Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kicking Up Our Heels for Christmas

Last night we had a little get together at The Ranch, with a few of our friends. It was fun to show off Evan's hard work for the last year. As executive chef de cuisine, he has been involved with the restaurant and saloon from day one. The restaurant is slated to open mid-January. But the Saloon is a great way to spend the evening and the food and drinks were delicious.
Proud Parents
We brought our camera, but the above photo is the only one we had someone take. The rest of the photos from the evening were taken by my sister. Thanks, Geri!
Another couple came later and we forgot to take their photo.
Sorry, L&R

It was such a great evening and a wonderful way to kick off Christmas week and kick up our heels with some line dancing.

Paul and I are terrible line dancers but it is so fun and we have decided that since our son is the chef at this restaurant we are going to have to learn the steps and get better at it.
We wanted to give each of our friends a little homemade gift so a few weeks ago I began making limoncello with the limes from our over-abundant lime harvest and we gave a bottle to each of the men. It really should be called Calcecello, because calce is the Italian word for lime, but when we were in Venice we were served Limoncello made with oranges, lemons and limes and they were all called Limoncello, so if it's ok for the people of Venice, it's ok for me.
it kind of looks like urine in a bottle, but I promise it tastes great!

Aren't the labels cute and professional looking?

I wanted to make caramels for the ladies. But making caramels turned out to be a bit like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears for me.

I gathered all the ingredients
but this batch turned out to soft.

This batch turned out too hard.

This batch turned out just right.

I ended up making two kinds, salted caramels and chocolate caramels.
The batch that turned out too hard had  great flavor
so we gave them anyway with a disclaimer to not bite into them
but instead let them linger in your mouth.
Mmmm, sweet and salty, my favorite.

I made a cute label for the caramels, too.
And wrapped them up in cellophane
and put them in cute little boxes from the Container Store.
They made a lovely party favor for some of my favorite people.

Thanks for stopping by,



Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Wow - great night, great gifts, great big blimming ocean/continent in the way for me to pop along too!

Cindy said...

Looks like a fun time. Your gift favors looked great.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh what a fabulous looking bunch you were too on your night out, glad you had a jolly old knees up (I lived a year in deepest, darkest Canada in prime line dancing country, and never once mastered it, even after umpteen school dances...)

If you have any spare bottles going, I can totally ignore the urine look, and hey, chuck a few of those extra hard caramels in too, they sound yummy :oD

Susan Snooks said...

Oh yum!!!!! Salted caramels and lemoncello!! You have my address, don't you!? Looks like everyone had a great time too!

Canadian Abroad said...

Love lemoncello! Great gifts and looks like a great night. The urine comment was priceless though!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

So fun Di! Looks like you all had a great time and I know you must be so proud of your son- head chef! Awesome.

The goodies you made look fab and I know they were well received. Glad you had such a great time!

Merry Christmas!