Monday, May 25, 2015


Thanks for sticking around on days when I dont make it here to post. Again, I do this as much for me as I do for y'all - but I do appreciate the people that do visit here - all of you.

A whole lot of photos coming your way, I hope that is not a problem for any devices-


A thankful dinner

Daily Koda w/ FLOWERS

Our Day

 Because we did not see enough of each other over the weekend -
they came over with David D to see Neil's gardens
Also you can see how huge this snow ball bush is.
 and A must have, as I did not have a double decker yellow one in this shade !
Home Depot AND Lowes
Project in the works

US military eases uniform rules to allow turbans and beards

ਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰ !

From The Guardian :
New US military guidelines have opened the way for service members to wear religious clothing such as turbans or skullcaps while on duty, the Department of Defense has announced.
The guidelines, published on Wednesday, also allow for facial hair, body art and other expressions of religious belief. It is not a blanket permission, however; requests for dispensation from stated uniform policy are to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The military counts thousands of Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Wiccans and members of other religious groups among its ranks. The groups have protested against the exclusion of religious apparel, saying it forces them to choose between their religious beliefs and a desire to serve. ( the rest  )



Our pals David and Dahn's daughter Rachel got married on Saturday! Both bride and groom, Justin, are from here - high school sweethearts, but live in DC now and have for a while, so it was wedding/ reunion for them. It really was just a lovely fun filled day for the families and the guests. 
Many many thanks for including us!

 Her dress was lovely and yes, Dahn did double duty as stepmother of the bride and officiant.
 Held in downtown Rochester at the Genesee Valley Club - it COULD NOT have been a more perfect day. Not to hot and bright blue sky.
 Married in a big tent out back.
 Just as Dahn got everyone settled after the B&G made their way down - the BLUE ANGLES, in town for the Rochester Air Show did a very loud fly over - it was perfectly timed.
After some very fine and rapid vows, we had a cocktail hour 
 ( a surprise Bride was in our midsts! )
 Snacks were passed. This is Tuna and Avocado on a crispy won ton, 
there were some garlic cheesy endive spears, some spring rolls - and something with duck on a stick that I missed but heard it was good.

 The Cake. 
They are both big runners
( look at this lovely cake stand! ) 

Table settings - the colors were purple and purple
( dad and bride being Northwestern grads )
 Our pal Lisa made all the wedding favors, two delicious lavender shortbreads at every place setting - 
with the wedding logo. She made them all by hand!
 Three outside open bars 

 Like I said before, funny how long it had been since I had been to a wedding with so many folks that I liked.
 Quick Change Dahn and the Pride of McGill!
you know how I love these.
 Sat down to a nice lightly dressed salad with the clubs 
signature candied apple 
 We did have by far the best table -
and even had Elijah ( meaning we got an extra cookie pack )
 Neil had the steak
 I had the fish which was very good.
 The B&G made the rounds
 A really cute shot of Scott and David
 MUCH dancing including a very expressive one by the Dad and Bride.
 Dessert in the bar room
 Neil and Dahn eating cake.
( Yankees dont do grooms cakes - a little fyi )
 This is an awful pic of me, but all our pals ended up at this one table there in the bar - I dont even know who took this - and I was stone cold sober ( with FOUR open bars with top shelf drinks! )

We had to take off nineish -

Because I had this the next morning  :


Cooked Mostly by Kyle 80 - 100 people
( I kept a house guest of ours awake banging around the kitchen all night )

I had lots of help the morning of MANY thanks to those kitchen elves!

Held in a big tent in the newly refurbished Gandell back yard, 
where the rehearsal dinner was on Friday night 
Coffee and Doughnuts 
Tiny ham biscuits from Dahns aunt in South Carolina
re-used the lovely flowers from last night
The new fire pit and conversation wall
Seven in her party dress - the belle of the ball!

For some reason I was picturing a sort of day long drop in relaxing party - no, everyone at once and eat everything in a hurry - but we were all ready, backups at hand.


  • Beef Tenderloin w/ rolls ( went in a flash )
  • Sausage, Bacon and Onion Breakfast Strata
  • Swiss Chard and Tomato Breakfast Strata ( I thought this was really good  )
  • Curried Rice Salad 
  • Grits Bar
  • Cool Wegmans Bread with butter and Jams
  • Fruit
  • Granola and Yogurt

This meat was so yummy
Made two large of each of these - 
I used swiss chard just because it takes so much spinach to make this, 
it was very good and will do so again

 This GRITS "recipe " is Great
and easy as can be.

Use your slow cooker to make super easy and creamy grits. They cook while you sleep and are ready to be put on the breakfast table when you wake up.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups stone ground grits
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • THIS IS IT I x2 twice and almost ran out they were so good.
  • 4-6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1 tablespoon-sized pieces
  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Lightly spray inside of a 6-quart crockpot with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together grits, salt and water in the crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  3. Remove lid. Scatter butter on top. Use a whisk to stir the grits until they are an even consistency and the butter has melted.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top and add pepper to taste.

people loved this, I should have cut these first loaves in half again

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves

Lisa , Scott and David
Dahn and Neil
After the purge
Folks enjoying the BEAUTIFUL spring Day 

It really went well.