Family Evening Soirée…

Today was the first time we had a family dinner, with everyone present, eating at the same time and in the same place for a long long time…..

Family time is so precious and hard to come by in this busy hectic world, that its a nice feeling when we all manage to get together. So with that said and although I ‘m still not feeling myself after my surgery, I still found some strength to put together a tasty meal and a little sweet treat which we enjoyed whilst chatting , having a drink and catching up!

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I started by preparing the little sweet treat which was inspired by 2 lovely huge pomegranates that were sitting on the counter without a purpose. I cut them open, took the lovely juicy seeds out and put them to the side.

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Then I melted some milk chocolate (preferred over dark chocolate in our home) and then put to good use my handy dandy Pampered Chef herb gadget, which obviously was not used to store/freeze herbs 🙂

I filled 1/3 of each cavity with the melted milk chocolate, then spooned in some pomegranate seeds and then topped it off with more melted chocolate and into the fridge they went.

I still had some chocolate and pomegranate seeds left, so I mixed them up and plop them on some wax paper into clusters and they also went straight into the fridge.

Then I pulled out some lovely skirt steak, seasoned it well and let it rest a bit before it went onto the grill.

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I did mention that I am still recovering from surgery, which is my excuse of using a few ready prepared sides to stop me from standing too long in the kitchen.

I had been to Trader Joe’s and found some frozen Asparagus Risotto which turned out to be pretty good but next time I need to doctor it with a little extra salt, some black pepper and maybe a dash of cayenne pepper and fresh parmesan cheese to give it a little umpf if you know what I mean.

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I also bought at Trader Joe’s a Greek Spinach Spanakopita tart which again wasn’t too bad but I have to say that I prefer my home made Pascualina which is a Uruguayan version of the Greek Spinach Pie. No feta cheese is used in the Uruguayan one but its so much tastier, or so I think of course…..

Evening was greatly relaxing, ate, drank, chatted and caught up with Mama Gaye whilst also enjoying the company of by busy teenage kids and hubby, oh and let me not forget the cats that of course made sure we knew they were there ❤

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After dinner we got to enjoy the lovely sweet treats that ended up being a big hit so they for sure will be part of future menus…..

 

Pampered Chef Event by Faith Walker

I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend with some great friends in the Clermont, Florida area.

Whilst staying with them, my good friend was hosting a Pampered Chef event at her house. It was so much fun! She had a great turnout of neighbours and friends and Faith the presenter was just fantastic!

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We started the evening by introducing ourselves, then she branched us off to different cooking stations and everyone got to make a bit of everything using Pampered Chef products! Then of course we got to eat them too 🙂

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We made some great Guacamole

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Followed by some fantastic fresh salsa

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They we made a deliciously creamy Cucumber Dip with some crudités,

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And it was great to see everyone so involved! All recipes were available during the demonstration and you can also find them on their website.

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Isn’t it great when you get to test a wine bottle opener a well as the wine itself ❤

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We also made a very tasty Chicken, Artichoke and lime bruschetta flatbread, using Pampered Chefs products.thumb_DSC04904_1024
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For the grand finale, we made a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake in the microwave that took exactly 10 minutes to cook!

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So all in all, a great evening with great food, products and lots of nice people 🙂

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Also need to thank Anya for staying away from the microwave! Everyone who attended knows why 🙂

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Have you ever attended a party where most of the guests come over in a golf cart?  Well I can now say I have, lol

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So there you go, if you live in the Clermont, FL area, you should contact Faith Walker to host your party, otherwise, check out for representative near you by going to http://www.pamperedchef.com.