Girls Christmas Lunch & Cookie Exchange

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The best kind of party prep! At the Carmel Farmer's Market on Thursdays you can buy local David Austin Juliet roses year-round for around $7 for two dozen. Amazing!! The week I was there they had a deal so I ended up with an armful of roses, literally, (photo here!) for twenty dollars.


The gold silverware was one of those lucky finds at a church thrift shop, the branches from our Christmas tree, rosemary from our front yard and clementines from the farmer's market. I think the natural and simple table settings are the most fun to put together and are the prettiest kind.


My Christmas Sangria! Both the way it should be and virgin :)  You can find the recipe here


Ali, Ashley and Georgeanne! I'm terrible at getting photos when everyone is over and/or around the table together and also forgot to take a photo of my new pasta and crostini recipes, which I will have to make again and share another time! I'm missing half the girls here, who are all wives of the other Olmsted scholars studying languages here and getting ready to move to different countries. Inbetween intensive language classes and kids, we all try to get together about once a month, though I think everyone wishes it could be more often. This was such a fun morning together.. We had good food and wine and sat around our farm table talking and talking while our husbands were spearfishing in the freezing Monterey Bay. It was also one of the first times I'd been able to cook in many moons and to spend time with these girls before we head off to different corners of the world!


Crazy sugar eyes. Superman was the only boy in the house and he couldn't have been happier. He also scarfed down more cookies than I've ever seen anyone eat (it was his first taste of them and he was hooked) and went into a very long and deep sugar-induced nap.

12 comments:

  1. OOH I want to dive into these pictures everything looks so gorgeous!! LOVE your table set up and I might be swooning about the flowers over here (in the frigid northeast ;)) ... seriously - if flowers were a love language- they would be mine. *smiles* This looks like so much fun!!
    :) Happy Tuesday friend!
    :) Rebecca
    p.s.- John Shea and the cookies crack me up! :)

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    1. Mine too!! Thank you Rebecca!

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  2. this looks like heaven!! everything sooo beautiful!!! and i cannot get over how much john shea has just grown right up and hooow handsome he is!

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    1. Thanks Britt! Me neither... M too!!! She's practically a little adult....!

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  3. Absolutely stunning! Wish I could sit at your farm table with you and chat for days on end:) xoxo

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    1. Ahhh I wish that too. I can't wait until we make that happen before this summer!

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  4. Gorgeous bouquet and table setting!

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  5. What a fun and special bond you girls share! Love the table setting and the two buck chuck making an appearance.

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    1. Two Buck Chuck forever!!! ;)

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  6. i think you are the queen of fresh cut flowers and food photography. just saying :)
    love, taylor || www.bloganticipation.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha. Thank you. Two of my love languages!

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