Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Kitchen View

Well, I'm typing this from my sick bed...not very festive or holiday-ish. :) I'm on the mend, though and looking forward to these final couple of weeks before Christmas. My children eagerly open their Chocolate Advent Calendars and can't wait until it's actually the day!

Our kitchen has been full of good smells and goodie trays overflowing with confections. We hosted our annual Christmas Open House this past weekend. A chance for us to welcome in our family and friends for an evening of visiting and food. Always a highlight for me. It was a surprisingly calm day leading up to the festivities. Pictures and some recipes will come but for today, I'll just share the menu.

Our Menu:
Antipasti Platter (Olives, Breadsticks, Tortellini, Marinated Mozzarella, and Salami)
Cheese Ball & Cheese Cubes w/crackers (Swiss, Pepper Jack, Co-Jack & Sharp Cheddar)
Vegetables & Dill Dip (Assorted Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, & Carrots)
BBQ Meatballs
Fruit (Pineapple, Oranges, & Blackberries)
Chex Mix

Our sweet treats included Raspberry Truffles, Peanut Butter Fudge, & Chocolate Fudge whose recipes will appearing this week! I made Layered Candy Bars, Chocolate Dipped Cherries, Peanut Cluster, Covered Pretzels, 3 kinds of fudge, and six different kinds of cookies. Can you tell I love to bake? It's so fun for me.

I also hosted a bridal shower a couple of weeks ago. It was a brunch which is perhaps my favorite type of meal to host! We had egg casseroles, fruit, yogurt parfaits, muffins, scones, and cake. It was lovely celebrating the bride-to-be - a good friend of ours!

These pictures are courtesy of Heather - aren't they beautiful?!