this is the tray of appetizers i made at the last minute as b pulled in the driveway on his 40th. i just happened to pull this together with stuff i had on-hand. crackers with cream cheese, sliced roma tomatoes, arugula, habanero spice, salt, cracked pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. they were good.
and this is my favorite room of the house - the dining room. it may be my favorite because of the table and chairs that live there. or because of the three windows that let in all that natural light, but whatever the reason, b's bday was a special occasion. so that's where we ate. on our table that i typically don't even set mail on. yes, i'm a freak. but it was expensive.