Thank you, ladies, for your encouragement and prayers for my dinner last night. God is very good and things went swimmingly! I got a real conviction from the Lord midway through the day that the reason He wants me to do more hostessing and have people in my home is to bless others and minister to them, and not to have some perfect presentation of my wanna-be domestic talents (or some display meant to hide my lack thereof). So I chilled out and figured whatever happened with the car would be fine, our evening would be good.
And it was! I left the mechanic shop just about in tears with gratitude becuase I love our mechanic; we are super blessed to have a young Christian man running a shop in town andhe is so honest, patient, and thurough. I thought our problem was the alternator, but turns out it was just a bad battery. He fixed me right up and I had my car by about 3:30. I dashed home and got right to work.
I had prepared this AuGratin potato dish from recipezaar on Tuesday night and had it ready to go in the oven. Funny story about this- I have now prepared this dish three times in the past two weeks, and each time I fully intent to take a picture of the final product... and each time I am too busy whipping around to get it served to remember to take the picture. I will blog about it with pic at some point on the recipee blog, though, because it's a new favorite and i did alter the recipezaar version a wee bit.
When I was at my Aunt Sue's for thanksgiving, she served us this delicious beet, apple, and horseradish salad/relish. I didn't think i cared for beets, but I tried it and wow! was i ever good. So I wipped some up, and you can click on the picture below or here to get the very simple recipe for this festive-looking dish. I prepared this Tuesday night as well and had it in the fridge ready to go.
The big chore was the Tuscan Turkey breast that I found in Martha Stewart's Living December 2006 (I think). Becuase I was too spazzing to get a picture when mine was done, here is Martha's picture. The picture is also a link to the recipe on her website.
Now, I must admit I did not follow Martha's directions exactly. I basically took the idea and made it my own. If I make it again I'll try to remember to take a picture and blog about it. I reccommend it as a great way to serve turkey to just a few people or without having to mess with the whole big bird and hours of cooking; this only took about an hour 20 minutes to cook. It was delicious!
I also served whole-cranberry sauce and dinner rolls, both store-made but both quite tasty all the same. We had a choice between red or white wine, and here we are after opening our Christmas crackers and about to enjoy our feast.
My camera is really struggling at this point. The pictures it takes are not so great, and now it seems to "misplace" many of the pictures I take. For instance, i took a number of shots of the table after it was set, to show you all the green glass, etc, but none of them were there when I went to download them. I think it isn't saving them properly because it's just old and falling apart. but hopefuly you can get an idea from this picture. I really think it looked lovely. And the best part was having dinner with my two dear friends, Kim and Rhoda. Caleb treated himself to a night of burgers and a movie I wouldn't want to see, so we were all happy! :)