Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dinner with friends

Last night, our good friends came for dinner. They are the guys who bought Maplecroft from us, and we are happy to have gone through the whole process of selling our home, some furnishings, and the business to them. And happier still that they are doing so well. We know how busy they can get at night, but this is an easier time for them to get away. So we were pleased that they could come.

Dan had recently broken his wrist so I promised to make something that he wouldn't need two hands for. We had a tourtiere from Central Market in the freezer, and I added some mashed local potatoes and mixed roasted vegetables. I am still trying to figure out what works best with the meat pie, a French Canadian specialty, although salad and rolls also work. It just seems to need something creamy on the side. Paul likes to put a drizzle of maple syrup on, too, but I like chutney. For dessert we tried some very yummy pomegranite/blueberry frozen Greek yogurt and macaroons (my favorite cookie). They had brought a nice syrah wine, thinking the brand-name Storyteller was perfect for us.

We had a very nice time, talking about upcoming trips (Japan via Istanbul, Baltimore, Charleston), politics, religion, and community events. When we had B&B guests at Maplecroft some of these topics were off-limits, so it is nice to be able to discuss them at table now. I always enjoy an easy-going meal, lingering after dinner with good friends.

It seems hard to believe it has been three years since we moved. People ask if we miss Maplecroft, but even though the house was grand, it was a great deal of work and worry. Although we miss living within easy strolling distance of downtown and sometimes miss meeting new people, we continue to meet new people in various community activities and get downtown almost every day. All without the tedium of coffee-breakfast-room clean up every day and being available for check ins every afternoon and evening. Glad someone as nice as these two is handling that!

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