I've had a new burst of domestic inspiration in the last day or two, most of which followed the great triumph of taming my dining room. It wasn't that it was waiting, packed in tidy boxes, but instead that the whole house had been unpacked in that single room and never again touched. But now I can breathe easy and walk taller. It has been rescued from disaster.
My focus has now turned to streamlining it's beauty. The bar needs to be stained and I'm hunting down a mini-fridge for mixers and white wine; it will fit just bellow the bar/counter/recycled IKEA shelf. I took some art to Hobby Lobby to have it framed for wall accessorizing, picked up some silk Gerber daisies for the table, and the super cutest best part - big gold letters in his and my first initials with a swirly "&" to go between them. I think they will have to hang above my bar-in-progress, the pièce de résistance. The Container Store (online) is next. I need to find some hardware for holding bottles and barware.
But before that, I wanted to share these recipes from this morning's Rescue Chef. This menu most certainly screams, "Welcome home, Sweetheart!" especially since I don't eat red meat. It will reappear for a certain homecoming-to-be later this year--