Posts Tagged ‘lou’

Each year, at Valentine’s week, I make a fancy dinner and invite, Pete, my Parents and other assorted friends. (This year’s dinner was postponed by a week due to inclement weather.) Going to a restaurant is always such a hassle and this is way more fun. We always have a good time and it gives me a chance to try new recipes and use my grandmother’s china.

This year it was attended by my friends, Dawn (the redhead), an actress at heart but a teacher by trade, Bonnie, (in the fancy green shirt), an elementary music teacher and editor extraordinaire, (she is the only reason I passed my national boards); My parents, Larry and Ora Mae, and of course Petey.

The table looked like this:

The center table piece was a Chrismtas gift from my sister who embroidered it. It is really beautiful.

The candles were a gift from my friend Jayma. She machine embroidered the fancy design and attached it to the candle. Needless to say, I didn’t burn them!

Pete did the honors of carving the meat.

My new recipe this year was the 6-layer Red Velvet Cake make completely from scratch (not one bit of cake mix or ready made frosting!)

I took these 6 pans of dough….

Made this lucious stack of cakes and cream cheese frosting

and ended up with this wonderful cake.

I don’t have the Martha Stewart touch so it didn’t turn out quite as pretty as the picture in the magazine but I was told it tasted great.

My mixer took a beating making the icing and I think there is still some sticky spots on my kitchen floor! I’m really glad I didn’t have to mix it by hand!

We had a wonderful evening. I just wish I had a bigger kitchen so I could invite more friends!

I’m already thinking about next year’s menu!

Read Full Post »