Vulture Peak Patchers is the local, very active quilt guild I belong to and today we enjoyed a delightful lunch/party at Rancho de Los Caballeros, an Arizona dude ranch in Wickenburg. The ranch is less than a mile from downtown Wickenburg but it’s a step back in time—the grounds are immaculate, the eighteen hole golf course a green oasis in the desert and somewhere on those vast grounds you can take a horseback ride. The building are older and stunning—their dining room will seat 200 people and there is a spa plus a swimming pool—swanky!
The guild members brought children’s gifts to help with the local Congress, AZ fire department Christmas program. We also brought hotel sized personal products such as shampoo to help with another local assist program. Representatives from both those groups spoke about their different programs. The CAP—Community Action Program for Maricopa County—has started a fundraising effort to raise $2.2 million to build a new Senior Center. They offer an excellent caregiver respite program and a local shuttle transportation van in addition to the meals offered daily at the Senior Center.
A great time in a beautiful setting.
Poor Geri—she left North Ranch Wednesday about 3pm expecting to board her flight to San Francisco where she would meet her daughter Marla then on to Australia. Nope, Geri didn’t leave Phoenix until almost midnight so her Australia flight left without her—Marla was also late arriving into San Francisco so hotel and a day of sightseeing for them. They will try again tonight at 10:30pm to board another flight to Australia!
Larry joined us for dinner tonight—I tried another recipe in the Instant Pot—Apple Chops. The recipe called for pork chops, apples and raisins—I substituted craisins. It was OK—the guys liked it better than I did. For one thing, I cooked the dish too long and the pork chops just fell apart plus the apples were more mush than recognizable apples. It was just OK.
Life is good!