Rest in peace, Godfather

The cheesy post!

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Parcheesi -- Janine's inspiring original (finished, foreground) and my interpretation (the unfinished, sort of pinned together, jumbled mess in the background).

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The highlight of my California trip last month was... well, there were no lowlights.  We did something new (to me), fun, and interesting each and every day.  I even met The Parents -- so charming!

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One of the many highlights came on Sunday evening.  Sunday was sort of a lay-low day during which we talked about and shared the photos we'd taken the previous days.  We stepped out on Sunday afternoon to go shopping (hello, fresh pasta/ravioli department!) for a wonderful dinner we made to share and enjoy with Janine, Rachael and Lala, Pamela, and The Girlie.  Check out Celia's photos!

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After we licked clean cleared away the dessert plates -- Lemon Cakes with Basil Lemon Syrup made by The Girlie, using lemons plucked from the trees in the yard and basil from the garden, and so amazingly delicious -- we brought out, chatted up, and photographed some knitting.

I finally started the sewing-up of my Parcheesi blanket last night -- and now that's all I want to do!  I'm hoping to have it finished by Thanksgiving.

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I had a great birthday weekend!  There was the singing and the cake and plenty of help blowing out the candles.  Maddy's mandatory meeting was over by noon on Saturday, so she and her girlfriend Andi ended up coming home after all -- and it's always fun to have them around!  I did a little shopping and running around with Ali & Kate yesterday, and then I made dinner -- Chef Michael Symon's Wisconsin Parmesan (& Ricotta) Gnocchi with Brown Butter & Sage -- to enjoy with all the girls before they scattered again!

And then, in true Cheesehead fashion, I watched the Packers trounce the Cowboys!



Lori on Little Traverse Bay

Trounced is RIGHT! Ouch! (What a nice b-day present for you from the Packers...)


The Pats got trounced yesterday too. It wasn't pretty. Your blanket, on the other hand, is going to be incredibly pretty!


I too was involved in blankets over the weekend... yours will be awesome. And now I am inspired for the next round of charity squares.


That blanket is going to be amazing! Can't wait to see it all seamed up.


Did you need a suitcase just for your Parcheesi!? Every time you show it I want to start one of my own. The lemon basil cake sounds almost as wonderful as your birthday weekend!


this makes me so happy! sew, sew like the wind!


Parcheesi away, m'dear! My husband happened to be in my office so I showed him the photos of the afghan. He commented that the stripey bits reminded him of military ribbons/medals. A bit of chat later I am committed to making him a Parcheesi using the colors in his ribbons from the navy.

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