Posts Tagged ‘baking’
Beginning with Saturday morning events, the normal activities of waking early and running were not done today. There were sore legs all around so the long walk seemed the best therapy. If all goes well, running day will be Sunday. Besides, it was cold this morning, 19 degrees. The snow had melted however and it was a pleasant sunrise and lovely to see the water flowing again.
Last night, as mentioned yesterday, it was dinner at Franchettas.
Beginning with wine, followed by the Baby Spinach and Chevre salad, another dinner salad, and finally the grilled tuna served on a bed of spicy green beans.
Since the photos do not offer a picturesque detail of the wonderful tastes experienced in last nights dinner, the following is offered:
Walking into Franchettas is like walking into a family member’s home, so welcoming and friendly.
Wines are recommended and offered to try. Tasting glasses, which are standard wine glasses in most restaurants, are swapped for a truly luxurious mouth experience through a glass. The wine is poured with no limits to quantity restrictions…”Oh look. There is only a small amount left in the bottle. You better have it or I will”. Words from Pierre, the owner. Hence, the wine glass over flows.
Orders are taken as the waitress says “Oh I remember you! No starch. Extra Veg.!”
Salad appetizers are served. Salads are served. Finally dinner is placed on the table. All courses spaced perfectly in a well choreographed manner.
We enjoy Franchettas so much. It ranks number 1 in our books.
At home, about 9pm, we decided to watch this adorable DVD:
Today is a cake delivery, grocery shopping, baking more cakes and making more frostings. There is a lot of reading to be done on test products as well as enjoyment. One more item on the agenda is a “Blondie” comparison bake off. That’s right. A test is being conducted on the best recipe of two.
Hope to report back later with what was accomplished and what wasnt’. What? Cleaning? Oh No! It’s SATURDAY!
Friday, as always, was non stop at work. But I did take an extra 15 at lunch time to p/u some of my holiday baking goods. If I get a chance, I’ll get started this weekend:
I’m also going to make another attempt at bagels, hence the big block of yeast and whole wheat flour. The butter mints are for a peppermint pie. The nuts and M&M’s are for cookies, bars, and other yummy yums.
The Utica Heart Run and Walk app. came in the mail but I already signed up on line. If you would be so kind as to make a contribution to the American Heart Association, you can do so by checking out the “Helpful Links” on the right and clicking on “Heart Run & Walk”. I’ll have C-Flex as a sponsor as well as a personal donation, but a $1.00 from anyone goes along way to a very reputable organizaton. If I can get Ted to do it, he might… maybe he’ll do the 3 mile walk with Shane. This is one of the few events that allow dogs.
As for other plans, we are out to dinner tonight then again on Sunday. The Gents. from the UK and Sweden are arriving and Ted is being nice enough to accompany me on a business dinner at Dominique Chesterfield’s Sunday eve. Even though (I always stick a “t” at the end of my “though”‘s!!!- it’s sooo annoying!) it will be a bit late for us, it should be…ummmm…eventful?!
So that’s all…keep your fingers crossed that Shane and I don’t encounter any lose dogs on our run tomorrow. I think I’ll go through the Switchbacks just to be save. At least those dogs are on leashes! Have a great night and enjoy your Happy Hour.. and then some!