Monday, April 28, 2008

Girl Party

So I hosted this fabulous girls brunch and craft event yesterday, and this, along with some other breathtakingly lovely and much-appreciated gifted fresh flowers is all that remains:

It was a "celebrate Spring" party....

...and it snowed.

Anyway, you'll just have to take my word on it when I tell you this countertop once held a delicious array of home made brunch goodies and that my house was full of laughter and conversation and fun, interesting girls from all over the cities. I was fortunate to have in attendance some new faces, people that I've known only through blogging or email or whatever, along with old friends that I see often or not so much. It was an honor and a real pleasure, and hosting a girlie get together like this makes me feel like I've gotten another little piece of my pre-housebuilding life back. Hurray for Crafty Chix!

As I said, there was craftiness aplenty, but for me one of the real thrills was getting to make and serve up and share some of my favorite eats and having the perfect excuse to indulge in a grander version of my most favoritest meal of the day....with a cocktail or two, of course.

We had a delicious and new to my recipe box Zucchini, Sun Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche, fresh cut fruit with dip, rosemary-garlic marinated beef tenderloin skewers, fresh steamed asparagus with aioli, fresh green bean, corn and tomato salad with basil vinagrette, individual baked French toasts with candied bacon garnish, the delicious mac and cheese I told you about a while back, and to gild the lilly, my home made almond croissants.

Thanks so much to all my guests for making it a great party, and a super duper extra special thanks to Ms. Knit-Whit for being the most awesome kitchen assistant ever!

Hopefully next time I'll have the presence of mind to take a few pictures other than this quick one I got of PupCake all hunkered down with "his" pillow next to his favorite auntie's chair:

You can always count on a greyhound to be interested in just hanging out...

splatgirl, you and your boy are my personal heroes. The super cool loft, the bikes, greyhounds!! My sister had two, now just one. Your photo made me laugh because they are so super chill its a miracle they actually run as fast as they do. Oh and the meals you make! Unreal. I wish I was your neighbor.

In about a week or so, can I ask you some questions about the kitchen table you created? I saw it on apartment therapy. I am going to create something similar for a work desk. I'd be forever grateful. You're truly inspirational, I'm going to make my own desk and coffee table :-).
you girls are so lucky!! I wish I lived there so I could join in on your fun and crafting!! I'm green with envy!
i'll take some of that french toast and candied bacon, please.
I'm moving close to you. You have cool craft parties and make yummy lunches. Oh, and a drink would be fab!
I am new to your website and I love your wares on Etsy. I was hoping that you have posted your almond croissant recipe in past posts. If you have, can you let me know where to find it.
Looking forward to keeping up with your postings!
Hi Joanna!
The croissant recipe I've always used is from Joy of Cooking. Likewise the almond paste recipe, although I tweak that a bit by toasting the almonds before grinding them and adding a drop or two of almond extract. A single batch of almond paste is enough for a double batch of croissants.

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