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I’ll say it up front, they’ve only been gone 24 hours, but I miss my little guys.  

Okay, but I did enjoy cooking for 2 last night and not getting up pre-dawn to start the traditional 20 minute question as to why I don’t have donuts in my house.

Strange thing-our daughter doesn’t either, but it seems that my opposite grandma only serves donuts and takes them to McD’s and other fast food places.  

No, the boys didn’t exactly say that, she did.

Sigh.  How hard is it to serve up some hot/cold cereal and fresh fruit?  I guess it’s difficult if you didn’t cook for your own child or yourself.

Yes, I did miss this morning’s hugs and kisses-on the flip side, it was nice not to serve a dinner “party” for the first time in 3 weeks.  Remember, our daughter and son-in-law were here for 4 days before they went home without the boys.

Last night, all grown up tastes and foods:

Salmon, grilled with a rub of chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper with a bit of cumin

Cole Slaw with both dried cranberries and raisins in a lemon vinaigrette

Spicy oven baked sweet potato fries, I used the same spices as the fish, sans the brown sugar.

Dessert-crumbled some of the leftover spiced oatmeal raisin bars over some pitted cherries that I warmed up in some cinnamon and purple grape juice.  I did thicken the liquid up with a cornstarch slurry.

It was also nice to not be told that “Grandma, you always have coffee breath.”

As you can see, despite everything-I had a lot of good laughs, lots of “cross-training” exercise and just enough love to last me until their return on September 1st!

Our son and daughter-in-law didn’t want me to be too lonely though-they brought over our “grand fur son” (Toby the Maine Coon) for the week.

He’s a lot crankier than the boys were though.  Pepper keeps hiding behind me in my chair or hissing at being slam-dunked.  Mellow and ancient Sunshine actually let us know she can still bark-seems she wasn’t happy with the way this guest was treating her cat and had to say her piece.  

Thank goodness on one point-I don’t have to explain why I don’t serve him donuts for breakfast.

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