Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Divasofthedirt invitation Dec 2011We always get together in mid-December - and not for a project/work day - just for fun. The Divas of the Dirt take turns being hostess - in 2010 I was the lucky one.

The tree was up:

The table was set. I was in a nostalgic mood and decided to use the tartan cloths from decades-ago Christmas dinners in Illinois:
Divasofthedirt, Xmas table 2011Diva-Sugar was out of town and Diva-Mattie was not well but we other 6 Divas were in holiday mood. December can bring beautiful days in the seventies, just right for a stroll around the garden. The weather had been so mild that Salvias, shrimp plants, gaura, pansies, Lion's Tail and tropical milkweed were untouched by frost. We saw rosebuds and caught the camellia in bloom, wondering how long it would be before real winter arrived. (This photo was taken a few days before our party.) DivasoftheDirt, CamelliaMy camera had broken a few weeks previously and we weren't used to the new one so while our group was very together the group photo was quite unfocused!

Diva-Mindy brought champagne and the ingredients for Poinsettias - and in keeping with the nostalgia theme we drank them from vintage silver ombre glasses - very Mad Men Sixties, aren't they?
Divasofthedirt,vintage silver glasswareI put the salad in a vintage bowl too, but for the main dish I tried something new - Chicken Marsala with double the mushrooms and double the wine called for in the recipe:
DivasoftheDirt, mushrooms cut upMindy's cocktails and Buffy's Antipasto salad on crackers were a good start
Divasofthedirt,Mindy & SophiaSophia had hinted at a special soup - we hoped it was her famous Italian Wedding Soup and were glad to be right!

DivasoftheDirt, 2011 holiday banquetKarla brought a fantastic California wine along with delicious bacon bundles. Buffy arrived last, bearing the ingredients for risotto (and her cool ceramic-covered Dutch oven) prepared to cook up a treat. Mattie stopped by for a quick visit- she wasn't strong enough or well enough to join us for dinner, but she stayed long enough to sip a cup of Sophia's special soup.
DivasoftheDirt Buffy,Annie,Karla,GlindaDiva-Annie wrapped up the menu with a dish we never tire of -Amaretto Bread pudding - enjoyed while we played our grab bag game. Everybody plays... and everybody wins that game!

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