Monday, November 16, 2020

Weekending

 Hello There!

Whew!  It has been another busy morning.  I'm at the office and have been here 4 hours...still some more to go.  I'm not sure how or why it is still so busy, busy, busy for me, but it is.  Towards the end of last week I found that I couldn't stitch or even knit without my eyes burning and then tearing up...too much time on the computer looking at spreadsheets and the like I guess.  So, after shutting down my computer at 5 on Friday, I never turned it on again until this morning in the office.

The weekend was pleasant though!  Saturday Colin & Mailing came over.  Quoc's pork turned out well (Colin is pretty sure when we had it in TX it was ribs, but I can't remember).


I roasted a huge pan of veggies to go with the meal (carrots, parsnips, turnips, Brussels sprouts, a couple of sweet potatoes and a couple of regular potatoes).  I also made Fletcher's Mom's chutney recipe (and there is enough left for Thanksgiving!!).  After dinner we moved outside for a fire.  Fletch found some pinecones to throw on the blaze that had been treated with something (some chemical I'm sure) to send pretty colors our way.


It was pretty chilly (see the gloves on Fletch?), so the fire felt very, very good.  And it was nice to hang out with the kids a bit.

Mailing said we were invited to dinner Sunday at her parents for dumplings!!  You know I cannot pass that up.  LOL  So, we took a couple bottles of wine over and I made a cake for dessert:


A devil's food cake with raspberry buttercream frosting.  After putting the raspberries on it I decided to sprinkle on some silver sprinkles - hard to see unless you enlarge the picture.  Anyway it tasted good and making the dumplings was fun.


I think in the photo above Zhongren is pointing out a misshapen dumpling that yours truly made!  LOL  I don't have the experience of years and years of folding these things.  They sure did taste good though, and I brought home a rather large container of left overs.  YAY!

A very strong storm rolled through before we left their house.  We could hear hail hitting the roof and rain just pouring down.  On our way home later, Fletch and I had to detour as there was a huge tree that had come down across one of the roads we take.  No damage at home and the tree that was down haad been cleared by the time I drove down that road this morning.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with a TNT (emphasis on the tiny part) update.

16 comments:

  1. Hello,
    It is good to give your eyes a break from the computer time. Love the fire, it does have some colorful flames. The food and cake sound delicious. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

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  2. What a lovely weekend -- and I'm so glad you had a nice, long break from your computer. Your cake looks so charming with the pink and the sprinkles.

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  3. I hope you ate a dumpling or two for me, my friend!

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  4. Sorry V. I made the dumpling comment!

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  5. For some reason, it won't say who I am even though I indicated my identity. LOL It's Leslie. <3

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  6. The dumplings look SO good. I really like them too. And that cake looks yummy. I enlarged the photo so I could see the pretty sprinkles. How fun that you get along so well with the in-laws. We love Mandy's in-laws too and know that when we move back to NE we'll spend a lot of time with them. We video with Tara's parents in London too and enjoy visiting with them online. We look forward to meeting them in person soon. If COVID ever goes away.
    We're back in lockdown for a month here.
    Take care and stay well.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I do hope work slows down for you in the near future so you can relax a bit and enjoy your free time at home. But I'm glad to see you still have time for delicious food! It all looks great and a dumpling's shape just reflects that it's been made by hand. Those storms last night were wild!

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  8. It's pretty rare these days that I turn my computer on at home after work/on weekends (unless there's work to do -- rarely just for "fun"). I have some sort of tint in my "computer glasses" and both of those things seem to have really helped my eyes (and neck/shoulders). Ha. I bet your dumplings tasted just fine! We were just talking about making some again ourselves (and none of them would pass a test, I'm sure)! We had a super windy weekend here... today I've been watching on/off snow. I'm not seeing much grass anymore.

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  9. The cake looks beautiful! I'm sure it was delicious too.

    Steve was out several hours last night blocking off a road with trees down. There was a big one down about 400 yards north of our house going across Butler. But, by this morning it was all cleaned up.

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  10. All of your weekend activities sound fun: I’ve never made a dumpling, so I’m sure mine would be pretty wonky. It’s been windy, windy, windy here. Saturday some areas in the state had over 100mph wind gusts. The gusts here were in the 70s - still strong enough to take my breath away when outside.

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  11. What a fun weekend. Sometimes it is a good idea to shut down the computer. Your food always sounds delicious. Raspberry cream frosting on a devil's food cake - yum!

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  12. Looks like a great weekend--the gathering is such a blessing! Beautiful cake--nice job on the baking!

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  13. The weekend sounds like a good break from all that work!

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  14. I am sorry your eyes were so tired! I can remember in my early days of my job (I'm an editor, so I read all day), I couldn't see at the end of the day, and it was always so sad not to be able to read for pleasure! But it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with plenty of time for your eyes to rest up.

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  15. I'm glad you've been getting to see your kids so often. No stories of their honeymoon? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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