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It was fun “being home“-it had all the ups and downs one might expect.  Lucky enjoyed the other dogs, my parents were both happy to see us and demanded our full attention.  My sister and brother-in-law were wonderful to put up with the menagerie and our nephew is now known as “the cool cousin” for allowing Aidan to shadow him for much of the time there!

But, I am glad to be home.  Even though we ate several meals at my sister’s home-my body was not happy about the lack of its usual fruits and veggies.  It’s taken most of the week to get back into what is “normal“.

My husband was happy to see us, the cat could hardly wait until Lucky’s harness was removed so he could smell her from end to end.  Our son was thrilled to see his wife and son.

Let’s face it:  Going home is great, coming home-well, it’s just better.

Since arriving I’ve grilled salmon, chicken, tilapia, made myself an egg white frittata (dh was working) and tonight, dh requested spare ribs.  

Don’t worry, I’m balancing it out with grilled, garlicky mushrooms and barley pilaf.  The ribs have been coated with a homemade rub of equal parts of: sea salt, agave syrup (actually a bit less because of it’s sweetness), garlic powder, smoked paprika and chili powder.  I’ll put them into a 200 oven for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours.  They’ve been sealed in a foil pouch for moisture purposes.  Then they’ll be put onto the grill to get nice and seared and crispy.

No need for dessert-dh has been diving into a Costco size jar of cashews!  He did get me a hand-packed quart of sorbet.  That was a month ago and I’ve got about 3/4’s or more left.

The boys are now with us 5 days a week.  I’m getting them involved in their own lunch preps.  They‘re enjoying it immensely.  Seems the dreaded “pb and j” is delicious if you spread it yourself!

It’s hot here, we‘re seeing (feeling) triple digits before noon, so don’t expect to see much in the way of heating up my oven until the end of September.  We‘re lucky that the “burn ban” is only for fire pits (I think it’s a requirement here to have a minimum of one)and anyone using charcoal grills.  

It may be “too darn hot“, but it sure is good to be home!

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