I cannot believe I have not posted all week, nor even caught up with any blog friends this week. It has been a very crazy and busy week for me. I have been trying to get everything ready for a week from Friday. It is hard to do errands after work during the week because of what time I am off and I am also trying to get as much of my online class in prior to vacation. However, I did have a good weekend.
Friday Todd took some time off work for us to have dinner out. We went downtown and ate at Graze. It was our first time. This was my view while we waited for a table.
Todd and I ordered the Amazing Grazing. It was three courses, the first was soft pretzel bites with fondue cheese. A first for me with fondue and soft pretzels. I know what rock did I crawl out from under? Second course we had this oriental spring roll with a different sauce to dip in it. I liked the sauce there was a little kick to it. We also had an Asian BBQ rib and a salad. Third course was some Dim Sum Green Beans (very good, it had some Asian spices and crispy onto fresh green beans), Chicken Lips (a mild buffalo sauce added to long chicken strips), and Steak Brochette (Thinly sliced steak cooked medium rare, placed on a bed of sauce with crab meat mixed in - this was so divine) I am glad we shared the meal with one another. I took small amounts this way I was able to enjoy a little of everything.
Prior to being served Todd wanted me to have a martini. Graze is known for the best martini's in Iowa City area. I am not a huge fan but he really wanted me to have one of the bubbling martinis. We found one we thought I might like. We were right! He even took a sip. He did not get one only because after dinner he was going to go back to work.
North Liberty had their BBQ and Blues Festival. Remember I said we always have wanted to go but for some reason we never did. I remembered why we have never went, it always RAINS. We were able to manage to make it after 7 pm because the rain stopped. However many of the vendors ran out of ribs. We still enjoyed the dinner we ended up getting and the music.
Sunday came and the kids were over for dinner again. I made Eggplant Parmesan, homemade bread, and we had a wonderful garden salad, yep all the ingredients came from our very own garden, we had Romaine lettuce, loose leaf iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, green pepper, kale, and Swiss chard the eggplant was from our garden as well. It was around 100 with the heat index and we had to have a bon fire. Kera wanted to leave early so we had to begin before the sunset.
My Starfighter and Stargazer Lily opened for the first time. I planted these flowers over five years ago and this Summer is the first time they have ever bloomed. I think the Casa Blanca never made it from the rabbits eating it every year. We added a rabbit fence around this little flower bed and it has done wonders.
Below: Left is one of the Stargazer Lilies, middle is a Hosta flower, right is the Starfighter Lily. The hosta plant came up a couple of years after I planted the lilies.
I thought I had transplanted all of the hostas to other gardens but this little one showed up a few years later. I am afraid to move the oriental lilies now they are finally blooming.
I need to get back to my online class so bye for now.