Festive Friends

January 9, 2012


Tonight we were invited over to Karen’s friends’ (now our friends :) ) Catriona and Jim’s house


Karen joined us along with their son, Ashton


We snacked on appetizers (Karen’s hummus and sun-dried tomato pesto!)


We played with the cutest kitty – Tiger Lily!



For dinner Catriona made manicotti, delicious Italian, plus salad and Great Harvest bread



And for dessert we enjoyed a Lemon-Almond Pound Cake


Topped with ice cream! Hit the spot.



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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

The Madre would LOVE you. She is so into the beaded and hand-painted decor — she literally goes gaga for it.

I’ve always wondered …. did they name it pound cake because it weighs a pound?


2 KathEats January 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I think because the classic recipe calls for a pound of flour, pound of butter, pound of sugar


3 Janet January 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

KathEats: That is what my mom always too. My mom and her mom (grandma) said that is how the ingredients were sold back in the day so you could go to your market and buy everything by the pound and make a cake from what you purchased. Many of those items are still sold by the pound for this recipe.


4 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Those napkin rings are too fun! Love all the colors.


5 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Love those napkin rings!! They look homemade!


6 Mom January 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Love the decor and the kitty!


7 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I love eating with friends, old or new!


8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

oh my goodness, i LOVE those glasses – so pretty! the food looks delicious too!


9 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

What beautiful glass and plateware! So colorful.

Tiger Lily is adorable. Reminds me of Angela’s (OSG) cat, I love the stripes. This looks like the perfect comfort food meal!


10 Kat @ Balance & Spice January 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Looks like such a delicious evening. The bread looks the best. Have a great rest of your night!


11 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Love your new friend’s dish ware!


12 Kristi January 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I’ve never even thought to make manicotti….looks delicious!


13 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Love making new friends. I wish my family lived closer so we could share their friends too!


14 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

oooo that lemon pound cake looks delish!! and even better with a scoop of ice cream :)


15 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

My kind of meal! Everything looks delish. I really like the star shaped cake! Very cute.


16 Andrea January 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

That kitty is adorable, but looks totally pissed! Look at those claws! Ahhh gotta love kitties :)

Those eats look amazing, gotta try my hand at making some manicotti! :)


17 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

mmmm sounds delicious!!


18 Deva @ Deva by Definition January 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I love the colorful dishware – so festive and warm, especially this time of year!


19 Molly @ RDexposed January 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Those desserts are so pretty!

Also, does Karen give the host a heads up that you’re a food blogger? Does it ever get awkward? You seem like a take charge kind of lady who probably wouldn’t be phased by it.


20 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Yes, these friends know all about the blog. I always ask first!


21 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I would like friends like yours please. I love entertaining and making fun stuff like that but my friends think they’re doing me a favor by always wanting to eat out. Fun glasses and plates too!


22 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I love how festive the plates are. Reminds me of home… Texas/San Antonio


23 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Congrats on a fun night with your (new) friends! Everything looks delish.


24 Kavi @ Lab to Fab January 10, 2012 at 12:09 am

Love all those bright colors — and the food looks delicious too! You have fun friends!


25 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

That garlic bread made with great harvest looks seriously delish!


26 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

What a fun night and I love that glassware. Just beautiful and so nice to savor beverages in pretty glasses…I think they taste better that way :)


27 Laura @ She Eats Well January 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

Ha ha, love that kitty’s face. Too cute. Good company and good food always makes for the best nights. Oh, and now I really want some pound cake and ice cream.


28 Khushboo January 10, 2012 at 12:35 am

Woo perhaps El Tigre and Tiger Lilly need to meet ;)!


29 TeenyLittleSuperChef January 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

Those plates and glasses are so freaking cute! Definitely festive. Do you know where they got them? Hope you had a fun night out with your mama-in-law and her friends. Always fun to have a reason to celebrate Monday night :)


30 Angela January 10, 2012 at 9:24 am
31 Angela January 10, 2012 at 9:27 am
32 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Yep, she wrote a comment below!


33 Alex January 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

Awww… that kitty is adorable….


34 Laura January 10, 2012 at 5:37 am

Did you happen to ask how they got their pound cake in the shape of a star? I’m curious!


35 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

It was actually a gift from a company, but I think you could buy a star mold and get the same effect


36 Heather H @ Run Eat Play January 10, 2012 at 6:34 am

I love those glasses – so festive! Looks like a great night, and the hummus sounds delicious!


37 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 10, 2012 at 6:51 am

The colors are all so beautiful! It makes a meal so much more fun!


38 Simply Life January 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

sounds like a fun night!


39 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

Pretty name, Catriona. Of course, everything looks delicious even at 7 a.m.!


40 Emily January 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

Those wine/water glasses are beautiful. So colorful and festive. My husband and I have lots of “nice” high quality glassware, but no fun festive stuff like that.

Glad you had a fun dinner party with your friends!


41 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money January 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

I love the colors in the decor. It makes me want to make a festive centerpiece just because!


42 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

Very festive dinner! Love all the colours…and that Lemon Pound Cake! Yummy!


43 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

That manicotti looks great!


44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

How fun! Dessert looks fab 😀


45 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

The dessert looks so good, I love how it’s baked in a star shape! Is it store bought or homemade? If homemade, what sort of pan was used to create the shape and is a recipe coming soon? :-)


46 Katie January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

That is a wonderful picture of you Kath, you look so relaxed and happy! It look like your delicous dinner, drinks and dessert with family and friends was reason to be smiling. Love the fun, bright colors. The kids and I have been putting out festive Valentine’s decorations to brighten things up.


47 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

:) Thanks


48 Angel7 January 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Very festive dinnerware!

Tiger Lily looks quizzical :)



49 grace January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

Love your pictures!!


50 Catriona January 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

From The Hostess: The place mats, napkin, and napkin rings and glasses are all from Pier 1. I found the plates at TJ Maxx. The ceramic creatures (frogs and geckos) are from Tecate, Mexico. It’s my fiesta look – served with an Italian meal…


51 KathEats January 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thanks so much for dinner!


52 Meagan January 10, 2012 at 9:47 am

You have such a good friend and entertaining and eat dinner at each others houses social-life. I love it!


53 Allison January 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

Oooh, would Karen share her sundried tomato pesto?! All of the bright colors in the table setting are wonderful!


54 Kelsey January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Karen is so popular!


55 Olivia January 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

That pound cake looks delicious. I am always super disapointed when dinner at someone else’s house does not include some dessert of some kind!


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