A visit from Cooper and Stacey today! He did a fabulous job – slept, looked around, ate, cried (just a little), let Nathan, John, and me hold him. Baby heaven. Sighs, snorts, grunts, burps, farts – all of it is adorable. Stacey looks beautiful, of course, and is as happy as can be. Coop debuted his Che Guevara onesie today, he’s a political knockout, the cutest revoluntionary ever. Tee hee.
Since it was yet another stunningly balmy day, we had a little barbecue action for dinner. I asked Nathan this morning, what should we grill, and he said RIBS! So we had ribs, pork back ribs. Spice rubbed and slow cooked in the oven first, finished with a slather o’ sauce and a pass over the heat to crisp things up a bit – mmmmm…. Fall off the bone, melt in your mouth porkiness. Delicious. A simple, cool and crunchy cabbage salad alongside. In the name of moderation, I skipped making biscuits, so we could have…a warm cherry tart, with caramel ice cream, for dessert. Hello summer! (Recipes posted in comments, below. The tart crust, in particular, is one of the best I’ve made, crisp and buttery, and it’s simple too. Lovely with the cherries, but would be equally delicious with other tart fillings, definitely a keeper.)
And this was my second barbecue in as many days! Last night a grill-out at Suz and Cory’s, with the Billadeaus too – burgers, beer, and brownies, the alliterative triumvirate of BBQ heaven. Ahhhh. That, and a “ses” (short for session) of Feminine Hijinx, and it was a near-perfect night. Not bad chillin’ and grillin’ out on April 11th – and 12th! – not bad at all.