The sound of music freely flows through the breeze. Makes it easy to understand why a Valentine Vacation is right here at home.
|View up our back hillside|
The simple symphony of common freeway daisies and nasturtium are a clarion call of the awakening garden.
|View down main path|
The German statice fill in gaps along the path and on the hill. Each season they move about slightly, endearing themselves to our hearts wherever they pop up.
Any question about why we love to dine outside? The only thing missing is a big screen TV. That isn't an accident. But if we ever have grandchildren and want to entertain larger groups- maybe someday. Just so there is never one in the bedroom, perhaps I could compromise in a million or so years. Until then, let romance reign.
|Sharon Lovejoy's Cheese Ball with Baguettes recipe link|
A special dessert
Now the dessert is one I imagined up in the grocery store aisle this afternoon, so I don't have an image to post- but read on it and let your imagination run as wild as you dare...
The Famous Chocolate Wafers will be separated by a cream cheese whipped light with cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. At this stage, the dessert log will look much like the image on the package, sans chocolate shavings.
At serving time a special cherry topping will be ladled over in an utter extravagant ruby luscious decadence.
If you try this at home- do not use canned cherry pie filling if you live near a Trader Joe's. Their Morello Cherries in a jar are so easy to make a topping fit to serve king or president or loving husband.
Simply make a syrup from the liquid by heating with the juice of 1 lemon and a few tablespoons of cornstarch just until the liquid sparkles and coats the spoon. Stir the cherries in and voila!
Warning. If this dessert is as good in person as it is in the imagination, serve it at your own risk. The person intended to be seduced may lose incentive to take you out to a restaurant. Ever. Since GOOD food is not just the way to a man's heart, but for those interested in such things, to his wallet- proceed with caution in imitating this meal. Particularly the dessert ):-
Now there are only 2 decisions left to make. What to wear and what wine to serve.