The girls are getting together for our book club brunch – now that they can get up the mountain! Winter has decided to leave and let Spring come in and visit for awhile….
After we excitedly exchange all the local gossip, gasp at a few “Are you kidding me?” stories and tell each other that the diets we were on all winter are working, we tell a few secrets, and laugh as hard as we can!
…………..A typical girls afternoon!
So finally we get around to what we will be reading – “Only Time Will Tell” by Jeffrey Archer, this is the first part of a generational trilogy centering on Harry Clifton in the gritty city of Bristol, England. His father goes mysteriously missing one day, leaving Harry in the care of his mother, grandparents and drunken Uncle Stan who, like Harry’s father, works on the docks. Only time will tell if Harry will better his lot in life? Fortunately for him, a host of guardian angels hovers — a choir mistress, a generous and forgiving teacher, a considerate prep school master and an eccentric outcast who lives in an abandoned railroad car — doling out words of wisdom.
Blessed with a heavenly singing voice, Harry is accepted to the nose-in-the-air St. Bede’s school. Think Charles Dickens meets Jane Austen. Only time will tell . . . if Harry will be accepted and eventually successful? Thanks to his new best friends and his own “cleverness” at academics, he is, on both accounts.
But here he meets the first villain: Mr. Barrington, his best friend’s father, his mother’s first lover and the boss who had a role in Harry’s dad’s disappearance-
and how does the first book end? “Only Time Will Tell“!
Now you know I always design the tablescape around the book (This time Blue / Green / Gold) so here we go:
Aren’t these plates lovely? they are 222 Fifth “Aiesha”…..HomeGoods – of course! The blue dinner plates are old Fiesta from a thousand years ago! And why Martini glasses you ask? well, our drink today is a “Pisco Sour”
…here’s how to make it:
1/4 cup (2 oz.) Pisco (Peruvian grape brandy)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon pasteurized egg whites
**In a blender, whirl 3 ice cubes, Pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (you’ll no longer hear the ice cracking against the side of the blender) and serve straight up in a martini glass with a dash of aromatic bitters and a wedge of lime.
(The Pisco sour cocktail, invented in Peru around 1900, uses a Pisco (Peruvian grape brandy) that has a bit of bite to it–that is, nothing too smooth–to create the balance in this creamy, frothy, limey drink).
Anyone interested in starting a book club? here is a great site to get you going! http://www.litlovers.com/getting-started
Well, time to get the shovel out….more snow coming tonight! Oh, spring your suppose to be coming up the mountain tomorrow what happened??
I am linking up at!