Note: The theme for the book "The Things We Wish Were True" by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is in no way reflected in the food, decor, and wine I chose for the evening as host for this month's gathering. One of our members had planned to be moving to Australia shortly after this meeting, so that's why you see boomerangs, Yellow Tail wine, etc. Funny thing is, by the time the meeting was held, she had made the decision to move to Colorado instead, haha :) But it was fun putting everything together, anyway. Our son had actually traveled to Australia with People to People Student Ambassadors when he was in middle school, so it was easy for me to come up with items to decorate with! Several boomerangs, a hand-painted leather canvas, and a didgeridoo (the painted, wooden black and red tube "thingy", which is a wind instrument used by indigenous Australian people) are just a few of the souvenirs that Sam brought back with him from that special trip.
The food I served was pretty typical for our very casual book club group. We just love to get together to chat (often not about the book) and enjoy a little wine and some easy appetizers. Of course, the wine had to be Australian! Even though Yellow Tail isn't a high-end selection by any stretch of the imagination, most of our members thought it was at least drinkable ;)
Veggies & hummus and crackers & cheese are always no-fail options for every taste. And have you ever tried Trader Joe's salted pecans? Oh my word, if you like pecans, these are decadent and absolutely addictive! I thought the napkins had a hint of Australian style to them.
I love to serve these Spicy Pretzels from The Cookin' Chicks, which are simple to make and always a crowd-pleaser. I also served ginger cookies with Pumpkin Dip from Carolina Charm but, unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a good picture of that. It was delicious and super easy to make! If you want to see more recipes for non-cooks like myself ;) head on over to my Pinterest boards, "Tasty," "Tasty Holiday," and "Clean Eating."
Oh yeah, in case you were wondering about the book, it's a story that is set in North Carolina about several families who are intertwined by secrets. There are old and dear friends, nosy neighbors, new lovers, children, and even a couple of deeply disturbed cast members. This book is both easy to read and thought-provoking. The characters and setting are relatable and may remind you of long-ago parts of your life. And a couple of twists and turns will keep you turning the pages.
Book Club is always the highlight of my month! Here we are trying to capture years worth of friendship and love in a couple of quick iPhone photos before one of us moves on to her new adventure. These ladies are so special to me. Aren't girlfriends the best? Do you belong to a book club?