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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Food, Friends, Family, Fun and Fabric

I'm sure I could have come up with more "F" words if I'd thought about it a little longer...

The fun, friends and family all came together in one fabulous (see, there's another one!) day last week. A group of women I've been involved with for at least 25 years meets monthly on the first Monday of the month with some sort of adventurous program. This month, we met at a beautiful local vineyard and winery, Andrew Murray Vineyards, which is owned by the daughter and son-in-law of one of our members. 

The reason this meeting was so special is that we were asked to bring our daughters and/or daughters-in-law. Since the group has been together for so long, we all know each other's families, and were delighted to reconnect with all the younger women. Some of them were in school together and hadn't seen each other for 20+ years.

That's Maggie on the right, Mindy on the left...

We were treated to a wine and cheese pairing, the cheese coming from a relatively new local cheese shop. There were 4 wines paired with 4 different cheeses, both being explained to us by the winemaker and the cheese maker, respectively.

Our "program" for the pairings...

That's Andrew, telling us about the wine.

This was particularly happy for me, as Maggie decided to come up from Los Angeles for the event...I picked her up at the charming Santa Barbara train station 
on Sunday afternoon...

and there she is, just off the train. We had dinner together (Salmon with Furitake) and left Monday morning for our adventure.

10 of us sat in this charming room (the others kept closing our door...we must have been the noisy ones!)

Here I am with my long-time friend Wendy, who helped me through Maggie's adolescence!

and more of the women, with one DIL

finishing off the day with a wonderful lunch. (No, we didn't eat the succulents...)

I have been cooking up a storm...

clock-wise, from top left...Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa, Salmon with Furikake, Stir-Fried Pork with Baby Bok Choy, Brussel Sprout Hash with a
Fried Egg on top, and, in the middle, a streamlined Vietnamese Beef Pho.

And, though I haven't got any actual sewing done, I've been planning and dreaming, which is lots of fun, and, of course, adding to my fabric stash...

A beautiful striped linen and a wonderful Japanese cotton, both hanging after washing, both from Marcy Tilton.

And here, a pile o' fabrics waiting to be chosen for my next project... I am, after all, a FOOL FOR FABRIC...

And I am heading over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style where there is a Visible Monday going on...



  1. Oh I adore a wine-and-cheese pairing. It's educational as well as delicious. Looks like a wonderful event, Margy. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and happy sewing to you. xo

  2. That looks like a fantastic get together with the ladies! All your cooking looks delish, too.

  3. You've been livin' large, Margy. :) But then I expect nothing less. So glad you had some wonderful time with Maggie and long-time friends!

  4. That looks like such fun! One of my very favorite things is reconnecting with old friends. Your new fabric is lovely, especially the print on that Japanese cotton.

  5. Looks like you all had a lovely time. The photo of some of your stash pieces makes me envious. I could use all of the ones shown.

  6. The stuff of which memories are made :-) I treasure every moment I spend with my daughter, particularly now that she so grown (43), partnered and getting married, living at a distance, and we no longer take our trips to Europe together each year. But we still have those girl events, like yours. What a wonderful and unique time you all shared. Loved this post.

  7. Aaaah, it's the kind of gathering that eases all the kinks out. How lovely. So many reunions and reconnections. You know you're having fun when they keeping shutting the door. Made me laugh.
    More yummy fabric. Hehe. Can I hear your machine whirring?

  8. A wonderful gathering of longtime friends and daughters. You look marvelous!