We met in Nashville before we had children and have prayed and laughed each other through four kids each. She was my first phone call, in hysterical tears, when I found out I was pregnant with Graham. At the time, Tee was two and Olivia was five months old. Sobbing, "I CAN'T BE PREGNANT!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WHOLE, 'NURSING IS BIRTH CONTROL' THING? SOMEONE'S FOR SURE GETTING A LETTER ABOUT THIS ONE!!!" I love her more than words, and tolerate her husband Ray who, for some crazy reason, Trey loves like a brother.
For my birthday, she gave me some Buxom Lip Gloss. Oh, my stinkin' goodness it rocks. It made my lips so voluptuous and, well, Buxom. It may come as a shock to you that Buxom has never really been a word used to describe my build. A more accurate description would be, say, 'skinny white girl with no moves'. I love this stuff so much I've thought more than once about the benefits for other parts of my body. Anyway, moving on.
Speaking of my birthday, I had one this week and thanks to so many of you who sent your birthday cheers my way!
Each Christmas, our Supper Club girls get together for dinner and an ornament exchange which, has indeed, turned vicious more than once. Not really, the truth is, everyone is so painfully nice about it, sometimes I want to see a little scrappin' just to keep things interesting. Just look at those faces, you know they're secretly thinking, "I wish I'd taken her ornament while I had the chance. Now I'll have to tell her it's tacky and wait to buy it in her next garage sale."
Usually, we do a potluck dinner but since there was going to be just seven of us, I volunteered to host and cook. Basically, it's less than the number of people I cook for every night anyway and, although my friends are fabulous cooks, I was concerned they might not feel the need to put bacon in as many dishes as possible, thereby putting the kibosh on my whole menu.
I used some recipes I hadn't tried before because I live on the edge. Sometimes, I also go to bed without washing my face but that doesn't always turn out so well. This risk, on the other hand, worked like a charm. Delicious was every bite! Seriously yummy and I can say that without bragging because I had absolutely nothing to do but follow the recipes. No creativity required.
And now, because I'm incredible organized and efficient, I'm going to list the dishes that made up my Birthday/Christmas Ornament Exchange Dinner so you can make the entire meal for someone you love soon.
Just let me know what time I should be there.
HoodMama's Birthday/Supper Club Christmas Ornament Exchange Dinner
Easy but Delicious Puff Pastry Appetizer
Pecan Crusted Pork Tender with Red Onion Marmalade
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Spinach Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing
Melt in Your Mouth Biscuits
Chocolate Italian Birthday Cake