November Weekend in Texas

   Rita arrived late Thursday and returns home to Virginia tomorrow (Monday). Other family members arrived and the fun really began. I played badminton with Ryan, the 14-year-old granddaughter. The last time I played badminton I was pregnant with her Mother. One of our birds ended up in the roof gutter and another in a tree – Don retrieved them both with the gadget normally reserved for fishing golf balls out of water hazards . . . . can you imagine how sore my legs are today?
   We ate very well and often. There was a birthday cake made from a gluten-free Betty Crocker cake mix. In between we had Glutino Sesame Ring Pretzels and Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs. It has been an overwhelming pear season and fresh picked fruit is such a wonderful luxury. Rita tried and approved the Montchevre Goat Milk Cheddar that I had discovered a few months ago. We had some of our own Lentil Patties. There were some of Ricki’s amazing Oatbran Banana Muffins from her Sweet Freedom cookbook that we warmed up for breakfast and slathered with almond butter.
   Rita met the Sit N’ Stitch group that is so wonderful about taste-testing and providing feedback on our new recipes. We tried out our Pear-Plum-Date Catsup as a base for barbeque sauce in the Crockpot with some Italian sausage. It needs more work – not really bad but could be a lot better.
   Next weekend I plan to bring my siblings into the taste-test fold. Sister Amanda has already sampled the Oatbran-Banana Muffin and is anticipating more goodies. There may even be a Harry Potter theme introduced – this could get really interesting!

Mom & Rita

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  1. Ricki said

    Sounds like a delectable long weekend–and lots of fun! Your food would make anyone drool, GF or not. And glad that you enjoyed the muffins! (but can I have some of that catsup, please?) 😉

  2. oatbran banana muffins? Pear-Plum-Date Catsup?!! With almond butter? Wow! What a feast!!

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