Tuesday, March 24, 2009
As I've mentioned before we are lucky to have all things Disney right in our backyard and we certainly try to take advantage of how lucky we are as much as we can. Disney recently started a new marketing campaign - What Will You Celebrate? and the signs and banners throughout the park remind you to "Celebrate Today" and it's a wonderful thing to remember. There are things everyday worth celebrating and we have to remember to take time and enjoy those every day moments. This was certainly a weekend of us celebrating good times, good friends and good weather.
Friday night Monika and Dave invited us to their house for dinner. Of course most of you know I'm directionally challenged so driving to Monika & Dave's house is an accomplishment for me. It's what I call out in the country! It's so fun that just 20 -30 minutes away we feel that we are in a totally different place. Monika and Dave have a beautiful home and we had a fabulous dinner and we went for a walk around the neighborhood, sat out by the fire pit in the yard enjoying a beautiful Spring evening talking and laughing and just hanging out and enjoying each others company. It was a great time. Next time I'll have to remember to take pictures!!
On Saturday we continued our celebration! We celebrated Twilight coming out on DVD and we celebrated Target by making two trips to two different Targets!! We also celebrated Spring and a beautiful day of togetherness at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival. Mike and I spent the day taking pictures, talking, eating yummy food, taking more pictures, enjoying the beautiful weather and buying new additions to our little garden. We bought a beautiful bamboo and plumarias that will hopefully flower soon! We had lunch in China and dessert in France. We went on only one ride but we enjoyed the day, we enjoyed our time together and we just had fun. Both Mike and I got creative with the photos we were taking which we'll both be using for projects in the future so stay tuned.
One of the things Mike and I talked about with our beautiful Epcot back drop was the novel I've been working on. I started this years ago with just a brief outline of how I thought this would go and like so many other things I put it aside and forgot about it. Well no, it's not so much I forgot about it more like I remembered it was there but never pulled it out to work on it until recently I've been trying to write a page or two a day and I'm making fantastic progress. I don't know if it's any good and it's only the first draft but it's such a sense of accomplishment to be adding page after page to something that I created. To be creating characters and situations and just a whole universe for these characters to work and play. It's been exciting and Mike has been supportive - it gave us another thing to celebrate.
On Sunday we celebrated more good times and more good friends as we hosted The Amazing Race viewing party this week. I made Banana Chai Bread which turned out delicious I thought, I love chai tea and this low fat banana bread was a great marriage of flavors. You can find the recipe here. I also made Indian Style Butter Chicken which was also delicious and Mike and I enjoyed leftovers last night for dinner. It is something I would make even if we weren't having an Indian Themed gathering. We served the chicken with different Indian inspired rices our favorite being the saffron rice. You can find the recipe for the chicken here. Another successful evening I think and it has definitely gotten me in the mood to entertain more. I am trying to think up ideas for fun gatherings, probably smaller gatherings so that I can enjoy the process and enjoy my guests. So how about you leave me a comment with great party ideas and who knows there might just be something in it for ya!!
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