For She's a Jolly Good Fellow!

Good Luck Katie by katiealley on Flickr

This weekend I was treated to not one but two, count 'em, two going-away celebrations. On Saturday night I joined my dad's family for dinner at a lovely restaurant in Chester County called Simon Pearce, which is located right on the Brandywine River. In addition to the restaurant, the site also houses a glass-blowing and pottery workshop. The restaurant has a casual-yet-classy vibe, and the food was quite delicious (I ordered duck confit – yum!). Unfortunately I left my camera behind, so I have no photos from our night out (nor of the crazy hijinks that ensued afterward at my cousin's house!).

On Sunday my stepfamily organized a going-away party for me at my stepdad's house. We even had some Argentine fare: ensalada rusa and empanadas. My great aunt found a recipe for ensalada rusa [photo], the Argentine version of potato salad, on Allrecipes.com, and the result was delicious! I made the empanadas with ground beef [photo] (with a bit of assistance from my sous chef/best friend), and they were also well-received. This time I remembered my camera!

Katie and Jen on Flickr[Jen and Me]

Party Time on Flickr

I would be remiss if I did not mention the wonderful gathering I had with my mom's side of the family at the end of January. Vince and I ventured over to South Jersey to visit yet another branch of the family tree. We had a wonderful afternoon of conversation, food and horseback riding on my great uncle's farm.

The Williams Family

It has been nice to get together with so many relatives (especially those that I don't see on a frequent basis), and I received many sincere good wishes. Thank you to all of you who came out to wish me well. Soon it'll be time to get this show on the road. ;)

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