Saturday, August 29, 2009

Caribbean Commemoration

Bettinsons planned a summer dinner for us in their lovely backyard which was ideal because they are remodeling their main floor – Big Time! It should be wonderful with high ceilings and spectacular views of Mount Olympus when they’re finished.

Their trees were covered in twinkle lights, pink flamingos were lurking all about. Paper mackaws were hanging in the branches. We ate well, as usual and finished with Key Lime Cheesecake – made by me from Debbie’s recipe.

Making the cheesecake is a bit of a story. I couldn’t find key lime juice, but Albersons had bags of key limes. I thought that fresh lime juice may be superior in flavor to the other stuff and so was contented to buy the fresh limes. There were about thirty or so of the little dickens in the bag. I began to squeeze. If I was lucky, some of the limes were as big as a walnut. I cut them in half and finally resorted to squeezing them with a pair of pliers to get the most juice out. When I finished the squeezing the whole bag of limes, I had ½ cup of juice. I needed a full cup.

Jeff came to the rescue and went to the store for me. We ended up with Key West lime juice from Florida. At that point I didn’t care whether it was “key lime” juice or “lime juice from Key West”. I used it.

We took the barely baked cheesecakes to Debbie’s and put them in the fridge to cool. Then we stalled because you can’t serve warm cheesecake – unless you want it to puddle right on the plate. Luckily Greg had entertainment for us which consisted of pictures from Fred’s 60th birthday cruise we did together in February and then some hilarious comedy DVD’s of people falling in waterbeds, marching band mishaps, people falling in holes, etc. Slapstick is my favorite.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blogging out of chronological order - Aspen Grove

Study Group was invited to visit Hanks’ cabin in beautiful Aspen Grove for an afternoon hike followed by dinner. We were well-intentioned but arrived 70 minutes late for the hike or 50 minutes early for dinner. Luckily, Camerons were right behind us, otherwise we would have awakened Paul Maughan from his nap alone.

The early arrival gave us some time to just hang out by the mountain stream and enjoy someplace cool, and green and shady. The frisky study groupers got back from their hiking shortly after six and we picked up a few more latecomers for dinner. We all ate out on the large deck facing the stream. When dark arrived we moved inside for conversation.

I particularly enjoyed the joke book on the table beside my big comfortable leather chair. My favorite was, “What do John the Baptist and Winnie the Pooh have in common?” “They both have the same middle name.” Gotcha.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Living Legacy

Last Thursday August 13th was the Awards program for the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Utah Women Artists show. My mother began this event many years ago because she felt a need to recognize the artistic contributions Utah women were making to art. When she died in 1982, my Dad gave her friend and AAUW colleague, Carol Wilson of Wilson Financial, a pot of money. Carol invested the money and every two years at the show, an award is given in my mother's name in the amount of interest earned on that pot of money. That way money for the award never runs out and hopefully the amount will grow. This year it was a $500 award. The show is juried, meaning that an art professional comes and selects the award winners - we don't. This year's juror was from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The first show after her death, the award went to a very abstract work. We thereafter specified that the award be made to an artist who submitted a "traditional" work of art. This year the winner was Laura Boardman, an art graduate from the University of Utah, for her painting called "Still Water Reflection". It reminded me of the many fabulous photos that my sister, Mary, had taken of reflections on the Colorado Plateau. Laura was there with her husband, who is also an artist. It was a lovely event with wonderful refreshments. You can go see the artwork at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center just off Redwood Road on 3350 South 1300 West. The best part of the event for me was having people come up to me and tell me that they had been friends with my Mom and loved her and share their experiences with me. What a grand tribute to a grand lady. Way to go, Mom!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wedding Crashers

So, in case you didn't know, Nicole and Rustin got married Monday July 27, 2009 after a huge wedding party bash at our house Saturday July 25th. Have we recovered? A picture is worth 1000 words.
Speaking of pictures, you can check out the wedding carnival at this address: