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Unexpected Surprise... 
Jul. 28, 2011 7:32 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2011 6:19 pm
I was totally taken aback when I got the msg. from my ex-wife Sal's youngest sister, Janet. That of itself was pleasant... she's in FL now, married, working, ya da yada...  The msg was that Sal's daughter Julie is on a road trip which may well bring her through Phoenix, and that Janet needed my contact info (ph #'s etc) for Julie. 

Now, I've not seen Julie for close to 5 1/2 yrs... the year my dad passed so I was back for the memorial.  Julie had always been somewhat of a "momma's girl," Sal being a single parent, a quiet girl most of the time with whom I can relate, as I'm often that way myself, when placed in a crowd. Any time Julie and I were in the same place, there would be her grandma, my mom, Janet... once my sis and her daughter, and of course myself...  Try and get a word in with that crowd! LOL

As the years have passed, I've been privy to current photos from time to time, and with each "new" one, Julie came  to look more and more like her mother.  She is now approaching 25, and has been on her own since her grandma left to be with her husband, and eldest daughter...  I had lost a part of my family!  A BIG part, at that!

Julie has contacted my via that hateful site "Facebook," but alas, if that's the easiest for her, then I must deal with it!  Last I heard, she's really looking forward to seeing me, and expects to hit Phx Friday or Saturday...  Having not heard anything since Tues night, it's hard to tell... they'd hit Vegas, and were wanting to stop at the Grand Canyon... I presume that Phx would follow... 

This morning I got to wondering just what I might do while Julie and her girlfriend are here in town... and decided that the "best" thing crazycook could do, would be fix a nice brunch come Sunday.  I'm still in posession of a bottle of extremely inexpensive champagne (thinking mimosa's) but then what?  Time to hit my resources...  I'll bet I've spent the best part of a few hours pondering... over something that may never even come together!  J would like to invite two close friends... so I guess 4 will be fine, but 6 would be better!

From mimosa's, I moved on to crepes... a daring thought at best, as I've made them only once!  They DID turn out pretty darn good though!  My closest grocery has straberries "cheap" this week, but then I recalled that my last batch, I filled with banana... I've got homemade caramel sauce in the frige...  Can we all say Y-U-M?  What to accompany?  At first I thought of popovers, but then remembered the recipe for English Muffins that I've made a couple times... with home canned marmalade (bitter oranges from our trees!)  Then there was the rec I found here for broccoli cheese crepes...  a "veg," and I also found a rec for a mix of breakfast sausage and apples, that sounded interesting...  I do believe that in the next few days, crazycook will truly be a "crazy cook!"  Some of this can all be made ahead - the crepes, for instance!  (that way if I mess them up, I won't be anchored to trying again!)  The "muffins" are in the freezer... they don't always last too long before molding in this climate!

Back to the original story...  It would be nice to "open" lines of communication, despite having no actual ties to one another!  I also feel good about rattling Janet's cage to remind her that I'm out here!  Next will be the "middle" sister Judy!

So, in all hopes, I'll be hosting a small brunch come Sunday as the noon hour approaches...  As I've said, 6 will be perfect, but 4 will also be fun!

I'm guessing that I'd best say "be well, be happy, be crazy," as I've got leftovers on the stove to deal with, and an almost packed d/w awaiting the "start up" routine!   Till next time...
Jul. 29, 2011 2:57 am
wow Stevie sounds like you will have a nice visit, don't you just luv when a surprise comes along that also brings so much joy...i hope you have a wonderful time...be well friend & we want to hear all about it, so please post....later friend... Judy
Jul. 29, 2011 2:04 pm
Sounds like a winning menu to me! Let us know how it goes! My husband and I actually get along with all the ex's.. kinda hafta... we share kids and grandkid with them all! It makes for very comfortable special events like graduations and weddings etc. Best of luck and please stay crazy!
Jul. 29, 2011 6:19 pm
Judy, Terry, thanks both... I'd like to think that while Sal and I divorced, "I" never divorced the family!! More on that later, perhaps... I will try to keep you posted, but as of 30-45 mins ago, still no word from Julie! :( More later!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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