Hello all, and happy Monday!
It’s a dreary one here in the Ozarks, and we have actually had rain for the last 4 days, with the exception of Saturday which was absolutely gorgeous.
Spring break began for Pete on Wednesday after class. He had a large homework problem that is due the day after break, but he got right to it and finished it on Thursday evening…WOW…the motivation? Our friend Dave Jones from Mukwonago, WI was driving down for a weekend visit! We were excited to see him and show him around the MTC and the area here in Missouri.
He arrived Friday evening, and we all had dinner together. I experimented with a new recipe, Linguine and Clams in red sauce with veggies. All agreed that it was fabulous! Yummy zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes, clams, and garlic simmered in herbs to make a yummy sauce poured over multi-grain linguine…mmmMM! We don’t eat Italian very often, which may surprise you, and I don’t even really know why, but this recipe was definitely a keeper. A few friends came over after dinner, other people Dave had known in the past and we all talked and laughed until late into the night.
Saturday morning we woke up and I made yummy Apple Bran muffins, and we had some fresh fruit and coffee…so good!! Then it was off for a 4 mile run for me and Dave and Pete went to the weight room. After our workouts we went to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to hike and see the ruined castle that is there and and natural rock bridge. Ha Ha Tonka always makes for some beautiful pictures.
The following series of pictures is a competition for the best “flamingo fountain” pose! Which is your favorite?
After Ha Ha Tonka we came back starving! Made some turkey hummus wraps and chowed down. Yum! I love homemade hummus!! We decided to get dressed a little nicer and head out to one of the other gorgeous spots we have discovered…Casa de Loco, a historical marker up on a huge bluff that has quite the history. It is now used for social gatherings, weddings, etc. Spent sometime out there just chatting it up, and then headed to Bagnell Dam another nearby town for a Thai dinner.
The Thai restaurant, Wok & Roll, is a tiny 3 table place on the corner of a block of other store fronts. The owner is a Thai woman who is a Christian and has helped out at the MTC as a language helper in the past. She loves us students and enjoys making special dishes when people from the MTC visit.
I wish I would have taken pictures of the Thai food, it was amazing!! Pete and Dave both had a seafood red curry that was loaded with mussels, shrimp, calamari, and crab. I could not believe the size of the mussels, huge! I had Ginger Shrimp with porcini mushrooms and brown rice…mmMM! We were so full when we left! On the way home we rented the movie Slum Dog Millionaire to watch since we all just felt tired from the day and wanted to relax. It was a interesting movie, I’m not going to review it or anything here because Pete liked it better than I did. I don’t know, just wasn’t my type of movie I guess.
Easter morning came quickly and it was rainy one…again. Pete made crepes in the morning with fruit, and we headed off to church. Went to coffee at a friends home after church and came back all feeling like a lazy day was in order. After working out for about an hour I joined Pete and Dave up at our friend’s home to watch some basketball and baseball. Dave cooked Easter dinner for us up there…pork tenderloin with dates and pecans inside, steamed lemon thyme aspargus, and a pasta mixture with roasted lemon peel broccoli and garlic! It was good!!
All in all we enjoyed each others company and catching up on each others lives. Easter was a little different being away from family…didn’t quite feel the same, but was enjoyable none the less.
Pete and I are planning a day away tomorrow too, since he is done with his Linguistics project and doesn’t have to go in to class until Wednesday…so more fun to come!!
I hope you all enjoyed celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and time with your families this weekend!!