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My Weekend

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Well I have a lovely weekend (and no allergies, yeah). On Friday the girls stayed at my mothers and we had a wonderful time alone. Ahh the silence. We went to Port Gamble my favorite Victorian town that is owned by a lumber mill and has not changed since it was first built.

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It is about 2 blocks big, but it is only Victorian buildings. No fast food joints, no banks, no gas stations. It is like time has stood still. I love it!!!!

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Then we went to Kingston and had a delectable lunch of grilled salmon caesar wrap, mussel in coconut-curry broth and a salad with candied garlic, goats cheese and bacon !!!
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I am thrilled my local farmer is finally selling his veggie. I came home with the yummiest kale. Which I mixed with pasta, smoked salmon, lots of garlic and avocado on top. It was love all around the table !!
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And I have to share my rose bush. Now I am not a gardener. I throw things in the ground and pray for the best. I figure only the strong will survive.
I only have 4 rose bushes and they only put out a rose or two. Well this year my Abraham Darby is just blooming away !!!
I was interested in how to candy garlic. Here is a recipe I found.
Candied Garlic
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons Vermouth
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup fresh, peeled, garlic cloves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Blanch garlic cloves in boiling water about 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.  Remove cloves from water and drain on layers of paper toweling.

Place the sugar in a small heavy skillet and add 2 tablespoons of the vermouth. Place the pan over medium heat.  Cook until the mixture turns a golden color tipping the pan and swirling the mixture to insure even cooking. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time, swirling the pan to incorporate the liquid. Add the garlic and cook until well coated and the garlic is soft but still retains it's shape
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Debbie

Clarice, your weekend sounds lovely and what food! I love the roses ~ they are such a beautiful shade of pink.

Debbie

kali

Clarice ~ Your weekend sounds and looks truly delightful...thanks for sharing :)

Selena

I disovered Port Gamble by accident a few months ago when I became lost from a yard sale. Luckily we were going to P.T. so i found my way again quickly since the bridge is around the corner. But Port Gamble is incredible. I suggested to dh that we should go there to get inspiration on what colors to paint our cottage. I felt like I was in a movie set. We just drove through but I would like to go back and spend some time there.

Randi

Wonderful pictures! I love your roses. Ours have been eaten by the deer that roam our neighborhood!

Kelli

Thank you for sharing your wonderful weekend with us! The food looks and sound delicious! Your roses are spectacular! I'll bet they smell amazing too!
Kelli

Joanne

Clarice,
Thank you for letting us travel with you vicariously! You do such a great job of giving us a detailed look at the town, the food etc. And...what beautiful roses!
Thank you for sharing!

Jody

What a fun weekend! Lucky girl! The food, as always, looks terrific and your rose bush is divine! I cannot grow anything here but shrub roses and I'm thankful for those. Yours is a BEAUTY!
~Jody

Mindy

What a lovely weekend you had! Love all the photos. The lunch menu sounds delectable!! Your roses are lovely! Enjoy your day Clarice!! Blessings...

kathy

I haven't been up to Port Gamble yet. Your pictures make me want to go. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend the weekend.

Tammy

Beautiful pictures! And the rose bush reminds of how I have wanted to take pics of my own, small little rose plant- it only grows one rose at a time, but each one is so pretty! :)
Hmmmm...garlic candy? I guess when I'm feeling brave, I can give it a try! ;)
Blessings,
~Tammy

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