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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Christmas with the Kids

Sweet Basils - a favorite new restaurant in Greensboro NC.

Bill and I drove to Greensboro Wednesday to celebrate a delayed Christmas with our son Matthew and his wife Suzie. Suzie's brother Rob, safely home from Afghanistan, joined us.

Our first night we all enjoyed a lovely dinner at a new restaurant the kids wanted to try. Located in a transformed old house, the just opened Sweet Basils serves all organic food in an innovative New Orleans/Charleston style. We thought it was divine!

A dark bread with peppered goat cheese in olive oil was served prior to the first course of baby spinach salad with pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. As an entree, Suzie, Bill and I chose crab cakes with black bean mashed potatoes and creamed greens. Matthew and Robbie enjoyed shrimp and grits with sherry - a southern classic. Happily full to the brim, we declined even a peek at the dessert menu!

After a good night's sleep we awoke to find Matthew and Suzie preparing a gourmet breakfast of pecan waffles with banana butter syrup, ham, scrambled eggs, OJ and Cafe Du Monde. Oh My! Truly delicious. And it gave them a chance to try Matthew's new Cuisinart waffle iron!

We lounged and visited while the kids played on an ancient NES (Nintendo) Suzie's brothers had bestowed upon her. Suzie and I took a break to indulge our favorite passion, thrift store shopping. We were thrilled and yet disappointed (who knows what treasures we missed early in the day?) to find Carolina Thrift was having a 50% off sale. Suz scored a classic turntable for Matthew, who has a growing collection of vintage vinyl

For dinner (yes, we were eating again), we were treated to a very healthy dinner of baby spinach salad with pecorino cheese and pecans, couscous with tiny sweet peppers, whole steamed green beans and grilled salmon. Yummylicious!!!

Our lovely spinach salad.

Matthew serving up a plate.

A beautiful presentation.

Rob, Suzie and Matthew relax after a scrumptious dinner.
Black Lab Numa snuggles close to Rob.

We had a marvelous two days with the kids. Being around them is such a joy. As always, it was difficult to leave. I delay saying goodbye by watching those I'm leaving until they are out of sight and then holding the vision in my heart all the way home.

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