Alfresco family dinner to go…

We decided to have our family dinner at Brandon’s house this year .  So I began  with a trip to the farmers market with my big straw bag for some fresh veggies and herbs.

I had to get some green onions, cilanthro

and most important basil and eggplant for my spaghetti sauce.

I love the smell of fresh basil. I use can whole tomatoes, sea salt, basil, garlic, eggplant, fresh ground round   for my sauce. I made the sauce early so the herbs blend throughly and brought everything over to Brandon’s house and set up on his back patio. The menu , spaghetti, bruschetta, fresh basil salad, wine, ice tea, double choc. cake with choc frosting with Trader Joe’s vanilla ice cream and choc cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

 We have a new addition to the family and his name is Sam, the kids had a great time playing with him but Leo was upset when Sam jump on him. Finally we told Leo to stop running and tell Sam stop and to  sit.

I like to have the  dress white as this being the end of summer dinner.   Tanya looked so fresh in her white shirt and jeans.

and so did Melissa (right) and her mom (left). Everyone looked like they were having a nice time !

…but  us girls were having too much fun posing for pictures !

 Happy 23rd  Birthday  Justin !

And Happy  Birthday Melissa !!

Hope the magic of this evening stays with you both the whole year till next year at our end of summer family dinner !

We almost  made our list for the “Ten things we wanted to do for the summer’ except for ” #4 Have a tennis tournament at night. (everyone plays), oh well we’ll try ten for ten next year, hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Now it’s time to start  planning for  our annual Mystery Dinner next month !

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A birthday dinner for Hunter…

A birthday dinner for hunter on my back veranda with my  simple white dishes, and jars I saved for a  candle holder. Yes I love  simplicity.

I used my small round table for a sideboard.

Tanya helped with all the details….napkins, ice tea, olive oil , french bread, salt and pepper.

the sun was setting and it was time for  dinner …

all the kids came, Brandon, Justin, Tanya, Fernando and of course Darrill and Leo .

Basil chicken linguine with lemon butter sauce , and basil  salad…simple but so good !

Double chocolate cake with whip cream frosting and sliced almonds with vanilla ice cream…for desert ! I baked the  cake just before the dinner so it  was fresh !

Happy birthday Hunter I hope you had a wonderful birthday, I can’t believe your fifteen !!