Dinner on Saturday night was a birthday celebration for my dear friend Harrigan. She turned 31 earlier in the week and to celebrate, we had a pasta making dinner and clothes swap. For those of you unfamiliar with the clothes swap idea, it is basically getting to go thrift store shopping for free in your home. Friends bring clothes, baby items and housewares that they no longer want or need and then you can swap and take what you want. Even if you have nothing to add to the swap, you still get to go through everything and take what you like. For this Thrift Store loving gal, it is a dream come true. All the joy of thrift shopping without having to pay any money, cooking and eating with friends, drinking wine and cappuccinos and eating dessert and the fellowship of about 25 fabulous women. What could be better? I don't know, but would love to hear if any of you know of something better.
Menu for the night.
Freshly made balls of pasta dough.
Rolling the pasta dough through the pasta maker the final time.
If there is one thing this group of women can do, it is eat. We made plenty of pasta so no one would leave hungry.
Homemade sauce with garden tomatoes, garlic, onion and olive oil.
What more could you need?
Harrigan putting the finishing touches on the dessert......
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Burnt Salted Caramel Crèam Cheese Frosting.
Dessert and wine
Homemade Fettuccine with tomato garlic sauce, Kale and brussel sprout salad with pepitas and cranberries and cabbage.
We should all open a restaurant together and take turns cooking and talking in the kitchen.
What a wonderful group of women.
After a perfect night, I woke this morning to the glorious site of freshly fallen snow. Oh how I do love snow!!!!! It brings out the kid in me. Couldn't help but go out and get some photos of the magical beauty that is the snow. Enjoy.