Thursday, March 26, 2015
Last week I celebrated St. Patrick's Day a couple of times. On Saturday, I went to an event at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts. We were entertained by the world famous Carmel Quinn. Carmel is beautiful, talented and humorous. I loved her stories of Ireland, her family and her career. Her voice is exquisite.
We enjoyed tea and sweets and charming company. Carmel agreed to pose with us and we were thrilled.
The following Friday night my sister's friend Diane gave a house concert. Diane is the leader of The Colonial Singers of the Lexington Historical Society and my sister is a member. The Colonial Singers recently recorded a CD with funds from a Kickstarter campaign.
Diane also sang songs from Ireland and some from Scotland too. She told some stories that had me crying from laughing so hard.
At intermission, we enjoyed Irish soda bread and Kerry Gold butter and cookies. Tea and scones with lemon curd and my sister's mock Devonshire cream rounded out the menu.
Back for a second set and Diane played the guitar and the dulcimer. Outside it was snowy and cold but inside we had a roaring fire and a room filled with music.
Diane's home is lovely and the addition of little Stellina made it just perfect. Stellina was so comfortable with the crowd she even stretched out right in front of the fireplace. I did get to pet her a little bit as she greeted everyone in the room.
It was a wonderful week. Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Usually I like to stay home on Saturday nights. I like to relax and catch up on my reading, my television watching and then of course, there's the kitties. Yes, I am getting very boring in my old age.
Last Saturday, my sister hired her friend Jolie to prepare dinner for a group of friends. Dinner at Jolie's? I told my sister I was crashing the event! And I was glad I did because Jolie creates magic!
The dinner party was a Christmas present from my sister to her friends. My sister picked the menu and Jolie opened her home to guests and also prepared the meal. As you can see from the photos, Jolie's home is warm and cozy and artistically decorated.
The dining room took my breath away. The room was surrounded by soft candlelight and the wall color added warmth to the scene. The décor, a clever mix of antiques and treasures from travels around the world. A cozy spot just begging me to enter and enjoy the pleasures of a fine meal with my favorite people. Jolie created all of this herself. She is such a friend to my sister and now to me too!
An amazing salad of chickpeas, greens, couscous, and other yummy ingredients was the first course. The dressing was delicious too. Of course it was homemade. All I know is it had yogurt in it and tumeric and it was perfect on the salad.
Croissants worthy of any French patisserie were served. Again, they were Jolie's creation.
Paul and Deb were giddy with excitement for the next course. Which was ...
Shrimp and scallop crepes with a white sauce. Maybe that sauce had the yogurt in it. I am not sure. The crepes and sauce were so delicious. I wanted more than one but I knew dessert was coming so I refrained from having the second crepe.
I have had Jolie's cream puffs before and they are to die for! She says they are so easy to make. Yeah, right. Not for me.
We enjoyed wine and tea and French Roast coffee. The wine glasses were from Sweden, a favorite travel spot for Jolie. She loves flea marketing there and visiting her many Swedish friends.
Here is the piece de resistance! Chocolate mousse in a gorgeous dish. I ate the chocolate mousse but the cream puffs went home with me. Yes, Jolie provides doggie bags.
I just had to show you the magnificent built-in to the right in the photo. I would love to have a built-in at my condo. Jolie's house is very old with so much charm in every room.
One last photo of the evening. I wanted to show the beautiful beams on the ceiling.
So there you have it. One spectacular Winter's night in New England. I'll never forget it!