We had such a nice evening last night. We celebrated my dear friend's birthday at our house. Just the 4 of us on a beautiful summer night. I wanted to have them here for dinner because I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of eating in the backyard as opposed to going to a restaurant.
We started with an Aperol Spritz. If you are not familiar with this drink, you should try it. It's a simple one and so cool and refreshing on a hot summer night.
We went on to enjoy a charcuterie platter and some of my home cured olives.
The dinner menu was sort of a rustic Italian theme and it turned out really good, if I do say so myself. We started out with a Caprese salad made with my home grown tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella cheese and a mache' salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
We had baby lamb chops a la Chef Evan's recipe, a Zucchini Rice Gratin that I saw on Smitten Kitchen's blog, and a yummy roasted corn salad that I found on AllRecipes.com. Call me daring, but I like to try new to me recipes on my guests.
Like I said, the evening was beautiful and the sky was turning a beautiful shade of lavender as we sat down to dinner.
For dessert I made the mini sweet tarts again, this time with peaches and blueberries, served with vanilla ice cream.
Plenty of wine was drank as we sat and talked until nearly 1 in the morning.
The highlight of the evening for me was giving my friend her birthday gift.
You might remember this quilt.
I made it with the intention of giving it to Kathy for her 60th birthday. She has been my friend since we were 11 years old and I thought the Retro Flowers theme and Malka's fabrics just represented our life growing up in the 1960's.
|the big reveal|
|The yellow fabric reminded us of the matching dresses we made in 7th grade|
It was a lovely evening and the dishes waited until this morning. Clean up was actually quite easy.
Thanks for stopping by,