It’s the last week of August and time when many of us begin to mentally prepare for the end of the lazy days of Summer and the return to busy schedules of the Fall and Winter season, when the kids are in school and superiors/co-workers are back from holiday with lots of great ideas to implement. For Downton Abbey fans in the UK, the end of Summer brings a new Season of their favorite period drama.
The 90 days of summer seem to fly by so quickly, but when you stop and think about it, you will likely find you actually were quite busy. This summer we enjoyed cottage country, I travelled out West to visit my family to fish, farm and cook, and had a foodie weekend with the girls. Lord D and I also entertained two sets of house guests. Our dear friends from Louisville came to visit in July, and my youngest brother and his family in August. I think of them as our Upstairs and Downstairs guests respectively. Let’s face it, when it comes to entertaining your kid brother, your entertaining style is a bit more relaxed.
Lord D comes about his flair for entertaining and hospitality honestly. His family was in the restaurant business, and in the 1980s he was a key player in Epicure, one of the first food and style magazines in Canada. As for me, I suppose I paid attention to my parent’s own flair for entertaining and western hospitality, as Dad always seem to be inviting clients and friends over for dinner and parties.
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, Revised Edition: From Lady Mary's Crab Canapes to Daisy's Mousse au Chocolat--More Than 150 Recipes from Upstairs and Downstairs (Unofficial Cookbook)
eBooks (Adams Media)