Hosting our dear friends for supper before a little gift exchange......this time our cozy winter dinner consisted of--
*pork barbecue for the bbq-eaters
*Parker House rolls
*kale-brussels sprouts salad
*roasted sweet potatoes & regular potatoes
*lemon icebox pie
I kept it very easy because today was fruitcake-baking day in my house. Every year I make fruitcakes for my father from his mother's recipe (which was also his grandmother's recipe). He loves them and I will never skip the tradition--even if I end up baking them late, like I am this year. It's a classic, traditional fruitcake and the first year I made it I was only a few weeks from giving birth to our second child and I was unprepared for how epic it would be. Now I am wise and start one day ahead to save myself the backache.
We had such a nice evening, with the children screaming wildly like banshees downstairs and the adults upstairs lingering over the meal. We exchanged gifts and dear Allison gave me the softest pajamas, lavender dryer bags, lavender salt scrub and a glorious jar of lavender-rosemary dish detergent, which I cannot *wait* to use! We love to give each other gifts that are useful and luxurious--it's so nice to make everyday tasks more pleasant.
That's all the hostessing I will do until my daughter's birthday in early January. We return from our New Year's trip on January 5th, and it will only be a few days until I pull together a little sparkly party for her.