BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN

Last Friday I hosted my Well “Red” Book Club in my old log cabin.

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It was an especially exciting meeting because we got to Facetime with the author of our book, Kristy Woodson Harvey. Kristy and her mother Beth are the voices behind one of my favorite blogs: Design Chic. In addition to being a prolific design blogger, Kristy is also an award winning author of 2 books of fiction, with several more on the way. I told you about Kristy’s 2nd book, “Lies and Other Acts of Love” in a previous blog post. Well, my Well Red (Red is in reference to wine;) Book Club wanted to start with Kristy’s first book, “Dear Carolina”, so this is the book we discussed last friday.

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I had so much fun getting ready for this luncheon meeting. Most of these girlfriends hadn’t yet seen my new/old log cabin, so this was a chance for me to kill 2 birds with one stone: have a Book Club meeting and show off the newly renovated vacation rental we call Stone Hill Cottage.

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I started by making some simple floral arrangements for the table and to place around the cottage. I decided to use fresh parsley as my greenery, as it looks great on a table with food. I added a mixed bouquet of white and green flowers from Costco, along with beautiful peonies from Trader Joe’s. (More on flower arranging in a future post, as several people have asked me to do that.)

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I always like to set my table well in advance so that I have one last thing to do on the day of the event. So the day before hosting  the Book Club in my log cabin, I spent the day there doing as much advance prep as I could.

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BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In planning my menu I had decided to serve a make-ahead recipe from Sunset magazine for Poached Orange-Fennel Salmon with Dill Crème.

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Therefore, I cooked the salmon and the dill sauce the day before Book Club and then pulled them out of the refrigerator to serve at room temperature the following day.

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I also washed and prepped the veggies & salad fixings, and prepared the dough for my garlic rolls a day ahead. Everything was then ready to pop in the oven the day of Book Club.

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BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Fast forward to the next day, I assembled a pretty antipasto platter with  items purchased at Trader Joe’s: 3 types of crackers, 2 types of cheese, nuts, edamame hummus, blue cheese and walnut spread, some assorted cured meats and slices of fresh apricot made a delicious and attractive starter to serve with the obligatory wine. After all, we are the Well “Red” Book Club.

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BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

When it was time to eat, I placed everything on the island in the kitchen for a help-yourself style buffet. The menu included Barley Pilaf, Poached Orange-Fennel Salmon with Dill Crème, Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Asparagus, and Herbed Garlic Rolls. I also prepared a delicious Chopped Kale Salad that is not pictured.

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By the way, do you like my new/old scale? I picked that up on my recent trip to Northern California at a great vintage consignment store called ReHealdsburg.

BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN | Dear Carolina By Kristy Woodson Harvey | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

And for dessert one of my girlfriends made my favorite: Coconut Cream Pie in honor of my birthday. It was a divine ending to a wonderful day.

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Oh… and yes, we did discuss the book, Dear Carolina, which, by the way, I loved and highly recommend. It’s a story about one baby girl, two strong Southern women, and the most difficult decision they’ll ever make. I hope you’ll read it. You can get your copy by clicking here. I regret to say that we were having such a good time Facetiming with author, Kristy Woodson Harvey that I failed to take a photo of that very fun experience. She was super sweet, articulate and cute as can be!

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So there you have it: BOOK CLUB IN MY OLD LOG CABIN

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  • The Enchanted Home

    Two things….can I please join your book club? Holy moly that is not just any book club:) And I am starving…you really outdid your self, I am sure everyone flipped over the super charming setting and your gourmet meal! How fun to face time with Kristy..she is a sweetheart and so talented, loved the book.
    I love the name…this house is Summerhill:)

  • Hi Tina, we’d love to have you join our Book Club!! Thanks for your very kind words. Ah, so we both own houses on a hill;) They are the best! By the way, did you ever catch my blog post featuring YOU?? Here’s a link: http://afterorangecounty.com/2016/04/22/why-i-love-to-read-blogs/

  • Patricia Okkerse-Memsic

    Lovely post. It is early in the morning, and after reading your post, I am hungry. I may just make your dinner this weekend. I also just joined your troupe of followers. I grew up in OC in the 50s, 60s, & 70s. UCI grad. Absolutely loved it then. Have lived everywhere since, but have just returned to Colorado….for good. Lived up in a ski resort for 10 years, now building a ranch in the foothills. More like Arrowhead at 7000 feet. Do you know Table Mt. I learned to ski there. Ok, enough of “Old Home Week”. Just thought I should introduce myself. Thanks for including me in your Blog.

  • Hi Patricia!! Welcome to AOC!! It’s such a pleasure to hear from you, as I love knowing who’s out there reading my blog, especially those who are also living life After Orange County. I have heard of Table Mountain but have never been. Perhaps I’ll have to check it out next time I visit my son in Boulder. It sounds lovely. Thanks again for saying hi!

  • Patricia Okkerse-Memsic

    Hi Again Celia- We are practically neighbors. We have a new condo in Boulder near Pearl and Foothills. It is our tiny “City House”. Our son owns Saints Brewing Comp. at same location. Your son must be at CU? Ours went there too. We may just have to get together.

  • Hi again back at ya! What a small world!! Yes, he does go to CU and loves it. I’m certain I have lost him to Colorado for good, as he says he will never live in California again;(. How lucky you are to own a condo in Boulder. We looked to buy one for our son but the market is CRAZY there!! Made offers on several but lost out in bidding wars. So we finally rented him a house on The Hill (heaven help us!). I wrote about it in a recent blog post called “A House on The Hill.” I will have to visit your son’s Brewing Company, and yes, we should meet!!

  • Garden, Home and Party

    I love the table setting…using parsley is inspired! I would love to have the roll recipe. Especially if they can be made in advance. When I entertain I love using recipes you can prepare in advance and pop in the oven or whatever right before the meal.
    xo,
    Karen

  • Patricia Okkerse-Memsic

    Celia,

    Save my email address and let me know when you are coming to Boulder. Looks like we need to meet. Patti

  • Hi Karen. Just for you I’ll be publishing the recipe for the Easy Herbed Garlic Rolls next week. Stay tuned. And yes, herbs for table decor are inexpensive and lovely. Glad you liked them.

  • Yes, I’ll do that. I’ll be coming to town the 3rd week in August to move my son into his new “House on the Hill”. I’d love to meet up!

  • I totally want to join your book club! What a wonderful post. I sounds like a beautiful gathering of friends. All around inspiring! Ahhh……

  • Thanks so much Vanessa! You would be a welcome addition to our Book Club.

  • Sally McKenzie

    Hi Celia. I have read both of the books that you recommended by Kristy Woodsen Harvey. My Book Club has not had a chance to discuss these books yet. I love your setting for your Book Club lunch and will most likely duplicate your menu for my next Book Club meeting. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

  • Will do!

  • Oh Sally, I’m delighted to hear that you read both of Kristy Woodson books too! I hope you and your book club liked them as much as I did! Glad you liked my menu as well. XO