Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Praise the Lloyds!

The final weekend of spring break was particularly awesome, because dear longtime friends John and Pat Lloyd journeyed down to Winston-Salem from Charlottesville and spent a couple of days here at the Roediger House. John was very much my ed tech mentor when I was working on my PhD at UVA's Curry School of Education, and they have both been wonderful and gracious hosts to me on a kazillion trips back to the world of Wahoos.

One of our big chores was for Pat to survey the landscaping and point me in some better directions than those I had employed as a novice yardman. And she had lots of great ideas, which also come with the added benefit of lots of things she can share from their own beautiful yard in Charlottesville.

I figured there'd better be some eats and munchables on hand, although Pat also brought with her a tasty collection of all kinds of good snackables that were delicious. Here's a sampling of some of what I put together for us through the weekend:

Palmetto-Style Pimento Cheese

Iced Lemon Cake

Zucchini Bread

Pat and John brought delicious goodies, too, including fruit and whipped yogurt cream, which went nicely with Saturday morning's fresh-baked zucchini bread:

Pat put together some more of their good Virginia bounty to make for a full plate on Sunday morning, too:

We piled them high with fresh English muffins from The Bread Basket bakery in Howardsville, VA; bananas and oranges; homemade strawberry-lemon zest jelly; goat cheese; a smidge of cheese grits from the Mozelle's Friday night doggy bag; and some of Saturday night's forgotten applesauce. And after his morning jog, John upped the enthusiasm ante when it came to creating his own breakfast plate(s):

This was a fine morning feast for us while we enjoyed the leisurely final hours of their delightful visit to Winston-Salem.

"South Carolina-Style Pimento Cheese." Recipe worked out by me, based on Sharon's Palmetto Pimento Cheese.

"Zucchini Bread," a recipe shared with me by Laura Thomas on August 23, 2000, in Woodstock, Virginia.

"Lemon Iced Pound Cake," by Kevin Anthony on JustAPinch.com.

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