It’s a new year…the perfect time to go through your closet and declare out with the old…and in with the new.
What better way to embrace this next season by throwing a small gal pal get together…a traditional swap soiree. How do you do just that?
STEP 1…You clean out your closets. Particularly taking the moral high road that you are “making room” for the three new items you ordered from
J-Crew earlier that week (Don’t you just LOVE these CLEARANCE finds? I do!). Even though I have been SUPER tired lately, and socializing feels a bit taxing (it is SO easy just to want to come home and lay like broccoli) I try and socialize a few nights each week so I don’t end up all up in my own head too much (living alone has it’s crazy-making-self-actualizing-over-drive side effects for me)
STEP 2 The night before, make the dough for a homemade CHALLAH bread, allowing it to rise in the fridge so when you get home at 5 the next
day, it can sit out for 30 minutes, then bake for 30-40. Challah Bread is creamy and stout and fluffy and is one of my go-to homemade recipes.
STEP 3 The morning of, take out the HUGE stockpile of your recent favorite soups (Chicken Almond Mole) from the freezer to defrost, and use the
vitamix to make a cashew sesame seed spread to set up all day.
STEP 4 When you get home, place out all the snacks
STEP it’s already too many to keep track of: Make the guests a Welcome Drink: Feige Liquor and Cinnamon Tea
STEP (why are you still counting??? You should be relaxing!) ..after chatting for a while, get out the 10 year old bottle of wine you’ve been saving for —-WELL, a DECADE (actually I’ve had it 4 years) with great awe and anticipation…open that baby up!
This one was a 10 years old Reserva Spanish Wine (my favorite Rioja Tempranillo from central Spain). Of course, if I do say so myself, perfectly paired mellowness allowed the chocolate silkness of the tomatoes stewed in almonds to emerge. And Look at the some of the Swaping items on the table. I scored a long-sleeve moisture wicking running shirt, a killer orange tube top dress and a new black tote bag (PLUS a black bag to carry borrowed ski boots for my first ski trip EVER this weekend!)
And finally, STEP MOST IMPORTANT
A toast…to another year of life…
to finally receiving….
Silky, Smooth, Friendly, Easeful.
With each Drink.
Taking the wine of life, the excess that we have…and sharing it.
Here’s to that Vision for 2011