Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Luncheon with Friends Before Karaoke

Cheri of http://itssoverycheri.blogspot.com/ is so kind to feature our home again. So if you missed it last time, you have a chance to see it again. Thanks, Cheri! You can also find it here.


It's time for another tablescape with Susan of http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ as the host. Thank you, Susan, for another day of fun! If you want to have more fun, go over at Susan's to see more creative tablescapes.

I am linking with Gollum at http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/ for Foodie Friday also. If you want to see lots of delicious food and beautiful presentations, go check out her blog and her participants'.

Last Friday, I had 3 friends come over for lunch. We wanted to have some karaoke fun but of course, we had to eat first. I set the table in the breakfast nook for the 4 of us. John said he wouldn't be able to join us cause he has surgery in the morning and then have a full office in the afternoon.
I used leaf appetizer plates on my everyday dishes on top of black leather plate chargers. Turkey taper candle holders.
Bird placemats



Then, John showed up while I was cooking and said he cancelled one surgery so he can eat lunch with us. I was stressing out trying to move the setting to the round table since it comfortably sits more people. Between stirring my pot, I moved one plate at a time. Luckily, I got done in time before the guests arrived.

Below you will see a chicken dish with mushroom that one of my friends brought and a crab omelet that I made.
I also made fried green tomatoes for appetizers, with ranch sauce in the green bird container.

And of course, we eat rice with everything.

Here are my dishes for dessert all ready for the Bananas Foster.
The ingredients:

4 bananas, sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Banana liqueur
1/4 cup Myers rum
Mix the butter and sugar and cook.
I accidentally dropped a little part of the butter wrap in the pan and one of my friends just had a good time snapping pictures. I was taking it out here. LOL!
Add the bananas and liqueur and cook until brown. Then add the rum and cook some more until the rum is very hot. Tilt on one side and torch to light. Be careful not to burn anything else or anyone.
I did not have a torch, used a lighter instead but unfortunately, it did not work but I think it is because I did not wait until the rum was hot enough. Bummer! LOL!

But, it tasted really good. We topped it with vanilla ice cream. One of my guests even said it is better than the restaurant.
And here we are afterwards just having fun singing and dancing. I am taking the pic so I am not seen here.
I hope you enjoyed what I shared today. I certainly enjoyed having you all. Now, let's all head at Susan's and Gollum's.

40 comments:

Allison Shops said...

Lovely fall table. Looks like everyone was having fun!

Just Breathe said...

Lunch sounds delicious. As always that table is set beautifully.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Sounds like a great time, Christine!! Beautiful table and delicious meal!

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine,

Your table looks beautiful! I have never seen this room from the view you had because I really loved seeing the miror and buffet. I like the placemats and the combo of plates, the leafs are so cute. It looks like a garden table.

I am SO interested in the food. You made an omlette and I saw a big egg thing in the striped bowl. Was it one big one for everyone to share?? Is that more like a frittata?? And are fried green tomatoes good? I have heard different things. Is there a trick to frying them? I have to pick some this weekend because the frost is killing my plants and I need to use them somehow and this will be perfect. How do you make the sauce??

I am going to try the Banana Fosters, because I usually have all that in the house except the rum (Alan and I are not mixed~drink people too much). And I would love to flambe something!! Opppaa!! As the Greeks say!!

So you all actually sing. Do all of you sing well or is it terrible and funny? I kow I am really bad and make a fool out of myself whenever I try. And you dance!! Are these close friends?? lol!!

Sorry I went on. What a great post!!

xoxo
Jane

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! You are just the prettiest little thing! Such a smile.
Now I love your gorgeous table and I'm sure your friends really appreciated all the effort you went to for them. I have those same little turkey candle holders!
Now your food looks so delicious! You out did yourself.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Queenie said...

Hey Pretty Girl!
Everything looks so delish and beautiful...I love that pool view from the table! I'm glad that John could join you and your guests in the fun too! He's a sweet heart!
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Christine, What a cozy setting for you, John and your friends. The menu sounds wonderful and the bananas foster looks delish!

Dining Delight said...

Fantastic and inviting tablescape you provided for your guests! The layout is lovely and the dishes terrific. Love those turkey candlesticks! I know how stressful it can be to have to change plans/set-up at the last minute before guests arrive - good job getting it all done in time!

DD

Chandy said...

Christine, your shot is the loveliest with that awesome smile! I love your table and of course, the centerpiece is perfect! I bet you had a great time with the karaoke. Did John sing, too? Glad he was able to join you.

Nancy W said...

