We had the pleasure of sharing a Sunday morning meal with some special people last week, over to Julie, Guy, Lila and James' place.
Julie prepared an amazing buffet board, loaded with a wide array of delicious things. The possible combinations was limitless, although we all did a good job of trying to reach that limit! I especially liked the little detail of fresh marjoram leaves that added so much flavour.
The Mado's Hot Pepper Sauce we brought fit right in. (For all you fellow hot-sauce lovers out there, this small-batch locally made one is amoung the best. It's tasty and not blow-your-head-off hot. We get it at House of Spice in Kensington Market, previously written about in this post.)
↑ This beautiful shot was borrowed from Guy's Instagram, where he regularly posts great pictures of the city and this adorable family. ↑
James, (who you've previously met here when he was still a bump, here at 11 weeks old when I babysat him, and here, here and here during visits with him and his mom), is now a year old and is toddling about.
He's a smiley boy, happy to show off his six or so tiny teeth. Watching children grow and change certainly makes you aware of the passage of time.
Lila is four and is as sweet as can be, and completely full of energy. Joining right in with the conversation at the table, she would politely say "excuse me" before taking her turn to speak. It was very cute.
↑ mmmm, good. Buddha and Hello Kitty for the win. ↑
After we finished eating, Lila showed me her room, complete with a wall covered with her artwork - unicorns were involved.
↑ Gorgeous Gatsby is the biggest cat I've ever seen. Very handsome, indeed. His cat-sister Yarn, is as tiny as he is large. She is shy so we didn't get to see her. ↑
↑ Julie made the stripy zebra, which she wrote about on her blog here.
It's not often that we have the opportunity to spend time with children, so this was a real treat. We had a great time visiting with these two, and their beloved parents.
It unsettles me to think that my chance meeting with Julie, as we waited beside one another in a line-up, might very easily have been missed. It goes to show that you never know when you'll meet the lifelong members of your urban family.
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