With her adorable and intelligent daughter, C.
A couple of weeks ago we went to Amy's church. Which is also my dear friend Hilary's church. Which is also my brother's friend Beez's (and his wife Leeanne's) church. Which is also my friend Sal's neighbor Char's church. Which is also my Mom's friend Sue's church.
Are you getting the idea? It's a large congregation and I guess there are a bunch of people I know that go to church there.
Anyway, they have this huge bash called Elva Kaffe (geez. I'm not sure I spelled it right). It's the Swedish custom of having 11 o'clock coffee while you do your holiday baking? I might be totally butchering this. But there are a few important things to know:
- Amy was chairperson of this event.
- There were free cookies.
- My dear friends Sal and Hilary were there.
- It was HUGE. There were crafts for the kids, food demos, craft demos, may pole dancing, bell choirs and free cookies. Really good cookies. Did I mention that?
We got there at 12:30 with plans to meet Sal and her girl Z. and Hilary and her boy, O.
Churches normally skeeve me out a little bit, but this one didn't! Maybe it was the cookies? Plus, there was a distinct absence of church ladies surrounding me and pestering me with questions. I was able to just BE there. Very important.
Anyway, here are my pals!
Ahhhhh! My dear friend and fellow recipe developer, Hilary, with her son O. Hilary and I were both student interns at the 1996 Pillsbury Bake-Off. And guess what? She bought Zuddy's childhood home....yup! Crazy small world, huh? (Which, by the way, is down the street from SAL'S childhood home!) O. just got his glasses. He's almost 4 now and is so sweet and smart. And pretty. He's just a pretty boy. Big, long eyelashes. And TALL. But so is Hilary. She's almost 6 feet tall. Tall drink o' water, people.
I'm sad to say, there weren't any Jell-O salads there! A Swedish Lutheran staple. It was a little disturbing, but I will let it go.
Because there were cookies. And it was about the cookies.