We had a couple of friends over for dinner last night. I had taken the day off work to play catch up around the house and to take a trip to the zoo with Keith. So we had lot more time than usual to tidy the house and prepare for dinner. It was so much fun to really go all out with the pretty dishes and matching serving pieces and a centerpiece and everything. And we really enjoyed spending the evening talking and laughing with new friends over a good meal.
We served orzo pasta with Italian turkey sausage, red onion, garlic, roma tomatoes, roasted red peppers, feta cheese (on the side for those who find it too strong) and a little Italian parsley on top...
...and spinach salad tossed with with green onion, green bell pepper and parmesan, and topped with pumpkin seeds toasted in sea salt, sugar, and cinammon.
This was supposed to be for after-dinner coffee or tea, but we got sidetracked by red wine and leftover Halloween candy, and I never even got around to offering any.
After our guests left and we cleared the table, I rearranged a few things and ended up with this little centerpiece. With my ubiquitous black and white, the bright orange pumpkin and the sunflowers it just says fall to me. And despite the last gasp of summer's heat we've been experiencing lately, today actually really feels like fall. It's a welcome change.