Half-way through the week . . . . already! How in the world did this happen? Well for starters the weekend was a whirlwind of fun that began on Friday afternoon and lasted all the way through Monday afternoon. We had guests that arrived Friday and I planned an itinerary to keep us hoppin', starting with pizza at home with Guests, The Princess, Boyfriend, Hubby and me.
Saturday morning after leisurely breakfast and coffee, we headed out for a visit to the new (well, new to us) Legoland Aquarium.
It was educational, playful, well-laid out and definitely geared toward kids. Please notice Hubby's head inside the tank in the middle pic - so let's say geared toward kids of all sizes.
After an enjoyable lunch, we stopped by the house to give Daisy a little romp before heading to the movies to watch The Help. I usually don't care to see movies after I have read the book because I end up being disappointed, not the case this time. I hope that Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer receive multitudes of awards for their work.
Sunday began with another leisurely morning over breakfast and coffee. But the day ramped up by visiting a local street art show and sale before over to a theater performance of Ah Wilderness! The entire group of us are lovers of live theater, but Hubby and I were particularly interested in this play because of its connection with the town we lived in while in MA. While there was an opportunity to stay for a cast chat after the performance, we quickly headed home to meet up again with The Princess and Boyfriend for a backyard BBQ, a bonfire and some great photos from our guest's trip to Africa. (How wonderful to learn that you can plug a memory stick into our television and advance the pictures with the remote control . . . . like a modern day slide show!)
Come Monday morning, Hubby had to say his goodbyes early on his way to work. But the rest of us managed a leisurely morning of breakfast and coffee that lasted beyond noon, when they had to hit the road for home. Not wanting to start any big projects so late in the day, I did a minimum of straightening, played with Daisy, then put the finishing stitches in quilt bindings.
Three completed quilts! I cannot remember the last time such a thing happened around here. Sure feels good, especially that part when you pull the quilts all warm and crinkly soft from the dryer. Yum!
Speaking of yum, the Quilt Pals will be over this evening for stitchin' and chattin'. We all know that quilters require sustenance. When I couldn't think of a thing that I wanted to go out and buy for a refreshment, I decided to just make something at home. How about some Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Pre-heat oven to 400f.
In a small bowl combine 2 3/4 c flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt.
In a mixer bowl, combine 1/2 c shortening, 1/2 c softened butter, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 c sugar
mix on medium speed until creamy.
Begin adding flour mixture to form cookie dough.
Refrigerate for one hour.
Form small balls of dough and roll each in a mixture of 2 tsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon.
(mix the two together unlike this photo) If you have leftover cinnamon sugar, make toast for breakfast tomorrow.
Place coated cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheets to cool.
I gotta go, those Pals will be here soon and there are still more cookies to finish up.
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