Happy New Year
Indio, California: The kids just spent
three days with us. There has been a lot of playing, a lot of cooking and no
time for blogging. The weather mostly cooperated.
They left a very rainy Los Angeles and arrived to this pretty sunny day. Leo
brought his bike. Lucy brought her scooter. The kids enjoyed our
low/non-existent trafficked streets for hours.
Brunch was ready when they arrived. After several attempts, I
am now happy with the results and will soon publish an easy (make ahead) and delicious Eggnog Bread Pudding
recipe. I tried the idea first with commercial eggnog, but that stuff has way
too many ingredients/chemicals. It is best if made from scratch. And this bread
pudding is really best if made with a splash of bourbon... which I did
not add for the kids, of course.
Our grandchildren had a few Hanukkah cookies as well.
As the sun set, we lit the menorah. The last night of Hanukkah is my favorite.
It means latkes and the menorah is so pretty with every candle lit.
Latkes were served a few hours before dinner, because on New
Year's Eve we eat
Fettuccini Alfredo... probably one of the most
fat-and-calorie-and-carb-laden food item on earth. Just the thing before the
We had planned S'mores for dessert, but just as we went outside to light the
fire pit, the sky opened and it began pouring buckets. No matter - DT braved the
elements between downpours and delivered smishy-warm marshmallows to his
grandchildren. Happily, his grandchildren can't yet tell time: we celebrated the New
Year at 9p pacific, via CNN, as the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City.
The weather was spectacular Sunday! Warm. Sunny. Just a slight
breeze. Bocce Ball Tournament!
The Motorcoach Country Club has four Bocce ball courts - nestled
between the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts... and adjacent to the practice
putting green. When not playing Bocce, we could try our putting skills. As you
can imagine, a two-year-old is very helpful at a Bocce tournament. Lucy
figured-out we were trying to roll the Bocce balls as close as possible to the
white jack ball, and would simply move the ball for us. Scoring may not have
been official, but Lenny won.
After the tournament, I took Leo to the pool and watched him
dive and swim, and go back-and-forth between the pool and the hot tub.
Sunday was pizza night - and Leo made a special salad for everyone: Little
Gem lettuces with a
creamy vegan dressing, radishes and pistachios.
Though this morning brought clouds, it was warm. Lenny and I
took Leo and Lucy to the pool while Lisa packed and DT made the casita tidy
again. Leo loves swimming!
Later, the kids left and took Reese back to LA with them. We
started washing linens and cleaning-up and then settled in to watch the Rose
Dave and I wish you all a fun and happy 2017, filled with love, good food
and travel. Happy New Year!
Until my next update, I remain, your pet-free correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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