This past Friday, I finally got to meet a friend I’ve known online for five years: Mrs. G of Derfwad Manor. She is on her I am a Derfwad Summer Tour 2012 and as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I hosted a gathering here at Jenworld.
Mrs. G. rolled into Jenworld and we hugged once, then twice, and then a third time. That might seem like a lot, but Mrs. G and I are both huggers and we had been looking forward to meeting each other for a long time.
Those of you who know Mrs. G. know that she is a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big, biiiiiiiiig fan of a certain actor known for his portrayal of a swashbuckling pirate. Consequently, various people have been giving Mrs. G. gifts of Johnny throughout her trip, including this:
Every time — and I do mean every. single. time. — I came around the corner, I flinched. Having a life-size 2D Jack Sparrow in the kitchen was almost as real as having an actual man and he startled me every time.
As for Kitty Gigantica, I can totally understand why Mr. G didn’t want that thing hanging in their marital bedroom.
Mrs. G and I spent some time hanging out that afternoon, then we were joined by Suburban Correspondent, who drove two hours for the evening’s festivities. Other Derfs showed up too. There was Carol, whom I had not met before, and then there were Patience and Not Beehive, who live just over the hill from Jenworld and whom I had not seen in far too long. And finally there were two other ladies whose names I’m not going to mention because I forgot to ask permission if I could. So, eight of us in total, and when we got together, we talked and laughed and acted as if we’d all known each other our entire lives. Derfs are kindred spirits, you see.
Mrs. G’s last name is Italian, so in her honor, I planned an Italian-themed dinner, but since we live here in a town where the eating is good, I used as many Virginia ingredients as possible:
- Starters: baguettes with herbed olive oil, two Virginia cheeses (Monastery Gouda and Everona Piedmont), olives, zucchini bread made by one attendee (“I brought a healthy vegetable,” she said.), and caramelized bacon made by Patience. That particular item was uh-freaking-mazing and we called it various names that referenced it being as good as or better than a certain private act performed between two consenting adults. (I’ll try to get the recipe from Patience.)
- Dinner: Meatballs (beef from Wolf Creek Farm) in tomato sauce (herbs from my garden) served over angel hair pasta, a healthy green salad
- Dessert: Carol made divine mini lemon cheesecakes (recipe below) and brownies with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chunks, Mrs. G brought Trader Joe’s lemon cookies, Suburban Correspondent brought gelato, and Not Beehive brought chocolates.
- Drinks: Virginia wines and beer, of course.
Mrs. G took a photo of us with Johnny:
We tried not to paw Johnny. Too much.
It was a delightful evening and I had so much fun! I was sad when it ended and everyone went home.
And in other wonderful news, the heat wave that brought temps of 100+ to Virginia broke last night and it’s a much more reasonable mid-80s here today. That I can live with.
And how was your weekend?
Carol’s lemon cheesecake yummies:
- 1 package from a box of HoneyMaid of graham crackers (crushed)
- About 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1/8 cup each white and brown sugar
Mix this all together and press into bottoms of cupcake liners.
- 2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup of white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract(or lemon or whatever you prefer)
- Mix all until light and fluffy.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place about 2 tbs. cream cheese mixture into prepared cupcake liners and bake for about 15 minutes. Cool.
When cool, place some lemon curd (available in the jelly section of most stores) and some blackberries on top.
Eat and enjoy.