Today, we go back to Kansas, and it will feel good to get home. Its been a great week, but you know the famous line about Kansas--- "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME".
When I get there, I'll have a morning to unpack, clean up, stock up the fridge, tend to the flowers, and get ready for guests! Family is coming for a couple days and I will be feeding about 20 people tomorrow night.
As soon as family house guests leave, I need to get ready for my childhood friends to arrive for 5 days of non-stop birthday celebrating. We all turned 50 this year, although I don't think Sandy will admit to it. So, please forgive me, if I don't answer emails and comments, I will be happily swamped for a while!
This has been a wonderful, pampering week! Beautiful country clubs to visit, and great food, as well as getting to see blog friends and shop.
This is the view from Treesdale country club's deck, where my husband took me for our 23rd anniversary celebration.
The dinner was prepared by a former White House Chef, Walter Scheib, who has a book out now about his time serving the Clintons and Bushes. I bought an autographed copy of the book, can't wait to get time to sit and read it!
And he made the BEST food!
Chef Walter had a story about each dish and the White House family member who inspired it.
My favorite was Chelsea Clinton's sweet potato soup. Hilary had asked him to teach Chelsea how to cook before she went away to college so she wouldn't eat in restaurants all the time and this is a recipe that they worked on together.
This specialty ice cream had a hint of honey and fresh lavender in it. Maybe it was even better than the soup....
There are plenty of reasons right here at this table for me to not be able to zip that dress in the last post!
We ate at Treesdale another night too, and I had Chilean Sea Bass with a truffle infusion. With Key Lime Pie for dessert. I've had dessert every night this week, including TWICE on Sunday when Heather served cheesecake for lunch, then I had apple pie after dinner that night.
It will be a huge change for me to go from being fed gourmet meals to cooking for 20 tomorrow night!
The shopping habit and the dessert habit really should be put to an end.
But how could I resist going to Lucketts while I was in Virginia?
Eventually, I am going to have to get out and explore some other towns, I always head straight to Leesburg when I am in the area. Next time I come to our apartment outside of DC, I should try to visit somewhere else.
I was pretty proud of myself for resisting these cute crowns. They were only $12 each, but I thought I had spent enough.
I'm doing a delayed post for this, writing it Wednesday morning before we head back to home, so it should post on Thursday while I am preparing for guests.
I will be away from the computer for a bit, busily entertaining, snuggling up to Sugarwings, and having a good time, but will pop back in to announce the Christmas in July and the regular August giveaway.