Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dinner for Four

Fletcher and I haven't had much of a life other than our jobs since we have come back from our honeymoon. Because we have been working so much he hasn't had much time to see his friends. He asked if we could have a couple of his friends over so he could see them, they could see where we live, etc...I of course was excited to think of what to fix and to have a chance to use some of the fun serving pieces we got for our wedding! I could make the preparation for the dinner into an overly-long post, so I will try to keep it short. The best part of the story is that I bought the wrong meat, and woke up early that morning to marinate it and the wrong meat was marinating all day long. Not to worry the sweet husband made a 6:00 run to the store for the right meat and it marinated momentarily. Coming home from work at 6 and having everything ready by 7:30 was more of a task then I anticipated (probably mostly due to the meat situation). I eagerly await the day when I'm so on top of things that I can fix everything, have it all come out at the same time, and still be able to take a shower. I'll let you know if that day ever happens! Because my preparation time was so spastic, the pictures are minimal, but I do want to share one of the recipes at the end! Here is a rundown of the menu...

For starters we had mushroom bites and a spicy cheese spread with crackers.

The main course was pork tenderloin, I got to use a cooking thermometer for the first time!

The salad had strawberries, mandarin oranges, and sugared almonds.

I got the Pioneer Woman Cookbook for a wedding gift (Thanks Rach!) and have been dying to make something from it. Last night I made the PW's Twice-Baked Potatoes!

When boys are part of the equation you can't ever forget the rolls!

I had to put a picture of the sweet tea so you could see our cute pitcher! Thanks Mary Louise!

Now for the recipe! I made a Hot Rum Apple Cider that we drank while we ate the appetizers, and I was obsessed with it (I feel the freedom to say that because its not my recipe!). So if you need a good apple cider recipe, here it is! You really can't taste the rum.

First, you combine apple cider, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a dutch oven over medium heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Then you remove the cinnamon sticks and add orange juice, rum, and the lemon juice. Turn it to low and serve when ready, delicious!

Hot Rum Cider:
1 (64 oz) apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. Cloves
2 cups Orange Juice
1 cup Rum
1/2 cup Lemon Juice


  1. AH! I'm so glad you like the pitcher!
    I LOVE all your recipes! I'm always impressed by them! :)

  2. Oh my!!! Can you please post the recipe for the mushroom bites? They look AH-mazing!

  3. o em gee. mushrooms and pimiento! salivating.