“Sisters in Blue” and “Shrimp and Salmon on Pasta”

Happy Sunday to you all… I am making a surprise visit today and wondering if you are here too? I hope the sun is shining where you are.

This is just a quick reminder that my auction is ending on Ebay this evening. It’s the one where you get 2 dresses this time, not just ONE! Of course, it helps to have BOTH dolls, but maybe you might have one or the other on order and decide you need this for “future” purposes! *hint* I just wanted to show you 2 last pictures of the girls in their sweet Easter dresses…and remind you, Easter is only 3 weeks from today! :o)

If you click on any picture it will enlarge.

You can head straight to the Ebay auction by clicking on the top picture of the girls on the right side bar or you can click HERE.

Yesterday we were invited over to Sara’s and her family’s house for lunch. (They are our dear friends from Columbia, South America.) Edgar wanted to cook a birthday lunch for my hubby last week, but we had something every single day and couldn’t fit it in. So yesterday it was planned and we showed up to the most glorious meal you can imagine…. well, if you like shrimp and veggies… you’d think so.

We sat down at the table and as soon as we finished praying, I said, “Don’t anybody touch anything… I have to take a picture!” and I did… here’s what the table looked like:

Edgar is quite the cook and he made a shrimp and salmon and pasta dish that was very “Delicious!” or as we all said, “Delicioso” in Spanish! It was as colorful as it was good! This was a picture of my portion…

In Columbia, it is customary for your food to be served to you on a plate or bowl and not in a bowl where you take how much you want. I’m glad they only gave me a small bowl of it, because my hubby got the LARGE bowl and I could not have eaten it all! There was a pretty and colorful salad made by his wife, Alba and she also did the chopping for Edgar. :o) They have a friend staying with them, Fabian, and he ALSO helped…he also helped with the big thank you card I received a few weeks ago for the puppy cupcakes I made Sara. Good Bye Fabian…he’s leaving to finish his English studies at another university.

Oh, and that little thing on the saucer in front of our bowls was a plantain cooked with cheese and guava paste inside… I bet you’ve never had that, have you? It was sort of a sweet dish and we thought it was dessert, but it wasn’t…

When we were finished with lunch, the 4 of them were in the tiny kitchen and we could hear them doing “something” but we didn’t know what. They’d come back to the table and chat some more and then get back up and all go in the kitchen. In just a little bit we could smell something baking… My hubby guessed what they were doing… baking dessert! Yes, Sara wanted to make dessert and she chose brownies, but she was embarrassed because she thought they were overdone, but my hubby and I thought they were fine.. I think a brownie has to be burnt to a crisp to be bad enough not to eat! SARA…if you are reading this…THEY WERE FINE! REALLY!

After we had dessert, we had a contest..a puzzle contest. We drew out numbers to see who would be on teams… me and my hubby and Fabian were on one team and Sara and her mom and dad were on the other team. They had several 100 piece animal puzzles and we got to choose first… we picked the 2 kitties on the front puzzle and they picked a horse and a goat puzzle. Then we both started at the same time and worked frantically to see which team would finish first… Well, I’m proud to say MY TEAM WON! So we helped Sara and her mom and dad finish theirs. It’s quite a site to see 12 sets of fingers working on a 16″ x 11″ puzzle! :o)

Then we all went in the living room and watched a movie… before we knew it, we had been there 5 hours! My how time does fly when you are with those you love! We love you guys!

I hope your Saturday was as fun as ours was and I hope your today will be too!

See you in the morning,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Yumm! What a WONDERFUL meal that must have been, Jeanne! Here it is only 6:00 in the morning, and I am hungry already for dinner! Meal preparation must take a long time in Columbia, if they fix each plate separately! I notice there was no knife at each place setting, so they don’t need knives?

    Sara’s brownie looks wonderful, and probably tastes even better!! I’m sure George was very pleased with this lovely dinner, and how sweet of them to make it!

