Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Remembrance of Easter Past (Channeling Proust)

Any day with family and friends is a good day.  A holiday spent with family and friends is a very good day.  As I've mentioned before, we've been spending special holidays with the same group of friends since we moved here almost twenty-five years ago.  In the beginning, our children were at table with us.  During their college years, the children usually found their way back home for holidays.  Rarely are they all around for the same gatherings now so we cherish the ones who are and share news of the ones who aren't.  This Easter, our younger son and his wife were here.

We traveled to our friends in Valparaiso.
The table was picture-perfect.
The photographer needs to work on perfecting the picture.


The Baker acted as sommelier (he's multi-talented).


Who would have guessed that the gardens of the host would provide the beautiful pots of flowers so early in the year?

After we had a delicious dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes and fresh asparagus,
we found room for....


...pineapple and raspberry upside-down cake 
prepared by The Baker.


We all enjoyed the presence of sweet Casey,  recently returned from her "spa day" and beribboned in a gossamer blue bow.

It was a very good day!

25 comments:

  1. There's nothing like a day around the table spent with friends whether it is a holiday or not!

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  2. I'm so happy you had a wonderful time with family and friends. Nothing like it. Warm Hugs to you from me. xx

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  3. It looks like you had a wonderful day with good food, good friends, home grown flowers and the beautiful gossamer blue ribbon worn by the silent hostess. I think dogs have a pretty great life, don't you?

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  4. mmm the food sounds delicious! Old friends are just delightful, aren't they? It's nice to all grow older together and watch your children grow up. What a gift you all share together!

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  5. forget the flowers, send me the basket that is next to the flowers. LOL yummy on the cake, have not had one of those since i left home at age 19. mother made the best ones, looked like this. glad you had family and friends and good food and beautiful table for your Easter

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  6. Any day spend gathered around the table with friends is a good day!

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  7. Lovely table, wonderful friends, great food.....perfect!!!

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  8. It all looks so pretty! And I have to make a pineapple upside down cake sometime soon! Glad you had a lovely day.

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  9. What a sweet Easter table :) Is that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot:) Yummy!

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  10. This looks like a wonderful Easter gathering! Plus the pineapple upside down cake is always one of my favorites! Have a fantastic week!

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  11. Easter is a special time, Bonnie... We all have great Easter memories...

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time with your family/friends... The Baker obviously made a fabulous cake. Yum!!!!

    Hope you are having a great week.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. What a special day for you, your family and friends. Tell the baker that cake looks fabulous. Hugs, Bonnie

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  13. Beautiful Easter table and a pretty yummy looking cake!

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  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful and quite yummy Easter-enjoy:@)

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  15. The Baker is a multi-talented man with good taste in wine and desserts :) Glad you had a wonderful time!

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  16. Oh, I love The Baker's idea to add raspberries!! Yum! Is that lilacs I see in the bouquet? Oh, that heavenly smell! Sounds like a wonderful holiday indeed, Bonnie!

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  17. when I was young, I used bottles too. Now, i have beautiful vase, but no flowers. Because my husband is allergic to pollen.

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  18. p/s I blogged flowers today.

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  19. Yes, I would say you had a very good day. Any day is good spent with family and friends.
    Sam

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  20. Aw...we tell our pups it's "spa day" also. Beauty of a doggie you have there. Glad you had a nice Easter.

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  21. It sounds like you had a great Easter! Old friends are great, and it's great when the "kids" come home to celebrate. The lilacs on the table are pretty; ours are just starting to bloom. Have a good week!

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  22. oh it all looks amazing- especially that pineapple upside down cake

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  23. Looks like you had a wonderful Easter lunch. The weather WAS beautiful but a bit chilly here. Can't believe the lilacs are all in full bloom, but I am a bit worried about my apple tree with all this frost in the morning today and tomorrow. What will be will, not much I can do about it right! The cake looks sooooo good! :-)

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  24. The table is so beautiful and the food so yummy!!!! I am glad that your son and DIL were able to be there, as well. How long were they able to stay?

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  25. Ginny: They were here from Thursday evening until Monday morning. It was so nice to have the time with them.

    B

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