Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Old Friends

Hi, folks. It's now post-Malice Domestic, and I'm still here in Northern Virginia--Vienna, to be specific--visiting dear friends from childhood. These two sisters, Nancy & Diane, are the closest thing to sisters I've ever had. We all met when we moved into the same Arlington, VA, neighborhood years and years ago when we were just starting elementary school. I've been fortunate over the years to have had opportunities to travel from other areas of the country where my family and I lived and come back to visit my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia. Washington, DC is a wonderful city to "come home" to, as well. There's always something going on in Washington, even if the politicians are momentarily quiet.

But the most enjoyable times are when all of us are together, Nancy & Diane with their husbands Tom & Les, and we all sit and snack on tasty appetizers before a wonderful dinner, enjoy martinis or really good wines, and talk and laugh and talk and eat and talk and laugh some more. Both couples have beautiful homes here in this gorgeous wooded area of Northern Virginia, and springtime is upon us. That means, we can move our feasting and talk outside to beautiful patios surrounded by blooming flowers. Azaleas are in bloom here in Virginia, but the cherry blossoms have already come and gone. Pink and white flowering dogwoods are everywhere, though.

I hope all of you have old friends you visit regularly---or even family. If you do, you might want to try the two recipes contributed by Nancy & Diane to the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mystery series. Check the back of last year's release, DROPPED DEAD STITCH for Nancy's Butternut Squash Soup and Diane's "Famous" Chocolate Chip Cookies. I promise you won't regret it. Enjoy!