Sunday, March 14, 2010

Driving With Buddy (The Big Boy)

It was a stunningly beautiful day today: mid-60s, sunny, blue skies. Buddy was practically begging to go out for a cruise, so we took him out for a spin.

He wanted to by and see some of his friends at the security office...
Then of course he wanted to see the construction happening a few blocks away. He's such a boy.
Here is a picture of his dash. You know, just because. That's the trunk-pop button in the middle there. Um, and the stereo. And it was actually 3:30... I hadn't figured out how to set the clock yet (but I figured it out later)
Terri drove for awhile, and then I drove while she took pictures (including all of the ones above). We drove around town and then up into the hills to Lake Temescal for a little sitting in the sun by the water.
Now we're home. I was craving something savory and hearty for dinner, so I pulled out an old favorite cookbook, The Supper Book, by Marion Cunningham. I have this one and The Breakfast Book and they are both just about the coziest cookbooks ever invented. If you see them in a thrift store or book sale, grab them.

I made garlic rolls and this pasta-mushroom-brown butter thing, both of which were simple and flavorful and amazing. I also made this very easy coconut pudding/custard thing. You make it in the blender and then pour it into dishes and bake. Couldn't be easier. And, delicious.

Such a nice day today. I started it by sitting out on the porch in the sun, having a nice little cup of coffee and reading the London Review of Books, and cracking up over the ads in the back (which is another post). A great way to start the day.

We were incredibly grateful that Terri was feeling a bit better and was able to get out for a drive. It's been a rough winter for her. It's pretty obvious that the cold is detrimental to her; if we have to stay here another winter, we will be doing serious winterizing. Which is crazy, because this is California... but she can't take 50-degree rooms for months on end. But hopefully next winter we'll be in our cozy new house somewhere. ?? We'll see. We love it here (aside from the cold) but of course we'd love our own house.

Anyway. A nice day, and Buddy continues to be a fantastic car for us. Come on by and we'll take you for a spin. Everyone waves and checks him out (Terri LOVES this aspect). It's pretty fun.


Tammie said...

ha ha. you guys are too funny. i love your car. i cant imagine a better car to cruise around town in.

your meal sounds delicious. ive been craving a lot of comfort foods lately, mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese, etc... so your whole supper sounds right up my alley.

glad terri had a good health day. :)

Stefanie said...

What a great day! It was an unbelievable 64 and sunny here yesterday. We set a record. I didn't get to cruise around in a cool car but I did get to sit on the porch and read in the sunshine. Your meal sounds lovely. Hope you and Terri are thawed out soon. Spring has arrived!

Daphne said...

Tammie: it's a pretty fantastic cruiser. The dinner was great, and I made enough that I've been enjoying it for lunch too! awesome!

Stef: it was a great day! Sooooo pretty! Today it's supposed to be up to 70. Ahh. When are you coming to CA? Wish it were closer, would love to have a coffee-and-bookstore date!

Stefanie said...

I'll be out there Thursday afternoon next week (25th) and flying back early Sunday morning. It is too bad San Diego and Oakland are so far apart. But with the San Andreas fault and SD is supposed to end up next to SF someday so the long distance is only temporary ;)

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Good food, good drive -- and I'm still loving that haircut.

Daphne said...

Thanks, Bee! It was a great day.