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One of the traditions I have here is our monthly “lunch with the ladies”. Two of my good friends (and neighbors) and I get together every four weeks for lunch at one of our houses. We rotate between the three of us serving as host and we have now being doing this for well over a year. Despite the fact that we are all within visual and walking distance of each other, our days are all so busy that we sometimes can go for a week or so without a face-to-face conversation — although there can be many email and text message conversations usually related to pick-ups and drop-offs of our children who all go to the same school. It is therefore, quite nice that we can set aside an hour or two once a month to get together, share some good food and good company. It is a wonderful opportunity for some facet-to-face girl time. The kids and the husbands have all acknowledged our “lunch with the ladies” days and know that they are cherished.

This month was my turn to host and the menu was cauliflower soup, mixed greens salad, homemade baguettes with crumb coffee cake for dessert. I look forward to my lunches with the ladies. They are a welcomed tradition.

 

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Today is the last full day of school before exams. Which means, today is the last day of the school year for lunches. Had I been more awake, I might have taken a picture for you, but I wasn’t so I didn’t. Ham, pepperoni and provolone with shredded cabbage on a sub roll for TJ, leftover chicken breast with provolone and lettuce on a roll for Tyler and chicken and broccoli from NJ for Tim. I think he gets the prize for most long distance lunch. As you can guess, hubby is home, laden with chicken and broccoli from our favorite Chinese takeout place by his parents’ house. Tim is happy.

Exams the rest of the week, shipping two kids out of here Sunday.

Summer is close.

 

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Eventually come to an end. As much as I’ve looked forward to vacation, I am also looking forward to going home. The boys…well, I’m guessing not quite as much. Coming home from vacation marks 10 days to the start of school. Yes, for those of you who have kids our schools open 8/25 way before Labor Day, which is technically their first long holiday weekend.

The house has been fun and the consensus I believe is that they would do it again (of course, they’re not paying for it). It’s quiet here, for the most part, we are well away from the hustle and bustle of Ogunquit and Route 1, but close enough to walk to it.

Today was the last full day of vacation – Tom and I snuck away to Ogunquit on the trolley for a nice walk, coffee on the ocean and lunch. Makes me think of our honeymoon, when there weren’t kids and what they wanted first and foremost in our minds.

The weather today was perfect, warm in the sun and cool and breezy in the shade. A nice last day and a really nice afternoon spent with my best friend.

We spent a nice afternoon together over in New Hampshire and enjoyed some pretty good Mexican food (since contrary to my children’s opinion Taco Bell and Chili’s are NOT Mexican food) over in Keene. Walked around even though it was quite windy, had some cappuccino and did a little shopping (for them, not me). A nice day, relaxing and now, hopefully soon, we’ll start a fire in the woodstove, since it’s supposed to be in the 20s tonight. We didn’t see the snow that a lot of towns around here did, which is kinda good since it is almost mid-May.

Here’s lunch. Leftovers transformed into something that tasted quite yummy. I must admit that I think my strength in cooking is the ability to throw a whole bunch of stuff together into something edible. While I follow recipes just fine, grabbing things from the fridge and turning them into a meal is a whole lot more fun. Brings out the mad scientist in me I guess.

Thai inspired rice

Leftover chicken cut up into chunks (about 1 cup)

Leftover jasmine rice (about 3 cups)

3 scallions chopped finely

2 T. chili garlic sauce

2 t. fish sauce

1 c. cilantro chopped finely

1/2 c. basil, chopped the same way

1 c. snow peas sliced into vertical strips

2 T. soy sauce

Juice of one lime

I sauted the chicken with the garlic sauce for a few minutes while I chopped up everything else. Add the rice and the remainder of the ingredients. Mix well, heat for about 5 minutes and serve. This made 3 generous servings – Lunch for the two of us and lunch for tomorrow. 🙂

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