Why save dinner parties for the weekends? I challenged this traditional timing, and decided to invite some of my lovely friends over on a wednesday evening to celebrate completing the first half of the week, and to kick off the second half with a hearty dinner party…

Amongst the coziest company of lit candles, crispy bruschetta and sparkling pink lemonade, we enjoyed talking, laughing, eating and cooking to Nora Jones and savored the fact that we had finished yet another, long, hard, rewarding day at work.

A pan seared sirloin was the perfect compliment to oven roasted potatoes, sprinkled with a generous amount of sea salt and rosemary, served atop a bed of fresh spinach leaves and chopped bell peppers, delicately ‘doused’ with a homemade vinaigrette.

After firsts and seconds and thirds, we laughed and reminisced and reflected and laughed some more until we made just enough room for some ‘Sleepy Time Tea’, Cupcakes, and a few slices of perfectly ripe organic mango…an evening well spent and utmost appreciated by all….

Here’s to challenging tradition. To celebrating the little victories of life just as much as the big ones. To sincere friendships, delicious meals. To seconds and thirds, and that very last bit of icing on your dessert plate…

-P.E.