READING: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. I am probably the only person who has not seen this in movie version yet. The book was interesting and a very fast read. Daniel Webster is patiently waiting for me.
LISTENING TO: Moody Blues, every once in awhile I give them a twirl for old times sake
COOKING BYTES: There is a French restaurant in Denver which bills itself as "affordable French food" and is called Le Central, you can click on the name and view their site, their menus, and other interesting tidbits. Each month on the Third Tuesday, they host a Wine Dinner which is several courses, each paired with a wine, so that one can go and learn about both French food and French wine. It's a great deal for $35 a person. For the past three months, the Wine Dinner menus have been a salute to Julia Child's recipes and her book Mastering The Art of French Cooking. I excitedly tune in each month when they post the new recipes to read what the menu is going to be, what the wine selection is going to be, and think which of those dishes I can make at home from the book. It's almost November, so I am eager to see the new menu and see if the Julia recipes continue. It's been fun following along.
FAV NEW FIND: Apples: I bought an apple variety at the store that was new to me: Honeycrisp. I have never had them before but the description sounded nice, so I figured Mark would enjoy an apple pie (always a given). They are crisp and juicy, and to me they have a little bit of a wine taste. Very delicious for just eating out of hand. I was a little worried when I saw how juicy they were that they would make the pie soggy, but they did not. They tasted lovely in the pie.
FAV THING TODAY: Taking Matt to meet the bus for the retreat weekend. The Knights of the Holy Temple have a retreat each fall for two days down in lovely Brown County at the CYO camp. Gorgeous leaves, wonderful weather, just a fun time for them. Matt is the President of the Indiana group this year so it was his responsibility to help get it all planned and executed. He has been working for a couple of months on this and it was fun today to see him greeting the boys and directing how things were going to go, etc. It was also great to see the other boys, many familiar faces, and chat with parents dropping their sons off. Had a wonderful time seeing Marshall's mom, Lisa, a lovely friend, and we sat and chatted long after the boys and the bus had driven off.
GOING TO: It's been Fall Break, so we have had a nice time ambling about doing this and that and enjoying time together. Matt had the retreat this weekend, Alex had to work at his job and a trip to the movies with friends. Mark and I had things to attend to around the house, watching ballgames, etc. Sunday more of the same, with museum factored in there for Mark and I. The leaves are absolutely gorgeous this weekend, today turned warmer and sunny...can't we have Autumn for 5 months and winter for 1 month? Please???
PRAYING FOR: All the High School boys at the retreat this weekend, please join me.