Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Eyes of an Angel

LaVerne Lois Kucera

June 3, 1924- October 17, 2009

I can NOT believe it has been 3 years since we lost our beloved mother.  
Mom, I miss you more deeply with each passing day.
Would that I could let you know just how much your presence in my life has meant.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

How Can I Say Goodbye

 by  Brinda Carter
Mom its been over a year now since
God and His Angels called you away.
Oh how the Angels rejoiced as you walked
Through those Pearly Gates that day !

Mom when they said you were going to die
I refused to believe it could be true.
How could I allow myself to even
Imagine saying goodbye to you.

Mom you were an Angel here on earth
I learned so very much from you.
You were so gentle and so kind your                  
Smile would always see me through.

You taught me how to love unconditionally
And how to be my very best in all I do.
You gave your all to God and your family
Never once stopping to think about you.

You were more than a mother you were my
Best friend and a great listener too.
Oh how I miss our special talks, and
All the fun things we used to do.

Mom I can never say goodbye to you,
Because I could never bear the pain.
Instead I say I love you Mom
Until we meet again.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest... Put Our Service To The Test! 

Chef Danny drove all the way from Washington DC  to prepare a royal Fall feast for our dining pleasure. 
This meal would put to shame the very best of any Disney banquet!

On the menu (a surf and turf theme) were an assortment of meats, poultry, fish and enough vegetables to satisfy the fussiest of Vegetarians (smile) ... including a variety of seasonal squash and a double mash made from both sweet and white potatoes!

Danny always provides an unusual and diversified cuisine.  This meal was no exception.
Check out the capon in the "before" picture below.
It is wrapped in Iberico de bellota, a bacon made from range free black footed pigs that roam the forests of Spain and dine only on acorns- a mere $40 for a small package!  (This little piggy went to market...)

rubbed with spice rum... or was it old spice?

ready for the oven
The Before:  Capon , beef short ribs (cooked 72 hours), spiced lamb and  Piachi- a rare ten foot 150 pound (white) fish found only in the Amazon... and just recently  available for export.
Chris leads our prayers of thanksgiving

cheesy broccoli cauliflower
The After:  sliced, diced and garnished by Sous chef, Blaze
We were also celebrating the birthdays of David, Mark and Billy.
"What do you mean, we are out of beer?!"- Nic

Grandma Lori and Joni
Blaze, Beth, Cheryl and Brenton
Billy, Renee, and Colin- the next generation
Sandy and Zachary and newest member of the clan
Roy, the infamous baby hog
And believe it or not, Bude was 5 minutes early!!
Thanks to Blaze, Lois and Danny- 

"Let's hear it for the cooks" - Dad