A Sunny Saturday Spent with Friends


We like to stay in town on holiday weekends, while many people do the opposite and clear out. The city gets so quiet, and it almost feels like you get it to yourself. So, as usual, we were planning a quiet one for the Canada Day long weekend last week. But then on the Tuesday before (while at the Foxy Shazam show together) we discovered that Andrea and Issy would also be around on Saturday, so it was decided that they would come over to our place for a barbeque in the afternoon. Then we were glad to hear that our friend Barb, as well as our neighbours Kim and Chris, and their dog Henry, could come too.


issy and sangria

nick and barb

kc and plants

group and chris


eddie seat stealer

↑ What do you mean we should be polite and leave the comfortable chairs for the guests? ↑

Nick made up a double batch of sangria to start things off. (I posted about his Berry Delicious Sangria recipe here).

The meal began with a couple of appetizers, including Issy's delicious Hummus and my Veggies and Dip.

veggies and dip

Then Nick fired up the coals and made Portobello Mushroom Burgers, skewers of Marinated Beef and Vegetables and Chicken Souvlaki (the man believes in offering a variety!). Along with those grilled things we had a Potato Salad made by Andrea, using her family recipe, a Black Bean Salad prepared by Barb, and I made a Quinoa Salad.

maple leaves and nick bbq

crystal and guys getting food

food on a lap

ed and plants

table and flip flops

Dessert was 'Tropical Fruit Shortcake', which everyone seemed to enjoy so I'll post photos of that and the recipe later in the week.

There was even something special for Eddie the Cat to eat, in that Issy and Barb thoughtfully brought him some treats, which he very much enjoyed. Henry the Dog, who was extremely well behaved in this new-to-him place, brought along his own meal of some nice kibble.

(The cat treats were a kind called Greenies and I'm not kidding when I say that Mr. Cat liked them. My goodness, we've found a new favourite!)

eddie on bench

And, you know what is extra good about having an afternoon get together? You can hang out talking and laughing for a solid 8 hours, something you'd rarely do for a nighttime party beginning at 9!

Thanks for checking out my post,
xo loulou

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5 Responses to A Sunny Saturday Spent with Friends

  1. hena tayeb says:

    looks like a fun way to spend the day

  2. Julie says:

    looks like a very fun party, sorry to have missed it! And glad to get a little visual Eddie fix, he is such a cutie pie.

  3. Vix says:

    Now that looks like a pretty much perfect day and how nice to see the animals joining in the fun.
    As usual your menu looks utterly delectable, I wish I could try Nick’s Sangria (I’ll see if I can follow his recipe) and your Quinoa salad. Loving the dragonfly toenails! xxx

  4. Kaisa says:

    Looks like you guys had a really good time! Staying in town when everyone is leaving is kinda one of my fave things to do. Something so special about it. Like seeing another face of the same place.

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