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We had a great time Friday night. Ted chose the venue and that was Yesterday’s Royal in Sylvan Beach. BUT….it gets REALLY good because Rocko called us, who we haven’t seen in months, and he and Jackie were wondering what we were up to. Our evening ended up with the four of us going to Sylvan Beach, dining at Yesterday’s Royal outside (dining outside is really a unique experience here in Upstate New York), taking a walk along the beach front, and finally doing some dancing back at Y.R.  Fun!

DSCN1589The restaurant is certainly not a gourmet food facility. It is basically anything you want at a reasonable price while maintaining your camping vacation experience.  Follow along in pictures…

Concannon Chardonnay served in the THICKEST wine GOBLET.

Concannon Chardonnay served in the THICKEST wine GOBLET.

 

Instead of bread, we were offered poppyseed muffins. Jackie said they should have been dessert they were that sweet.

Instead of bread, we were offered poppyseed muffins. Jackie said they should have been dessert they were that sweet.

Since I didn’t indulge in a sweet muffin, I asked for bread. The waitress was kind to accomodate, however the bread was white sandwich bread slices. Dah!

 
Next up was the salad. I’m not offering a photo because it was a mass of iceberg lettuce with a tomato…and very little else.  Oh..there were about 10 croutons!
Seafood Fra Diavolo...Yesterday's Royal style. Not bad..as you can see, it was very RED saucy!
My dinner was the Seafood Fra Diavolo Yesterday’s Royal Style. Red with so much sauce. There were veggies in there somewhere.
Dinner wasn’t bad and if I sound a bit negative in my review, really, I don’t mean to be. It was good for a camper’s retreat.   If you are wondering about Ted’s dish, he had chicken riggies and complained with every bite how spicy hot it was. Oh well… we had a GREAT time!
Saturday:
Shane and I ran over 6 miles today. Not a bad morning at all. We decorated (well..I decorated….) Ted’s birthday cake, went to Clinton Salad days (below), picked up a dozen bottles of wine to replenish our stock, stopped in a camera store to enjoy some conversation about how to take photos, and finally grocery shopped.   As for this evening, we are having a BBQ for Ted’s birthday with family members. Of course it has been rained out so we will most likely be inside but still… the celebration will go on.
What about those Salad Days?  The Kirkland Art Center at Park Row in Clinton, NY celebrated its fifth annual Salad Days today, July 11. The fundraiser is to promote the Center.  They offered a complete salad lunch with all sorts of different salads and desserts.  But what did I REALLY go for?   They had a sale of hand-made bowls, mugs, and other ceramics from local potters.  They were gorgeous.  For the cost of one bowl, lunch was included.  So I chose my bowl, filled it up and continued with my chores.
Choice of pottery

Choice of pottery

A nice presentation

A nice presentation

The bowl I decided on. Why? Because it is a flatter bowl so I can have my oatmeal in it as well as my fruit on the side.

The bowl I decided on. Why? Because it is a flatter bowl so I can have my oatmeal in it as well as my fruit on the side.

Just a small portion of the many salad offerings....

Just a small portion of the many salad offerings....

The ENDLESS dessert table: Cupcakes, fruit, brownies, carrot cake, cookies...

The ENDLESS dessert table: Cupcakes, fruit, brownies, carrot cake, cookies...

Now it’s off to prepare for Ted’s party.  Have a nice weekend and leave Ted a Happy Birthday wish…please.
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Have any of you seen or read about the “Bread Art Project“?  It is a group endeavor to fight hunger in the United States.  The Grain Foods Foundation and the Feeding America Project have raised $25,000 in donations so far to provide 175,000 meals to families in need. 

Go ahead and have some fun with it. Click above on the “Bread Art Project” link and create your own piece of bread art.  It’s free and it’s fun.  Once at the site, see the lower left corner of the window where it says “Make Art”?  Click there and you will take a ride on an elevator to your own canvas.  Pretty cool!  Let your kids have fun with it!

Remember the other dayI told you about Donna, Shane’s Dog Sitter?  The other night, we were invited to Donna’s farm to meet the baby chicks and the cats, and the cock-a-toos and….all the other wild life. What a beautiful farm it is.  Here is the picture tour…

A box full

A box full of chicks

Two in the coupe

Two in the coupe

Nice Do!

Nice Do!

A yellow cutie

A yellow cutie

A grey bird
A white bird
The quiet bird of many colors... who hums a familiar tune

The quiet bird of many colors... who hums a familiar tune

A very pretty kitty ... wanted to paw my camera!

A very pretty kitty ... wanted to paw my camera!

You wouldn’t believe what is involved with raising the chicks.  From making sure they don’t deform their legs on a newspaper surface to not drowning in their water.  Then Donna had to make sure a place was built so they could roost when they get older.  A trap door was put into the renovated heifer barn so they will eventually be able to  get outside into a fully enclosed gated area (and I mean top and sides secure), safe from wild life such as coy dogs. 

What a wonderful visit!  So enlightening and such a view.  Thanks Donna.

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