Before I get any more emails from My Worried Readers, I am fine
and so preoccupied with visiting family, I didn't realize it had been a week
since an update on this site. Apparently, I do have some sort of personal life. Here is a quick
Lenny: thumbs up. Lucy: flipping the bird?
Lisa and Lenny had a bad start to their trip from Los
Angeles to Portland
Friday afternoon due to a
last-minute plane change... and I mean the airline changed planes and
the second plane didn't have quite the same amount of seats as the
original. There was a
possibility the kids were going to get skunked, but it all worked out in the
end.... except they arrived several hours late... and Portland (auto) traffic was terrible.
Just terrible. Our usual 45-minute commute to the airport turned into a
two-hour crawl on the freeway. No accidents. No obvious reason
for the hold-ups. DT and I were not in great moods when we arrived at
PDX, but as soon as we saw Little Leo and Lucy, we cheered right up
again. Cheered up enough to sit through a TWO HOUR drive back to our
house where I had dinner waiting.
I had spent the previous three days prepping Chicken Confit (which only
requires a few moments of actual labor, but does require a 3-day minimum
advance notice), which
would just need a quick browning while asparagus roasted for ten minutes
in the oven. Salad was already made. Table was set. However, I did not
take enough time to get the cast iron skillet hot enough and the chicken skin
stuck to the pan, ruining my three day plan for a beautiful
Thank goodness it was family coming for dinner and not
the President of France (that's next week) and thank goodness, the
chicken was absolutely delicious and fell off the bone and Lenny loved
the dish. Polite Readers will recall the picture-perfect attempt from
Everyone pretty-much crashed after our long commute/late
Dave and Lenny went to the Duck game Saturday, while Lisa and I
volunteered to remain at home and watch the game on TV to avoid the rain
and cold weather.
named Leo could have been in
his pajamas until noon.
Someone named Leo was very busy. Bubbe has a lot of interesting toys to play with.
(Nearly every toy in our toy box belonged to Lisa during her childhood.)
The Oregon Ducks beat Colorado. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota moved up the Heisman
Trophy ladder. One more game left on the regular-season schedule. Always a
Big One. This rivalry goes back to 1894 - one of the longest
rivalries in college football history.
Oregon v Oregon State.
Everyone, but Lucy and I, went to
Big Al's on
Sunday afternoon to watch Lenny's Redskins. Leo won three plastic
dinosaurs playing arcade games and the Redskins did not win a damn
While the gang was away, I was supposed to get everything ready for a
gathering at our house Sunday evening - Dave and I had invited friends
to pizza (pizza and salads from
a local joint)
at our house so everyone could meet Lucy. Problem was, I could not get
even one task accomplished except holding Lucy because - though she was so
sleepy - every time I put her in the crib - Lucy screamed. Lucy
wanted to be held.
I sent a text message to Mary and Kathy kindly suggesting they politely
ignore the messy state of our house as I could not get ready for the
pizza party because a certain Little Princess demanded to be held 24/7,
instead of politely napping in her crib while her Bubbe prepped for a
party in her honor. Fifteen seconds later, my doorbell rang and there
was Kathy! Experienced Grandma, ready to cradle Lucy while I tidied for
the party. Steve even volunteered to pick-up the pizza order!
Best. Friends. Ever.
Mary & Kathy holding Lucy
We had a great evening with our friends. No one noticed
our mess, they only noticed our beautiful new granddaughter and her
And totally awesome pizza.
A few of our beautiful daughters
A few of our beautiful husbands (and one son)
I prepared a dessert tray with chocolate chip cookies,
canales, peanut butter cookies, salted pumpkin caramels, lemon rosemary
olive oil cake and chocolate hazelnut shortbread bars.
Mary's daughter-in-law, Laura, made Lucy a gorgeous quilt and gave it to
Lucy Sunday night:
Laura and Lucy
Hugs and Kisses for Little Lucy!
I was able to spend quite a bit time with my
grandchildren today. Lucy is an super-sweet baby and Leo is a
super-active toddler. I can barely keep up.
My sister joined us tonight for a quiet family dinner at home. The menu
Roast Leg of Lamb with Basil Cream Sauce from Mimi Thorisson of
(NOTE: do not read Mimi's blog if you have fantasies involving an idyllic
life, copious vegetables and flowers growing in the garden of your
French Chateau, walking through woodland paths with your gorgeous
family, or keeping your figure after birthing many children - the latest
one delivered unexpectedly
at home - and writing a cookbook in your idle hours. You Have Been Warned.) The Basil Cream Sauce was divine,
but my (nearly six-pound, organic, raised-in-Oregon) leg of lamb needed
more than 45 minutes roasting time to reach medium-rare. We also enjoyed
fingerling (Oregon!) potatoes, and a salad made with Oregon pears,
Oregon hazelnuts and
I do not to need to mention DT paired the Oregon lamb with Oregon pinot
My sister, Renee, with Lucy - and an old Bubbe relaxing after dinner
Tomorrow we are going out for dinner!
Until my next update, I remain, your cooked correspondent.
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