Front Porch Time

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I spent the day making a vat of marinara sauce and 15 pounds of Italian meatballs.

The neighbors behind us came over for dinner - Mom is out of town, but Dad the the boys had meatball sammiches with us, followed by a glorious dessert of Jell-o Sugar Free Pudding. :)

I have several containers of sauce labeled and put into the freezer, along with a big bag of meatballs. Not a drop of HFCS to be found! Pretty low sodium, and low fat, too. I put carrots in the sauce and then pureed it - I think it makes it sweeter, and I'm sure it adds fiber. Everyone thought it tasted great, which is what really matters.

We've decided that little boys running around and throwing toys are the equivalent of crack for standard poodles. The dogs are STILL wound up!

After the neighbors left, R and I had cocktails on the 'mayoral bench.'

When we first moved here, there were few houses built. Across the street was all dirt - now there are eight houses there. Our house was the 'model' home for the neighborhood. We have a level-entry (unusual in new construction in Portland) - meaning that we don't have to climb stairs to reach the front door and main level. We have a front 'porch' - even though it is concrete - that is covered, with enough room for a few pots.

The first summer we were here, I talked R into purchasing a teak bench. We sat out there in the evenings and talked and laughed. He decided that I would be the 'Mayor' of Cooper Mountain, and dubbed it the Mayoral Bench, because I waved at and talked to anyone who walked by.

We were out there tonight chatting and having a cocktail - pretty balmy weather for us Portlanders - almost 60!

Some other neighbors drove by on their way home and stopped to chat - "What are you guys doing?"

"Sitting on the porch and drinking!"


We love this neighborhood. :)

OH - we have a nesting birdie on top of one of the columns on our front porch! We don't know what kind of birdie she is yet. We're thinking of setting up a wireless camera. We're dorks.
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    Woo there is almost too much here to comment on . It all sounds so good cocktails on the porch ,poodles on crack, meatball sandwiches, mararia sauce in the freezer, neighbors stopping by , being elected Mayor by D H , what an awesome life you guys have and about half a million Spark people wanting to move to your neighborhood .... well there goes the QUIET. ha ha good to read y9our blogs they always give me a warm fuzzy feeling , thank you emoticon
    3273 days ago
    I had to laugh about the nesting birdie. My Mom saved things from when we were kids. My sister is 9 years older, so this was the only way I could see things she had done. Her assignment was to write a daily journal on a robin's nest. She would climb a ladder daily to have a look into the nest when the birds were away hunting food for the babies. One entry read: "Father robin is on vacation. He has not been around to feed the babies." Apparently he did come back and they successfully raised their young. I had to laugh when I read about "being on vacation."
    We have a concrete front porch and I had a bench on the porch and would take the pets out of an evening and have my coffee while we all watched people driving up and down the street. Our house makes an odd noise when we have high winds, so my husband decided the air was coming in around the front door and put on a storm door. Well, we couldn't open the door with the bench there, so now it goes on the pool deck in the back of the house but we still have the noise when the wind gusts. :(
    Your meatball sandwiches sound delicious!
    3274 days ago
  • LN7777
    Wish I lived in your neighborhood : ) emoticon
    3274 days ago
    Yum, sounds soooo good!
    3274 days ago
    Lucky Dad and the Boys! You have a nice Village. My DH pretty much does it alone when I am gone - he doesn't like to ask for help. So I'm not gone often.
    3275 days ago
    Yum! Hey do you ever use the recipe calculator on Spark Recipes? When I found that thing, I was in heaven because I do most of my cooking from scratch and I was really stumped as to how to figure out how many calories were in a home cooked dish. Check it out! Then you'll know for sure just how much fibre is in your Marinara sauce.
    I hope you set up a camera to check out the nesting birds. That goodness you are dorks! Can't wait to see what you get on camera!!
    3275 days ago
    I still need to attempt to make my own sauce.

    Also, let me know when a home becomes available in your 'hood. I'll pretend that we have enough equity in our post-bubble house to sell and move across the country...

    3275 days ago
    The carrots in the marinara is a great idea. I've done that a few times and it's always turned out fine.

    Love the camera on the birdie idea. I hope that if you decide to do it, you'll post some pictures.

    3275 days ago
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