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Still Celebrating

I returned to Swan’s Nest last night with my husband, Randy, and it’s good to be back. I had been away for seven weeks to teach cooking classes around the country, attend a glorious Dallas party (more about that soon!) celebrating the national launch of my one-hour holiday television special, A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, and to celebrate Thanksgiving with our Dallas family.

When we reached Breckenridge last night, it was cloudy and cold with a promise of snow. This morning I woke to a steady snowfall and the breathtaking view of the Ten Mile Range I love so much. Tiny flakes, whipped by the wind, swirled and danced, and one look at the thermometer assured me it was as cold outside as it looked – single digits. It’s a good day for staying inside and making preparations for this weekend’s celebration.

Our dear friends and neighbors, Angel and Curt Caughey, who appeared in A Home for Christy Rost at the Thanksgiving table – Curt offered the blessing – are hosting a party for me Saturday evening to celebrate the launch of my first national television show. It didn’t take long for us to decide the party should start at Swan’s Nest where the show was filmed, and later progress to their home. So I’m planning a dinner buffet for our guests, which will give them the opportunity to see Swan’s Nest, and then we’ll move two doors down to Angel and Curt’s home for a tempting array of desserts and a screening of the show in their in-home theater.

The first order of business is planning Saturday’s menu. One would think being a television cook, I would have my menu planned weeks in advance, but the truth is, I haven’t had a spare moment to think about it, and traveling doesn’t help. Just like many of my readers, I’m so busy that when I entertain, it’s often a last-minute endeavor. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter though. I have no doubt Saturday’s dinner buffet will be well received by our guests, no matter what I serve. It all goes back to my belief that the main focus of any gathering should be on the guests, not on the food.

So please check back with me tomorrow. I’ll have my menu planned and hopefully, the lighted Christmas garland hanging on the front porch railings!