Biographical Fiction (is that a genre?) of the story of Christina in Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting “Christina’s World”. Going back and forth from the time Wyeth painted the painting to the back story of Christina’s family. Original, intriguing and hard to put down.
Courtney, Claire, Sophia and I left Euclid around 6:30AM. Easy drive to Decatur Alabama arriving around 5:30 PM.
Listened to the entire S-Town podcast for 8 hours straight. Fantastic!! Save it for your next long drive if you haven’t listened to it yet.
Stayed at Doubletree along the river; Nice but kind of weird.
Sat outside soaking in the sun in the 80 degree sunny weather and then went to dinner at local BBQ spot: Big Bob Gibsons BBQ which was as good as advertised. Great BBQ and pie and super cheap. Went for a walk along the river after on a beautiful night.
Friday, April 14th, 2017
Left hotel around 7:00 AM and arrived in Grayton Beach around 12:30. Easy drive with hardly any traffic. STILL building the road down to the beaches – may be done next year.
Had lunch at Red Bar, then moved into house around 2:00. Loved the house. Perfect for our group of of 7 people. Beautiful views of the beach and the river and a quick walk down to the beach.
We all went to Publix after getting settled in and stocked up for a full week.
Jack arrived at around 5:30 after driving for about 13 hours from Austin. Very happy that he will be here for the whole week.
Steak, potatoes and salad and Publix key lime pie for dinner to make it all official.
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Seaside bike ride with Sophie and Courtney in early AM. Love my Amavida.
Beach in A.M.
Picked up Emily and Dan at airport at 2:00. Easy 30 minute drive to Panama City airport
Steamed Gulf shrimp and grits for dinner. Bought shrimp at Goatfeathers about a mile west on 30A. Fresh off the boat. Also got their smoked tuna dip which was fantastic. Note to self: they will steam shrimp for you and then take home and eat.
Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Hmmm, not sure what we did today. Ate a lot of chocolate and sat on the beach I’m sure 🙂
Grilled chicken, vegetables, and quinoa for dinner
Monday, April 17th, 2017
Unusually foggy morning – cleared up by 11:00AM though and another beautiful day.
Seaside bike ride with Courtney, Jack, Emily and Dan.
late down to beach around 11:30 – hotter day. Someone wrecked our day 1&2 castle unfortunately. So we went modern today.
Dinner at Craft Bar – new place down the street they were building last year. We sat outside on their nice covered patio. It was 1/2 price burger night so most of us had burgers. They had a nice selection of drafts and food was good.
Watched Cav’s back home win their second playoff game
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Beautiful sunny day all day long. Hot in mid 80’s in afternoon.
Seaside bike ride in AM with Courtney and Claire
Beached it all day
Tacos for dinner after going down to beach to watch sunset and take pictures
Dominoes at night
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Beach in AM – perfect weather again
Girls shopping at 2:00 to Destin outlets – Jack, Dan and I stayed at the beach.
Met the girls at Stinky’s at 5:30 where we walked in with no wait. Definitely a first. We had a great table on their screened in porch and had an awesome meal as usual. oysters… finally.
Stopped for ice cream on way home
Blackout at night
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Seaside with Sophia for coffee and croissants
Beach Day all day – perfect weather
Drove Emily and Dan to airport at 12:30. Drove 30A back – stopped at Rosemary Beach and walked around. Interesting place – we didn’t realize the large section south of 30A.
Beach in PM – good castle day
Drove to Seaside around 6:00PM and had oysters, royal reds, fried pickles and then sat down at the pizza restaurant and had wine and pizza in their back patio area that was very nice.
Watched the Cavs come back from a 30 point deficit – at least everybody else did as I fell asleep.
Friday, April 21th, 2017
Had great scones, cinnamon rolls and GF muffins from bakery down the street.
Packed up car after long beach day, went down to beach for one last sunset and then had all the leftovers for dinner
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Left around 3:30AM and drove all the way straight through – 15 1/2 hours. Painful – very foggy in AM and rain for most of drive – but no so bad once its all over. Great trip and arrived to spring in bloom in CLE.
A young co-ed falls in for her older professor and eventually marries and has children with him. British novel goes back and forth from the present when the older man is dying and the relationship between the husband and the wife. Interesting read.
In Good Time, 123 Slow Cooker recipe – Weight Watchers
2 bacon slices
2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound lean boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 teaspoons finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
8 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion, thyme, rosemary, and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Remove from heat
Place half of beans in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher until chunky. Add remaining half of beans, pork, and sausage; stir well. Place half of bean mixture in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker; top with half of tomato mixture. Repeat layers. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
We usually just throw everything into the slow cooker, skip the bacon, don’t sauté anything – and it turns out just fine
This is my Mom’s iconic purple cole slaw that I made a week or so ago for the first time. Simply the best. We traditionally have it with grilled turkey and corn on the cob in the summer. My Mom reports that it was from a recipe in a California newspaper more than fifty years ago. Don’t leave out the bacon!
For 1.1/4 c dressing:
1 c sour cream
2 t. salt
1 1/2 t sugar
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 c. white vinegar
Combine sour cream, salt, sugar, paprika and pepper. Gradually stir in vinegar. Cover and chill.
4 c. shredded green cabbage
2 c. shredded red cabbage
1 c. chopped green pepper
1 c. shredded carrot
1/2 c sliced radish
8 slices bacon; cooked & crumbled
20-40 minutes before serving mix with dressing and chill
The Nazi’s take over Paris during WW2 and two sisters join the resistance. One helping fallen soldiers cross the border and another taking in orphaned children. Interesting history but melodramatic and sappy writing.
A young Pakistani fresh out of Princeton joins a cut throat NYC firm. 9/11 happens into his first year which makes him question his motives. Told from flash back as he is being questioned by an American in Pakistani – never quite certain what his current state is. Interesting quick read. I just read that they recently made this into a movie – doesn’t make any sense how that can be given the nature of the novel.
Two academic couples meet while they are starting as Instructors at U of Wisconsin in the 1930’s and become lifelong friends. The novel, told from the point of view of one of the husbands, apparently very autobiographical, jumps around the decades starting and ending in the 1970’s during the death of one of the four. Such great writing and story telling. Very emotional. Written in 1987 this was Stegner’s last novel, written when he was in his late 1970’s. I’ve never heard of him – I wish I remember where I read to read this. Brilliant.