Swampwitch, ever the thoughtful blogger, is hosting a "housewarming" for Tiggerlane and Julie, two Fun-Monday-and- more bluddies (blog + buddies) who have just constructed new homes. Swampy asked those who wanted to join in the festivities to "post something that they would enjoy having in or around their new homes".
Well, I for one, HATE moving, the whole dang process! Packing, unpacking, cleaning, and everything in between. Throw in building a house, and well…I might just not make it.
One thing is for certain, at the end of all that 1) I’m HUNGRY, and 2) I don’t have the mental…physical…emotional…and even spiritual capacity left to cook.
With that in mind, for both Tiggerlane and Julie, I’m bringing over dinner–enough food that they’ll have leftovers a) to share, or b) until they’re sick of it!
Here’s Julie’s (parmesan-crusted chicken, gourmet mac and cheese, green bean almondine, for dessert CHOCOLATE!):
And, here’s Tiggerlane’s (Salmon, herbed califlower and butternut squash, her dessert is one of my other favorites–tiramisu!):
Last, here’s a little something they can KEEP, so they can create their own gourmet dinners once they’re settled. Even if they HATED cooking now, with a Swiss Diamond set, they’ll think they could star in their own Food Network show. I have one piece of Swiss Diamond cookware, and it’s my FAVORITE pan to cook with!!! I was shocked and awed at what a difference it made when I used it (it was worth the shock and awe of the sticker price…!).
Visit Swampy to see what everyone else has "cooked up" for these two girlie-Qs…I’m sure they’ll be writing thank you notes for months!
Hmmmm, I’m curious, what would YOU like for a housewarming present if you were moving? I’m thinking "realistic" here, not imaginary cyber gifts where the sky is the limit (I’ll make mental notes, so think hard 😉 ).
Thanks to DineWise for the yummy eats (and photos)!
Now that beats takeaway on moving day, so I’m sure they will be delighted. I think I remember you talking about your pan before (or did I imagine that?) seems it’s worth it’s weight in gold!
Food!! Now that’s a good idea! That cookware is exactly what I would want for a gift…now I just have to build a new house.
A babysitter! I’ll fly them out or you in.
thats a clever idea…
Food. You thought of the perfect gift. Don’t you just love to have great appliances and cookware to use. I started buying nice things after I started watching Martha Stewart and saw all that great Kitchenaid stuff and Le Creuset and All-Clad.
wow.. I’ll come help unpack if you are cooking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Incredibly AWESOME! And how did you know I like salmon? Not only that, but they don’t sell ladyfingers in my town, so I can NEVER make tiramasu! My pots are also worn and tired. PERFECT gifts! Thank you!
What a good idea – there is nothing like having a meal all prepared for you after a huge move….. we always ended up with pizza.
Chris, just one of the many reasons I’m so thankful you’re in my blogging circle–you pay attention! Yes, I have blogged about that pan before :).
Min, just let me know when it’s done!
Robinella, OH! how I hear ya (remembering when my kids were younger….$$$).
Thanks, Misty…me…clever :).
Junebug, the short answer is “YES MA’AM!”
Pamela, deal…next time I have to!
Tiggerlane, great minds??
Karmyn, that sounds waaaay too familiar, lol.
Mmmmm fooood! I think that’s the most important thing on moving day. Especially if you have about 20 big strapping men helping. The food and booze were always something people looked forward to the most in any of our moves.
So unique! Awesome!
What I have loved when I moved this summer would be a real meal, served on real dishes.
It took forever to locate and organize my kitchen gear, and that is usually the last thing I pack and the first I unpack.
What a terrific and thoughtful gift!
SWEET!! You are the best! I am having a blast finding all my gifts. It is kind of like a treasure hunt!
That meal looks delish! Thank you, you are so thoughtful. Now I just need some new recipes to use my new cookware.
Oh, I hear you about moving. We hate to move too. I guess that is why we have stayed put for 36 years. Your food selection looks heavenly. The Swiss Diamond cookware looks mighty tempting. Hmmm, cooking with diamonds…is a interesting concept.
*sneaks a taste of all the food* (well, I don’t want the ladies to get sick from possibly tainted food). mmmm, ’tis all good. Commence with party. ;D
Wonderful gifts. Home cooked meals are so awesome, and the two would both be awesome, if I had to choose, it would be the one for Tiggerlane as I do lots of chicken, but have salmon only in restaurants usually. If I were moving or adding on (like in a hundred years or so), I would love a Hoosier Pantry to go in my old fashioned (look) kitchen, that or a nice island to work on. Good job in choosing virtual gifts.
Wow..are those real photos of the actual dishes you had? They look so amazing..like professional photos from Gourmet magazine!! Lucky you, getting to taste them..
Yum Yum Yum! What wonderful House Warming Gifts. I think I catch a drift of the aroma in the air…oh, wait ! That’s my toast burning.
Thanks for coming to the party, my friend.