Friday, October 17, 2008

Get Togethers and Food

Meeting up with friends and eating good food is one of my favorite things to do. It's a good opportunity for me to try new recipes that I normally might not because a lot of recipes serves 4 or more. DH and I do not mind eating leftovers, but there is a limit to how long we want to keep eating the same thing.

On Sunday, we invited my friends, Jennifer and Jason, over for lunch. They brought their 2 yr old daughter, Veronica, and their dog, Willow (aka Napoleon's girlfriend). Melody has an intense fascination with Veronica. It's as if she knows that Veronica is a child and can relate to her. Of course, my boys (the dogs) had a great time with Willow. The house was bustling with noises from children, dogs and adult conversations, though I think the dogs and children were the only sounds you could hear.I started off the lunch with a appetizer, Clams Casino. 3 dozen Little Neck Clams topped with a mixture of herbs, bread crumbs, butter and bacon. My little sister taught me this recipe a few weeks ago when she came to visit. It's one of those recipes that doesn't need a recipe.The main event was a Spinach and Proscuitto Lasagna. I used fresh made ricotta cheese and fresh lasagna pasta sheets that I bought. Those two fresh ingredients really made a difference. The recipe is from this month's Everyday Food. Next time I am going to omit the proscuitto or use less. It made the lasagna a little too salty.I couldn't get Veronica to stand still for a photo. She was having too much fun. This along with other blurry pics is what I got.Due to your requests of Melody photos, here is a photo of her learning to drive. The driving toy is really cute and says things like, "Slow down little fellow", "Out of the way!", "Hold on tight!".


Now the winners of the hand dyed yarn contest. I used a online random number generator and it picked number 6 and 36. Hannah asked not be entered because she doesn't knit with animal fibers and someone else commented twice, so after taking that into account, the winners are: Rohanknitter and Little Bird Big City. Please email me at oiyi.yau(at)gmail(dot)com with your address and what your first choice color is. First come, first serve.

Now, I got to run! I am going to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York this weekend. I am catching a train Upstate tonight to stay with a friend. This is my first time away from Melody overnight. I already miss her so much. I prepared all her meals and put them in the freezer, typed out instructions for DH about her schedule, and layed out all her clothes. Yes, I am that type of mother.

I'll be posting my Yarn Haul next week. And I am maybe bringing something very special back, fiber related of course.

11 comments:

hetty said...

Thanks for the cute photo of Melody. Ph, was there anything else on your post? Oh, yeah, there was. I found it interesting that the driving toy says things like "slow down, little fellow". Do we still have such sexist toys? Ph, well. Your company lunch looks great! Have fun at the sheep and wool festival! Can't wait to see what you come home with.

Rima said...

What yummy food! This is making me very hungry.

Have a great time at Rhinebeck. I will not be going this time...look forward to seeing what you bring back!

flanthrower said...

The food looks delicious!

Have a great time at Rhineback!!

*Priscilla* said...

yummy looking dinner!! melody is already driving?? way too soon!!:)

rohanknitter said...

That food looks incredibly yummy! I don't think I've ever had lasagna with fresh pasta, I can only imagine how good that is! I'm sure you are having a great time at Rhinebeck- how fun! I know you will be missing Melody but I'll bet the time will just fly right by till you are home again.

Danielle said...

Everything you cook or bake always looks so yummmmmmy :)!!!! The kiddos look so cute playing away too:)

I hope your time at Rhinebeck is super fun and you don't miss your baby too much :)(I know that one is easier said than done!)

Congrats to the winners too ;)

Agnes said...

Oh ... that lasgna looks real good. I am going to try it. I usually made the traditional one with beef ... this one would be a nice variety.
Rhinebeck! Have fun ... Melody would be okay with daddy, I think. :)

Jennie said...

Hope you have fun your first trip away from Melody, I'm sure her dad can cope =)

Rebekah said...

That food looks delicious! I hope you enjoy Rhinebeck and I can't wait to see what you bring home :)

YayaOrchid said...

Your appetizers look great, and oh! That lasagna looks delicious!!

Have a wonderful time at Rhinebeck. I hear it's a must see for yarn lovers. Wish I could go, but it's a bit far for me.

YayaOrchid said...

Oh! And more importantly, I forgot to mention that Melody looks so cute as always!!