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at the Ahmanson started the week and it was wonderful!

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Tomiko wouldn’t do this but I like it because I look thin!  Oh, so you don’t think this is me…..hmmmmm…

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 There were so many little girls in the audience…..This one kept singing along with all the songs.  Tomiko thought it was cute, I on the other hand….

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 When was the last time you saw a little girl with curls like this?

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 To make it an early evening we decided to just go to Kendall’s Brasserie at The Music Center…….We didn’t have a reservation so the long table in the front with the high bar stools had to do.  I could not believe that my favorite tomato and cucumber soup with shrimp was back….So excited!

IMG 5617Just give me raw meat…….Steak Tartare is a carnivore’s delight!

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 O.K., so we were bad but this Baked Apple Tart is sooooo good! Love the Caramel Sauce. And we shared…..

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 A couple next to us, Shirley and Harold, were so adorable I had to talk to them.  They’re both 90 and….wait for it….


Wait for it……..


They’re DATING!!!IMG 5623

 Years ago, Melanie, her brother Spero and their parents would come over for Thanksgiving from about when she was 8 years old.  She’s now an accomplished botanist and water conservation expert living in San Diego after years in Australia.  Melanie still remembers my ‘Stuffing for People Who Don’t Like Stuffing’ and ‘Cranberries for People who Don’t Like Cranberries’!  (Charles liked cranberry sauce straight out of the can but I couldn’t even wrap my mind around that.)  We met at Bloomies for lunch and to catch up.

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 This doesn’t look good does it?  I think the leak was fixed and cleaning out underneath should make it more efficient. The repairman was here for hours and so funny because every hour or so he’d report that he was so sorry but something else needed to be fixed.  I had no idea what he was talking about but kept nodding yes.  I’m looking at Pirch for a replacement should it go out again.

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 The Green Chef meals are consistently delicious and Vicki does a great job preparing and plating.

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 Everyone knows I just have protein bars during class but sweet Iris at the Huntington’s class got a gynormous sandwich at Ralphs and asked if anyone wanted half.  I even offered to share the half but no takers.  It turned out that I really needed it because I was at the framers after class until past 7:00.  Amazing how things work out!

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 The class was unusually large with a lot of new students so I did a Bamboo review and then to loosen up….Gourds.

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Then it was off to Chiang’s Frames on Telstar in El Monte.  I told Nikka to pick out whatever artwork she wanted for her new apartment…….We’re going to have to get a van to pick up this one.

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This fellow came in from Panda’s corporate office and I thought he had a ‘little’ project so I let him interrupt us.  These were the medals given to Panda for their ‘incredible support’ for the 2015 Special Olympics.IMG 5667

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 O.K., back to me.  I decided to give this painting to Nikka as well.  It’s one of my favorites and will be perfect in her kitchen nook which you look into when sitting on the sofa.  It also continues her very girlie ‘pink’ theme!

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 This goes in the living room with the oh so pink Cattleya.

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 And this for her bedroom…… It was a surprising pick.  May was terrific….patient and so helpful.

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 Well Sandie Girl, it looks like Vicki is a member of the Needlepoint Club……

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 This is also Vicki’s handiwork.

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Carol kindly mailed this to me.  Good thing because I have no memory of this photo being taken!IMG 5704

 Next door….don’t even ask…..

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The blog is getting long….time to stretch….

This was a delightful lunch at Simmzy’s with Amy and Marine and her darling sister Eliza, a writer  who just moved back to L.A. from NYC.

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 You can see how adorable they both are!

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O.K. Foodies….. This is a special thing Simmzy’s does with Cauliflower.  You have to ask for it as it’s not on the menu.

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Chicken with Apples and Walnuts…IMG 5714

Soy Marinated Tuna Chopped with Asian Slaw & Peanuts….IMG 5715

 The Fish Tacos were really good!

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Shrimp and Rock Cod Ceviche….

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 We each had a little bit of everything including this Apple Filled Donut with Cinnamon Apples, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream, Donut Glaze and Pistachios.  I’m near passing out just looking at it again!

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I recovered by class Saturday and this is a work in progress.  We also painted the Amaryllis.

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 Mary and Keith took me out to dinner after class but first some fun with Sir Charles!

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 Oh and puppy.  They have a wolf….that’s correct, a wolf so Kita was thinking Keith was a nice big wolf and she wouldn’t let him go!

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 We finished off a delicious dinner at ‘Commonwealth’ my new favorite place and had ‘Drunken Mama Cake’ for dessert….

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 …along with this yummy Butterscotch Pudding with Housemade Whip/Caramel and Crisp Prosciutto on top! It’s all about the bacon!

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 Turns out Keith is crazy for Foster’s Old Fashioned Freeze which is right across the street from Commonwealth.  He made us promise we’d go there after dinner.

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 It’s good to mingle with the hoi polloi…….

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 We were hysterical seeing the ‘We Deliver’ notice and pictured a ‘freeze’ arriving in a soup bowl!

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I wish you a week of yumminess!IMG 5790




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