Sunday, April 20, 2008

Champagne Punch

My sister is having a party and asked for this 'in'famous recipe.  I planned a surprise party for Adam's 21st birthday and this Martha Stewart punch was the star!  While we went out to dinner with his parents, my family and sorority sisters set up the party.  Little did I know that dinner would take 3 hours!  

Suffice it to say, by the time we arrived, the party was started!  The girls loved the punch and most were 'punch-drunk.'  Adam was very surprised and probably still considers this one of the highlights of his college career.  One birthday boy and all those pretty Phi Mu girls!  

Martha Stewart's Champagne Punch

Makes 2
(Me thinks this is perhaps where the potency came from- converting this recipe into punch bowl size!)

3 tablespoons grenadine
3 tablespoons Cointreau
2 tablespoons brandy
1 3/4 cups champagne
Raspberries, apples, or other seasonal fruit

Fill a small ice bucket halfway with ice. Pour grenadine, Cointreau, brandy, and champagne over ice. Stir gently, and ladle punch into 2 wide-mouthed stemmed glasses. Garnish punch with raspberries, apples, or any other fruit in season.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fun Friday Night

Friday we attended a Book and Author dinner.  We had a great time!  It honestly was one of my favorite nights this year.  There were three speakers including Cokie Roberts.  We sat with three other great couples and the conversation and wine flowed!  The tables were set for 8 instead of 10 and I think that makes conversation much easier and more intimate.  I wore this Lilly dress again which made getting ready a snap!  Love dresses that multi-task!

Because the authors were there to sign their books, I just HAD to buy all 7 of them.  My girlfriend had the good idea to have Cokie Roberts' book signed to my daughter so I sent Adam on his mission.  He said she had quite the attitude.  

He asked her if she could sign it to Mary Fowler and she said, "No, I cannot.  I don't write last names because it would hurt my hand."  He said, "Well, okay, but Mary Fowler is her first name" (Cokie is supposedly from the South, ya'll!).  So, she gave a tired sigh and did it.

Since Adam and I have been watching the John Adams series on HBO, I do think I will enjoy reading about the women behind the founders of our country.  As a matter of fact, one of my girlfriends at the dinner compared me to Dolly Madison which I think is quite a compliment, although I do need to refresh my history lessons.  

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Book Club

This month is my turn to host Book club and I chose Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures. Autism is certainly in the news a lot now and while I have friends with autistic children, I actually know very little about it.

Someone had mentioned this author to me and since this book club is a bit more serious, I thought it was a happy medium between what I like (learning about people) and what they want to read (textbooks). I am enjoying it very much and I definitely recommend it!