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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sunday Lunch in the Rear View

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend.  We lucked out with gorgeous weather for all three days.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky during the day and great sleeping weather at night.  

As I mentioned to you last week, the royal couple, aka #1 and Adorable Jonathon and their friends, MC and Scott spent the weekend in Boston and dropped in for lunch on Sunday.

I was up at the crack of dawn.  
This is a pic of our quiet kitchen before the Mister started whipping up his magic.

I wasn't the only one eagerly awaiting the royal visit.

This was the first time that I used this basket.
I love it.
I got it on Etsy.

Photo credit: mchammer

We have a little girl who will remain nameless that does not like to walk on the grass.  Therefore, she takes care of business on the driveway.

She strategically leaves her mark in the direct path from the barn to the house.  I did last minute poop patrol before the arrival of our guests.

If you're not afraid of these scary-looking pooches that ugly red sign is sure to drive you away.

The Chef meeting with his sous chefs.

Flowers and table are all set.

They're here!
Scott and MC are so darling!
Scott was Adorable Jonathon's roommate at TCU.
MC is a UT graduate and was also a cheerleader.
FYI... they met on a blind date.
Are you reading this, #2?

It was love at first sight for Chow.
I think Scott may have some competition.

For appetizers, we noshed on Barrata and toast points.

And bacon-wrapped scallops.
I just ate the bacon because I'm on a diet.

When I recited the menu for my Book Club last month, my #1 said that she wanted her Dad to make it for their visit.

The Mister's couscous lobstah salad is always a huge hit.

The filets with blue cheese au gratin were also delish!

Chowdah's smitten, all right.
He actually thinks that he's got a chance with her! 

We spent some time telling and hearing some old college stories about our #1 girl.

It's lucky I have a strong stomach. 

Photo credit: mchammer

Last but certainly not least we feasted on the Mister's specialty, panna cotta with fresh berries and mint.

Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye.
The kids took off in their sports car and went off to do some cruisin' on the Cape!

You never saw two sadder pups than these two as our guests drove out of the driveway.

Poor Chowdah was beside himself that MC left without him! 

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. Oh my goodness, they will return soon if they will be fed as well as there were this trip! You are so blessed to have a man who knows his way around the kitchen! LOL Mine can't (won't) boil water.

  2. How fun! There is nothing better than when our grown up kids come home, is there? Lovely pics. I'm jealous of your live-in chef!

  3. The flowers and food look incredible. What a fun visit!

  4. What a great visit. Number 1 must be so proud that her parents food and tablescapes rival any restaurant.

  5. Katie, if the Mister is a Master Chef, you are a Master Hostess. Everything looked lovely.

  6. Always fun when your adult children visit! The menu sounds wonderful and I especially like the photo of your mister with his flame-thrower.

  7. What a wonderful party!!! My mouth is watering.

  8. I’m with the pups, I’m sad they had to go. Mister wowed the crowd and panna cotta is my favorite!!! So thrilled you got this visit, this weather and an in house chef! Jackpot sweet friend!

  9. Always fun to have young people in the house. Mister knows how to cook up a good meal. Wow is all I can say. The table is so pretty with my favorite colors.

  10. Oh, my, the Mister can sure turn out some good looking fare and I know your daughter and sweet Jonathan and their friends felt very special. Have a great week Katie!

  11. Always fun to see your #1 and Jonathon and you and the mister. Looking good, MOB! Glad you all had a fun visit.

  12. Katie, the table is beautiful and the food looks delicious. It looks like everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the chef!

  13. Glad everyone had a good time . Looks like the chef was having a great time . Cute dogs . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

  14. I love every photo and delicious detail of your happy day. You all are such beautiful people. The pups, well, both of them always melt my heart when you include them, even if one of them uses the driveway to ...

  15. Oh Katie....it's just all so lovely! Your daughter is just precious!!! Your Mister is just a marvelous host and you my darling girl, have a gift for elegance! Love it all!

  16. What a delicious meal prepared by a Master Chef for two adorable couples in the most picturesque setting with two adoring dogs and parents. Does it get any better than that!

  17. Such a sweet cute post Katie, what a special day, and that menu, swoon!! Why don't you and the Mister come to Alabama for a visit! Your dogs melt my heart!

  18. Oh, Katie - what a special day! You and your Master Chef held nothing back for this delightful event. Your home, your table, your loved ones 2 and 4 legged - and that delicious food - wow!

    I am so happy you had perfect weather. We sure didn't - we got those nasty storms with tornado threats and sirens going off for hours. However, it is nice but very hot and humid today. Lawn has never looked greener. I had covered the just blooming peopnies so they are still here.

    Enjoy your summertime looking out from the beautiful and perfect set of 3 windows at your sink. I couldn't pin your pic or would have - I sooooo want a row of 3 if I ever re-do our kitchen. ♥♥♥

  19. Please share the recipes for that lovely lunch! Your table setting was beautiful too. Loved the tablecloth! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. First of all, I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR KITCHEN! And what a hostess with the mostest you and the Mister are! Where did he learn to cook like that, anyway?? Everything looks absolutely scrumptious and right out of a magazine! Oh...and those "kids"...what darling, fresh faces...I forget what it was like to be that young. Such a fun post, Katie!

  22. Not much beats having one's adult kids home, and I don't mind cooking their favorite meals. My husband may enjoy the kids home even more than I because of all the special cooking and baking I do.

  23. What beautiful young people...and that chef ain’t so bad either, and the fact that he can cook is certainly a plus ­čśŐ

    Katie...let me know next time you are in town and I will treat you to that museum....Even if you are not and don’t wanna be a cowgirl it is fun to see!...Janey

  24. Hi Katie!
    This is a another very special time in your life and I can see you are loving it just as much as I did when I went through it with my daughter! We are both so very blessed....enjoy!
    Linda Ortolano

  25. Hello across the pond my dear friend
    Wow it was a beautiful Sunday for you all, no wonder the sun was shining for your sweet family and their friends. I love your door basket Katie,peony time is the nicest. Over here we had Monday as a holiday so I was in my garden
    Please may I have the lobster cous cous recipe? it looks delicious
    Sending my love to you,
    Sally xxx

  26. All looks so wonderful! What a wonderful menu and table setting. I love that your husband wears red shorts. Makes me smile! Glad you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Have a great week. Hope more nice weather is around your corner.

  27. What a lovely day! I would also love to have the Mister's Lobster Couscous salad recipe if he is willing to share ;-)

  28. Everything about this post makes me smile! Love the tablescape and food!

  29. So happy you got to enjoy their company - your MR sure does prepare a fancy feast - he's a keeper!!

  30. Two darling couples! What a great lunch prepared by your chef which looks delicious. It's always hard when they leave.........

  31. You had to be in seventh heaven with part of your tribe in residence, a chef and two sous! The food looks to die for and so does the table. What joy!

  32. When I visit I’d like to request the same menu! xo

  33. Looks like you all had a fabulous time, Katie! What wonderful photos! And the food, oh my your chef and his sous chefs are talented!! Thank you for sharing this lovely post with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party! I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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