19 August 2010

Guinea Pigs

We're coming up on two months in the house. Where does the time go?! We've been waiting to invite the neighbors over until we're more moved in (specifically, until the exercise room no longer looks like a warehouse), but over the last couple of weeks, I've been feeling like it's time to plan a small event and do as much unpacking, organizing, etc. as we can before the doorbell rings, with the caveat to our guests that "we're still working on it."

We love brunch. (Back before triathlon began stealing our weekend mornings, we had friends over for brunch every month or two.) We've pretty much perfected dishes like French toast and Belgian waffles, and breakfast items don't generally take a ton of prep work. So brunch was the obvious menu for this inaugural get-together. And since we knew that the girls across the street have been eager to meet the bunnies, their family was first on the invitation list. We also decided to invite another family from two houses down with kids of about the same age, as well as neighbors from the condo who have a daughter in the right range (although it's looking like they won't arrive until after the other girls have left).

Tonight I went to Costco to pick up a few things. The menu is shaping up as follows:
  • French toast with Canadian maple syrup (our favorite source...apologies to Vermont)
  • mixed fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and whatever else looks good at HEB tomorrow)
  • chaussons aux pommes (applesauce turnovers)
  • bagels with cream cheese and lox
  • some kind of quiche (probably also using the lox, with goat cheese and...spinach?)
  • roasted pepper, mozzarella, and basil salad
  • orange juice and water
In the condo, we had extremely limited kitchen space, so when we had people over, we always had to put the food out on the dining table (which we pushed against a wall). Since the table was not available for eating, guests had to use the coffee table or just hold their plate as they ate. Although our current table only seats six, we are definitely looking forward to setting up the food in the kitchen and giving at least some of our guests a more dignified dining experience.

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