One of my dreams come true of moving to our new house is that I finally have a house big enough to host baby showers and such. I have been collecting old glass dishes for years (from Goodwill of course) I have enough right now to serve 40 with glass tea cups, glass rectangular plates and real silver. (I just bought a full set of silver the other day at Goodwill for $4.40! that was a score)
Even better than having a house big enough was having a back yard that at one time had 21 kids out back during the open house luncheon (with their own kids lunch) and you would not even have known they were there. Oh the joys of space!
Last week a threw a baby shower for a girl having a baby that I get to visit teach (watch over, take care of and love) in my church congregation. It was so much fun. The invites were some of my favorite that I ever made. I used the graphics from one of my new favorite websites, Free Pretty Things For You (thank you!!!)
I made cupcakes with pretty pink polka dotted liners (I always buy my icing from the grocery store bakery, it is cheap, fast and much better than I can make at home) and my favorite fall drink of Spiced Fruit Punch. The recipe is from my friend Liz H who really should make a cook book because she has a great collection of yummies. Try it this fall you will like it.
Spiced Fruit Punch
1/3 cup of sugar
12 inches stick cinnamon, broken (buy these with the Mexican food at the grocery store, you can get a bag for $2.00)
1/2 tsp whole cloves
4 Cups apple juice, chilled
1 12 ounce can apricot nectar, chilled
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 liter of Sprite
In a saucepan combine 12 cup water, sugar and spices. Bring to boiling: reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Chill, covered, 2 - 24 hours. Strain spices from sugar and water and discard. Combine with fruit juices. Pour into punch bowl; add sprite.
I am slowly but surely fitting in and finding my spot. These women have been too good to me so far - I hope the more they get to know me they will be just as nice!