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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cooking With Friends; Happy Friendship Day!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!! Guess what? It’s time to celebrate International Friendship Day again:) That’s right, the first Sunday in August is Friendship Day! I thought it might be fun to celebrate Friendship Day with the Cooking with Friends cookbook.

Normally, one of my favorite things about August is celebrating the History of Friendship Day with you. It’s also the day I get to thank you all for being my virtual online blogging friends and the perfect time to remind you that since 1997, that the one and only Winnie the Pooh is the Ambassador of Friendship Day. Pretty good choice don’t you think? If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Pooh, it’s that he speaks everyone’s language:)

This year I have some other news I would like to share with you. Let me warn you though, you may not be as thrilled about it as I am:) The kiddies are coming, the kiddies are coming!!!

They are arriving from Idaho tomorrow and believe me when I tell you, their arrival couldn’t have been more timely:) You may have noticed that I was MIA for the past couple of days. I’ll spare you the gory details, suffice to say everything is as back to normal as can be. However, I don’t mind saying, Marion and I sure could use some cheering up. The fact that my daughter is coming for the first time as a cancer survivor and my son-in-law is also coming just about sends both me and Marion over the top. Include the kids in all of this excitement and quite frankly, we are more than elated! We are ecstatic!!!

We don’t have too many things planned for when they arrive. Actually, as of right now, there are only two definites. My grand-daughter Tabitha has been dreaming about visiting New York City since the very first time she drove over the George Washington Bridge and saw the NYC skyline. I think she was about 5:) When she got a bit older, I introduced her to my very best ever favorite movie which just happens to be Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Wouldn’t you know it, she likes the movie too:) Now, since she is in the double digit age bracket, she would like to visit Tiffany’s while she is on the east coast:) Grammy is more than happy to oblige. (I suppose I’ll have to buy her a Tiffany’s “trinket,” lol…

As for Noah, he isn’t asking for much. He would like to go to a ball game. Oh, not any ol’ ball game, mind you. He wants to go to a Met’s game. (yes, he knows I’m a Yankee’s Fan but he doesn’t mind:) I won’t be going to the game but his dad will be arriving just in time to take him to the game with his mother and Tabi. He’s very excited:)

Michele and her family will be visiting for nearly the whole month of August. As you might have guessed, I will not be blogging during their visit. Now, don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing lots of pictures come September:) In the mean time, enjoy these recipes from Cooking with Friends written by Tennessee native Amy Lyles Wilson with recipes by American Test Kitchen editor Jack Bishop.

"See" you in September, Louise:)

41 Nibbles:

~ Nee ~ said...

Good morning Louise !
Love the post on friendship day and all the recipes , will have to try them in the future .
How wonderful the kiddies are coming and bringing mom and dad , they will be staying the month of August , what fun you will have .
I can see you in my mind's eye you strolling through the garden with the kids and watching the butterflies zip from flower to flower . They are going to love the tomatoes . what fun you will have .Tabitha is a beauty and Noah , is a handsome young guy that is going to make the girls hearts go flip-flop .
Take the month off and enjoy our family , kids grow up so fast and now is the time to make beautiful memories .
Last but not least , I enjoyed the post and will be waiting for your return . ;-D thanks for sharing ... ~Nee~

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like you're going to have a busy August! And a fun one. :-) Enjoy yourself -- and see you in September!

Dottie said...

Dearest Louise,

Happy Friendship Day, dear friend.... I too am very thankful that you emailed last year and said I think we have a lot in common. Let's be blogger friends. I have always cherished that day, that I met you and many of the other food blogger women. It has enhanced my life to know that you and the others are always there for eachother. As Piglet said to Winnie the Pooh, “We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. Even longer,' Pooh answered.”

I am thrilled for you Louise that your daughter and family will be out for the whole month of August. I know how much fun you hade with them the last time you say them. Sounds like a wonderful plan to go visit Tiffany’s, as well as the ball game. May they have safe travels and enjoy your time with them. It goes so fast. God Bless Michele that she stays cancer free...

