Sunday, May 11, 2008

Book Group Prep

I am hosting book group tomorrow night. We will be discussing The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett. I've spent my week-end getting ready.

I shopped Friday night, having to go to three different supermarkets to get everything I need. Then yesterday, I began cleaning house. I did some deep cleaning, scrubbing a stain in the carpet, wiping down baseboards, dusting the ceiling fans. I re-arranged my bedroom and put on completely new 600 thread count khaki sheets (a gift to myself), a new comforter, pillows, and shams that my sister gave me for Christmas. It is a lovely golden taupe with turquoise and khaki. I decided to not use the dust ruffle because my bed, a lovely antique, has 8" wooden side rails that I decided show off.

I started my dinner this afternoon, after cleaning the living room and kitchen (an ongoing project). So far I have perlini mozzarella marinating to be served with olives, grape tomatoes, and crackers. I've made a roasted vegetable and orzo salad.

I will make the dessert this evening, a fruity version of tiramisu called berrymisu.

Then I intend to clean my bathroom before going to bed.

My plan for tomorrow, then, will be to set the table before leaving for work. After work I will vacuum. Then I will prepare my entree, a chicken dish. I will have the coffee ready to perk before I mop the kitchen and bathroom. Next I will set out my appetizers. I should be in good shape, especially if I can keep the television off.

I called my Mom to wish her a Happy Mother's Day. It was one year ago that she first became ill. I asked if she had gone to church today and she said, "All three of us." This left me baffled because I didn't think they would take the cat to church. When asked, she said "Your daddy, Paula, and Brenda."

This statement takes interpretation. Paula who? And, Brenda (me) was not there. I determined that my sister and brother-in-law went to church with my parents. BIL's parents also attend the same church. Fuzzy math.

Anyhoo, I must return to my cooking and cleaning. BTW, I really enjoyed the book and hope to have a lively discussion. The problem is, however, that if we all like the book, we have very little to discuss. The one person who would, I think, really enjoy the book will not be in attendance. It's okay, though, she probably didn't read the book anyway.

In review...Happy Mothers' Day. Clean house.
Tomorrow's menu:

Marinated perlini mozzarella
Grape tomatoes
Drunken Goat cheese

Main Course
Chicken Lombardy (Southern Living)
Roasted Vegetable and Orzo Salad (Ina Garten)


Iced tea
Pinot Grigio
Sparkling water

1 comment:

Liza P. said...

I may have to read the Magician's Assistant since you approve. However, I didn't really enjoy her other book, Bel Canto. I started it to join in on my co-workers book club but just couldn't get into it! I stopped after the first 2 chapters. Hopefully the Magician's Assistant will be a different story,

btw berrymisu sounds deelish!