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Family time with friends

Happy Monday everyone! Here is to a healthy, safe and peaceful week!

The Palouse remains the same except for fields that signal an impending blanket of snow that will replace wheat and canola. Pristine blue skies and trees draped with gold, red and orange dot the picturesque little town where we reside. Temperatures have dropped into the 40’s and 50’s and my phone weather-app forecasts snow on Saturday. The big old tree in our front yard just started turning yellow and now grass can barely be seen by freshly raked leaves.

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I love Friday nights and the anticipation of a weekend that might lead us anywhere. I am a planner, a list maker and organizer but having 9 kids means learning to accept all possibilities and planning becomes tentative at best. I can easily embrace spontaneity and look forward to the love and chaos of our large family.

This weekend was beautiful on the Palouse, we woke to a thin layer of fog and rolling hills marked by a portait like sunrise.

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We were blessed to have Foof and B around almost the entire weekend. They made burgers for us on Saturday and Fattima made individual chocolate lava cakes that she wanted to try. She also made an old favorite that we have been meaning to post for two years! She promises to get the recipe written and a post will soon follow. Little homemade buns, cream cheese or feta inside, baked to a golden brown, topped with a light Middle Eastern syrup. Everything was delicious. We watched movies, football and basically laughed and played all weekend.

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Saleeha was off to see Alayna, she could not get time off of work to head over there earlier so she went Friday and came back Sunday.

Sunday was spent getting groceries, picking up from our movie night and cooking dinner. It has been quite a while since I made Cous Cous, maybe a year or more. I felt confident and made it all by myself with a little taste testing from Soos. I then surprised everyone and popped fresh cream puff shells out of the oven, D and Soos filled and completed them. I felt proud that I had jumped over this hurdle and was able to cook for my family.

https://lynzrealcooking.com/recipes-2/desserts-2/elegant-desserts/cream-puffs-2/

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The day was spent watching more football, other visitors came and went and then the house was silent. It was a weekend full of family, friends, laughter and food.

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https://lynzrealcooking.com/reflections/main-dish/2762-2/

60 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love these photos of your beautiful family. They make reading aobut what you went through to get them bearable. How you have reaped the harvest!!!

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    October 30, 2017
  2. Always enjoy your pictures of the Palouse.

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    October 30, 2017
  3. Congratulations on creating a masterpiece meal for your family, Lyn! That’s so satisfying…and I am now thinking, “Cream puffs…”

    It is cold here, too–mid-forties and my morning walk was a red-cheeker, but I love this time of year. Unfortunately, the big tree in our front yard is still greedily holding on to most of its leaves…we’ll be raking in December in Ohio…

    Have a wonderful week!

    Pam

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    October 30, 2017
  4. The boys love their sister and seem very gentle with her. Cream puffs – oh my – it’s lunch time and I could just eat one or two of those instead of soup πŸ™‚

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    October 30, 2017
  5. LOVE the pics and food photos!! Glad you’re getting back in the kitchen, more πŸ™‚ ❀ Many blessings to you!!

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    October 30, 2017
  6. Well done Lynn. Lovely family photos, and that food looks delicious.

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    October 30, 2017
  7. Lovely pictures and dessert!!!

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    October 30, 2017
  8. A lovely time by all and that dessert looks yummy!. You have come a long way and should be proud of your achievement. Lovely post as usual.

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    October 30, 2017
  9. Thanks for sharing Lynn. It is so heartening to see your happy family times.
    Leslie

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    October 30, 2017
  10. Weekends are so special even for us-enjoy every one of them Lynn! Bravo on cooking-proud of you! xoxoxoxo b-2

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    October 30, 2017
  11. You have such a big family and always in the thick of it yet you manage to produce a home-cooked meal and dessert that must feel like you’re feeding the 5,000! Full of admiration, well done πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’œ

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    October 30, 2017
  12. Those cream puffs look amazing Lynn! It sounds like you had a fulfilling weekend, for sure. xoxoxo

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    October 30, 2017
  13. So good to read, that you feel home in your kitchen again, sister πŸ˜€
    All looks so delicious and the weekend together with your family and friends, then it can’t be better.

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    October 30, 2017
  14. I understand your Friday evening feeling. With such a big family every weekend is an exciting adventure. And what you are telling us here the anticipation was justified. So happy for you!

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    October 30, 2017
  15. Great photos. Never a dull moment and wonderful food and family. πŸ™‚

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    October 30, 2017
  16. What fun, and your family is wonderful…your have been nothing but the best mother ever…and still are and now you get to add best grandmother to the list….love the pictures. Brrrrr to the low temps….but the snow will be beautiful….Happy week sister….xxxkat

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    October 30, 2017
  17. Just so much love. πŸ™‚

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    October 30, 2017
  18. It looks like you had a lovely weekend of food, family, and fun! The food all looked delicious. The cream puffs remind me of the Almond Cream Puffs I used to make. It has been a long time since I have made them. Yours looked over the top delicious!

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    October 30, 2017
  19. Lovely foggy sunrise, Lynn. Life was wonderful over this weekend! Baby girl and now must head backwards a few posts to get more of the picture filled in. πŸ˜€

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    October 30, 2017
  20. so wonderful!!!

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    October 30, 2017
  21. So, so beautiful to spend time with Family and Friends! I loved the images of one of the twins kissing Alayna. WOW

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    October 30, 2017
    • sorry I messed up and hit send somehow! I also loved that you felt confident enough to cook and surprised everyone with puffed pastry shells to be filled! Those looked over the top delicious! I wish we had the ability to send one over the internet! Like my missing flying car the 21st century just hasn’t quite lived up to what I had expected or hoped it would be on that score, but spending time with family and friends…it doesn’t matter what decade, era, or century we’re in. That will always be the best way to spend time! xx

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      October 30, 2017
    • I know its so sweet

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      October 31, 2017
  22. I need a cream puff now ….haven’t had one in many many years….best I haul out my recipe ! Seems though you had a delightful relaxed weekend, which is always wonderful. Have a great week ahead. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    October 31, 2017
  23. Great compilation of pictures, Lynn!

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    October 31, 2017
  24. Coming from a large family I appreciate it being chaotic, and oh such wonderful photos especially of the newest arrival Lynz.. just beautiful ❀ xx

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    October 31, 2017
  25. This is simply lovely! Beautiful family, beautiful positive atmosphere! Love it.

    Remain blessed always!🌷🌷🌈🌈

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    November 1, 2017
  26. What a grand slam of a weekend

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    November 2, 2017
  27. Nice! The most beautiful memories are the ones made with friends and when shared over a meal it becomes all the more special. Please check out this post about how friends make life so incredibly beautiful: https://columntribe.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/a-break-from-everyday/

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    December 7, 2017
  28. Lovely.
    Do read this please https://aishwarya236.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/mute-talks/

    Like

    January 22, 2018

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