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I had a Dear Spark Friend and her DH for a Spark recipes Lunch.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


I blew everything today. I was having a Spark friend to lunch.
I had my menu planned. Knowing my friend loves vegetables and knowing her son is a chef and a good cook herself. I had no problem coming up with a good meal not too complicated and all the leftovers would be meals for DH and I for a couple more healthy meals already made. I like that part, no need to think about lunch or dinner and no thoughts of fast food either.

I had found a package of Wild Rice Blend in the store a while ago and I looked at the sauté I decided that would be a nice supper for guests. Long grain brown rice, Sweet brown rice, Wild rice, Whole grain Weham rice and Black Japonica rice.

Today I cooked the entire pound package of the rice blend and I used just one cup of rice for 4 of us. The remainder pre-portioned for DH and I for a future use.

The sauté on the packet added mushrooms, red onion, garlic, celery and 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Those vegetables were Sauté Micro waved and added to the rice along with 2 Tbs of soy sauce. It was fabulous.

I used Spark Recipe PISTACHIO CRUSTED SALMON.
I had Crust less Quiches "my way" I have reduced calories for Broccoli and Spinach quiche.
I cooked three small Spinach quiches this makes 12 serving's so 2 of those quiches are in the fridge for another lunch or dinner for DH and I .
We all enjoyed a super green salad and the "Bread" I made was Cauliflower Pizza Crust, cut in wedges to eat with the meal. It came out golden brown in a perfect circle.
The surprise was even our DH's liked it Woo Hoo.
Next time I do this it will be a PIZZA BASE and Gluten free.

My Spark friend was passing through Augusta and because of sickness, bad weather and my DH surgery we have not seen one another for months so it was really a big deal.
She brought me beautiful flowers and despite the visit being way too short we all had a very nice time.
After lunch they continued on their journey to a son's Birthday Party in Bangor Maine.
She was taking him his birthday cake. She makes all kinds of caked, birthday Wedding -anything and makes them often.

It was a beautiful cake. It was decorated with musical notes. It was exactly what I would like for a grown son who loves music. Alas I had not thought about taking a picture till they were on their way North.
She is such a good artist, and friend. The DH 's have become good friends too. They barely stopped talking the entire time they were together. Such a nice change for my DH too.

After they were gone DH picked up dishes with me because I still wanted to get the Fence completed today.
I did complete it and DH helped quite a lot. I needed to get more clay out from both sides and then I put down wet newspaper as advised and then I added cedar mulch.


FENCE FROM THE GARDEN SIDE.
DH complimented me by saying doing that the way I did, was a really great idea.
Now it will allow him to mow this annoying strip of grass that always looks a mess much easier. We are at the end of a Circle and as people arrive they drive straight towards that fence. I considered it to be an eyesore so I wanted it looking better and YES!! it sure does look much better.

FENCE AS SEEN FROM THE STREET. LOOKING SO NICE AND TIDY. IT SHOULD STAY THAT WAY TILL FALL--- I HOPE !!.
After the fence had heaved with the winter there was a danger of the wood bowing.
Now if it heaves the soft Cedar bark will help protect it and hopefully reduce insect pests from attacking the wood.
All in all another wonderful, busy day. I accomplished my goal with the fence and the meal I served turned out very well indeed.
You will recall I said I used a number of Spark recipes today so it was easy to track. We knew we were all eating with portion control since I served all the pieces sliced or weighed for easy counting for the tracker. We drank water or coffee no sugar and no desert but everyone had a healthy meal and a very good time.
Thanks for the recipes, they all were keepers.

SPECIAL ADDITION for My NY Spark Friend,SCOOTER, Thanks for the suggestion. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 4/29/2013 9:23PM

    I have eaten but your menu made me hungry. Good job and the fence looks amazing.

Glad you were able to enjoy your spark friend.

Hugs, Sunny

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/29/2013 9:21PM

    Your fence looks fantastic.

Your lunch and visit with your friend sounded amazing. She sounds like a very talented cake decorator.

