(photo by Charley Star)

Thursday, November 18, 2010



Margaritas (see recipe here)

Appetizer Platter
Assorted Olives
Olive Tapenade
Peperoncini Peppers
Romano Cheese
Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Assorted Italian Sausage

Hummus (see recipe here)

Fried Calamari
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
Squid with tentacles
All purpose flour

Simple Salad
Mixed Greens
Green Onions
Grilled Tomatoes
Feta Cheese

Arborio Rice
Fish Stock
Sausage (Chorizo & Italian)
Prawns (Jumbo Shrimp)
Boneless Chicken Breast
Artichoke Hearts

Red Velvet Cake (we attempted to make it orange... :)
Captiva Island Bubble Room

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dinner Club MD gets SPOOKIFIED

We were so excited to all get together for dinner over Halloween weekend. For this Dinner Club gathering we invited the husbands, fiances and boyfriends to join in on the fun (lucky guys...huh?!?)

Halloween is such a fun theme so my mom and I decided we wanted to incorporate the theme throughout the night in a few

Greeted the guests with a chalkboard sign
Dressed the part - "spooky hats"
Table center pieces - Gourds and Pumpkins
Coasters (also worked as great seat place cards!)

But the truth is, theme or not, the night was all about the great food, fabulous company and lots of laughs! (the dinner menu is coming soon). We all sat in the same room (so cozy!) - "mom table" and "daughter table" and we ended the night entertaining ourselves while playing Table Topics.

And of course, Gussy didn't miss out on the fun - (check out his cute Halloween bandanna)

We can't wait until the next time!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Enjoy the Weekend... this beautiful bouquet & some vino!

During this past week, I needed a positive thought to help me get through it... I find it most helpful and very true.
"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."
- Jack Buck

Happy Weekend!