Friends, Football, and Fun

I must confess, I packed a lot of living into my Sunday this past weekend.  The hubby and I hosted a brunch for ten friends, we witnessed a football game of epic proportions, and we played the most extraordinary and engaging board game with a pair of our lively grandkids.  Life is good.

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Sunday morning began with some delicious food and wonderful friends.  Our ‘Marriage Group,’ which is made up of five couples, has been getting together once a month for nearly twenty years as we have been supporting and encouraging each other in our marriages and families.  It began around the time my hubby and I, as well and my sister-in-law and her husband, went through our marriage preparations at our church.  Engaged couples would meet regularly with two lead couples and discuss matters of importance before walking down the aisle.  Topics ranged from family to money, to communication, and so on.  The experience was such a blessing that we wanted to continue the opportunity to explore and discuss marriage issues in a setting of acceptance and support with other couples.  Thus, ‘Marriage Group’ was born, and over the years we’ve had some engaging and emotional discussions, many great laughs, but mostly we’ve been able to strengthen our marriages by exploring the challenges we face as we live out our vocation.

Last year, we were unable to meet regularly for a variety of reasons, so this year we made definite plans to continue our monthly gatherings, and this past Sunday was our turn to host.  It was an easy decision to serve brunch for this crowd – I enjoy feeding people and they enjoy eating – a perfect match!

Believe it or not, one of the best dishes on the menu was a recipe from Weight Watchers for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (click for recipe link).  I knew it would be a crowd pleaser because I’ve prepared this menu before, and have been tweaking the recipe along the way.  Don’t skimp on the lemon zest and be sure to thin the batter a bit with water before putting the it on the griddle as it tends to be thick. We also enjoyed a Ham and Swiss Cheese Crustless Quiche (click for recipe link) and a Spinach and Feta Frittata (click for recipe link).  The hubby and I love fresh fruit yogurt parfaits, so those were included along with some turkey sausage and home fries.  Oh, and the mimosas were fun, too.  I must give major props to the hubby for all his hard work in the kitchen – as I wrote about in my last post, I lost a knife fight with an impenetrable spaghetti squash, and was operating with just one hand for the past week.  I would say he was literally my right hand, but my left hand was the injured one.  He was the king of the kitchen on Sunday!  And what a joy it was to spend Sunday morning in the company of these wonderful couples.

Friends, if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog you must know by now that I live in Buffalo Bills Country.  This past Sunday afternoon we witnessed an unBILLievable footballs game as the Buffalo Bills faced the Minnesota Vikings.  The whooping and hollering that came from our family room as we witnessed Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills beat the Vikings was unprecedented.  I was not sure how I was supposed to feel because the Bills rarely have played like they did this past Sunday, as if being in a winning position with my hometown sports team was foreign to me.  It was strange, but exhilarating!  Check out this play by our quarterback as he leaps over a Viking player.

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The commentary was priceless (click here for link to watch).  On Monday the social media outlets I follow featured Allen leaping over all things Buffalo (#too funny).  The final was 27-6, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season will bring.

As if brunch and the Bills Game weren’t truly enough excitement for one day, later in the evening we got called up for grandparent duty for three of the grandkids – ages five, three, and fifteen months.  At first the baby was not happy to see us, sensing that her mommy and daddy were headed out and thee B-team was on duty, but she kept a stiff upper lip being held by her oldest sibling until she went to bed just a bit later.  Once that happened, the older two were all about playing games which are always too challenging to play with a toddler is around.  Dear readers, if you need to get a gift for a child in your life, PLEASE buy the board game Silly Street.

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This game is THE BEST.  The board is assembled like a puzzle with large pieces, and the players take turns and move their game pieces along as they complete an activity or answer a question (to learn more about the game click here).  I saw some excellent couch pillow surfing, heard a dramatic countdown and blast-off around the living room, witnessed a confession about messy morning hair, and listened to an enchanting made-up story about a lion and ice cream.  I especially loved the game card that asked players to “say something nice about the person on the left,” and the silly dance when a player wins the game.  This game is a must have is you have littles, or are a cool grandparent.  I wish I could take the credit for buying this one, but Aunt Laurie gets the win for this cool amusement.

Phew, I am looking forward to a quieter Sunday next week.  Until then, keep looking on the sunny side, friends.  May God bless your week.

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