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By some strange stroke of luck, Cuddlegan was able to coordinate schedules (for the most part) and head up to Kim’s house in the Catskills for the weekend. Christina, Amanda and Nina piled into Kim’s car for the drive upstate on Friday evening. Linnae joined us on Saturday morning and Nina headed back home on Saturday afternoon. Of course we missed our Emily, but had a great weekend nonetheless. We have compiled a top-8 list of weekend happenings for you to enjoy.

1. Smores: our go-to dessert on both nights. Amanda like her marshmallow to be completely lit on fire, held close to the chocolate to melt it slightly, blown out and then smooshed on top and eaten open faced. Christina prefers her marshmallows lightly toasted until brown then placed ontop of chocolate squares, sometimes skipping the graham cracker altogether.

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2. Our morning hike. The epic hike Kim had planned was downgraded to a walk to the reservoirs due to muddy conditions on the trail. We saw tadpoles, risked our lives, put our toes in freezing water, and played with some pups. We returned home with rumbling tummies and made ourselves yogurt parfaits with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.

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3. Woodstock. We piled into the car and drove into Woodstock to explore for a bit. We picked up some fresh bread for dinner, shared some homemade chocolate ice cream, and bought a quarter pound of homemade Twizzlers. Yum!

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4. Pink champagne toast. Linnae brought along a bottle of pink champagne with which to have a traditional Cuddlegan champagne toast before dinner. The champagne was finished by the time we sat down to dinner so we popped open a bottle of another favorite, a magnum bottle Yellowtail’s Shiraz-Cabernet. And of course we had Woodchuck Amber cider with dessert.

5. Saturday night dinner! We sliced some bread and poured some olive oil to up our energy while we cooked. We chopped some veggies, made a simple tomato sauce (tomato puree, whole peeled tomatoes, red wine, shallots, garlic, and spices), and put together a salad (romaine, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and Naisy’s dressing). Soon enough we were sprinkling chopped fresh basil and fresh mozzarrella on top of our pasta, loading our plates with roasted vegetables and salad, and sitting down to eat.

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6. Stargazing on the basketball court. After dinner and dessert we drove down to the golf course to look at the stars, bottles of wine in hand. Kim had a semi-panic attack about a campout that a seven year old had told her about and so we decided to spread our blankets on the basketball court instead. The stars were great, the snuggling was better.
7. We woke up early on Sunday morning and headed to Maggie’s Krooked Cafe in Tannersville for breakfast. We each polished off a half order of atmeal pancakes loaded with seeds and grains and stole bites of Linnae’s banana (aka blueberry ::ahem::) pancakes and Kim’s top secret omlette. We left with satisfied tummies.
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8. Move over Columbia tennis team, Saucy is hitting the courts. We suited up in (borrowed) tennis whites and headed over to the tennis courts. Christina showed off her serves while Amanda dodged the incoming balls, and even hit a few. Final score? Love-Love 🙂

A special thank you to Kimmy for opening up her home and sharing it with us. xo, Saucy

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