12/11/17

Almost winter wonderland

South Carolina is known for many things, but a snowfall before the middle of December is not one of those things.  Our drive home on Friday was wet, but insignificant until we were a few miles from home.

Beautiful snowflakes , you know the big flakey and wet kind, began falling. The cars  traveling from the other direction had snow on top. The roofs of the buildings were all white with snow. And the outdoor Christmas decorations were enhanced with a blanket of the white stuff.  Friday, eight days into December, a snow day unexpected. 

Our Frosty greeted us with a smile…..looks right at home.

The snow continued into Saturday, but wasn’t a nuisance at all. The roads remained clear and other than long lines at the grocery store….milk and bread, you know, life was normal.

 

Mr. Finely Done braved the grocery store lines to shop. Friends were coming Saturday night for supper. A little snowfall just added to the feeling of Christmas in the air and the warmth of friendships.

This man of mine is the best! He enjoys cooking for special dinners and does the shopping. He even plans the menu.  And the meals are always the best. Everything comes out the way it’s supposed to. How does he do that?

And I get to decorate the table while he’s cooking.  Certainly a win,win for me.

 

The meal started with cheese soup… I know… the best soup ever on a cold night.

 

We had to restrain our appetites from pigging out on the creamy soup. There was so much more to come.

I made a simple apple salad with apples, cranberries, marshmallows, whipped cream and walnuts.

 

And now the star of the show. 

Pork Tenderloin!!!!!!

His Pork tenderloin turns out perfectly every time. It was the winner of favorite food of the night award.

It was a tough choice… the sides were roasted potatoes with Parmesan topping, roasted brussel spouts and glazed carrots.

I really was going to take a picture of my plate….but….after helping my plate, I dug in without a thought of taking pictures..  Can’t blame me can you?

For dessert, yes dessert, and I mean …what a dessert.

A little chocolate cake with “20” layers. Can you even imagine?

 

Neither of us can take credit for this masterpiece . After sampling this at a small town cafe, I ordered an entire cake…..to be shared with friends, of course.

Almost forgot… I really was decorating while Mr. Finely Done was being the chief cook.

Hand made name tags on the back of the chairs. …turned out adorable..blush, blush.

 

And a little candlelight…….  precisely what was needed for an almost winter wonderland evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/7/17

Christmas beauty

Ever wish you had the formula? You know the one that others seem to have for making the holidays merry and bright. 

They can’t seem to get enough of Christmas parades, Christmas parties, breakfasts with Santa, Christmas plays and on and on. Whew, makes me tired just writing about it.

That is their way of connecting with and celebrating the season. And that is fantastic.

For me the, joy of the season is finding the beauty of Christmas in a quieter way.

And that comes in the form of creating something of beauty. It might be decorating the home, making chocolate covered pretzels for the kids. Shopping with my love to buy gifts for the family ……… A cozy dinner party with friends to reflect on the beauty of Christ and the gifts He brought to us…. beautiful things.

A  Sunday night Candle lit supper…lighting candles of hope, peace and hope…it’s all beauty.

This year I’ve been blessed with time to be inspired and create a winter collection of art.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I may have to put my paint brushes away for now. Finding the beauty of Christmas will shift into high gear creating meals and goodies to share with friends and family and I’ll savor the moments in a quiet, peaceful way.. that’s my style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/1/17

Austrian Autumn Supper

Autumn just happens to be my favorite season. The crisp air, apple stands, pumpkins for sale everywhere, cornstalks, , hay rides, I love it all.

And the leaf color….Is there anything more beautiful?

Being away 5 days each week doesn’t leave a lot of time to connect with old friends and enjoy the season with an autumn supper.

 It takes determination to make the schedules agree and set a date.

And that’s just what happened on a beautiful autumn October evening.

Mr. Finely Done had the perfect menu in mind. Once I knew the menu, I had the table décor in mind

Our Guinea Pigs, I mean special friends, enjoy a food adventure,  and we were all looking forward to an evening of food, fun and adventure.

Chef Mr. Finely Done,  has the kitchen for the night. He’s the best and we look forward to the creative cuisine he comes up with.

Austrian Food it would be, None of us have ever been and will probably never visit the country of Austria.  An evening in Austria, how lovely.

We began the meal with a toast to the evening with Austrian wine.

.Blauer Zweigelt-Red
Gruner Veltliner-White

The table was set and looked quite autumnish and hopefully Austrian.

 

Each place setting had the Austrian menu by the plate. No guess work in what we were eating.

Those copper bowls were just perfect for the squash soup, our starter for the evening.

 

 

 

And the rest of the meal……….drum roll please….

The entrée is breaded pork chop. The veggies I think you can figure out.

The dessert was chocolate chip pumpkin cake topped with vanilla ice crème.

It disappeared before I got a picture. Sorry.

One guest commented that this was the best international dinner so far.

I would have to agree that it was a perfect evening.

The ccombination of dear friends who had missed each other, the autumn evening and the good food made it an evening we would remember for a long time.