Behind My Red Door

Friday, January 15, 2010

A great way to spend a sunny January day!

There is nothing like fun with friends to brighten my day. Not that we needed any brightening – it was a gorgeous sunny day Behind My Red Door yesterday. My friends Audrey and Tricia came to lunch yesterday. You met them back in July when Audrey, Bonnie and I went to a great store in Hopkinton, MA called Country Plus. You can read about it here.

I set my harvest table for the three of us.


I simply moved my tablescape down to one end of the table – I love that about my new long table!012

I made little favors for Audrey and Tricia. The tag reads “Friendships are tied together with heart strings”. 017

And made tortellini soup and peasant bread with garlic butter…(soup recipe later in this post)…045

…put out one simple Valentine decoration…



…and I lit my candles and waited.

Audrey arrived just moments before Tricia. She gave me this huge Korean pear. It is about the size of a grapefruit. Mr. Red Door and I will be munching on this over the weekend. Thank Audrey – what a treat to get this in the middle winter – we can’t wait to try it!066

Then Tricia arrived…hi Tricia! So glad you finally made it Behind My Red Door!030

She was loaded down with a bag for each of us. In my bag was the sweetest grandmother’s box! I always pick up Lili like that and she loves it and giggles so when I do it …so the scene on the front is really touching.


And inside it says “love that transcends the years” – isn’t that true? I just love it Tricia – thank you!063

And her boss Judy, owner of the Country Plus was kind enough to include this adorable candle in a cranberry citrus scent. Thank you Judy – that was so sweet of you!058

For dessert, Tricia brought this delicious blueberry pie! It was like a taste of summer in the middle of winter. YUMMO!! 052

We had a lot of fun eating and chatting and the time just flew by! I say it was the perfect way to spend a winter day Behind My Red Door!


Tortellini Soup

2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 oz size)

3 oz. tomato paste

6 cans of water

1 small onion - diced

1/2 small bag of baby carrots - sliced

2 stalks of celery - sliced thin

1/2 bag frozen chopped spinach

garlic powder – about 1 tsp.

dried oregano – 1/2 tsp.

fresh basil – about 1 tbsp.

4 links of hot Italian turkey sausage – sliced about 1/2 inch thick

1 pound of fresh three cheese tortellini

fresh grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Put all but the tortellini and cheese in a slow cooker and cook on low for several hours until veggies are tender. While that is simmering cook the tortellini according to package directions. Add to soup about 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

To see other great recipes head on over to my friend Colleen’s Blog

And Baby Makes Five for her Kitchen Recipe Swap, today and every Friday!


Thank you as always for stopping by and making Behind My Red Door part of your day!

Until next time – hugs, Grammy Linda

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