Ralph Lauren came to the rescue this year when I fell in love with the beautiful floral print in sage green with a splash of pomegranate red. With a print like that, I didn't have to work very hard at adding other interesting elements to the table.
Maybe just a centerpiece with lots of white roses and a touch of silver. White roses are among my favorites at any time of the year and they always seem to elevate any table dressing.
And napkins folded à la Fleur de Lis. My Federal Platinum dishes calmed the table down and provided a little rest for the eyes.
That was as much effort as I was willing to put that year on the table because I was saving my energy for cooking and baking!
Here was the hit of the night: Crab Cakes on a bed of homemade Sweet Tomato Jam, topped with Arugula lightly dressed in olive oil. I was in Atlanta this year and I picked up the recipe from the hotel where I was staying. I couldn't wait to try it out! But most of my time was spent baking cookies!
Honey Pecan Butterballs and Magic Bars in the background . . .
Peanut butter blossoms . . .
Thumb print cookies . . .
Potato Chip Cookies . . .
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies . . .
I don't often bake these many cookies, there never seems to be enough time. But 2015 was one for the cookie books!
Here's the fam . . . I never get tired of the yearly shot of us all around the dinner table. My son David wasn't with us this year. He was gone doing his Army thing and we sorely missed him. But this year . . . everyone is coming home! There's a lot of baking in store for me in the days to come. I am a happy woman!