Saturday, August 17, 2013

My New Stress Ball

You may ask, how do seven girls cope with the stress of waiting on two high-maintenance brothers who possess in full that certain kingly quality that is in all men of the Spafford name?

I am Lynnae, and this is how I deal with the stress...I recommend this certain exercise known as releases to enable the relief of built up anger and accumulated anxiety. 

Here's my favorite of the said releases...I've wanted to do this for the last 18 years!!!

By the end, you will find yourself refreshed, energized, relieved of all former animosity...and ready to begin service once again...

BTW's: This is an actually after-exercise routine that Jonathon required my help for, releases...a rather awkward half hour was spent performing the above workout.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Together at Last! ...and still no post :(

So, we came to a couple forks in the road in reference to the surprise post that you have all been so long being the temporary failure of our mp3 player (but I'm giving no more hints as to the nature of the post). After that was fixed, Cosette came down with a bad fever, followed by an equally horrible cold :) Of all the times, when we would be more than ready to prepare it for your enjoyment, I am going to be gone for a few day, so I must beg your pardon once more...and I am giving no deadline as to its next appearance *grins* We really did try though :)

As of this Tuesday, the family who have so long felt as though, by the absence of a sister, they were missing a major organ to their makeup, have now been fully pieced together again....Interpretation: our sister has returned from Europe!!!

Since she had been absent for her quarter of a century birthday, Jonathon and I planned a meal for a later celebration. As some dear friends of ours had introduced us to the wonderful world of Mediterranean food, Jonathon hand selected seven different recipes that we would try. 
Wednesday night, the four of us older ones went on a little rendezvous to Winco for some groceries that we would need...

First off, Jonathon prepared an amazing flavored water, complete with cucumbers, mint, ginger, lemons, lime, and oranges, and let it sit for a couple hours. It was bursting with flavor!!!

 Among the seven courses, the appetizer was a chilled Gazpacho soup, a personal fav of mine, made with peppers, garlic and tomatoes.

Following were the two different dips, hummus and Baba Ganoush, served with homemade pitas.

Lastly was the Falafel and cucumber sauce, and the Shwawarma wraps, filled with marinated chicken, basil, grilled onions and tomatoes, and a garlic mayonnaise...a mocha layer cheesecake finished it off...though I'm not sure as to the authenticity of its Mediterranean roots

All of this was ready in the total of....4 hours :) I had been getting a little uptight as Jonathon and I worked to get this done at a decent time....since I am new to the art of Mediterranean food, some of the dished were not turning out as I had planned. Just in time, Austin came into the kitchen holding a hand behind his back. He had hand picked a lovely bouquet of flowers (I have my own little Roger Hamley :) He told me, "I knew you were having a hard time, so I picked these for you." problem was fixed immediately :)

By the end of the meal, we were all so full of the different kinds of foods that we could not fully appreciate the cheesecake to its fullest extent, and have yet to enjoy it.

Lastly, the five of us children had pitched in to buy a gift that Charae had long awaited to own...The Great Doctor a.k.a Faith :)

That evening, at Bubby's suggestion, we all adjourned to the porch for some cool night air and long needed family laughs. We sipped some warm oolong tea to aid in the digestion of such a large meal :)
(Please notice the weak state of Cosette in the picture above, as I once again attempt to plead our cause...she is still in the recovery process :)

NOTE FOR NEXT TIME: never commit to a deadline for any particular blog post as the likelihood of me being getting it out there on time is of the minutest nature :)