The weekend started out calmly enough. I played a bit of hooky and took off early from work on Friday. Saturday morning we took Molly to the park to play with all the other dogs. Molly responded to this by hiding between Greg's legs in an adorable sort of fashion. Next: to the farmers market for flowers, etc. Off to kickboxing and back home again to spend the afternoon in the kitchen. I made two quiches, two batches of scones, and a strata. Doesn't sound like much laid out in a single sentence like that, but I was delirious by the time I finally found the couch late that evening.
Sunday morning rolled in and Erika and I were up with the sun--and the puppy--to get everything ready. By the way, puppy and 4th floor apartment? Not completely disastrous, but not the best case scenario, either. Molly did not once use our apartment to do her business...but the 1st floor lobby and hallway were another matter. We can only surmise that Molly had decided she was no longer completely inside, thus permitted to do as nature intended. This is why Erika owns a neon green backpack with a spray bottle of carpet cleaner and a scrub brush. She's good with a scrub brush.
And it was beautiful. Jammie, our friend from LA, arrived as a surprise, bearing a fabulous bouquet of lilacs. The weather was pleasant and the roof deck a splendid escape. We learned that mimosas made with fresh ruby red grapefruit juice most definitely surpass the traditional orange juice variety. Twenty people and five hours later, I felt happy. And ridiculously exhausted. Note to self: more than a handful of friends, potluck is a must.
Unfortunately, we didn't get photos of everything, but here is the brunch menu in full.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Cherry Almond Granola with Yogurt
Buttermilk Waffles with Syrup, Strawberry Sauce, and Whipped Cream
Strawberry Muffins (a la our lovely friend, KJ)
Mushroom and Leek Quiche
Smoked Salmon Potato Crust Quiche
Turkey Sausage Strata
Thick Cut Bacon
Sweet Potato Fries
and to drink?
Juice Spritzers, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Coffee
The strata went first, followed closely by the quiches and KJ's strawberry muffins. Greg and I are still making our way happily through the granola, and we just polished off the last of the bacon and waffles this past weekend. A brunch to be remembered. And not repeated any time too soon.