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I am in love with this last week.
Because I was able to spend it with some of my favourite people. In Oregon. It’s hard to believe I’ll be heading back to Washington tomorrow morning.

I miss Bell so much. Even more than before. And that was already too much. I cried in bed last night reading a little note she had given me when we said goodbye.
But I am so thankful for all the memories we made together. I will keep them always.
Sneaking onto the roof with Bell and Candy, mugs and hot chocolate, quilts and Noel, stargazing and wishing on shooting stars.
Sitting on the kitchen floor.
Picnicking in the park with Jenn, Christie, Fran, Candy, and Bell.
Drinking oh so much tea.
Painting French words on teacups.
Bell driving.
Dudleys.
The Record Store.
Running around IKEA for hours, not wanting it to end. (…”there is a Chinese family in our bathroom”…)
Townshends. #79.
Late night chats.
Baking muffins and cinnamon morning buns.
Karate.
Sparklers in the street.

I need to stop. I might cry again. I’ll finish my tea. Clean up. Wait for La to come home. Then hit the Saturday market.
Might be a wedding tonight in my new dress.

Rain is pouring down outside where I am.

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Mon Ami.

It is hard to believe that today was the last day.
Yes.
The last day of Bells visit.
I have loved having her with me. We have stayed up late at night dreaming of sewing studios. Figuring out purse patterns.
We have had so much tea this week. At least two kinds a day. We ran out of types to try so we took a trip to the tea shop downtown. And today Fed-Ex made me so happy.
They brought tea.
Right now there is Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro brewing.
And homemade Strawberry Poptarts are in the making.

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Good Fun: part two.

Here is part two of my time with Grace…

Tuesday:


The oven had bread in it all morning but we had to bake cupcakes for a party in the evening. We seriously made them right before we got in the car to go. It was so close. They tasted delicious though.

Wednesday Night:


We made little cream puffs…


with amazing chocolate cream filling.
We whipped cream (by hand) and folded it into chocolate pudding.
What a good filling.


Yes, I ate so many of them.
(and I even balanced them on my tongue. You should try that, it’s not easy.)

Thursday Morning:

The last meal (a.k.a. – Breakfast ).

I think Grace and I will always make these when we are together.
These Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls…
man oh man they are the best thing ever.


Breakfast has never been better.
They were the perfect thing with a cinnamon latte for our departure breakfast.
The grand finale to such a wonderful time.

There was much more too. We did some sewing. We watched the entire Little Dorrit mini series in two sittings. Those were some late nights but totally worth it. We drank tea. Brisk, Balanced, and Inspiring tea actually. Knitting happened. There was this one mexican potluck…

So many new memories for Grace and I to add to our collection.
I’m so thankful to have her as a friend. I love the fact that we can talk about the things that we both love. Like new bunt pans and butter.
Thank you, Grace, for always being there for me.

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Good Fun: part one.

I have a lot of pictures from my vacation to show you.
So. Hang on, here we go!


We spent a lot of our time in this kitchen.
Grace and I made food. So much food.

Sunday Dinner.
What does “Sunday dinner” bring to mind?
Something hearty that screams comfort?


Chicken Potpie.
Yes, one of my favourites
They turned out amazing.  Grace and I were both afraid we wouldn’t get dinner on the table until 9:00 or so. But of course we did not play it safe and just roast the chicken. We decided to shred it, throw it into a simmering stew, top it with pastry, and bake it. Amazingly (and thankfully) we had dinner ready right on time. I still don’t know how we pulled that one off.

Monday Dinner.


We made hand tossed rosemary pizza crusts. Lots of them.


Yes, those are grill marks. Pre-grilled and ready to load up with toppings.


On the table and ready to eat. Oh yum, they were so good.

Monday Night.
Homemade Marshmallows+ Homemade Graham Crackers+ a bonfire= A Good Time.


Grace cutting the marshmallows.
(Our graham crackers are baking in the oven.)


Don’t they look so fun? Really they are rather simple to bake. The recipe really should be on here… someday.


They roasted up so very nice. We couldn’t get a good smore picture in the dark. Let me just tell you, they were delightful.

To be continued…
(Good Fun:part two.)

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I had a wonderful holiday with Grace. (You don’t know how heavy that suitcase was. Seriously. So heavy.)
You’ll hear all about the holiday soon. I promise. I’m just waiting for pictures to show you. We got some really good pictures. Mostly of food but hey, it was good food.

It’s September already. How crazy is that. (I know, I say something to that effect every month.)
Since it is September…

…I couldn’t resist.

You need to have a bonfire and roast smores before summer is over. I built myself a fire and baked myself some homemade graham crackers just for that purpose last night. Those were good smores.

Oh say, have you ever met someone with the same birthday as you? I did this week. 
Wait, I guess haven’t actually met him have I…

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I’m going on holiday to visit this girl. Her name is Grace.
(That’s me, slaving away in the back.)
Grace and I have many kitchen adventure memories. We both love baking and cooking. So, when we’re in the kitchen together, we do it up big. (Late into the night as well. At least dinner was ready by nine o’clock that one time…)
We’re hoping to tackle homemade marshmallows and graham crackers for smores this time. And we’ll be grilling. Grilled pizza for sure. Possibly some kabobs or skewers of some sort. And most definately baking…

Cupcakes!

{I really think Grace and I could own a cupcake shop someday.}

We’re going to have so much fun.

p.s. Maybe I’ll fill you in on our adventures when I get back…

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