Archive for December, 2010

A Bosworth Christmas 2010

December 14, 2010

This has been quite a year here in the Bosworth House.  Our one and only son graduated from high school this year which prompted us to begin completion of a project that we have been working on for awhile.  We have been collecting the history of his grandparents, for him to share with his own children one day.  This is a daunting task with hours and hours of recorded conversations and transcription.  Although not quite completed, one memory stuck with us that we wanted to share as part of our Christmas cards this year.  There has always been a tradition of cookie baking in both of our families histories.  We both can recall funny stories and memories associated with that very special time spent together.  Having spent 12 years of his life away from his grandparents, we had to create those special memories for our son, Jacob.  So, this year our Christmas Cards are a special reminder of the special tradition of baking Christmas Cookies and the Sugar Cookie recipe used by one of his Grandmothers.  Enjoy!

Santa Comes To Town

And can you believe it?  Santa and his reindeer came to town

Merry Christmas To All!!

Book Club Dinner

December 3, 2010

Emma Donoghue, author

First, let me introduce you to someone quite remarkable; his name is Jack. Jack is a five-year-old little boy and Room is his world. “Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was nineteen-for seven long years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation- and she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely…” If you haven’t read it, you should. Emma Donoghue has created a wonderful story that will take you many places in your heart and let you peek inside at a mother’s love for a child and the innocence of a child’s mind.

Having already read the book myself, I was excited when asked to plan a dinner party for a Book Club in Atlanta whose selection for the month was Room.

The hostesses home was beautiful, and made it very easy to create an evening of comfort and warmth. The entire meal from hors d oeuvres, to the main course, to the dessert, to the wine selection, was created around a very rustic and tuscan menu.

Goat Cheese and Fig-Orange Preserves on Multigrain Breton Rounds

Bacon-Cheddar Puff Pastry Crisps

1 pkg. (2 sheets) Pepperidge Farm Puffed Pastry Sheets, Thawed – 1 cup (4oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese – 1 lb. of bacon (cooked and crumbled) – Ranch dressing – 2 Tbsp. chopped chives. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry sheets onto lightly floured surface and roll each sheet out into a 12×12 square. With a pizza cutter, cut each square in to 36 pieces. Place puffed pastry squares onto baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes. Remove and with the back of a spoon press down center of squares to create an indentation. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Fill each square with 1/2 tsp of each cheese and bacon and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool another 10 minutes. Top each with Ranch Dressing and Chives.

Spring Green Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Lasagna

Pear-Ginger Tart

1 pkg. (2 sheets) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry – 4 to 5 Pears thinly sliced (a job best done on a mandolin) – 4 Tbsp Sugar – 4 Tbsp Crystalized Ginger (chopped finely) – Overlap pastry about 1″ and roll out onto a lightly floured surface, large enough to place on a large pizza stone (I used my trusty Pampered Chef stone) with about 1-2 inches to overlap. Place on stone. Neatly arrange Pear slices on pastry. Combine the sugar and ginger and sprinkle all over top of pears. Pull edges of pastry over pears and brush with an egg wash (1 egg and 1 Tbsp of water, beaten). Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or pastry is golden brown. Slice into 12 pieces. Enjoy!

Lots, and lots of beautiful wines

Did you take note of the beautiful napkin rings? My husband, David made them for me. He went into our woods and collected a fallen branch and sectioned it into rings and drilled out the centers and then gave them a couple coats of clear seal. I am so lucky to have him!!

My love for invitations has always meant for me a love for those very events. So yes, I do on occasion provide my services for small events.