live and who was going to die."
I have read several of his books and certainly love his writing.
Can't wait to start reading this one.