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Reading travel books about exotic places is a stimulating torture process. Even though we have vacation plans that actually involve travel this year, they are not, sadly, to somewhere we haven't already been. After finishing the travel book that has taken me much longer to read than any book has a right to, I'm now yearning to explore European destinations I have yet to visit: Prague (yes, I know!), St. Petersburg, the Italian coast, more of Greece, Ireland, Wales, Portugal, France (when all I've seen is Paris). And that's only grazing the surface. Poland! Croatia! Budapest and Zagreb. I'm not even wandering off the continent I'm ON.

But even so, traveling BACK to a place that I've been to, a place that I have good memories of, can also be a joyous experience and a chance to not only re-live some of the experiences I treasured, but to share them now with my children: an added bonus! There's world enough, for sure, but never, never enough time.

It rained all day today, a steady wet dripping that darkened and saturated everything. I suppose we needed it, but it's been grey for so many days that yet another one with the additional wetness was kind of depressing. Around 5:30 in the evening the sun tried to poke itself out from behind the clouds for a short moment but as it was sinking below the horizon anyway, it didn't do much more than make us sigh with frustration. I'm looking forward to the time when sunlight once again saturates everything, even if does mean exclaiming in horror over how DUSTY every surface is, how smudged the windows are! Time enough for spring cleaning when spring actually arrives and kicks everything into action.

I feel a bit scattered right now; my head is overflowing. To-do lists feel like they're a mile long and a busy week lies in wait: something every night. I have to grocery shop for Friday's dinner tomorrow because there is something every other night of the week; I'm menu-planning for the Wonders who I'm hosting on Friday and am not sure my menu is just right. What do you think?
  • Toasted Shrimp Sandwich Triangles with dill garnish

  • Seared Salmon Filets w/Saffron, Lemon & Red Pepper seasoning

  • Vegetable Sauté of snap peas, kohlrabi and artichoke hearts

  • Buttered Rice

  • Chilled White Chocolate & Crème Fraîche* Dessert with Raspberries and Chocolate Brownie Hearts

Actually, I'm drooling just typing up that list so maybe it IS just right.

*mmmmmmmm crème fraîche

Bright & Bonny Belated Birthday Wishes to rearviewmags!
mood: tired
music: Vaughan Penn—Bring On The Day


Am already drooling reading your menu. YUM!

I am going shopping tomorrow and doing dessert prep on Wednesday!

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