Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I had such plans for St. Patrick's Day, but I started getting sick the night before and by the morning of St. Patrick's Day, I felt awful! Therefore, I didn't get to make Andrew and I green pancakes with green milk to start the day. :(

To make it even worse, we were invited to a St. Patrick's Day party at Josh and Savannah's that night and I just didn't think I was going to be able to go. That afternoon Andrew went to the store to get cabbage, which was his assignment for the party and I called Savannah to say that I wasn't coming, but that Andrew still was. I felt so bad!

When Andrew got home from the store, he surprised me with green roses. To be honest, I was feeling so miserable that it took me a minute to understand why he had given me green roses! ;) Once I got it though, it was the sweetest thing. :)

At that point, I started feeling well enough to get ready for the party, but I decided not to call Savannah just in case I took a turn for the worse again. Andrew and I both had St. Patrick's Day shirts and I had a clover necklace and earrings. Though I was not well enough to care about getting a picture. Oh well!

We made it to Josh and Savannah's and in the end I was so glad I went. Good friends and good food!

Cute party favors!

The menu included corned beef and cabbage (of course!), green salad, baked potato bar, rolls, rainbow fruit tray, this green dessert and Love Potion to drink though Savannah made it with limeade and lime sherbet this time. ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Book Club

Last Wednesday night we got together again for book club. Randi chose this month's book, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Randi fed us dinner while we discussed the book and then, since this book has been made into a movie, we decided to watch it as part of book club. Movies are usually never as good as the book though and because this book has so much story in it, the movie left a lot out, but I still really enjoyed seeing the characters in the book come to life in the movie. Until next month!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Swap Group

Angie took charge this month and decided to have us all make a St. Patrick's Day door hanger and then bring it for show and tell. I loved seeing what everyone came up with! I decided to make a door knob hanger and this is what I came up with.

Savannah decided she wanted to make something for everyone instead of just a door hanger for herself so she made these cute leprechaun hats from Pinterest. They are made out of small Glad containers. So cute!

Filled with Rolo "gold". ;)

For dessert, Angie did a candy table. There were apothecary jars filled with Andes Mints, shortbread cookies, Junior Mints, Skittles and Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies along with a green cake pedestal with ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream sandwiches were chocolate, shamrock-shaped cookies filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Everything was either green, minty or had something to do with St. Patrick's Day. How cute is that?!