About two or three months ago we got a comment on one of our blog posts from Marilee in Canada saying that she and her sister Penny planned to come to Ecuador to check out possible retirement sites in February. We asked her to come by and see us when she was in San Clemente. Well, they did arrive, rented a condominium in Vistazul here in San Clemente, and not only came and visited, but invited us to come to their home for some home-made cheesecake.
Can you see the heart swirl?
Marilee and Penny made the mistake of telling us that someone in their hometown in Canada called them the, “Happy Sisters” and may regret that as they will probably have to live with that name for the time they are around San Clemente! But – the name really fits. Since their arrival on Saturday, they have gone up and down the beach meeting and greeting everyone they have met.
Yesterday they came by our home and visited. Before leaving, Marilee asked to borrow our electric mixer so that she could make some of her famous cheesecake and today, the happy sisters came by again, not only to return the mixer, but to invite Mary and I to come to their home at 2:00 for a piece of the cake. Even though the time set for the dessert threatened to interfere with our afternoon siesta, we eagerly accepted!
Another newcomer to San Clemente, Gerri and her dog Brody, were invited too, as were several other ex-pats. Mary and Gerri had plans to do some business in town, so they left planning to meet me at the happy sister’s house at two. I was working in the garden, but I quit by 1:00 to give myself time to clean up and change and still get to the sister’s by 2:00. When I arrived, Mary and Gerri were sitting outside of the condominium in the shade with Brody.
None of the other invited guest were there and the happy sisters had not returned from their activities, so we had to wait a few minutes anxiously waiting to try out the first cheesecake Mary and I would eat in the last year and a half! We had skipped lunch in order to better savor the treat. At about five minutes after two the hostesses arrived!
Nancy and Joe could not make it as they were in Portoviejo and Jan and Shirley had to take rain-checks for later arrival, but Mary and Larry came over with their small dog, Lucy.
After some visiting and relaxation on a pleasant day, Marilee suggested that we serve up the cake and save pieces for those that could not make it at two. I wholeheartedly agreed with the first suggestion (serve up the cake), but questioned the need to save pieces for others and jumped up to get a picture of the cake. What a masterpiece!
When I saw how big the cake was, I relented and determined that it was only neighborly to save pieces for Jan, Shirley, Joe and Nancy. Penny helped Marilee serve up the wonderful taste treat.
Penny seemed to approve of her sister’s work.
And the chef finally sat down to her own piece of cake.
I am not sure what all of the ingredients were, but the crust tasted like some candy bar and the chocolate swirl was absolutely out of this world. Marilee could easily get a job at the Cheesecake Factory and might even teach the people there a thing or two. Not only was the this the best (albeit only) cheesecake that I have eaten in Ecuador – but it was on a par with the best I have ever eaten! Thank you Marilee – you can borrow our mixer anytime!
Luckily I had some errands to run on my bicycle so that I could burn some calories before getting home in time to help Mary finish up our dinner. We had invited Gerri to join us and we enjoyed a great evening of eating and visiting.
Life is good in Ecuador!