These recipes look like fun from the "Friends" TV show. I never even knew they had a cookbook. Thanks for a wonderful post, Have a fun Sunday, and an awesome time with the family and Marion. Blessings dear Louise,

Dottie :)

Johanna GGG said...

Love the cookbook but even happier to hear about your family visiting - sounds very exciting - it is such a joy to explore your world with kids and I am sure your time with Michele is precious - enjoy the visit and thank you for your friendship

Gloria Baker said...

Love this post Louise!
Im really happy you and Marion will be a nice and fun time with the family!!
happy friendship day dear, you are really a nice friend to me and Im thanksful for that:)
xoxoxo

Anne Regalado said...

Friendship Day is new to me but I'm not really surprised , if there's a Nat'l Cheesecake Day or cookie day , why not a day for celebrating friendship :D With your daughter et all coming to visit , Marion will surely perk up !

What's Baking?? said...

Happy friendship day to you too Louise. Yup I m glad to be back after the long 'silence'.. Been a crazy rat race with being assigned to new role at work. You will be 'seeing' me n not seeing me.. Lol. Have great time w yr grand kids n family. Good to hear to hear yr daughter us doing well n I wish her good health! As always yr posts leaves a smile on my face.. 'Ttfn' tata for now as Tiger always say.. Lol

Debra Eliotseats said...

You would be deemed the best grandmother in the world if you took her to Tiffany's in NYC! Enjoy your time with your family! The recipes today brought back memories of Friends. They look sooooo young. :) Glad we made each other's acquaintance, Louis, and glad you're my blogger buddy.

Lady Lilith said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. I get that excited when my nephews come of a visit. They have been with me for about 3 weeks so far and I am sad they will be leaving soon. There is nothing like having little ones running around.

Linda A. Thompson-Ditch said...

Have a grand time with the grandkids! I enjoy our blogging friendship.

Pam said...

The flank steak sounds especially tasty & spicy! Have fun with the little ones.

Tina said...

What great news! I know you will have a wonderful time visiting with your family. I could sure go to that baseball game with you. Sounds like a fabulous visit is in store.

Marjie said...

Am I the only person in the world who never watched Friends or Seinfeld? Oh, well.

Happy belated Friendship Day to you, Louise. I'm so happy that Michelle and her family are coming to visit you. (Interesting that you're a Yankees fan. Their farm team is right here in Scranton, and some of their stars have been here for rehab. I'm not much of a sports fan, but you've got to love the Yankees.)

See you in September! Looking forward to all the pictures.

~ Nee ~ said...

Good evening my friend Louise ,
Had to stop by and tell you how cute and homey to have the Months of Edible Celebrations with the cute 'Cupcakes' back .
Have a great time with family and lots of (((HUGS))) to all ... ~Nee~

Zoe said...

Hi Louise,

Happy Friendship day to you!!! I laughed seeing this Friends' cookbook! Didn't know that Friends can cook??? ha ha ha... I always thought that they are glamorous and didn't need to do any house works.

Hope that you have lots of fun with your family in August!

Zoe

Geraldine Saucier said...

Happy Belated Friendship Day. Have a great time with your family.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
Happy Friendship Day to you too!
I can sense your excitement! Have fun with your grandchildren! Glad to know that Michelle is doing great and wish her good health always! Enjoy your family time, and looking forward to your photos next month!

Shirley Tay said...

I would love to visit the famous Tiffany's too! It's so exciting to have the whole family coming together, Louise. Happy Friendship to you too, one of the best time is meeting you in bloggersphere! xoxo

Brandi said...

Hope you have the most wonderful time with your family!!!

SissySees said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful friendship day! Tiffany's is always a special treat and I know you'll have a wonderful time with your family.

Chaya Selig said...

I know how special it is to have grandchildren over and what fun it is. Enjoy every moment. You work hard on this blog so take a break and just enjoy. Louise, you keep the rest of us in high spirit and feeling cared about. Let us care about you and let you take a leave and have those precious moments.

Ivy Sew said...

Hi Louise, Happy belated friendship day to you! Wow, can see that you are in cloud nine having your daughter and her family around. Do have fun with your family especially your grandchildren, Louise. They do bring joy to us with all the merry laughter and noise in the house. Have a great week ahead and warmest regards :)

Cakelaw said...

