on Friday evening we had our BFF's over for a casual dinner.
I love the joy of sharing a simple meal with friends
entertaining that is comfortable and enjoyable for the Host and Hostess.
having the table set ahead of the arrival of the guests makes sense to me
I pour the water over the lemon wedges in the glasses to allow for the flavour of the lemon to infuse with the water
there is a full pitcher with lemons on the sideboard for refills
the roses are putting on a great showing this summer
it must be all the glorious sunshine
I tried a new recipe
which was very tasty
and easy to make.
Mr. HB grilled the steaks while I boiled up some baby new potatoes
which I then topped with a blob of sweet butter, chopped mint leaves and a grinding of fresh pepper.
I served the steaks with sauteed mushrooms, steamed green beans and red pepper slices
The star of this meal was definitely the sauce...
cilantro was the main attraction
I harvested some rhubarb and actioned a crisp
served warm with some coconut Bliss
these two flavours together are a match made in heaven
The next morning bright and early we drove up island
to look at a boat.
Distressed boyfriend jeans
a smaller boat might be in our future
we thought we could stop boating
but after a summer with no boat
we realized that the sea is so much a part of our life and our history together
we have owned boats for the past 25 years and Mr. HB had a speedboat when we first met.
I was a guest on my BFF's family's boat when I first met Mr. HB
most of our friends are boaters...
in fact our BFF's recently downsized to a smaller boat
and we were feeling rather sad that we would not be joining them as we get along so well.
Mr. HB has been on the ocean since he was a baby
and Mr. HB is celebrating his 60th birthday this week.
That's a lot of time spent messing about in boats!
(Happy Birthday Honey!)
we went out for lunch
fabulous flower baskets line the railings
grilled pineapple ring
topped with warm butter lettuce
coconut prawns with mango salsa
Weight Watcher's Point friendly too...
later in the afternoon we had a ride on a small ferry
the ocean was rippled and a warm breeze was blowing
my fingers are crossed that we are back on the ocean soon
now it's time to sit and relax
and soak in the sun's rays
some are better than others at the art of relaxation
cats seem to be at home anywhere there is a soft surface
this new door mat has been adopted by Pepper!
Hope your week is off to a great start...