Not to mention a welcoming house like this?
For my welcoming entertainment, Elaine sabered the champagne bottle! Sabering comes from Napoleon, who apparently opened champagne this way on his battlefields to celebrate victories. VERY impressive, Elaine!
And, if that wasn't enough, Elaine spent the day in the kitchen preparing dinner.
Dinner consisted of grilled chicken breasts which were marinated in a citrus ancho chili marinade and served with a roasted corn relish. On the side was some fantastic cilantro basmati rice and jalapeno poppers (stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ancho chili, and honey, and wrapped in bacon). Yum!
I forgot to photograph the appetizer!! It was so good, I ate it instead....but, it was baked brie with a burnt orange serrano jelly and slivered almonds served on ciabatta crostini. I should add that husband Pat did the grilling, and very capably, I might add.
Daughter, Sam, is all grown up, and I'm looking forward to photographing more than her feet tomorrow.
We ate our meal outside on the screened in porch, which I now want.
I may have to find someplace else to stay tomorrow...someplace a little nicer, with better food!!!! NOT!