    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Linda,
      I’m a bit late getting my comments out and you might not even see this if your family is in, but I wanted to let you know Alba read your comments and she said in Columbia they do use knives… but she knew we wouldn’t be needing them so she left them off the table. She also said, Yes, it does take longer in the food preparation since they do each plate for their guests.
      The brownies were wonderful and the ice cream made them even better! Like I said before, you really can’t go wrong with brownies… not any way, any how!
      Thanks Linda, enjoy your week…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Jeaneane, What a wonderful way to spend an evening…home cooked meal with delightful and cherished friends. I’m glad you shared such a fun time with us. Special people in our lives and making special memories with them is indeed a great gift. It was a pleasure indeed to spend some “time” with you at Sara’s family home and table.


    • Jeanne W says:

      HI Becky,
      I’m glad I’m able to share these tun times in our lives with all of you. It really was a fun day for us as well as for them, I think… Well, I know so… I just got a text saying how much they enjoyed having us over.
      I enjoy making memories with them because I know they’ll be gone sooner than we want!
      Thanks Becky,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Charlotte A. says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful meal and visit. A good meal with good friends can be the best experience of all.
    Jigsaw puzzles are great fun. I never thought of using them as a competition in that way though. What a great idea! That would be fun for kids at a birthday part too!
    Good luck on the sister set! Have a great day!
    Take care.

    • HI Charlotte,
      We really did have a wonderful time yesterday…
      It would be a fun thing to do for a birthday party… we were racing against each other like crazy! Lots of chatter too!
      Well, my sister set auction is over and it proved to be successful! I’m very happy and my buyer is too!
      Thanks Charlotte,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. What a wonderful birthday party! The food looks delicious. I’m ready for the brownies sundaes for sure. I’d never have thought of a puzzle contest. What great friendships you’ve made. Trading cultural traditions is always interesting and brings people closer together. Thanks for including us in the fun by telling us all about it with your pictures and “reporting.”

    • HI Susette,
      Yes, the birthday party was a huge hit! We really enjoyed ourselves! I’d like another brownie myself! I’m craving chocolate tonight!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post yesterday…it was too good not to share! I’m sure you know a THING or TWO about different cultures!
      I LOVED the pictures of your high school friend… wow…what a family!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. What a feast! Great food and friends.
    How’s your mom doing? Was just thinking about her.
    Hope you have a sunny Sunday.

    • HI Joy,
      Yes, it was pretty much a feast…and we were fullllllll!
      My mom is still at her house… we haven’t made any decisions yet… but she’s thinking about what we’ve talked about…
      Our day got better as it went along… some sun, but lots of clouds in between…
      Thank you Joy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. It looks like a lot of us drop by on Sunday to check to see if there’s an entry even though we know there isn’t supposed to be one. Today we got a real prize. That was a wonderful dinner — attractive, appetizing, and quite healthy. If the brownies were slightly more done that usual, they’d stand up to the ice cream better and be a little firmer contrast instead of squishing into the ice cream.

    It’s finally raining here, which is exciting and useful since the flowers that are starting to come out badly need the encouragement. I hope your day is as nice.

    • HI Marilyn,
      I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed today’s post. It was just too precious not to share. Not only was the meal attractive, appetizing and healthy, it was very digestible for my hubby… he was thankful for that.
      I told Sara the brownies were fine and I’m sticking to my story! Really, they were! I want one now!
      I’m glad you got the rain you needed… no snow, right? I hope not!
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Charlotte Trayer says:

    Congratulations on your successful auction, Jeanne!

    Thanks for sharing pictures and details of that wonderful-looking meal your friends prepared for you and your husband! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten plantains before, but I certainly have shrimp and salmon (and love them both!).

  8. Congratulations on your auction. Be very proud, your vision and workmanship is superb.
    Now, about that splendid dish. 3 questions 1. Is there salmon smoked or marinated? 2 are the little white curly things little shrimps or calamari?
    Was there a sauce in the dish?
    I am gluten free and this looks like a winner for dinner. G/F pasta of course

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