Tuesday, September 18, 2018

And onwards we go









The rose in this last picture smelled so wonderfully.
My Husband called it one of the last roses of summer.
Well, today was hard, no getting around it.
We are in some transition related to our unbloggable worry
and I am quite exhausted. 
Will be resting up the next few days so that I am ready for my parents-in-law's visit
on Friday - next Wednesday.
The wonderful thing is that both sets of our parents are welcome in our lives
and we are on good terms with them.  Such a deep blessing.
So today was my name's day.
A dear friend of mine texted me for this and that was so very kind.
Well, tomorrow is another day and I am so glad
that God's mercies are new every morning.
How much I need this mercy!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dinner, belated, for St Phanourios + wedding anniversary (with chicken baked in cream and other delights!)








St Phanourios bread - used the butter and brandy recipe found here, for the first time.
Only change is that I put powered sugar on top.













+Patrick's chair and sweater put in a shadow box.



After liturgy and lunch, we went out for tea with our Munchkin and his Mom!
Then we got stuck in traffic but made it home by about 3 PM.
A bit of a mad-dash race to finish everything.
I had done as much prep as I could.
The chicken I doubled the sauce; NOTE: fed 8 adults, 1 child. If 8 adults, have more than
4.5lbs chicken as there was only a little left.  It worked great.
Chicken baked in cream is simple and tastes incredible!


This wine was a gift a few years ago.  Wonderful to use it for our special dinner!
































I don't know if you can see the napkin's design... my best ones...
I pretreated them with two things (shout and biz), soaked in water
and washed... all stains (well but one) came out, I was very pleased!




That was a few intense days of meal prep etc.
It was so lovely, with dear dear NJ friends.
And we were showered with flowers and I could not have been happier!
And our far-away church priest did a moleben to St. Phanourios and
it was so special, beautiful and encouraging! 
***
We have some shifting unbloggable worries that are going to,
I think, increase in intensity soon - but - with God we will make it through
and we have a lot of support which is wonderful.
Also my parents-in-law are coming and I get to do a tea with them and two
of their friends on Saturday and I am so excited for this!
And in early October my parents come (we hope to go to the VNA rummage sale!)
and that will be a lot of fun, God willing!
***
I was able to polish our silver-tea set and clean our candle stick holders
so I am all set for more company!
Today was more cleaning and laundry.
And more tomorrow. 
***
I am so thankful for all the blessings God has given us!
I keep thinking,
more blessings than troubles....