Sunday, December 8, 2013

Jen's Pinterest Party

Yesterday afternoon I was invited to attend a Pinterest party hosted by friend and fellow blogger, Jen St. Germain Leeman.  You can access her blog at as well as LIKE her Facebook page of the same name.  Jen is the daughter of a very good, long time friend of mine, Susie.  The party concept was so exciting - bring one of your favorite recipes from Pinterest and Jen provided simple crafts for her guests.

I wanted to bring her something as a little gift for visiting her home for the first time.  I was quite honored to be invited.  I checked the remaining herbs in my garden.  Yes, there was still some rosemary and a bit of thyme thriving well under some pine needles.  I made a bottle of infused oil (part extra-virgin olive and part canola) for Jen to enjoy with bread or my favorite way - oven roasted veggies.
In addition to the garden herbs, I added a clove of garlic and a dried bay leaf.  It is important to make sure all the herbs are completely dry or the oils will become cloudy and rancid.
I fudged my choice of Pinterest recipe.  I actually got the recipe from Pillsbury, but it is so cute, I wanted to bring it to share with my new friends.  

It looks very festive and contains broccoli, red pepper and a cream cheese spread.  I must say it tastes better crispy and straight from the oven, rather than wrapped in foil to keep warm.
Jen's new neighborhood is located in a lagoon community, so her seaside wreath was very welcoming as I entered her home.  The decorations were lovely, the food was delish and the company was exquisite.  

Jen's home was decorated with warmth and creativity.  I felt so comfortable meeting all new friends.
The food table displayed several options; I loved the chef salad on a skewer that Nancy made.  
The hot chocolate bar was a hit with kids and adults alike.  Lots of choices to add to the comforting beverage.
The dessert table -- Yum and Yay!

The food, however, was just a part of this great day.  The simple crafts and fun conversations added to the experience.  I had to leave early and Jen gave me a cute goody bag with simmering potpourri to enjoy over the holiday season.

So thankful for the experience -- new friends, good food, fun time.  DIVINE!

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO glad you came! And I can't wait to roast some veggies with that DIVINE oil!! Thanks for this lovely post.