Tonight ended up to be such a serendipitous event with two new friends!
I met up with Jill, who is from Australia, lived in England and Canada, and is on a month-long tour of the East Coast with her husband, Ken.
They chose to include Charlottesville for 3 days because we make it look so cool!
We met up for frozen yogurt this afternoon – followed by a cocktail hour showing of Water For Elephants.
After super hot biking and a rush to get back downtown (via automobile due to my time crunch 🙁 ) cold frozen yogurt tasted incredible!
I had lemon mixed with cake batter – which was an amazing combination!! – topped with fruit, nuts and coconut. Hit. the. spot.
Jill also brought me gifts!!!!!!!!! She could not have picked out more perfect dishes for me – a HALF CUP coffee mug and a big a$$ oatmeal bowl!! I love them both so much! [Both are from Anthropologie.] Thanks Jill, you so didn’t have to do that!
The movie was good – beautifully done. And I didn’t realize how HOT Rob Pattinson is!! I have to say though, that I’m just not in love with the WFE storyline. It wasn’t as compelling to me as other books and movie plots there are. We also saw the preview for The Help coming out in August – I cannot wait to see that adaptation!
Jill and I hit it off and given that she and Ken have been eating in restaurants for weeks on end, I invited them over for a casual dinner and beers on the porch.
We had a blast talking about all things travel, historic and life! Sad these two will be on the other side of the planet in a few weeks!
For dinner we just added more to the simple meal Matt had started to assemble before I got home.
I cooked a bunch of beans from scratch on Sunday – soaked overnight on Saturday and then simmered on low in the crockpot for 4 hours on Sunday. Black beans took half the time of chickpeas to cook! I am loving cooking beans in the crockpot! Love that there is no chance of a boil over or drying out.
For this bean salad, Matt added carrots + green pepper, salt + pepper and local Caromont Goat Cheese – Herby Dill as a “dressing.” We browned 3 slices of bacon to go on top – delish!
We also served toasted Honey Whole Wheat so they Aussies could give it a try
And some cornbread Karen brought us because Jill is into cornmeal products in the South
And finally a green salad made with greens from the garden and Garlic Gold Red Wine Vinaigrette
We just wrapped up, and I’ve got an overflowing inbox that I’m going to save for the morning. I can’t respond to everything before midnight some days!