So much has happened since I last posted. Friday afternoon I went up to St. Cloud to meet up with my River Runner friends. We met at G. Allen's for supper. Eight of us: Chad, Nikki, Rick, me, Cindy, Kathy, Donnie, Paul. (Rick, Cindy, Donnie)
Paul, Kathy C.
(the newly engaged) Nikki, Chad
I didn't realize it, but they'd ordered an appetizer before I got there. Rick had a coupon for a free one. So I think they got the biggest thing on the menu. The biggest pile of loaded nachos I'd ever seen!
John, Deb, Leah and I'm not sure who the gal in the Apple du shirt is.
Too many to name in this one ...
Just what I needed. When I left, I went to Byerly's (grocery store) with two things in mind: a couple copies of their free cookbook/magazine (one for me and a couple for foodie friends) and some of their croutons from the bakery. I really like them on my salads and they're better than any others I've tried around here. And they're small so they go a lot further. River Runner Gene Garver was in there getting coffee so I chatted with him for a couple of minutes. He's training for his first marathon in 25 years and is hoping to run a sub-4:00 at Lake Wobegon. I'm rooting for him! He's a very nice guy. And strawberries were $1.79 for a pound so I picked up a package for a dessert for this evening. More on that later.
Then I grabbed a quick shower and afterwards stopped at Great Harvest in Waite Park. The bread selection there is always quite a bit different than ours here. So I picked up a loaf of blueberry swirl. It looks like a 2-lb. blueberry "cinnamon roll". It's very good. I've nibbled on the outermost ring.
I swear I can't don't go anywhere without seeing someone I know. That can be both good and bad. Anyway, I was delighted to see them. They'd just been in Northfield for a little while. The market was giving out little samples of turkey sliders, which were very good.
That turned out to be lunch. Still didn't have an appetite. Which was both good and bad, because when I got home I had just enough time to catch about a 20-minute cat nap before going to Kathryn's 7th Annual Vernal Equinox party (basically a chance to pig out on cookies!). She had a beautiful springy table set, covered with oodles of wonderful looking cookies.
She'd asked me to make some of my Peanut Sitting Pretties. They're in the lower left in the photo, with the frosting and peanut m&m on top. She had such pretty flower arrangments. It really felt and looked like spring in her lovely home.
I couldn't stay but a few minutes as Matt had a vocal music concert in Winona (he sings with both the WSU chorus and the Winona Oratorio Chorus, both of which participated in the concert). It was a selection of opera music, mostly sung in Italian. It was very good. In the photo below, Suzanne Draayer is pictured in the aqua gown. She's an RTC member and runner, a professor of vocal music, and a fabulous soprano.
Still wasn't hungry, so I ix-nayed most of the fries. Full. Done.