I know this. I preach this. I finally decided to practice this. I'm always complaining that I can never get to my books. Joey told me to drop everything and just work on them. Bev told me to just do a little at a time and soon it would be finished. So that's what I'm going to do. Instead of Tidying up the house on Tuesday, I tidied up my mind, which was going in a million directions.
I'm working on three books: Tablescapes, Teas, and Theme Dining.
A Year of Everyday Tablescapes will have 52 tables (one per week) and will be a photo book with a recap of where I found the things to do the tablescape.
A Year of Everyday Teas will have 12 teas (one per month). I showed you a sample of one of the teas last week.
A Year of Theme Dining will have 24 meals (two per month). Each meal has the tablescape, invitation, menu, and party favor. This book started it all, and it's just for fun. The other two are to encourage young people to have friends over and eat family dinners at a nice table instead of on a tray in front of the TV.
So I cut it down from "yard by yard" to "inch by inch". If I do four tablescapes, one tea, and two theme meals per month, I'll be finished in one year. I'm already a month behind, but some of this is ready to go - I haven't completely lost my mind to think I can do it in a year; actually eleven months since January is almost history.
However, I do have the Spring Tea, Summer Tea, and Fall Tea for my Cooking Club also. I can delay the Winter Tea to January. And don't forget Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The books don't require that I actually have people over, but all of these do. Maybe I should do a book of Holiday Dining as well. This would be a good start. We'll see. I've already done New Year's Day. I could add a Mother's Day tea and Super Bowl Sunday or Chinese New Year and Voila! A Year of Holiday Dining.
So for January, the four Winter tablescapes are:
Of course, the book will have more photos of each table. This is just a sample. I'm not entirely pleased with the Snowmen table. I might redo it, and I need to refine the table explanations as well.
The Winter tea I've already shown you back on Year 1, Week 4, and it's completely finished.
The two theme dining meals would be Black and White Indoor Picnic and Winter Wonderland. I didn't intend to do this book, so I have photos only, and I didn't always take photos of the food, but I think it's part of the fun. I also decided to add recipes.
Black and White Indoor Picnic
I haven't even one photo of food for this table, and I would need the recipes for the Bean and Corn Salad and the White Chocolate Nut Cookies.
I'm not happy with this table. I can do better. I have some food photos, but most have people in them so need to be redone. And I'd add recipes for the Chicken Pie, the Frozen Fruit Salad, and the Baked Alaska.
I have my assignment - now to just concentrate on January and do it. We'll talk about February next week.
Thread: Not something I created, but I wanted to show you this. My top button came off my sweater top. I've never liked these buttons, so I changed them. I think it made a big difference.
Thank You: Joey gave me the Red Copper Square Pan which they advertise on TV. It's all they advertise and more. I cooked scrambled eggs in it and it looked like this:
It was a real mess - everything you see was glued on. I washed it with a dishcloth in soapy water and it came out looking like new. I highly recommend that you get one.
Muffin Tin Monday: Carrie (northwoodsscrapbook.blogspot.fr) suggested this recipe from Pillsbury. It's called Tiny Ham and Pineapple Pot Pies. You can get it HERE.
I didn't love them, but I don't care much for Hawaiian pizza either. They're really cute though, and I discovered that I can use 3" circles of ready-made pie crust to make Pecan Tassies - a real time saver.
Tidy-Up Tuesday: As I told you, it was my mind and not my house.
Where to Wednesday: We went to Zio's and I wish I'd taken photos of the restaurant. It's very Italian and very cute.
Some highlights were Martha's Chicken Cannelloni:
And the Chicken Parmigiano which Joey and I chose:
The service was great. The temperature was perfect. The music (a nice Italian tenor) was subdued. I'd love to go back soon. They graciously substituted all Romaine for the lettuce mix in my tossed salad.
Try Something Thursday: I tried a new recipe which I loved. It's a perfect take-along and also the perfect dessert when you don't have much time. You have to like coconut, though.
YUMMY COCONUT CAKE
(5 Ingredients or Less Cookbook)
1 pkg white cake mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 15 oz can cream of coconut
1 8 oz. Cool Whip
7 oz shredded coconut
Bake the cake in a 13” X 9” pan as directed on the package.
Mix condensed milk with cream of coconut. Set aside.
While cake is warm, pierce all over top with a fork.
Cool cake in the refrigerator.
Frost with Cool Whip and sprinkle with coconut.
Note: Look for cream of coconut in the liquor or international foods sections. One brand is Coco Lopez.
And yes, the cookbook title should be 5 Ingredients or Fewer, but it was prepared by Home Economics teachers, not English teachers, so we forgive them.
Friends Over Friday: This still hasn't happened. We went to Neighbors Mill to celebrate Mim's birthday and then I helped Sally do her table for her Supper 8 group. We finished just as the guests started arriving, so my photos aren't great. The ladies got to take the flowers home, and hopefully will remind the gentlemen that Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
I'll try to stick to the weekly schedule this week, but my focus will be books. I need to catch up and Valentine's Day is coming soon.
For sure we'll do Where to Wednesday. This week we're going to Beth's Bake Shoppe and Tea Room. Here's the LOCATION and the MENU. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.
REMEMBER - INCH BY INCH
WISHING YOU BLUE SKIES
AND PLENTY OF LOVE
THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE