The dinner party went off well, though I did have a rough start--everyone arrived before the dude got home from work (where is my extra pair of hands?) and I was still cutting up the potatoes and the green beans. Fortunately, it's just family, so they can entertain themselves. My cousin likes to help, so I let her. Everyone fell in love with the teriyaki meatloaf (Mandajuice's recipe--and you do need to stick with that sauce!). But I really only needed two; you know I made three! I also tried out Nigella Lawson's recipe for peanut chocolate sundaes from Nigella Express. That recipe right there is worth the price of admission, though I don't know how much sauce she puts on her ice cream. I doubled the recipe--which served four--and was left with two cups of sauce after everyone (all 11) had indulged!
Thanks for your camaraderie on the beer situation. The other loopy thing about Pennsylvania is that you can only buy beer a case at a time. Makes it pretty expensive--and forget about trying new things! You can buy a six-pack from a bar to take off premise, but the mark-up is ridiculous. (Back in the 1980s I bought a six-pack of Miller Lite--the only thing they'd sell us--for like $8. That was my first and last time!) Recently though, Wegman's and another grocery store that also serves food, have figured out a way around the outmoded liquor laws in Pennsylvania. The Wegman's "near" us has given up some of their cafe space to beer, mostly unusual brands. I think they are using their status as "restaurant" to get around being a grocery store. I'm sure the state is going to figure out a way to close the loophole, but for now I foresee a lot of trips to Wegman's!
I went shopping with my mom, aunt, and grandmother ("left eye") yesterday. Mostly boring, but I did get these at SteinMart:
Okay, you're out taking pictures in the rain and you're not wearing the boots? What do you have on? Slippers? And pajamas? The neighbors think you're nuts, you know.
Anyway, that's my excuse for not having stitching pictures for you.
I'm greedy, so I am entering Edgar's drawing. I know I'm supposed to link so that more folks will enter, but you really shouldn't. I know you want me to win! ;)