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Transported to Morocco

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week my sweet friend, Patricia Tinsley, who knows everybody, invited me to a tasting at Atlanta’s own Imperial Fez. Of course I jumped at the chance to visit the emporium of low seated booths draped in silk and filled with exotic belly dancers. I picked out an appropriate outfit (no shoes necessary, you take them off when you get there so you could show up with flip flops on and no one would notice), realized I was the first from our party to get there and was led to our gorgeous seating area.

Just like being in the movie Casablanca, without the long flight.

Enjoy an exotic evening with me!

Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On Its Way!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

As Easter approaches, we are getting our menu together for our Saturday night dinner. There will be fun out of town guests and our dinner will be very special indeed. I can’t give away the secrets because then our guests would know everything…and we can’t have that.

One thing I did work on today was making these awesome pom poms from Martha. Click here to see her tutorial.

Martha's Pom Poms

How did mine turn out? Well, mine look like giant flowers. Uh, I took another look after I made 9 of them (9, y’all!) and realized that I did them all wrong. But they still look sweet.

There are so many visuals that will be happening at our table, it might be my most favorite table to date. With some of my favorite folks in the world there.

Menu? Well so far, this is where we’re at:

Dates Wrapped in Bacon
Brie en croute with Raspberry Sauce
Leg of Lamb
Leek, Artichoke, Potato Gratin (recipe here)
Dilled Carrots
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Apple Pie
Cake Balls (recipe over here)

Hmm, that might be enough. What do you think? Oh, and of course, copious amounts of wine and beer. I’m thinking I’ll greet each guest with a margarita to get things rolling. Especially since they have that nice, pastel green color. Goes with my color palette!

There is so much I just can’t tell you yet, but can’t wait to share with you next week. This year, why not go over the top with your decorations? I think I did!

Have a great day, my bunnies!

xoxo, Patti