Friday, October 10, 2008

A romantic dinner for two...

There is just something romantic about sitting at a table for two, meant to share with the one you love, waiting for him to come home and share quality time together.

I love nights when the hubby and I get to do our Italian Antipasti finger food night. It's so much fun. We just load up a platter with marinated artichokes, peppers, cheese, marinated mushrooms, black olives, prosciutto and melon, and some fine Italian wine to go with all the fixings. We like to do this on a relatively unpredictable basis. Once in a while I like to surprise him with this on a night when I know he's not really into eating something overly filling but would rather have something light. Toothpicks are optional. We change the food selection usually every time we have this. Mostly it depends on what's floating around in the pantry (which has now become part of my sunroom) and the fridge. Sometimes I make bruschetta to go along with it. A lot of variations on that too.

Hey, does anyone know what a "hearts of palm" actually is? I bought it in a can, and I have no clue what it is. I must confess I just bought it because it was something Emeril on the Food Network started using in a few of his programs. But he never really explained what it is? Any help? (Aren't I so needy?)

So, I notice that I don't get many comments. I begin to wonder if there is a point to doing my own blog. Perhaps I should just stick to commenting and communicating instead of doing my own blog. Any opinions? Is there something that I'm doing that is "taboo" in the blog world? I'm so new at this, I don't know the "rules". Maybe I'm sharing too much information. Maybe I'm just plain old boring. Maybe I just need to be more patient. I welcome all comments. Good and bad. I also am looking forward to Christmas and Birthday time coming in December and buying my own digital camera with my gift money from my Dad. He's always so generous with all of us. Last year, I actually gave my substantial check over to my husband, who with his check from Dad, made a payment for a Jeep we bought from my husband's brother. We lost our car (2006 Monte Carlo), and had to have something for me to drive. This year I'm keeping the $$... to pay for some things I really need/want and there aren't any other options for me to buy them without this money from Dad.

I didn't get out to the shop during the week... but I am planning on sometime on Sunday. I have to work tomorrow from 8-4 pm... make a quick 1/2 hour errand, then I'm home for the night. I'll be making Potato Cheese Soup for a friend who had major surgery on September 29th. I haven't had the time to do anything for her and her boyfriend. She's out of commission for 6 to 8 weeks. So, by the time this weekend is over, I'll try to have made soup, and spent some time in the shop.

Also, the big foo-pah I thought I had made earlier in my posts involving the Department of Revenue has all been worked out, and it wasn't really a big deal. I just get so paranoid with the IRS and Department of Revenue for PA... like I'm a child waiting to be disciplined. Weird, I know. But, rest assured, with a small amount of money, I'll be back in the swing of things.


Ginger said...

Hi Penny:
I came over from Cindy's romantic home page. Don't you just love her blog site? I am new at this too, and maybe someday I can figure it all out and do better. I am self taught on the computer and have a lot I need to learn. Don't give up on your blog...I think it just takes patience. When I started mine I felt like I was writing to myself. Now I am getting some comments and I get so excited to see someone has stopped by and left a comment. lol. I tried your playlist (I love Heaven by Bryan Adams) but there is something wrong with my computer and I can't play songs or look at stops and starts.
I think the picture of the sunflowers in the red vase is so pretty.


Hi Penny,
Just saw your comment over on Cindy's blog and thought I would stop by and say hello!! I don't see any problems with your blog, all I can say and you probably are already doing this, make lots of visits and comments to other bloggers so they know your out there. Looks like your doing a great job here and your table setting looks pretty.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

H Penny, don't give up! It takes time! When I first started mine only my kids left comments! Like Kelly said, the best way to get people to visit is to start leaving comments on other blogs.

That dinner looks good. I love hearts of palm. I cut them up and put them in salads. It comes from a certain type of palm tree.

Ginger said...

Hi Penny:
Thanks for stopping by my blog. You bet it's alright for you to put my blog on your favorite places to visit. How sweet of you. I just have to think of some things to blog about now. lol.
You said you didn't know how much to reveal or write about on your blog. I don't know about everyone else, but I think that's half the fun of reading everyone's blog, is finding out about their life and what they do on a daily basis. (or maybe I am just nosey) lol.
Keep on blogging.