Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Living Room Picnic

Last night our youngest daughter and her boyfriend came over for dinner. It was cold and rainy, and I thought a hot dog roast in the fireplace would be fun. A sand-coloured blanket on the floor stood in for the beach. I pulled up the coffee table and covered it with a warm red runner from Guatemala. Candlelight always makes a table look special.

Here's the gang roasting hot dogs. With them I served oven yam fries with a chipotle dip and a crudité plate. We love our hot dogs with guacamole, which I make with grated onion and finely chopped tomato, lemon juice and salt. Yum! Dessert was brownies topped with ice cream and black forest cherry sauce. Simple and fun!

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19 comments:

Mrs. P. said...

Oh, how fun!! I love your runner. Very beautiful!

Blessings!
Gail

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That sounds like so much fun! I wish I had a working fireplace!

Manuela

Brenda Leyland said...

Oh what fun! And I love your idea of guacamole with hotdogs. And oven yam fries too..... what a spread!

BTW, the little autumn wreath around your candle.... I think I have the same one!

Mimi said...

My kind of dinner, very little clean-up!

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

What fun. Your daughter is beautiful.

Pondside said...

MMmmmmmm I think I can smell those hot dogs roasting. What a fun idea!

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Looks casual and fun. Happy TT and Happy Halloween...Sherri : )

Karen S. said...

Thanks for the photo of Ashley's friend--helps fill in the blank! How about posting your yam fries how-to on your recipe blog. Ummmmmm.

ellen b said...

Very nice...I like your style :0)

Janean said...

chipotle --- yum!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a fun idea, and the food sounds delicious! laurie

Jacque said...

Lorrie, you have such a knack for entertaining! Your creativity and imagination always makes for good times with family and friends. I know you are a wonderful wife and mother!

I like the simplicity of the hotdog roast and the rest of the meal sounds scrumptious. Thanks for sharing that family moment with us.

sewtakeahike said...

You sound like such a fun person Lorrie! I've never tried hotdogs with guac, I'm gonna have to do that!

Charm and Grace said...

Oh I love this idea! How much fun that looks like you had. Guacamole on hot dogs... I never would have thought about it, but as much as I love guacamole it would be good to try. I make mine like you except with lime instead of lemon. And a happy, happy, happy birthday! Hope it was your best one yet. I love the journal you are giving away and especially the quote on the front.

Birthday blessings,
Christi

SewLindAnn said...

I love journals. I need a new one to sketch ideas I want to create when the idea hits me. I carry a camera (and extra batteries) in my purse w/me as well as pretty paper to write on. My fave hot drink is Green Mint Tea with a few of my homegrown lemon balm leaves and honey. I subscribe on the blog and will follow as well.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Looks like lots of fun! My son loves it when I make baked sweet potatoe fries!

Gabriela said...

Hello Lorrie,


Loooooooooove cooking in the fireplace! I live in an apartment right now and miss it so much.


~ Gabriela ~

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Now this just looks like loads of fun!

adam said...

How cozy and fun! And your side dish sure elevates the meal beyond typical picnic fare.