Every year I host a Valentine Luncheon
for dear friends.
Some years, Valentine's Day is in the middle of Lent
thus we have our Easter egg tree as decoration for Valentine's
But this is a first
Valentine's Day is Ash Wednesday
And Ash Wednesday is the day when I always put up my Easter egg tree
On a chest in the living room
A dozen real hens eggs
Brought home from a Lenten trip to Germany
(bought at Woolworth's for 1 DM each)
Over 25 years ago
They've been part of Lent since 1992
and I couldn't imagine Lent without a Easter egg tree!
But it's also Valentine's and I was busy this morning
getting ready for five friends to join me for lunch
The table set in the dining room, with my Grandmother's china, Jim's Grandmother's cutlery, a Quaker lace cloth
I love the dining room table set up for company!
At each place, a bag of Valentine heart cookies
For tea later that afternoon
A centerpiece of glass candlesticks, pink roses and a scattering of conversation hearts
I loved he pink of the roses.
Cream of tomato soup
Made from my home canned tomatoes and cream -- real cream
A classic quiche
Full of bacon and onions and cheese
Served with a salad of spring greens topped with Gorgonzola
And Valentine's is always about the sweets!
Chocolate raspberry cake
(originally named "Christmas Cake" but I think I'll change the name to "Valentine's Cake")
Served with coffee
It's made in a miniature bundt pan so three little pieces of cake
But it makes a nice presentation with whipped cream and fresh raspberries
I so enjoy my Valentine's Luncheons
We sat and chatted "forever"
Not wanting the day to end
And we had a special guest . . .
The newest member of our family
A terrier mix
A Valentine Gift for Husband Jim and myself
We should have named her