Oh yeah. That’s me. Party Girl! I’m going to parties. I’m throwing parties. I’m one of the cool people. I’m practically exactly like those Absolutely Fabulous girls, except without all that chain smoking and Botox stuff.
AbFab Fridge: somewhere in London
I also wish I had a an entire fridge entirely devoted to champagne, just like the Absolutely Fabulous girls.
On second thought, that is probably a very, very, very bad idea.
Kathy & Woody are FINALLY back from their weeks & weeks long trip to visit their #1 daughter in England, visit the pyramids in Egypt, watch the best friend (Mariel Zagunis) of their #3 daughter fence in the Olympics and then visit Holland before returning back to Portland to throw a bridal shower for the fiancé of Mary & Steve’s #3.
Are you taking notes – because there is going to be a quiz.
I don’t think Kathy could get home fast enough – so she could get her baby-fix. Her grandson, Will, is already six months old. Will was the most popular party favor this afternoon. He had not seen me for over a month, yet jumped straight into my arms. The Genius obviously recognized an experienced Bubbe at first glance.
Kathy held the bridal shower in her garden – perfectly lovely weather (warm, but not too warm) and served a Mediterranean luncheon of Greek Salad, falafel and baklava to about 25 guests. The bride, Laura, is in navy on the far left.
Kathy’s #2 (mother of the precious Will) and Mary’s #2
GLOWING: Mary with her #1 and #2
I only have a #1… and my #1 reported Little Leo took a few steps this evening. Big news!
After lunch, we played a game where Chris had answered 25 questions about Laura and Laura had to “guess” what his answers were. She did pretty well! Next, Laura opened gifts for over one hour! While she was opening gifts, her fiancé was texting me from his home in Utah (where they will live after the wedding). DT and I had their gift shipped to Utah, because I could not figure out how Laura could get this in her suitcase:
A mixer was not on their gift registry, but I know this girl, and this girl loves to cook and bake. We were even able to learn that if Laura were to ever have a stand mixer, she would prefer a black stand mixer. Sneaky! Since Laura’s future husband (Mary & Steve’s #3 – pay attention!) has an engineering degree from Purdue, he was able to get this sucker out of the box, place it on the counter and email me a photo. So… at the bridal shower, all Laura received from us was a lousy card:
Did I mention… Kathy made baklava? It was dreamy. A fabulous party!
I had to get home straight-away after the shower, because DT and I were hosting a dinner for my family! My Dad and Mary, my sister, niece – and our sister-in-law from Colorado were all going to be in town (appearing one night only), so (of course) everyone gathered here.
I was outside grilling veggies early this morning – asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, green onion, peppers and roasted garlic. After grilling, I let the veggies marinate all day in a simple home-made vinaigrette… then plated the appetizer, drizzled it with a balsamic reduction and basil chiffonade.
Do y’all recall when we purchased this tray in Tubac, AZ?
The result was a very healthy and very pretty appetizer. We finished the entire tray!
Which was a pretty good thing… because for dinner DT and I served meager Chicken Caesar Salads except for our vegan niece, Carla… who was served lettuce and croutons, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. I baked a blackberry tart for dessert and made buttermilk ice cream (yesterday). The combo was good, but the buttermilk ice cream was lacking in creamy texture. Carla was served a Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Bar (vegan, organic). Though the berry tart was quite lovely, Carla may have enjoyed the best dessert in the house tonight.
Dad with his #3, #1 (me) – and his wife, Mary
And I ran 3 miles this morning in my spare time.
Until my next update, I remain, your absolutely fabulous correspondent.