Hi Christine! Sorry I haven't been by in a while but let me say that you never dissapoint me! You out did yourself! And all the food looks so yummy and what fun the singing must have been! Wish I lived nearby so I could play along! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

Sarah said...

Christine, looks like the group was having fun. Beautiful table and delicious looking food.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Well since you made room for John I think you can ;make room for me, I would love to have some of those fried green tomatoes, wowo that sounds good. Your table setting looks wonderful and inviting,,,If I wasn't a follower I am now...come visit

niartist said...

OMG!!!! Christine!!!!! Send of that to me, PLEASE!!! I LOVE Banana's Foster! It's my FAVE!!! I'm having a giveaway worth $175 you're GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE! Please stop by soon - it ends quick! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring! :)

She Was Old Fashioned said...

Christine, I love everything but most of all those darling bowls. Everything is perfect and splendrous! thanks for sharing. Have a lovely evening.

KBeau said...

Beautiful table, and I'm drooling over the Bananas Foster.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Everything looks wonderful and what a fun gathering!

ceekay said...

What a fun evening! Your table looks wonderful and I am wanting so bad that bananas foster. I love that! Looks like a great evening!

SmilingSally said...

I'm so glad that John was able to join in the fun.

ellen b said...

Such a lovely table Christine and the food looks so good!!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love those casserole dishes and those cute leaf plates. I'm sure everyone had an afternoon of fun.

Allidink said...

Hey love the Fall tablescape! Wow you make bananas fosters look so easy and yummy! I want to try myself now!

All the best,
Allison

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Your table is beautiful! I love banana's foster. Have to try your recipe. This luncheon looks like so much fun! God Bless! Lauralu :)

nannykim/ spindle cottage said...

Hey, I saw Paula Dean cook that dessert last week on foodnetwork!! Looks great. I loved the tablescape and love the stemware!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi there, precious! Look at that beuatiful table!!! Christine, you just outdid yourself, and I love those cute bird placemats. Adorable! Looks like a fun time for you and your friends. And bananas foster is such an elegant dessert. I would be terrified to attempt it, but you look like you know what you're doing in that picture! Me? I would probably singe my eyebrows off! LOL!


Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Julie said...

Hi Christine,Looks like everyone was having fun... The food looks great...
xoxo
Julie

Sue said...

Hi Christine- Your table looks lovely and you sure made a quick recovery adding another setting and moving things around. The bananas foster is always an elegant dessert,
I'm sure your guests really enjoyed the entire meal and you all had loads of fun singing the afternoon away.
hugs, sue

Teri said...

Wow! I love it! What time is dinner? ;)

Blessings,
Teri

Freda Marie said...

Superb in every way!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty TT! The food looks and sounds delicious!

Katherine

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Beautiful table! Looks like wonderful food and good times!

Mary said...

What a lovely luncheon. Everything, including the hostess, looks beautiful. I'm glad your husband was able to join you for the fun. Have a wonderful day.

Mrs. P. said...

Such a beautiful luncheon! Your tablesetting is lovely and the food looks delicious!

Blessings!
Gail

Tammy@InStitches said...

Christine, Thanks for stopping by ! Your table and house look so nice. Now I have to add ABC store to my errands today because we have to make bananas foster tonight !

Bill said...

Hi Christine,
Beautiful table (as always!), and I love the view of your pool from the dining area.

I'm definitely going to try your Bananas Foster recipe the next time I have a dinner party. Sounds scrumptious!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bill

Connie said...

Hi Christine, What a great post. Your dining room was so pretty and the table, just lovely. I love what you have hanging, I think, on the door with a tassel. It looks like embroidery and I love the colors. You have a busy life, and that's a good thing, says Martha!
Now, I'm starving after viewing all the goodies. Off to the kitchen...........

Sares said...

What fun! The bananas look delicious and the table was set beautifully, as always! The karaoke looks like a blast too. I bet AJ loves doing it when she visits!

Sherri S said...

Your table is BEAUTIFUL and I love bananas. That dessert looks too yummy! What a fun day with friends.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Delicious food (with my hubby from Hawaii, he actually would eat rice with everything too :o) And his one uncle that had left the islands with the military, had to absolutely, positively have rice with every meal at home! no matter what the main entree was! seriously, even for example. lasagna? and rice! haha)

Blessings & Aloha!

You all look like you had fun!

Blessings & Aloha!

tardevil said...

Your table is like something from a magazine! You are brave to make bananas foster...which I LOVE! I would have to have the local fire truck standing by if I attempted to make that at home, which probably wouldn't be a wise move on my part! Hope you're having a wonderful fall!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, the table looks so pretty, and the Bananas Foster looks spectacular. You've made me so hungry, and it's time for bed! laurie

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