Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sunday with Friends : )

Hello!  First off I would like to thank you all so much for all of your lovely comments concerning my last post. My mother and I had a wonderful time on our day trip to Cohasset and the Windsor Tea Room, and I'm so glad that you all enjoyed coming along with us.  It's given me the idea that I must do more day trips.  I've already started a list of towns and destinations around New England that I'll be visiting and photographing.  Little corners of my world filled with antique stores, tea shops, vintage clothing stores, old front porches, white picket fences, sandy Cape Cod beaches, and (my favorite of the bunch) bakeries!  It's going to be a great summer : )

My Hubbie and son are fast asleep in dreamland and I just finished watching Bridget Jones Diary.  Do you all love this movie as much as I do?  This movie is the reason I fell for Colin Firth a little bit, and also the reason why I will never give up my diary.  I'm waiting for that last scene to happen to me.  A new diary and a kiss in the snow.  Love that ending.  Could be one of the best movie endings ever.

I can't sleep now, so I thought I would tell you about a wonderful day we had on Sunday....

This past Sunday we had some friends over for brunch.  There was no special occasion, we were just in the mood to celebrate.  The husband and I are very lucky to have such wonderful friends.  Busy schedules make get togethers more difficult than they used to be, so when we are all lucky enough to have an opening we take advantage of it.  A plus for me is that I love to cook and any reason to do so makes me happy...... and they all love to eat : )   We are perfect for each other. 

Breakfast anyone?

I got this recipe for quiche from my cousin Helen (Helen if you are reading this, thank you! : ) 

Helen's version is ham and cheese. 

Here's how to make it:

1/2 cup ham cubes
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups milk
1/2 cup Bisquick
4 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Sprinkle ham, cheese, and onion evenly in lightly greased 9" or 10 " pie plate.  Place remaining ingredients in a bowl and beat on high for 1 minute.  Pour into pie plate (over ham, cheese, and onion).

I varied Helen's recipe a bit and made a spinach and cheese quiche by substituting the ham cubes for 1/2 cup chopped spinach.

I also made a plain cheese by just omitting the meat. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

We also had baked french toast, bacon, sausage, and beans (requested by the Hubbie).  Our friends brought wonderful fruit salad and coffee cakes.  (*my recipe for french toast is on the side bar*)

Getting ready....

Almost done...

I cut forsythia from the yard for our table. Perfect for this time of year.
I cheated and used paper plates.  Looking back at my table I feel bad.  It didn't look as pretty as I would have liked, but the clean up was OH-SO- Easy!

I didn't cheat on these, however.  Coffee has to be served in china cups (tea too : )

Friendly faces : )

The fruit balanced out what came next...dessert!

When my mother found out I was having a party the first thing she did was offer to make something.  She offered one of her famous trifles.  Who am I to say No?!   For this one she soaked Anise Toast in DiSaronno (amaretto) and layered them with chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, and whip cream.  For a finishing touch she sprinkled Health Bar on the the top.  It was delicious!!!

I also made carrot cake muffins which most of us were too full to eat.  We've been picking on them all week!

For background music we listened to this.  The name sounds very "Lawrence Welk", but I assure you it's not.   This CD was recommended to me by Susan Branch - a story I will tell you on another day.  But let's just say I love this CD.  It's a perfect background for a dinner party.  Also wonderful music to cook by ~

We are so grateful to have special friends to spend our days with.  Thanks so much for coming over and let's do it again soon! xo

So what's on the agenda for this weekend, you ask?  Well, I have Easter decorating to do (I know, I'm late!!) and I promised someone (who's little and cute) a trip to the library/playground so let's hope the weather is nice.  I went food shopping tonight and bought us a big, fat, roast beef, sweet potatoes, and asparagus for Sunday dinner.   I'll make a loaf of crusty bread in my bread machine and something yummy for desert, not sure what yet...still thinking....  I'm also itching to start some type of craft project.  I think a trip to Michael's might be in order. 

By the way, before I go (can you tell I'm not sleepy) I have to tell you about something that I have recently discovered - podcasts.  Did you know that you can download podcasts through ITunes on to your IPod for free?  They are available on almost any subject you can imagine - comedy, travel, literature, arts, TV/Film, etc. 

I could not get through the day without my IPod and now not only do I enjoy great music, but I also pass the time listening to interesting programs.  I have some favorite radio comedies from the BBC that I have been enjoying, and most recently I have discovered Rick Steves.  If you want to be transported far and away download some of his travel podcasts.  Today I took a guided tour through Paris at night and also through some of the most beautiful gardens in England.  You don't need to see it with your eyes.  His descriptions are enough.  (Just thought I would share that : ) 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!  The clock is to bed I go....

Danielle xo


  1. YUM .. that dessert looks delicious, as does your quiche! I adore Sunday brunches! Oh and I lovelovelove that movie. Have you read the book? xo

  2. Yummy! I know i've said this before but having people over, having great food and fun is the best!!!

    That movie is great. Always makes me laugh.

    Have a great weekend !

    Gemma xXx

  3. I love reading your posts Danielle! Your brunch looks so good and sounds like fun! I have a quiche recipe similar to the one you use and I think I will make quiche and spinach salad tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration! I would love to find the CD that you have recommended! One of my fav types of music is Big Band from the 1930s,40 and 50s. Whenever I see a cd of big band...I usually scoop it up! I haven't listened to podcasts in a while! I used to love some of the CBC radio comedies when I used to work in an office and we listened to the radio. What BBC radio programs are you listening to? I would probably like them too! Angie xo

  4. Danielle, I am so glad to hear that you loved the book too. We would check it out of the library. I always loved that book the most and there was one other I don't know the name of, it was a little scary to me, but I always wanted to get it. It was a wolf that came to the door while the mom was away and the little animal babies wouldn't let it in, but it swallowed flour and deceived them and ate them all and fell asleep. When the mom came home she cut her babies out of its stomach and put in rocks and sewed it back up. I would love to know the name of that one too.

    What a Sunday feast. Everything looks fabulous. Even though we just went out for dinner I am salivating over the French toast and the quiches and the trifle and fruit salad. Sounds like a wonderful time.

  5. Danielle, your brunch looks fabulous! You and your husband put alot of Love into the meal and your mom's trifle.
    I have made a quiche similar to your recipe. They are easy and yummy. Baked french toast is always a must.
    I appreciate you sharing your recipes and music choices. Great job. I am sure your friends really appreciated your efforts.

  6. Now that sounds like some amazing brunch! I love quiche. Also, I love Bridget Jones Diary. What a fabulous book and movie. :)

    Hope you're having a great week! xoxo

  7. Wonderful Danielle. Have a beautiful Easter weekend.