Friday, January 30, 2015

Hosting Book Club




The day of hosting a party at your home can be stressful if you let it, but I like to take my time with my preparations and move through the day, doing one chore at a time. I usually start by doing all my cooking and prep in the kitchen, so I don't have to clean it twice. As I move to cleaning, I set up each room, as I go, with flowers and candles; almost like a reward, since that is the fun part of the process. I like to leave myself time to relax and get ready and then do all the last minute jobs, such as lighting candles and opening wine.



My book club friends are the most appreciative guests; complimenting everything. I used lots of candles in the dining room and it lent a cozy atmosphere to the night, encouraging us to linger over dinner. It was a smaller group, but that was nice too, with everyone able to join in the conversation.

Since it was a cold and snowy January night, I served a simple meal of salad, soup and rolls. When hosting, it is best to make recipes used before, so there are no surprises. My friends were very complimentary about the menu - Antipasto Salad (recipe next week), a light and delicious Turkey Meatball Spinach Soup and easy to prepare, Individual Tiramisu for dessert.

Our book discussion was about the first Louise Penny mystery and while I didn't love the book, the discussion was interesting and lively, as they always are. Since the hostess picks the the book to read next, I picked Wild by Cheryl Strayed, perhaps one my favorite books I read last year. I think it will prove to be a wonderful book for discussion. I adore my book club and hosting such a fun group of ladies.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two Super Bowl Winners



With the Super Bowl this Sunday, you might be looking for a recipe to either take to a party or serve at your home while watching the big game. We have plans to watch the MSU versus UofM basketball game for the early part of the day, so am not real sure of our Super Bowl watching plans at this point. Both of these recipes are perfect for a cold winter day and are crowd favorites, whenever I make them.


Hot Creamy Sausage Dip


White Chicken Chili


It seems like January has flown by, which is quite unusual, but I think part of the reason is that tonight, I am hosting my second party in two weeks. Last week I hosted Bunco and tonight I will be hosting my book club. It is turning into a small group which will be fun, as we can all easily fit around the dining room table for the dinner I have planned. I will be cooking up a storm today, but look forward to spending the day in the kitchen. I have flowers to put in vases and candles to be lit - all the fun details of entertaining.

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pomegranate Champagne Punch




When my Bunco group comes to my house, because it's my turn to host, I always like to make a special drink to serve. I started the tradition many years ago, to serve martinis at the first stop of our Christmas progressive and everyone enjoys it very much. Martinis were not what I had in mind for this occasion, but this punch ended up tasting like a delicious cross between a cosmopolitan and a glass of champagne. It was light, refreshing and very easy to serve. When we went though the first pitcher, it took no time to prepare a second.

For ease of serving, I mixed everything together right in a large glass pitcher and it looked very pretty. You could easily use this recipe in a punch bowl and it would be fantastic served at a bridal shower luncheon. Also, if you are having any kind of Valentine celebration, the pink, red color would be perfect for the day.


Pomegranate Champagne Punch

In a large glass pitcher, mix together 2 cups cranberry - pomegranate juice, 1 cup pear nectar, 1/2 cup triple sec. Slowly add 1 bottle champagne ( I used prosecco). Stir and serve over ice.

{Linking with these friends}


Rattlebridge Farm

Between Naps on the Porch

Savvy Southern Style

Gooseberry Patch

Sunny Simple Life


Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Fun




It was a busy weekend, starting with Friday night, when I hosted my neighborhood Bunco group at my home. I spent Friday during the day, cleaning, cooking and setting up the tables, all the while, looking forward to a fun night with friends. We decided to do a comfy robe exchange to make January a little less dreary and it was so much fun, we will make it an annual event. Everyone put their robes on right over their clothes and got cozy in front of the fire, once we were done playing Bunco.



Saturday afternoon I went with a large group of friends to see the musical Kinky Boots in downtown Detroit. It is an uplifting and fun musical and you can definately see Cyndi Lauper's influence in the songs. It has been a while since I have gone to see a musical and I have missed it very much. I will be on the lookout for more performances to attend.



After the play was over, we headed back to one of my friend's home for a potluck dinner, wine and the chance to spend the evening together. She even had a pair of Kinky Boots as part of her decor.

Happy Monday!


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