Friday, December 19, 2008

Since you're probably already in the kitchen.

It's been a fun week of celebrations around here starting with a last minute visit from my friend, Kitsie.

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


Traci @TotalMomsense said...

Okay- well you are all gorgeous! The recipes look fantastic. BUT- I have to ask- can you find out where your friend (standing next to you) got that fabulous black and white jacket? I love it! Merry Christmas

Jess said...

I love, love, love my buxom lip gloss! It tastes good too! Wore it on my wedding day even!

Stacy Ann said...

Oh my word!!! That sounds sooo yummy! You know you're going to have to post recipes now, right? Happy belated bday!!

emily said...

I'm having to show restraint here..............:) So glad you got to see Kitsie and the meal sounds yummy!!

Kim said...

This menu sounds amazing! Can I come next year?

Seriously, I'm copying all those recipes right this instant to try in the not-too-distant future. Thanks for sharing!

I'm thinking about instituting a homemade ornament exchange here. I had a couple paper crafts out for the ladies to do while the men grilled last night, everyone seemed to enjoy it.

S. said...

YUM! I agree, bacon is one of the 4 food groups. But it doesn't look like bacon has passed by the lips of any of you skinny minnies! Glad you had fun!

Abby said...

I'm addicted to the Boxum's too! My lips have never been fuller!

RosyRose said...

That looks wonderful! And by the way is it like a mandate that you have to look like a supa star to be part of this little supper club cause you all do!:)
And could you tell me sometime what you do at your girl club nights? That sounds like something I might try!

Susan said...

Yummy...I need less buxom in less desirable areas and more in....anyway! Question...who is the one on the familiar but can't, UT, TCU. Your menu overwhelms me right now at 7:33pm having just cleaned up my kitchen from my one pot meal...will examine and hopefully try when I'm feeling more adventuresome!!! Merry, Merry Christmas to all the Hills...hope to see you over the holidays but know that it won't be at the definately nonexistant Alexander bash!!

Kristi Goldenberg said...

Fun to look at your site tonight and see you and Kitsie....makes me wish we were in Florida telling old dating nightmares, oh the memories!