It has gotten pretty busy here on the bayou, I have a new finish to photograph and a new start to share, but I have been sided tracked by end of school year events (Louisiana history fais do do, teacher gifts, graduations, etc.).
We also travelled to visit family this weekend. We had a graduation dinner in one of the private dining rooms at Houmas House. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, the gardens and home are beautiful (ask to take Miz' Judy's tour). If you stay for lunch or dinner, I highly recommend the crab and mango cake and the bisque of curried pumpkin, crawfish and corn was also delicious (we also had a mixed spring salad, filet and bananas foster that were excellent). The service was exceptional, they had two weddings and an couple of private dinners in addition to the restaurant and every course was cooked perfectly and was served at the correct temperature. Sorry no pictures -- my batteries were beyond revival. DS was running around with his little digital video camera, hopefully he got a few photos that I can share later.
I will be back soon with all my stitching progress -- just need to get reorganized.
The first step in my re-organization effort is Spring Cleaning - I am pulling out every item in every closet and drawer (and in the case of my DS under the bed). Some items will be repurposed (I have seen some great ideas on the blogs), "adoption" by friends & family or donation or (sniff-sniff) the trash.
My second step is meal planning, I have tried it before without much success -- I am a spur of the moment cook. But, I have been inspired by all you meal planning bloggers to give it another shot. I want to decrease my trips to the store and be more thoughtful about what we are eating since I have noticed more "convenience" foods sneaking into our daily diet. Here is my plan for this week:
Monday - Red Beans and Rice (a no-brainer in NOLA)
Tuesday - Smothered Pork Chops with rice and sauteed green beans
Wednesday - Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Thursday - Shrimp and Eggplant Jambalaya (a new recipe from a friend)
Friday - BBQ chicken and grilled veggies
Saturday - Grilled Veggie Lasagna
Sunday - Dinner at Mom's
I will let you know next Monday how well I adhered to my plan.
School lets out at the end of the week, wonder what that will do for my stitching??