Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Group at the Jewel Box Home!

I hosted our book group the other night!  We read 'Where'd You Go Bernadette' by Maria Semple.  This book is on my top ten all time favorite books.  A great story that will have you crying and laughing at the same time! 

Munchies were pizza and brownies.  The perfect pairing!  I ordered the pizza from our local favorite spot then put the slices is in a woven tray with a liner of aluminum foil.  It is easier to serve and looks more festive.

Of course, we also had a nice wine selection.

The fireplace lit for the first time this fall...

...and we all enjoyed getting together for a fun evening.   The lovely young red-head in the background, standing behind her beautiful mother,  is one of the most important people in my life.  She comes by every evening to walk Walter.  He absolutely adores her and so do I!

We had a lively book discussion!  Here is Doreen summarizing the book highlights...

... while Sue, Nancy and I listen - see photo below.  Yes, we moved the wine onto the coffee table for easier access.  BTW, I picked up the silver tub at TJ Maxx last year for $15.  Isn't it the best?  You will see it at all my parties being used a vase for flowers, a chiller for wine and/or beer, a serving piece for punch or as a container for party gifts.  I also like the way it looks, so sometimes I have it on the coffee table as a focal piece.  This of course drives everyone crazy, because why would I put a large empty silver bowl on a coffee table at a party?  And the answer is, just because I like it.  LOL.

I had so much fun and stayed up way past my bedtime!  The morning after book club I still had wine glasses to wash and I didn't get to those until after I came home from work!

Until next time!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rocking the Apron

Get your aprons ready!  Holiday entertaining is just around the corner!  For everyday chores and cooking, I use a full length white apron with a bib in front. For the holidays, I break out my favorite black and white toile apron.  It protects my clothing, does not show food or cooking spills and adds to style to my little black party dress, which of course, I always wear with heels.

Here I am in full party mode wearing my apron.  As you can see, I do tend to get a little animated, especially with a glass of wine in my hand. 

So show me your aprons!  Anyone who sends a photo wearing their apron I promise to post on the blog.

Until next time!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Washing Your Dog in a Little Kitchen

How do I wash Walter, our dog?  By the way, his full name is Walter Peyton, he is named after the legendary Chicago Bears football player, also known as 'Sweetness.'  Anyway, Walter does not go to a groomer or Petco for washing.  I put him in our kitchen sink for his bath.  Take a look below.

I use the spray setting on the kitchen faucet to shampoo and rinse Walter.  Then I towel dry him while he sits on his dog bed.

It is not his favorite thing, but he puts up with it.  Of course, after I was Walter, I also wash the sink and counter.  Still, if you have a little dog, I highly recommend using your kitchen sink.  It works beautifully!

Until next time,