After a long absence from my hosting the OMs on Mah Jongg Wednesday, we came back here yesterday for one of our most fun MJ days ever! The day started out right away with Lemon Drop cocktails (recipes tomorrow). Perhaps we should have had lunch first but…what the heck!IMG_1566S1 enjoying a (very strong) Lemon Drop cocktail!

We finally sat down for lunch, eating lots of salad and drinking lots of cocktails. Note the gorgeous peonies in the background that K brought back for me from her vacation home in the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania.IMG_1567Finally it was time to get down to Mah Jongg. But could it have been possible that we may have had just a few more Lemon Drops than necessary for proper game play? K actually had to take a time out for a nap! Ummm…note the Lemon Drop cocktail on the coffee table, just waiting for her to wake up. IMG_1568We continued our game play while we patiently waited for K to finally wake from her beauty sleep because…we were also celebrating her birthday…IMG_1569 IMG_1570And finally…those of you who are frequent readers of this blog might remember back to approximately one year ago when I received a gorgeous gift of six MAGNIFICENT Mah Jongg cookies from Kristin Marin. At that time I wrote:  From the amazingly talented Kristin Marin, the owner and cookie designer of Suga Me Sweet, came these breathtakingly beautiful cookies. And they are big, too – lots of bites of deliciousness in each cookie! Her enclosed business card proclaims, “Almost too pretty to eat!” and I must agree. They look absolutely yummy but they are so gorgeous that I think I am going to freeze them and save them for special gifts for my Mah Jongg students on the last day of class. Or perhaps I will serve them to the OMs when I host our lunch and game play on the 15th of this month. Or, maybe  – probably – I will just keep them for my myself!  OMG, I am so excited about these cookies – Kristin, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Well, I did freeze them instead of eating them myself; every time I opened the freezer drawer I saw those gorgeous goodies calling out to me but I somehow maintained my self-control. I decided to finally bring them out for my dear OMs and, believe it or not, after a year of being stored – carefully and thoroughly wrapped – in my freezer, those cookies were still fresh-tasting, delicious, and incredibly gorgeous. Kristin – you are amazing! To contact Kristin, call 303-374-4577 or send an email to her at You can also follow her blog at https://sugamesweet.wordpress.comIMG_1571


  1. leffman

    A Wednesday group that eats more than we do! We’ve been meeting on Wednesdays for years. What a great way to breakup the week.


  2. Justine Speicher

    Just love Ina and your posts!

    I just celebrated my birthday Saturday with a Breakfast/ mahjongg game. Served Scotch eggs, bagels, and berries with amaretto yogurt sauce. And champagne!

    Justine Speicher



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