Sunday, September 16, 2012

What's for Dinner?

First, I would like to apologize for my absence and lack of posts since dropping off the "baby" at Baylor.  We dropped her off on August 16th, came home, left the following Saturday for MI to celebrate my mil's 94 birthday, and then returned home to a nightmare.

While I do not feel comfortable going into the details, I can sum it up into two words...Identity Theft.

We are fine now, rattled, a bit irate, but okay!  I keep telling myself there are worse things that could happen. We are healthy, have a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs.

On a lighter note..."Big Girl" started grad doing amazingly well. Was thrilled to get a 100 on her first accounting "problem" (she is not a math child...we keep telling her it isn't the same as Algebra, LOL).  And, attended her first Paint concert...loud music, paint shot at audience to said music, you guessed go home COVERED!  They (she and the "keeper") had a blast and the pictures were hysterical.

"Baby Girl" has adjusted to life far away from home, however...we think she's a wee bit homesick this week.  The weather went from 105 to the low 70s (little cooler at times) and rain!  Not a good combo for a child who suffers from weather related migraines!  She has gotten herself involved in many groups, is loving college football (front row and on tv for both games thus far), and attended an awesome mission conference this weekend.  She is coming home for her first visit in two weeks to celebrate her birthday and we can't wait!!!

Hubby and I have adjusted quite well.  We do still have one little one at home, okay...she has four legs, but she is still the princess! (sorry Elie!)

I recently hosted book club at our home, and had prepared an antipasto platter for everyone to munch on.  It was such a success that hubby and I decided to use the leftovers and create our own tray for dinner tonight along with "to die for" garlic rolls.

Antipasto Platter:
Pepper Crusted Salami, Salami, Pepperoni, Prosciutto
Provolone and Pecorino Cheese
Mixed Olives (green, black, kalamata)
Artichoke hearts
Roasted Red Peppers with olive oil and garlic
Crackers and Breadsticks

This is such an easy platter to put together, and easy to adjust the quantity according to the number of people you will be serving.

We also had some rolls leftover (we had served Pastrami with Horseradish Sauce as well) we heated them and melted some butter, minced garlic and added some fresh grated parmesan cheese.  YUM!!!  A billion NO calories at all!!

It was a fun change of pace, and perfect for Game Day!!


Katie said...

yum!! I want to be part of your book club! that is so frustrating about identity theft - I'm sorry! It is scary what people can do. I'm glad you're girls are doing well too! It is such a big adjustment first year of school!

Jennifer Diane said...

That spread looks so yummy!! :-) Glad to hear your daughter is settling in nicely at school.


Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy children make it so much easier don't you think....glad your girls are doing well....empty nest so far so good here too....our four legged girl is now in charge! Happy Monday!

Leslie said...

Sorry to hear about the theft.. that's terrible!!

Your menu for book club is perfect! Love the selection of antipasto :)

Jamie said...

That antipasta salad plate looks delish

Maillardville Manor said...

Glad to see you're back!!! and the "baby" is doing good away from home! and Elie started school!
So glad I caught the update!!!! :)
But WOW that is terrible about your identity theft!!!
I hope it wasn't too terrible!
do you know if there was anything you could have done to prevent it?? Or was it totally random???
Identity theft is one of my biggest concerns, (although I do run a public blog?? so it can't be that concerning for me, haha)
Lots of Love

Brittany said...

Mmmm...your tray looks great! So sorry about your identity theft! What a terrible thing to have to go through, glad you're fine now :)

Isaiah 55:8-9 said...

So sorry about the ID theft. What a nightmare! Praying that you are able to resolve things quickly.

But that platter looks YUMMY!! :) I will have to remember that the next time we're having company!

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Oh no, so sorry about the identitiy theft. Hopefully all gets resolved soon!

Sounds like everything else is going well with college and at home! Your dinner looks yummy. Perfect and simple for football watching!

Meg {henninglove} said...

ugh im sorry you have to deal with that. definitely not fun to deal with but like you said you are healthy, you have a roof over your heads and two amazing daughters. those garlic rolls do look to die for, recipe?

Michaela said...

Ah, I'm so sorry to hear about your identity theft :( People are so horrible! Glad to hear everything is okay now though. Those rolls look delicious. I'm such a bread person!

Brandi said...

Lauren, I am so sorry to read about your identity theft. Hope the situation has been resolved. Your meat and cheese tray looks so good. I have to keep your tray in mind for when we have friends over.

Sarah said...

I had such a fiasco with some fraudulent bank activity this summer...I could not believe how many hours and hours and hours it took me to straighten things out. I feel for you! It's such a pain! Hope everyone is doing well in college!