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Saturday Morning 3/30/13

This Saturday morning we are all over the place. Two of us are in the Northwest (Brooke & Sasha) and the other two are in the Southeast (Laura & Jeanne). Sasha hopped on a plane on Friday and flew out to meet a good friend in Seattle. Her bravery of getting on the plane paid off…..she’s having a blast and loves Seattle. On Saturday morning, she took a nice long walk by herself enjoying the beauty of the water and the mountains. It’s so good for the soul to take time for yourself and enjoy nature in the quiet of the morning.IMG_20130330_083716

Winter is quickly ending in Alaska and Spring is right around the corner so Brooke is racing to get her Winter checklist complete. She’s finishing up on house project #17 of the season and busy paining all the interior doors of the house.  When I called her, she happened to be shopping at a  store that is going out of business.  She has to be productive while the paint on the doors is taking time to dry.  So why not shop!

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Laura was busy at work and then put together these lovely flowers to take to her Great Grandma to show her love for her and wish her a Happy Easter.

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A dear friend of mine, Amy and I met for lunch.  We’ve been friends for over 30 years and hadn’t seen each other for 10 years.  It was as though we’d started just where we left off and we reconnected during our 3 hour lunch. There is nothing as valuable as a good friend. Someone that knows the good, the bad and the ugly about you and still loves you. The best part of our friendship  is if I ever need her or she ever needs me, I know we will be there for each other. She made my day!

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Come the end of this week, Brooke, Laura, Sasha and I will be together and we can’t wait to relax and have fun together.

Also, let’s not forget this is Easter weekend and such an exciting time for those of faith. Why? Because Christ rose from the dead and lives! If you believe in him, you will have eternal life. Take a moment this Easter to reflect on all He did for you. He will change your life forever. Happy Easter Everyone.

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Saturday morning: 2.16.13

It’s Saturday evening but let’s just pretend it’s Saturday morning for a moment. Today was my responsible day to gather photos and post the Saturday Morning blog for the group. It started off well. Chad always liked a really big breakfast on the weekend and he is cooking one big one. Nice way to start the morning, Laura.

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Chad cooking Laura a big Saturday morning breakfast

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Two fried eggs over easy and four slices of crispy bacon

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And breakfast is served!

Nurse Sasha is working this morning. It’s one of those crisp, sunny, blue sky days. I know she is wishing she was out and about but it’s an illusion. It’s cold, windy and freezing outside. Work hard, Nurse Sasha.

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Then Brooke awoke on island time. She’s relaxing in Maui this week. A hop, skip and jump away from cold Alaska. Enjoy your hot sunshine, Brookie Baby.

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Brooke is relaxing and watching the morning sea.

This morning was the day, the one I’ve been dreading for months. Time to clean out one, two, three, four(count them) closets! Yes, it took most of the day.

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The before picture. Shoes everywhere lead to frustrating mornings and hunting for that right shoe to make a pair (does this relate to the missing sock issue?)

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The After photo!!!!! Shoes that I haven’t seen in months and each pair is together. I felt like I was shopping at a shoe store.

I’ve been finding treasures all day long and feel like I’ve been on a shopping spree. Happy Saturday Morning, girls!

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Over and Above a 101 Dining Experience

It’s a Friday afternoon in February just after 4:00 and I’m loving the hustle and bustle of the busy city. We are doing one of my favorite things ~ “Exploring.”   We take a break on an outside patio of a French Bistro at the corner of Grand Avenue and 7th in downtown L.A.   Our main purpose this afternoon is to soak up the sun and people watch ~ another favorite thing I won’t go into now.   It doesn’t take long before we realize there is a very busy shop right across the street.  People are going in and out of this place constantly.  Most of them have made purchases and guarding their packages like a prized possession.

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Is it a candy store?

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That’s it…..we are going across the street to explore! We walk in the door of Bottega Louie and what do we see but magnificent pastries.  Cases and cases full of brightly colored macaroons, fruit tarts, lime pies, chocolate s’more bon bons, lemon pies, cheese cakes, eclairs and they are all bite size. Within three minutes, I purchase three pastries (I think that’s one major decision each minute).   LA Photos Feb 2013 111

Mean while  John is headed towards a European looking restaurant with high ceilings in the back area and within seconds he and the executive chef are striking up a conversation.

We decide this is the spot we want to dine and Chef Jason serves us within moments of being seated with complimentary Portobello fries. Delish!   Dinner was a series of small plates – Asparagus and poached egg, duck prosciutto crostini, diver scallops and lamb porterhouse. Simply divine. Afterwards Chef Jason walked us out as we talked about our wonderful dining experience. He was kind enough to give me a hug and a box full of the macaroons for the road.  What a trendy corner restaurant with a fabulous chef, amazing food and the makings of a wonderful memory. A great way to end a trip to L.A

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Chef Jason’s gift to us.

I thought nothing could top the Bottega Louie experience until I arrived at Rathbun’s on Krog Street in the Inman Park area of Atlanta.  This is a well established restaurant and owned by Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun who beat Chef Bobby Flay once upon a time.  We were seated close by the open kitchen and upon moments of arrival, a small lump crab tort arrived for each of us and Chef  Nick  greeted us with a warm smile and was there to take care of us for the evening.

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Chef Nick is our host for the evening

We decide we will go with his recommendations.  It doesn’t get any better than this especially when there is a category on the menu referred to as “second mortgage plates.”  So it begins!  Chef Nick brings out one small plate after another giving an in-depth explanation of every item on the plate, then says “Enjoy.”  All dishes were specially made and not even on the menu.  Eight courses later, we were stuffed and amazed at all the many wonderful flavors with every bite we took and here is how we ended the evening.

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Two wonderful dining experiences. One in L.A. and one in Atlanta all in one week and I am becoming a foody.

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