Before we started our celebrations in earnest on Friday night. .
I asked the girls to grab their book and come outside with me for a photo.
I gave clear and concise directions that we all have one husband at a time do the picture op.
Ellen is cracking me up in this picture. I'm not sure what Marg was doing.
It was the best one.
You should see the rest.
Everyone wants to know what we had for dinner.
We had Greek Marinated roasted Cornish Hens
Swiss Chard Rolls
Greek Lemon Potatoes
Marg's Greek Salad
Bev's Cabbage Salad
Bev made the most fantastic Coconut Prawns which are in the book . .
and Anneliese brought her delicious Roasted Red Pepper Artichoke Dip. ..
and a beautiful Fruit Plate
Kathy brought some bread and Tzatziki Dip ..
Julie brought a Green Bean Dish . .
Betty brought some famous cheese from Steinbach . .
and Judy brought fantastic Rhubarb Pies for dessert.
Saturday morning we started signing books at Winks.
Winks is her nickname but I know her as Wendy. She was the most gracious hostess in her store.
OH what a lot of fun in such a beautiful store. If you haven't visited it and live in the valley you really must go take a browse.
One of the my most treasured moments in this store was when the two young women I am seated with on the steps came in to have me sign books.
They were probably my first cooking students. Way back when they were in elementary school ..I taught a group of students how to make cinnamon buns. . .they were in that class.
That was probably about 20 years ago.
I know there is a photo of that class somewhere. ..and I aim to find it.
Later in the morning I went to other signing spot of the day ...Lepp's Farm Market.
They were serving up Borscht ...Farmer Sausage Bubbat and Bienenstich in their kitchen in honor of the book signing event.
We enjoyed constant visits from friends we had never met and were thrilled to find had travelled a considerable distance to meet us.
We enjoyed some very special visits from family and friends and we were quite amazed that we hardly had time to sip a cup of coffee. ..never mind eat Borscht. .Bubbat and Bienenstich.
My favorite moment of that day was when Grandgirlie carried in her book and thrust it in my direction.
I knelt down and she hugged me tight.
Stuart. ..my son is pictured with me in the center picture as I sign their book.
We had a wonderful weekend together and then said goodbye to our out of town girls.
We will be at House of James for a book launch party.
There will be a short chat . .
and the girls will be bringing some fresh baked treats to help celebrate.
We'd love it if you would come.
all for now . .