Monday, November 21, 2011

A Dinner Party

Last Saturday evening we had dinner guests.  Brett invited a woman he works with and her husband up to our ranch for dinner. 

I spent the afternoon getting the food prepped so I wouldn't be chained to the kitchen when they arrived.

I set and decorated the tables the night before:

The next day I started by making an apple blackberry pie. 

While the pie was in the oven, I started the bread dough rising for our dinner rolls.  They came out of the oven just before our guests arrived.

Next I cooked the lasagne components and defrosted some tomato sauce I had made during the summer tomato bonanza.  I assembled it so all I had to do was pop it in the oven an hour before serving dinner.
Three layers:  first a ladle full of sauce, and then line the pan with cooked lasagne noodles.

More sauce

Sprinkle sauteed mushrooms and Italian sausage over the sauce.

Throw on a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese.  Repeat twice.  Shave Parmesan cheese over the top.
I also partly assembled the ingredients for our salad.  The greens were washed and wrapped in a towel in the refrigerator so they were crisp and ready to go.  I seeded a pomegranate, set out a couple apples, some goat cheese and made the dressing. 

When our guests arrived, I was able to wander around the property with them while Brett gave the meet-and-greet grand tour.  The couple both worked in law enforcement before retiring, like Brett, so the talk around the dinner table was heavy on police war stories.  Some of the stories were funny, some were sad, and some were enough to make your blood boil; police politics and city politics and behavior driven by ego and not ethics.  Let's just say I am so happy that Brett retired when he did and that those frustrating years are well behind us.

Now he can patrol the property, keep the animals safe, and lend assistance to our ranch citizens. 


  1. sounds like a great dinner menu to make - like you said, so you could be present with your guests.

    love those napkin rings! :) pass the pie!

  2. Your food always looks so delicious and healthy..just the way I like mine too! You are one very organised hostess!

  3. We really need to taste some of that beautiful food you have been making. Love your table setting too. Last night I ate an entire them at this time of the year.

    You two know how to do things up right!

  4. You set such a lovely table and your pie crust is perfect. I bet it tasted delish! I bet your guests really enjoyed all the care and attention you put into your preparations. :)


  5. Sounds wonderful, and I love your wooden dragonfly rings.

  6. can I come for dinner??? seriously. that looks amazing.

  7. All the food looks amazing and that turkey decoration is awesome.


Thanks so much for commenting! I love the conversation.