They arrived Friday evening, which was a good thing because I've found it difficult to keep my house clean this summer! It's in a fairly consistent state of tidy-ness, but the cleanliness is a variable factor. I don't want my guests to have a clear but mucky floor to sleep on, after all. So when I got off work early on Friday it was the perfect opportunity to tidy and clean the house thoroughly enough for our friends. It calms me, too, y'know, to know I've done a nice cleaning before people come over and that my house is just as ready as I am to welcome them with warm (or, this time of year, cool) arms.
We had home-made sushi for dinner that night--with (nearly) everyone jumping in to make a roll. And we wives were in a prime spot in the kitchen because (you see) when one is still learning how to properly roll up the sushi, there are always pieces that aren't.. presentable :) and must be disposed of! Also, I am happy to report that the sushi-grade tuna I got from my fish lady was a success! It was tasty, perfect texture, plenty of it, and we're all still alive and healthy, which is really the deal-breaker. Exciting!
I made a spiced fig upside-down cake for dessert, which (seriously) was totally delicious. I didn't even have anything planned for the figs when I bought them on Thursday, since I didn't have a chicken in my freezer, but they were there, all lonely and they seemed to be calling to me: Annie! bring us home! So I did. And they seemed quite happy in their cooked-soon-to-be-gobbled state :)
Saturday was another affair entirely. The Camachos had brunch with their sister, but the van's stayed home with us for oatmeal, leftover fig cake (!), and Taylor-made coffee. We had a lovely chat, hearing all about their (amazing!) pilgrimage-honeymoon on the Way of St. James, and leisurely made our way to Harvard square to meet up with the Camachos for the afternoon. Strolling around Harvard was hot business, but (to make it feel cooler outside) I got a delicious dry cappuccino at Crema Cafe. The theory is that if my insides are hotter than the outside temperature, stepping outside will feel cool.. ish. Sort of :) Eh, it was a great capp regardless!
We stopped at Trader Joe's for some provisions for the evening and headed home. T and I hosted a pizza party for our wonderful guests, so that lots of their Boston friends could see them all at once. I made eight pizza crusts, set them all out on the counter to rise (it's very warm in my kitchen this time of year), and put my stone in the oven. It was a bit of a rush to get the house straightened up and the pizza prepped, but T is a great helper and it was a screaming success.
Pizzas we made (two of each):
Salami with chunky tomatoes and Parmesan cheese
Wilted arugula with crumbled sausage, olive oil, and fresh Parmesan cheese
Garlic Scape pesto with peppers, zuccini and onions
Onion pizza with prosciutto, fresh sage, pepper, and olive oil
Sunday... T and I headed to Plum Island beach with a big group of friends. We brought bread from Clear Flour, truffle salami, fresh fruit, veggies and hummus, homemade pickles, and I made a tuna salad (with artichokes and capers) for sammiches. We had lots of water, happy beach towels, and much fun with our friends. I went in the water (all the way in!) three times! You see, I grew up surrounded by swimming pools, where you can always see the bottom and where there are no large living things in the water. I was quite impressed with myself. I had loads of fun. We're totally going again this summer. Maybe every weekend :)
|Plum Tuckered Out|
And that was our weekend.. Our guests left Monday morning and T and I went to work. Now I'm spending the week recovering from all the fun I had :) It's a good exhaustion!