In all my life I have never understood the phrase uttered by so many mothers (and grandmothers). What IS a "stomach ache" anyways!? Tonight I found out
Michelle and Ben invited us over for the perfect holiday party complete with all of your favorite hors d’oeuvres, cookies, music, costumed dogs, and decor.
You know all of those "rules" that the women’s magazines impose?
- "Don’t mindlessly eat"
- "Sit down with a plate of food"
- "Stay away from nuts and high-fat foods"
- "Fill up on veggies so you stay away from desserts"
I say GUF to those rules. If you go to a fabulous holiday party every single weekend night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, then you might want to set some guidelines, but this was one of few parties in our season this year, and any form of restriction would have just left me unsatisfied. Michelle had so much wonderful food, and it all tasted so delicious!! If you want any of her recipes, please visit her blog! There are no "this is what I ate" photos because I ate it all
My contribution to the party was a cheese platter of cheeses sent to me by Wisconsin Cheese Cupid, a site where you can pair wine + cheese and cheese + wine. The site is actually really well done and tells you which wines suit each cheese best and vice versa.
My board had:
I made a little card with each to tell which beverages were recommended
Michelle and I tasted
And approved!! The BLUE cheese was out of this world!!! I also really like the stinky Edam.
Coincidentally Michelle had some Riesling out and it was on all four serving cards. I have to agree with the recommendation!
Cooper got a bone instead!
Diana + Dan’s Bailey and another dog (a Penny look-alike), Marley, also joined the party in costume!
After a few hours of grazing, the desserts really put me over the edge and I got the worst stomach ache!! My upper chamber was about to burst!! I think I even ate the centerpiece..
Thankfully my stomach settled and I feel better now. I have finally learned not to drink too much alcohol (it’s just natural now for me to stop after 1-2 drinks) but I still haven’t learned that eating too much will make me feel sick. All in good time.
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!