Sunday, August 9, 2009

Backyard Campout

We had a fun and busy weekend!

I spent the best part of Friday cooking.

Our neighbor Sheri's sister passed away this last week. Lisa, was diagnosed with a brain tumor 10 years ago. Despite some failing health in the last year or so her death was unexpected and very hard on her family.

I offered to make some food for the family dinner after the service. I made a Texas Almond sheet cake and some zucchini cupcakes with caramel icing - they were yummy.

Tessa and I drove out to Gladstone to attend the funeral. It was a nice service but long - 2 hours. It was at a Luthern Church. One of Sheri and Lisa's sisters is LDS and her husband was one of the speakers at the service. It was a bit strange to hear someone quoting James Talmage and the prophet Alma in a Luthern church! One thing was made clear though - the spirit always accompanies true doctrine. The first half of the service had included lots of readings, scriptures, song and some preaching from the minister but it wasn't until Chris spoke and taught true doctrine that I felt the spirit.

We were invited to the family dinner afterwards but I needed to get back home to prepare the food for the next event - a family BBQ at our friends the Densleys

One of my CM team members had shared a piece of very fresh salmon her husband had caught with us so I fixed it for the BBQ - it had rave reviews and several people told me it was the best salmon they had ever had. I don't care for salmon but I liked this!

I also made a yummy grape salad - a weird combination of sour cream, cream cheese, brown sugar, almonds and grapes but so yummy!! Both recipes will be on the blog soon!

We had a fun Saturday with a trip to the Farmer's Market and the Garlic Festival which I already blogged about and then dinner at Helvetia Tavern.
Because it had been hard week for our neighbors Cali and Tessa invited the kids - Brock and Olivia over for a backyard campout Saturday night.

They pitched the tent in the back yard and slept in it.
They had to wake up early in order to get ready for church.

I managed to entice them into the house with freshly baked blueberry muffins!


Tamara said...

Sorry that I had not signed up for the blog with my new address--and have been missing your posts. Looking forward to the new recipes.

Emily said...

Those muffins would get me out of bed! They look yummy. We shall see this weekend if they really are :)