Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Weekend update

Another long weekend has come and gone. Only one more left in the summer and two in the entire year. But we'll try not to think about that.

We had a good weekend at the Siemens's. The whole family was here (Mom, Dad, Julie, Peter). It was pretty low-key but a good time was had by all.

On Sunday we made roll kuchen which is Mennonite for "flat fried salty dough". We didn't have Grandma's recipe so we used another a recipe from the Mennonite Treasury of Recipes. They turned out mediocre. They weren't salty enough and not crisp enough and something was missing. Perhaps we should have fried them in lard instead of oil. We have lots left, so if you are reading this in the next few days and want to try some no-so-good roll kuchen, let me know.

On Sunday we also used out Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker attachment for the first time. We made this really really rich vanilla ice cream. And when I say rich, I mean it's just vanilla bean, egg yolks, whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar and salt. Except we put in Splenda for the sugar (for dad's sake). The ice cream turned out pretty good, but it was rich. Almost (almost!) too rich.

First time, first placeOn Monday Tara had a horse show; Lego's first. It was held at Old Orchard Farms. Mom and dad came, as did Tara's colleague Fernanda (plus Tara's coach and assistant). Since Lego isn't cantering yet, Tara went into just one class - the adult walk-trot. Lego was a very loud young man that day, whinnying and whinnying all the way tot he show. But he calmed down for the class itself. They walked and they trotted and at the end, Tara and Lego took the red ribbon! (that's first place for all you non-horsey people). A very exciting and proud day.

And that was it for the second last long weekend of the summer. We have to get back to our regular life now :(


greg said...

Wow! The red ribbon. Congratulations Tara and to Lego too, though I suspect human sentiment is somewhat rebuffed by an equine. From being thrown to first place, an excellent accomplishment.

Carolyn said...

I think Lego looks good in red.

lee said...

wow, hey, sweet job with the horse show. thats a nice looking horse you guys have got there.

hey, my folks are heading your direction, eh. darrel and dad are helping with shingling your folks' house.

you are quite the baker man. impressive! i have taken my shot at making pie. so far we're not doing too bad. have only ventured as far as banana cream. we'll see what the future holds. cheers.


Anonymous said...

Wow...starting out with 1st place puts lots of pressure on for the next show...anyway...good work Tara! It's nice to see Lego's ears all forward and perked up. I would think he liked it! His braids look really good to...did you think of me as you were braiding? I'm sure I wouldn't be able to help with Lego...I'd never be able to reach! Hopefully I'll get to watch you two in a show next year :) Talk to you soon...luv mom.