In between cutting out Sara's dress pattern I organised myself in the kitchen and cooked ahead for the weekend, our menu plan was as follows:
Saturday Lunch ~ butternut squash and nut butter soup with multigrain rolls, followed by a grain free orange and chocolate cake. Both the soup and the cake were yummy!
Saturday Tea ~ chorizo and loaded veg pasta sauce served with tagliatelle, followed by a family favourite, bananas and custard.
Sunday Breakfast ~ overnight oatmeal cooked in the slow cooker and served with cream and sugar, followed by toast and home made red currant jam from this year's crop of redcurrants. I double checked that Chanda did in fact actually like oatmeal as I remember reading not so long ago, that she was reluctant to finish her oatmeal breakfast :-)
Sunday Lunch ~ was courtesy of a long standing veggie restaurant in town, The Whale Tail.
Sunday Tea ~ lemon and cream chicken cooked in the slow cooker, carrot and swede mashed, roast potatoes and cauliflower and broccoli. For dessert we had a lovely baked cheesecake topped with syrupy strawberries courtesy of the River Cottage Every Day cookbook.
Monday breakfast ~ crumpets (known as english muffins in the states) topped with cheese infused scrambled egg and roasted tomatoes.
Chanda's train was later that morning so I packed a lunch for her to have on the train. She also had two travelling companions as Tom and Sara were travelling to Cambridge for an interview for Tom with the National Trust in Royston.
Weatherwise the weekend was a washout (!) with heavy downpours but our spirits were not dampened and everyone had a happy time together:
The soup was declared a success as was the cake and after we had finished eating we opened our presents from Dorina, Greg and co, which were much appreciated
Chocolate Bar Tea!
Best foot forward.
On Sunday after breakfast they watched the Morecambe and Wise film the Intelligence Men. It has some swan lake references in the film which Chanda thought was hilarious, so we sent her home with a copy to share with her family. I have linked to Eric Morecambe before on the blog, so they are in for quite a few laughs!! By mid morning they were ready for their sojourn to the Maritime Museum and lunch in town, unfortunately getting soaked within minutes of leaving the museum.
Dress up fun.
Sunday afternoon was devoted to playing Monopoly Junior and friendship bracelet making, watching the Wallace and Gromit film "The Wrong Trousers" and when the weather broke a play in the garden for a short while after tea.
Later that evening I finally had chance to sit down and have a chat with Chanda, I knitted and she worked on her friendship band. It was lovely to learn more about her neighbourhood and her family.
Despite leaving just after eleven on Monday morning, we still managed to pack in quite a fun morning of garden play and indoor play, but all too soon it was time to load up the car and head to the station :-(
Our final treat was a coffee take out from Costa which we almost managed to finish just before the train pulled in to the station. Sadly it was standing room only as the service was busier than usual due to the close of the Commonwealth Games the night before. I was glad Chanda had Sara and Tom travelling with her, somehow when you are with others it makes awkward and challenging situations more bareable.
A few tears were shed by this little one ~ best buddies don't you think?!
Dear Chanda, thank you for visiting and being a kind friend to both Benedict and Pip. Thanks also to Dorina and Greg for trusting us with your precious daughter, she really is a super star! xoxo