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WOWEETOO 4/29/2013 8:45PM

    go pat!!!!
loves and hugs
the lady mary

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MARTYLYNN1 4/29/2013 5:25PM

    Your food all sounds delicious and the fence looks great. Glad you were able to have a nice visit with your friend.

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NASFKAB 4/29/2013 12:59PM

  loved the fence & congrats on serving great delicious & healthy food with planning leftovers to eat another day really lovely idea

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KARRENLYNN 4/29/2013 10:52AM

    The fence looks great and it sounds like you all had a great time with friends and stayed on healthy track too. I would say you all hit the trifecta!!

I'm glad you got to enjoy seeing your friends and the DHs got along too.

Karen

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CHAIRUL 4/29/2013 10:32AM

    The fence looks GREAT!!!! It was such a wonderful visit with you both yesterday-the high light of our day was our time with you! What a wonderful,healthy and delicious meal you prepared,my sweet friend! It was simply amazing and we felt like royalty in your beautiful home. We had the best time ever and hope to see you again very soon. Much love,and thanks so much again. (Sean loved the cake,by the way). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/29/2013 10:23AM

    I am so happy to read you had a lovely day with your Sparkfriend and her DH! These recipes sound great! And what a wonderful job you did on the fence, wow!!!
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IMAGINGPRO 4/29/2013 10:18AM

    What a great lunch you prepared for your SP friends. It must of tasted really good. I am glad that your DH liked it too.

I am very happy that you were able to finish your fence project too. It does look very nice. Here's hoping that it stays that way until fall. Job well done.

It is very good when we can complete a project that we have started. It is such a feeling of accomplishment. Glad that your DH was able to help some.'

Hope you have a great week.

Love Dot

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1CRAZYDOG 4/29/2013 9:50AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful day! The fence looks fabulous! HUGS

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HARROWJET 4/29/2013 9:07AM

    Another nice day for you and Fred. emoticon


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GINIEMIE 4/29/2013 9:03AM

    Wow, what a day. Glad you have a good SF that can visit, and whose DH gets along so well with yours. l
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LEANJEAN6 4/29/2013 8:10AM

    Oh it would be so much fun meeting another Sparkly friend--and sounds like you enjoyed having her---Lynda

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/29/2013 8:08AM

    What a great day! The fence looks wonderful!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/29/2013 7:28AM

    Sounds like you had a very successful day. Glad you had a good visit with Spark friends. Your fence looks so neat. Great job!

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KATHY024 4/29/2013 5:53AM

    Great idea to put the mulch on both sides of the fence! Glad you had a great day with friends. Always a special time. emoticon Hope you showed the pics of Singapore to your DH. I bet it was a lot different when he was there. Did he go to the Raffel's hotel for their famous drink "The Singapore Sling"? That hotel is still thriving and immaculate!

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ROSEWCI 4/29/2013 5:27AM

    Great job Pat! And it's always so nice to have a visit w/friends!

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123ELAINE456 4/29/2013 2:53AM

  Well Done

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ARTJAC 4/29/2013 2:29AM

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SCOOTER4263 4/29/2013 12:42AM

    Your fence looks *wonderful*! And congratulations on hanging on there on a really tough job. Jobs like that aren't nearly as much fun as the usual pottering in the garden, but when they're done, the results really change the whole look of the area.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/29/2013 12:33AM

    What a wonderful day you had. the meal sounds delicous!

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GLASSART43 4/28/2013 11:20PM

    What a great day! emoticon

The fence looks very nice.

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SISSIE21 4/28/2013 10:57PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. The fence looks good. You really worked hard on it, isn't it great to see the fruits of your labor?
Have a great week! emoticon emoticon


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JUDITH316 4/28/2013 10:48PM

    Sounds like you all really enjoyed your time together, your menu sounds scrumptious...you did a great job with your fence... emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/28/2013 10:45PM

    The meal sounds spectacular. Glad you had such a nice visit with your friends and the fence looks great.

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TERRI289 4/28/2013 10:42PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!!! emoticon

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