Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Nik & Ben come to visit

This weekend, Nicole and Ben came to visit us. They Coy's had planned to come too, but poor Harrison came down with Shingles, and we didn't want to risk potentially exposing Jackson to chicken pox so early. We'll have to reschedule soon.

We had a great time with Nicole and Ben, mostly spent just chillin' since we didn't want to pack our 18 pounder out in the heat all day. Jason and Ben went out to test Jason's new shotgun off the back deck. (This time, they called the neighbors beforehand.) Jackson wasn't bothered at all by the noise. The dogs however cowered under my legs. Mabel broke the rules and jumped up onto the couch and somehow managed to squeezed in between me and Jackson, who was feeding at the time.

We went out for lunch, coffee, and a visit to the fish store. Sadly, the fish looked sick, so we came home empty handed. We had a barbecue with chicken, corn on the cob, and fresh garden peppers. Yummy! Nik & Ben also introduced me to their fish with olive tapenade recipe (see comments). It was soo delicious!

Jackson was very good the whole time and enjoyed playing with Nicole and with Ben. Hope to see you again soon!

One last note. Nicole met another baby this week. She said how cute that baby was, then thought "Yeah, but she's not Jackson cute."


  1. Fish with Olive Tapenade:
    Mix the juice of 1 lemon with olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour some in the bottom of a parchment envelope.
    Slice tomatoes (we used yellow pear from the garden) and pile over lemon mixture.
    Lay fish (orange roughy, cod, flounder, halibut) over tomatoes.
    Cover fish with olive tapenade (Trader Joe's brand is good) about 1/4 inch thick. We used 1 container for 1.5 lbs of fish). drizzle with remaining lemon mixture.
    Seal parchment paper and bake at 400 until done (20 minutes or so).

  2. Wow! I'm so excited to see pics of Nicole and Ben! I was in your neck of the woods recently, but didn't have your number, so I couldn't give you a call. Where does Nicole live? I was in Boston for two days and Newark for one. Wish I could have seen you and the your cute little one.
    Tell Nicole hi from me.

  3. It looks like you guys had fun. Thanks for posting the pictures.
    (I am still so bummed, by the way.) But it does look like Harrison is healing. He has all of these tiny, dark spots on his arm. I guess they've scabbed over now. I still can't believe he got shingles! So weird.