Friday, July 18, 2008



Hey y'all. Robin over at PENSIEVE is hosting a party and we've all been invited. We're supposedly feeling bad about not being able to go to some big fancy schmancy party for bloggers in San Fran, but since I'm so clueless about this whole blogging world I'm not feeling like I'm missing too much. Maybe next year I'll be clued in and crying in my drink. Who knows?

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to throw a party. Earlier this summer I even bought invitations for a party I wasn't even having just because I thought they were cute. I hope to have that party sometime before the summer ends, but just in case, take a look at the cute invitation and consider yourself welcomed.

I live in a suburb of Chicago with my banker-husband B, my three beautiful daughters who are quickly growing up and will be leaving the nest before I know it, and my wonder-dog, Thunder. Mom-life is great, but I also like professor-life, marketing-life, freelance writer-life, and volunteer-life. None of it makes me very much money (particularly because I'm not working at the moment), but I'm happy.

Funny that Robin asked about party food because B and I had our own little party on the back porch tonight. I wish I had taken pictures because it was all very lovely with twinkling lights and pretty plates, but basically we had bruschetta, shrimp cocktail, and baked brie. Oh, and wine!

Here's how to make the brie--one of my favorite appetizers ever. Take a sheet of puff pastry and thaw it on the counter for about 30 minutes. Take a piece of brie (the best piece of brie you can afford) and cut it in half, horizontally. Place about 2 tablespoons of raspberry jam on top of the bottom piece of brie and top with the remaining piece of brie. Wrap the brie with the puff pastry and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let set for a few minutes before cutting into it. Serve with crackers. Oh my, I could eat the whole thing!

I would love to get to know you better, so please leave a comment if you stop by. Thanks!

18 comments:

  1. This sounds awesome! So nice to meet you. I can't remember the last time I had even a mini picnic with my husband. I'm going to go find him right now!

    Nice to meet you!

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  2. Hi, Shelley! That recipe sounds DIVINE. I am definitely going to be trying it.

    It's nice to meet you! I'm bookmarking you now so I can come back and visit...

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  3. The baked brie sounds wonderful!! I am going to have to try it. Hubby loves Brie period.

    So nice to meet you!!

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  4. Ahhh... picnics with the husband. :)

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  5. Oh yummy...that sounds absolutely delicious!

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  6. Nice to meet you! I LOVE Chicago - one of my favorite cities ever. :) Thanks for stopping in!

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  7. Oh that sounds GOOD! I love brie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Ohh the thought of baked brie just made me totally drool. That would be awesome with all kinds of preserves!

    Nice to meet you!

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  9. I love baked brie. Your sounds heavenly.

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  10. Hi! Good to meet you through the Blog Hop! I'm having so much fun going from one to the next. I scrolled and read a few posts - LOVE those bags (and the cute pic!). :-)

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  11. It all seems so very fancy! Lovely! Nice to meet you!

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  12. Oooo, that sounds delicious. I'd like some of that please?!

    Thanks for inviting us over for a little partying. It's nice to "meet" you.

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  13. Nice to meet ya! I love that Brie idea, thanks! It's definately one I'll be trying. I do one similar with pecans, butter and brown sugar...Only similar because of the puff pastry it's wrapped in...
    My daughter went to school for 3 semesters in a suburb of Chicago...

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  14. Okay Shelley, the appetizers sound really good. It sounds like you and your husband were having a pretty neat little moment out. Nice to meet you.

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  15. That sounds great! It was fun Friday night!

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  16. Hi there! Nice to meet you. I'm very late to the party, but thought that I would say hello. Please stop by sometime.

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  17. Mmmm, that baked brie sounds good. I've honestly never had brie before so I might have to try it now.

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  18. Shelly,

    PLEASE FORGIVE MY TARDINESS! Ugh! My weekend was full of so much stuff, I barely had time to blog! Next year I will plan much better!!

    BTW, it took me a year to understand what BlogHer was...and trust me, way more people don't go than do go, but the more you get into blogging, the more you'll imagine that "everyone" is going.

    Sounds like you and your hubby had a marvelous time, and I would've LOVED to come to your party, lol. Though it doesn't sound like I was invited ;).

    Hold onto that recipe; next time take pictures--I promise, you'll have reason to use it again!

    :)

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