Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Club

I wrote about how this weekend Forrest and I had lots to do around the house. I hosted my book club on Tuesday and I wanted it to be perfect!! I love hosting parties at our house--the house always looks its best and I get to use all of my fun serving pieces that we got for our wedding, PLUS it is always fun to have people over! I was especially excited about book club because it is just girls. We meet once a month at one of the members' homes to discuss the book of the month. I don't know if you've noticed the "Recent Reads" list on the right side of my blog, but many of the books from that list are book club books. So far, since I have been a member of the group (and HUGE thanks to Frances and Jenny for inviting me), we have read:

Really good but I didn't finish it

Didn't even have time to read this one! Sounded great. Love that book club is so laid back!

LOVE EMILY GIFFIN but this one made me cry A LOT!

My personal fave!!! So good!

I look forward to getting together with these girls every month. We talk about the book some, and then just girl talk for the rest of the time. We are always laughing and squealing!! Every girl is different--most have babies, but 2 of us don't, some work, some don't, some are from Gadsden and some are new to town. I really appreciate being able to spend time with girls. It reminds me of being in the sorority all over again!

As the hostess, I prepared some yummy snacks and drinks for the group. I did a fruit plate with chocolate fruit dip,

Neiman Marcus Brownies,

and Cake Mix Cookies.

The whole spread

I was so excited that everyone like all of my snacks! I cooked all Monday evening after work. First I did a new recipe for dinner, Greek Salsa Chicken, which I must say looked great and tasted delicious.

Then I started on the desserts! It was all Forrest and I could do not to gobble them up ourselves because they made the house smell so good! (see all recipes below!) I also had some bottles of wine, lemonade, and a frozen vino.

I love getting to use my cute ice bucket

Frozen Vino--delish!

LOVE these glasses!

My friend Lauren had given me the frozen vino mix a few months ago and I was so excited to use it. You just empty the mix into a zip loc bag, and any type of wine (I used white zin) and then add a wine bottle full of water and freeze over night. I pulled it out about 45 minutes before everyone arrived and it was like a sweet wine slushie--very yummy!!! I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and I know I can't wait for next month!!
Neiman Marcus Brownies (compliments of Harriet Murray)
1 Butter Pecan Cake Mix
1 Stick butter, melted
--Mix these together and press into greased 13x9 pan.
1 8oz cream cheese
1 stick butter, melted (yes, another one)
1 box powdered sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Combine these things with electric mixer and pour over 1st layer. Top with 1 cup chopped pecans if desired (I don't do the pecans).
Bake at 300 for 50 min or until golden brown. (mine took about an hour)
Cake Mix Cookies (compliments of Cynthia Whitt)
1 box Duncan Heinz Yellow Cake Mix
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 oz or more semi sweet morsels (I used almost the whole bag)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350
Mix with spoon until moist throughout
Drop with spoon onto greased cookie sheet (will make several-I got about 30)
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Will NOT turn all the way brown so pay attention!! Check the edges!
Greek Salsa Chicken (from Cuisine At Home Magazine)
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
6 skinless bone in chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons, cut into wedges
Preheat oven to 450
Combine feta, tomatoes olives, parsley, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and oregano for the salsa in a large bowl. Cover and chill salsa.
Saute chicken pieces in 2 tbsp olive oil in a large roasting pan over medium high heat until chicken is browned on skin-side. Turn over chicken.
Squeeze lemon wedges over chicken to coat with lemon juice, then nestle squeezed lemon wedges around chicken breasts. Roast until chicken breasts. Roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 on an instant read thermometer, about 30 min.
Transfer chicken and lemons to a large platter, top with salsa.


  1. You did an awesome job hosting. THe house was beautiful and the food was delicious! Everyone had such a wonderful time. THanks for posting the recipe to those brownies, they were to die for!!!

  2. Catherine,

    I am the owner of The Frozen Slushie Company and wanted to thank you for the awesome comments about our Frozen Vino drink mix in your blog! Please send me an email at with your address and we will send you a FREE mix of your choice!

    Thanks & Cheers!


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