Last night we had a cozy little dinner party for The Mr.'s boss and his sweet wife, who are also our Dear Friends.
Sort of a Holiday Celebration between the Holidays.
Because it was just the four of us, I was able to use some of my jewel colored glassware and dishes.
What I call my 'Ruby' glass.
With my antique green depression ware.
Under the glow of candlelight and twinkling Christmas lights.
A chance to toast the New Year together.
Soft music playing in the backgroud.
But this was no stuffy formal affair.
Hearty Chicken Pot Pie was the main course.
You can find the recipe here:
Later we watched a great 'James Bond' movie curled up on the sofa's with home made Apple Crisp:
I do like to entertain, but don't do it nearly enough.
You know how it is - you always have good intentions, but life sometimes gets in the way.
So one of my New Year's Resolutions is to throw more dinner parties.
It gives me a good excuse to get the house in order.
And spend time with treasured friends and family.
And use those pretty dishes we all like to collect.
Well, this is the last day of 2012!
We woke up to bright beautiful sunshine streaming in through the curtains.
As I went about my morning, I reflected on the year about to close.
A year of exciting opportunities writing for The Tacoma News Tribune.
But also a year of sadness, losing my Dear Father to Alzheimer's.
This little tree graced his bedside table just last Christmas.
But my blessings are many.
I am blessed to have a loving family.
I am blessed to have all of you, my Dear Reader's.
We are a supportive family in Blog land, aren't we?
I am blessed to have such Dear Friends.
And I am blessed to have a home to call my own with sweet animal companions to keep me company.
This year brought this guy to the family. An abused and neglected rescue dog, who now knows he has a forever family.
So as this year comes to a close, I am wearing my rose colored glasses once more.
In anticipation of what the New Year might bring!
Thank you for being there!