Popping in today to see how you’re doing? How was Christmas? I hope you were able to spend it with those you love most. I was in Ohio for most of the week, spending the Christmas holidays with my son and beautiful daughter-in-love. We spent our time together talking baby things since a little one will be arriving in late February.
We also drove through many of the old neighborhoods in the area, including one where they will be moving in a few weeks. If it hadn’t been so cold, I would have driven around taking photos of the homes to share with you. The homes reminded me so much of the older neighborhoods here in Georgia…no cookie-cutter houses, each home so special and having its own personality.
Today I’m knee-deep in preparations for a New Year’s Day dinner party with friends. I don’t especially enjoy cooking every-day meals, but I love trying new things when I’m having friends over. I often break one of the cardinal rules when it comes to entertaining, that being not trying out a new recipe on dinner guests. So far, I’ve been able to pull it off, can’t think of any past dinner party disasters. Actually, it always seems like the first time I make something, it comes out better that time than it does if I make it again later. Is that beginner’s luck or am I just more careful the first time around?
I’ll try to remember to take some pics so I can share the recipes later. Since I don’t like to be frazzled and running around like the proverbial chicken when my guests arrive, I try to prepare dinners that are pretty easy and don’t require a lot of last-minute tweaking. Since it’s wintertime and cold out, I thought a hearty pot roast would be yummy for this dinner. The crock pot I purchased way back in the 1980′s was only a 3.5 quart size, so I purchased a new one that should easily hold a chuck roast and the various veggies I’ll toss in at some point during the cooking process.
You know those soup tureens I’m always using during tablescapes? I’m breaking those bad boys out for a butternut squash soup I’ll be serving. I’ll take a few pics and share the recipe soon. (Picture below is from this fall tablescape: Autumn Celebration
I’m also using the soup tureen seen in this fun Halloween table setting at The Killer Cafe.
It will come in handy for the butternut squash soup.
Looking forward to sharing the recipe for the soup.
I also purchased one of these. I’ve never had an immersion blender but apparently that’s the easiest way to blend up all the ingredients for a nice soup.
Pumpkin seeds will be a nice little garnish for the soup.
While I was shopping in Whole Foods today, I was roaming the cheese department looking for a cheese that would make a good appetizer. I think a dinner guest may be bringing an appetizer but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to put out some cheese and crackers. I asked for a recommendation since the selection of cheese is overwhelming! This was what the nice guy in the cheese department at Whole Foods recommended, St Nuage triple creme, soft ripened cheese. Have you ever tried it? He said it’s nice and smooth and spreads easily on crackers.
I ended my shopping trip with a little splurge, a Peppermint Mocha coffee. There may have been a Whole Foods strawberry swirl pastry involved.
So tell me about your Christmas…what did Santa bring you? Did you get to spend it with family or friends? Other than being with family and/or friends, what was your favorite part of the holiday?
Any special plans for New Years? Having a party or are you spending it snuggled in with a good book?
I’ve missed you the last few days, feels good to be back home. 2014 is going to be a fantastic year and I can’t wait to share it with you! Speaking of 2014, what would you like to see more of here at BNOTP? Anything you’ve enjoyed this past year and would love to see more of?
See you tomorrow for Metamorphosis Monday!