Monday, November 18, 2013

There were eight of us in number.  We gathered at our dear friend's family cabin for the weekend.  It was a first for us and we had a memorable time together.

Despite the rainy, windy, and cool weather, we still had time for early morning coffee on the deck.

And gathered in the morning for a delicious, healthy breakfast.
We divided up the food prep, and each took care of one meal.
These ladies sure are great cooks and I did learn new tidbits from them.
We all have been friends for many years.

I learned if you are cutting up pineapple chunks and apples slices for the same fruit platter, you can
throw the apple slices in with the remaining pineapple chunks and juice, stir together and put on the platter.  The juice from the pineapple chunks, will keep the apple slices from changing to brown.

I learned a pretty way to serve fresh fruit, with all the colors and the textures.

I learned it from this lady.  She is an expert when it comes to fresh fruit.

I also learned from her, some fancy ways to decorate quiches, before adding her crustless
quiche egg and cheese mixture. 

Oh, and did I mention, the spinach was from her garden?  Yes, she is still cutting baby spinach
from her garden in November. 

I can't tell you how delicious these crustless quiches were!

The centerpiece plate was filled with a few colorful mums, more fruit, and some peppermint Lifesavers.  How attractive!  Did I mention our hostess is an accomplished florist also?  How nice
to have a produce specialist and a florist as our hostess!

 I learned that there are some snacks that would fall in the category of "irresistible"!
This was one of them.  If I can, I will try to get you this recipe so that maybe you might make it
over the holidays.  I heard the comment "addictive" from several as they filled up hands with
this mixture.

I learned that some couples can make dinner together.  I only wish I would have taken a picture
of the "grill specialist" with us, and the outstanding chicken that he grilled.

I learned from this "fancy" dessert, that even gluten free desserts can be mouthwatering.
The homemade custard and strawberries were a real treat!

I learned that despite the weather, a group of friends can have a great time relaxing, sharing, laughing, inspiring, and eating together.  A wonderful break in the middle of the busy fall season.

The "welcome" was warm, the hospitality will not be forgotten. 
Today, I am most grateful for friends that share life's journey.

Thank for you too, my blogging friends!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 


debi said...

Great times with friends...great tips to share with us!


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What fun and what great tips! Food presentation is everything! Enjoy this new week!

Judy said...

It looks and sounds like you had a great weekend! Good friends are just the best! I have never done that...tossed the apple slices in the pineapple juice. What a great tip! Those quiches look amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Happy@Home said...

This looks like a really wonderful weekend despite the weather. Sharing time with good friends and also learning from one another sounds ideal to me.
I appreciate you sharing the tips you learned with us. Next time I add apples to my fruit salad I will also be adding pineapples.
Your friend's quiches are a work of art. I used to make crustless quiche often, but they were never that pretty.

Anneliese said...

Sounds like such a nice time, spending time together and getting new ideas is the best.
I made an apple pineapple salad and the apples tidbits stay nice and white because you soak them in pineapple juice first.

Jeane` said...

Looking at the pictures of the food is making me VERY hungry! What a fun weekend it looks you had! So glad you did.


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