You know the saying: “a watched pot, never boils”? I think that is true of the way people grow and mature too. The daughter on Sister #2 is more than my niece. She is my Goddaughter but even more than that, our two families are intricately knit together. Our unique connections go back to the time when she and her brother and our three offspring were all babies and toddlers. The bond has been cemented over time with our two families sharing our little (500 square foot) beach house on Lake Winnipeg. Close proximity, hormones, humidity, mosquitoes and heartache will do that. Now, an exciting new time has begun for our families. Sister #2′s family have moved to a new home that they are in the midst of building just a few doors away from us at the lake. My niece has moved as well and not just out of their home, or across the province but to the other side of the world-Australia. Were she to have stayed, I do not believe that I would have seen the osmosis in her. She was always exquisitely beautiful and a talented artist and dancer. But while she was away she also became this amazingly mature, knowledgeable, engaged, self-aware person.
This new person has brought knowledge to our family. She is exploring the complex wold of food science and raising provocative ideas amongst us. She has been with us for a wonderful summer and now she has gone back to her new home “down under”. But not before we enjoyed one last Sunday meal together.
Mom and daughter planned the menu together.
Cedar Plank Salmon in a honey mustard sauce.
Brown and wild rice pilaf with celery and mushrooms.
Asparagus tossed in pesto.
Parsnips, carrots and parsley root with fresh dill.
Beets with walnuts and chevre.
I contributed this rustic caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes.
All these good things created a gorgeous palate of colour on our plates.
The piece de résistance was this amazing cake that crowned our time together. The recipe was not original so I cannot post it, but here is the link: http://nutritionstripped.com/chocolate-coconut-flour-cake-with-chocolate-mousse-frosting/#.UjfWOuDFVdg.
The surprizing cake recipe was made with dates for sweetness and the frosting was concocted from avocado! You just have to try it for yourself to believe the tasty results.
My Mom with my Grandbaby.
In addition to wishing my niece well before her departure, we all took the opportunity to snuggle with the Wee One and marvel at her growth and changes.
Kath’s quote: “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations.”- George Bernard Shaw
Love-that is all.