Sunday, January 4, 2009


I've written before about how much I love candlelight. I really, really do!!

Another reason that I didn't talk about before is how great it is to entertain with. Light some candles and oil lamps, turn off the lights, and POOF, no dust, no dog hair, no smudges on the windows. Just gentle, quiet, soft beauty.

You can take the time that you would have spent scrubbing the house and go have a nice soak in the tub, cook up some delicious food, or just put your feet up and relax before your company comes.

We had some friends over to help us ring in the New Year. We had a lovely evening. We played my favorite card game, Wizard . We played Rock Band, and bingo. We ate awesome food, toasted with boilo, (a recipe passed down to me by my Poppop for a delicious hot toddy). At midnight we all counted down the last seconds of 2008, toasted with sparkling cider, blew on our noise makers (Boomer REALLY didn't like that part), and then went out onto the freezing cold porch and watched Andrew set off fire crackers (the horses in the barn REALLY didn't like that part).

In the foreground of the following picture, you can see a delicious appetizer that has recently become one of my all time favorites. Someone from my book group made it a couple months ago, and she was kind enough to share the recipe. Thanks Kathleen!

Baked Brie:
Take a round of brie - put it on an oven proof dish - remove the rind from the top and sides - spread raspberry jam on top (I used seedless, all-fruit spread) - sprinkle with chopped pecans - take crescent roll dough and press the seams together - flatten a little and then wrap pieces of it around the brie until it's completely covered. The past 2 times I've made it, I took the scraps of dough pressed them out flat and then cut out a shape with a cookie cutter to put on top. For Christmas, I put a cut out a Christmas tree, and for New Year's, I used a star.
Put it in the oven according to the directions on the crescent roll can. Bake until browned.

This is soooooo good!!

One last thought on candles. They actually do provide warmth. I'm not sure if you'd notice this in a large room, or in a house that has actual heat. In our house though, which can be really, really cold, I can totally feel it. We have a bathroom on our main floor which always has the door closed. Since we don't use any central heat, it is an unheated bathroom.

On New Year's eve I had 4 votive candles burning in there all night. It was truly toasty in there by the end of the night. Now, I'm not suggesting that we all use candles for heat, but it is a nice fringe benefit!

So, for your next get together, plan it for after dark, put away your mop and dust rag, get out your matches, and go take a bubble bath.


Anonymous said...

Oh Ann, I was so excited to read your blogs. It made my day! I love candle light also. Everyone looks so good. It must have been great to have Sarah home. The baby is beautiful. I'm glad you had a great Christmas! Happy New Year!! The kids loved your gifts thanks so much! Love, Val

Anonymous said...

Where is my Boilo!

Kathleen said...

I just thought I'd check out your blog after I saw your post about foxes and chickens on the homeschool chain. And imagine my delighted surprise that you used the brie "recipe" and even credited me! Funny, I've got brie on the brain (sounds like a disease) anyway, because I'm making one for my little nephews' and niece's birthday party (twin boy and girl and their older brother: three birthdays in one party!). I'm glad you're enjoying the brie--with brie you can't go wrong. See you for book club!

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