By the photos here you would think this post is all about watermelon salad. When in fact its more about getting prepared to host a brunch.
We don’t entertain much, in fact hardly ever. But we were having company over on Sunday so we started cleaning up the yard two weekends ago. Now that we have time again on the weekends of course we promptly fill them up with more chores.
Anyway, stay on track already….friends of Lori’s asked to see us and they would like to come to our house. One of these women is a previous student who also donated lots of the cuttings and plants when we started re-doing the yard. So of course we wanted the yard to be in tip-top shape. Another woman joining the soirée also used to be a student of Lori’s and has her own garden design company…..tough audience for the garden.
There was a three-day weekend with a brunch on Sunday at our house to cap it all off. Friday we went to home depot to get something for the yard and ended up renting a carpet cleaner. I shampoo’d the carpets while Lori scrubbed the house and purged our book piles. Saturday we went to the farmers market and got all the ingredients needed for the brunch. We finished spreading the gravel I dropped when I sold the truck and got the last of the weeds out. (By last of weeds you seriously know that the weeds are never ever completely gone – but it is close)
Sunday morning I was up and outside watering at 6:30. (We are relegated to watering before 8:00 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays and after 7:00 p.m.) Then I made us some oatmeal while I started cooking. I started with banana bread and while that was baking I made the watermelon salad. (Watermelon, mint, lime…so good). I roasted zucchini and pablano peppers on the grill and cut them up for a fritatta. I made the bacon and then right before noon when everyone was expected I put the grilled veggie fritatta together and put it in the oven.
Lori had been cleaning up the seating area and setting it all up. We were done working, everything looked and tasted great and got to sit and visit for several hours with her friends.
The guests are long gone, however the leftovers we had for dinner and the house and yard still look fantastic!