That is “friends to the end of the season” I’m referring to. We’ve been blessed with seeing many friends the last week of our stay. Two days after daughter’s wedding our friends The Abeyta’s came up from Espanola for one last camping trip for the year. We sure have enjoyed their many trips this year. It made a big difference having their camping gear stored up here in a rented storage unit so they didn’t have to tote it back and forth. Their son, Tim, came up with his friend, Paulo, also and we all had such a good time together.
Teddy is a Dutch oven aficionado and always invites us over for dinner. So to return the favor I made Gumbo for lunch one day, using Louisiana Cajun Gumbo Mix as a base roux.
If you haven’t tried this mix I highly recommend it. It tastes like the real stuff and many caterers use it because it is so authentic and saves lots of time browning the roux. It is available at Rainbow Grocery here in South Fork, but I bought mine back in south Texas last winter.
I added onions, green peppers, celery (called The Trinity) along with okra, sausage, chicken and shrimp. Served over rice it came out pretty good.
At least everyone thought it came out good.
Tim brought his dog, Chaps, back up with him and he is so adorable. He’s a Pug-Chihuahua mix and I can’t get enough of him, even bundling him up in my blanket when it got cold in the evening.
Birdie brought up some tomatoes and jalapenos from their garden and made some delicious pico de gallo. I got lucky – she gave me some of her tomatoes and cucumbers to eat later…yummy!
Then Thursday afternoon a couple of blog readers from Albuquerque came to the campground to visit for a while and then Jan, an old friend from Alamosa days, stopped by while on vacation from Arizona with a couple of her girlfriends. That’s Diane, Kathleen with Jan on the right.
We have visited Jan in Arizona since we’ve left Alamosa, but it has been a few years so it was nice to see her again and get caught up on news of her and her family.
Sunday The Abeyta’s left for home and Monday we closed up the campground….but more about that tomorrow.
Remember, you are loved.
Read the story behind the saying here