How wonderful that your daughter is coming to visit with your grandkids! I am sure you will all have a lovely time. Wow, all those Freinds photos bring back memories - of when I actually was young and had no idea what was ahead of me. Bliss!

I Wilkerson said...

We had a lovely time in New York City, Louise--just back today. There will be a post out about it sometime soon I hope! For novel "souvenirs" my oldest asked me to bring back some Swedish hard cider that I believe is only available in the US in New York.

Have a great time with your visitors and don't get your granddaughter too hooked on Tiffany's ;-)

Guru Uru said...

Happy friendship day to you my friend :D
Have fun chilling with your grandkids! All your photos of friends is awesome - best show ever!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

My Little Space said...

Happy Friendship day to you too, Louise ! Bet you had a fabulous time with your family. Your grandkids should more than happy to be with you. I'm too very proud of your daughter.... she must be a very tough lady.
However, you have a good time there. Enjoy ! ((hugs))
Blessings, kristy

lisa is cooking said...

Hope you're having a great time with your grandchildren, daughter, and son-in-law!

lena said...

hi louise, i'm late for friendship day! thanks for being my blogging friend too, you hv been very kind and supportive all these while. I can read how excited you are, have a great time with your family and catch up later!

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Hi Louise,
Happy Friendship Day to you . I'm pretty sure you're having an amazing time with your family & your grandchildren . Enjoy & have fun . So sorry for me being MIA for so long . Thank you so much for you corcren & truly appreciate it . Bless you dear friend . I've been having problem connecting to blogger in June & then been quite busypreparing for summer vacation . I'm really glad that my son passed his exam & going to University this coming september . Phew! LOL Anyway this time I'm back for good till the next short break ! hehehehe BTW I'm a HUGE fan of Friends especially Ross :p , thanks for sharing all the recipes . Have a lovely day ! HUGS :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Hope you're having an excellent time with your family, Louise! For all we know, you might be having Breakfast at Tiffany's at this very moment! Enjoy!

Elisabeth Foodandthrift said...

Hi Louise, I must admit that you are like a 'walking encyclopedia'! Always, but always full of very interesting information about special events, recipes, and famous people! Such an enjoyment to find these things on your 'exclusive' blog, that is so unique from all others'!
I've been away from my blog for a month...on...and off, maybe longer; so many things involving family, since the last 2 months! I hope you're having a wonderful summer with your loved ones...sorry I missed the Friendship Day...You are a Dear friend, and I do appreciate your friendship! Hugs,

Janet Rudolph said...

Hope you have a wonderful visit with your family! I'm so glad to have you as a friend..and celebrate Friendship Day with you and all the other people who I've met through you and the blog.

Linda said...

Hi ~~Louise~~....
Missing you, but knowing you are having a grand time...
Cheers!
Linda:o)

Donalyn Ketchum said...

Hope the visit has been great Louise - I've missed seeing you lately!
Donalyn @thecreeksidecook.com

Barbara said...

Cute idea, Louise. (although I confess, I rarely watched that show!)
Re my recent pasta dish....easy, tasty way to use up leftover chicken, nice of you to pin on your pasta board. It always astounds me to discover what our readers like....not a dish like this one, but I get tons of clicks out of fattening, complicated dishes. Go figure.

Liz Berg said...

Have a terrific visit with your family....and a wonderful holiday weekend!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Nee!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. The kids really did enjoy the garden and Noah especially liked seeing the Yellow Swallow Caterpillars and our garden Frog, lol...He took lots of pictures of the garden and the butterflies:)

~~louise~~ said...

It certainly was one enjoyable and busy month, John!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Dottie!
It has been wonderful getting to know you and your family this year. I'm delighted that we have become blogging friends:) My daughter's visit was just wonderful! She is back to her boisterous self and that too is wonderful! Marion enjoyed the children just as much as they enjoyed her. It was a glorious visit!

Kathy said...

Sorry I missed this post…it was a fun read! Hope your time with your grandchildren was wonderful!

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