The deck is finished and things around it are generally cleaned up. I washed the kitchen window first thing this morning because I was so tired of looking at water spots and streaked sawdust. And here I am enjoying a shady spot on this beautiful (hot) sunny day. Now it was worth all that effort.
I was joined by a rose breasted grosbeak also enjoying the newly refurbished deck. This morning there was a fawn running in circles in the meadow to the back of us--just running and jumping and having a grand old time. We couldn't see the doe, but she had to have been nearby in the trees. It's been a few years since we have watched deer in the back and we are hoping this a good sign for their return.
My birthday has been sufficiently celebrated. Mike took me out to dinner. I chose the Asian Bistro and ordered crispy duck on a bed of broccoli--a real treat that ended up being two meals. My friend Ginnie took me out for lunch today. I had an appetizer plate: pita, hummus, black olives, and roasted tomatoes with garlic. That was something I will definitely put into my "vegetarian inclined" recipe file because it made taste buds and tummy quite happy.
I didn't have a birthday cake, but it was a birthday after all so I made a blueberry dessert. Blueberries are a healthy food so that counter balances the whipped cream, right? And it was a birthday treat so that automatically nullifies any calories anyway, right??
Blueberry Fool (serves 4)
1 cup blueberries
3 tbsp. sugar (divided)
1 tbsp creme de cassis
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp grated lemon zest
1. Combine the blueberries with 1/3 cup water is a saucepan and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until berries are tender. Add 2 tbsp of the sugar and the liqueur, stir, then let cool. Pour into a bowl, cover, and chill for at least an hour.
2. Whip the cream with 1 tbsp of sugar and the vanilla until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the blueberries with a rubber spatula.
3. Serve as cold as possible. Chilled dessert bowls make this extra refreshing.
Now, after all this talk of food, I am happy to report that after seven weeks on my healthier eating plan, I have lost seven pounds...even with the dessert above and the French toast I made for guests a couple of weeks ago. It's not rapid progress, and as anyone can see above, I still have work to do. But it is in the right direction and I have no sense of suffering like I'm on a real diet, so I am satisfied.