When you’re under the weather, there’s nothing like a friendly visit from neighbors to cheer you up. When they’re bearing gifts, even better.
When they’re bearing food gifts, well, that’s off-the-charts better.
Last week, the day after I returned home after an overnight stay in the hospital – it was a scheduled trip and everything’s okay -- I answered the door and there were my neighbors bearing a whole box of homemade goodies. Chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, tomato soup, pickles and a freshly baked loaf of wheat bread, wrapped in a linen tea towel, still warm from the oven. (That has to be one of the world’s best aromas! No wonder real estate agents recommend baking bread before a buying prospects visit.)
The week before, my sisters had armed me with a week’s worth of freezer meals, too – a sausage barley stew, a chicken and bean stew, chili, and spaghetti sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes. All delectable.
I was all set for a no-cooking recuperation! At least no cooking out of necessity . . . there was that pumpkin cheesecake!
Great comfort food from wonderful cooks and wonderfully generous people can’t be beat. I’m lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. And Mr. Rosemary has attentively nursed me back to good spirits. (And he didn’t have to cook!)
A visit from the Fairy Hobmother was another recent surprise. After I made a comment on Sam’s blog at My CarolinaKitchen, I received a visit from The Fairy Hobmother. The Fairy Hobmother, who represents Appliances Online, granted me a wish with a nice gift card to Amazon.com. Thanks, Fairy Hobmother. The good news is that the same thing can happen to you. All you have to do is leave a comment here and the Fairy Hobmother could visit you, too.
A surprise visitor bearing gifts! Pretty comforting.