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Boy, did we have fun!

I decided to try my hand at making a little movie presentation of our Fourth of July gathering.  We had some of our very special friends over to help celebrate the holiday with us.  As always, there was more than enough food.

We played darts, cowboy golf, badminton and of course, pool!  I spent a lot of time in what Katie calls my “natural habitat,” the kitchen, cranking out the goodies.  I even made a new barbeque sauce using rhubarb!  Thank goodness I had my grasshopper, Emily, there to help me.

We had hummus, pita bread, guacamole, bagel chips, grilled corn on the cob, grilled veggie skewers bathed with that rhubarb sauce,  kale and carrot salad, wheatberry salad and quinoa salad.  There were no lack of sweets.  I made peanut butter cookies, oatmeal triple chip cookies and lemon coconut pixies.  Emily baked a raspberry buttermilk cake which was the perfect foil for my homemade strawberry frozen yogurt.  Robert brought a perfect watermelon, beautiful fresh raspberries, red and gold, and blueberries.

I only wish I had taken more pictures.  Especially of us all shooting firecrackers and bottle rockets off!

Enjoy the film presentation.  (Ignore the date on the title page – this really was filmed on the 4th of July)


A Wish Granted from the Universe

Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

I am so stoked! I just found out that one of my food idols is coming to town next week. She’s not a celebrity chef, but she is definitely a cook extraordinaire. Ruth Reichl is the editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine. She has written several books, and her latest, “Not Becoming my Mother” just came out. I have read all of her books and was planning on buying this newest one, but to own an autographed copy is a living dream. I love the way she writes. Witty and chatty, like visiting with a good chum, I can tune the world out when I am soaking up her words.

I have a strong belief in the law of attraction and I was just saying last week that I would really, really like to meet Ruth Reichl. I know the Universe heard my request and is only giving me what I asked for. It all happened pretty fast. I never read the newspaper, but for some reason today at my lunch break, I picked up the entertainment page of the Oregonian and was looking to see what movies were playing at the Kennedy School. Nothing of interest to me, but the ad below the Kennedy School was for the Bagdad Theatre and I saw her name – RUTH REICHL. I felt chills. I got extremely excited. I started talking about how much a admire Ruth to anyone within earshot. Only two people knew who I was referring to, but they could all tell how important this was to me. I was even told “You’re so cute” like I was a little kid or something. I felt as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning, because I am getting what I asked Santa (aka the Universe) for.

So, now, dear Universe I want to meet Ruth, get her to sign my book(s) and have my picture taken with her. And I can feel that all of this is going to happen, just like I intend it to.

The Ruth I admire, wild hair and big grin

The Ruth I admire, wild hair and big grin



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