I had a friend to lunch yesterday. Though my grocery envelope was empty, I was able to pull from my pantry and freezer.
My husband is a meat-and-potatoes hearty eater, so I thought I'd prepare some tearoom style food while I could! Here in Nashville we love Miss Daisy, a local tearoom owner and cookbook author.
I made tomato soup with fresh dill, a crustless spinach cheese quiche, and lemon poppy muffins. I finally tried my whole wheat pastry flour and many of the spices from the Mennonite Market trip. I didn't want to make the lunch too formal, so we ate outside.
My little helper and I dragged a table under a giant tree, covered it with a bright Vera tablecloth, and a plopped pot of hot pink impatiens in the center.
It saved both of us the travel time to and from a restaurant, babysitting, and we didn't even have to figure out a tip. I'm going to start invited other moms over to lunch at home more often.