Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday

I know I said Tackle it Tuesday's would go back to cleaning and organizing this week. Surprise! I lied. But this is more fun anyway, and most definitely important.

The last of Carl's birthday surprises is on Friday. I'll be making him dinner and he will get his presents that day. He always does such a wonderful job with my birthdays, so I really wanted this one to be memorable!

Today, I worked on the menu, and threw together the tablescape to make sure I had everything I needed. So with no further ado, the menu:

Hors D'oeuvres
  • Cheese & Grape Platter
  • Merlot

Main Course
  • Seared Filet Mignon with a Blue Cheese Herb Butter
  • Potato Parmesan Cake
  • Asparagus Mimosa

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Coffee

And the quick mock up of the tablescape:

I also worked on my time line as I feel that is key to any sort of planned event, party, dinner, etc. Not only does it tell you if your tasks are realistically going to get done, but also helps avoid forgetting something!

Complete grocery/shopping lists

Grocery shop
Tidy up the house- other than the dining room

Sam's club for additional groceries, as well as part of Carl's present
One other stop for Carl's present (may get done on Wednesday)
Clean dining room
Clean all serving dishes and have them ready for Friday evening
Make the flourless cake
Wrap the presents
Make the cheese & grape tray

(Carl's flight lands at 5:30p- so he should be home at approximately 6pm which gives me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get dinner and myself ready)
I will start the two sides at 5pm so they are done just before 6pm, and I'll keep them warm in the oven.
I won't start the steaks until about 5 minutes before Carl will arrive.

Is it helpful to see the time line? Is it worth the effort to put it in the planning posts? I am happy to help...if it's helping!

What are you tackling this lovely Tuesday?


  1. Hi Molly! I have to say that reading your blog each day inspires me so much! You have me cleaning/organizing like never before. I also want to say this to you: I am so impressed with the commitment that you put forth in your marriage/home!! I married young (19) and divorced young (25) - I wish the 2 of us had put forth 1/2 the effort as you and Carl! Anyway - I am remarried now (2/28/09!! :-) and am learning from a youngster like you! Keep up the good work! Ta Ta for now!

  2. Blue cheese herb butter for the fish? I think I'm salivating. :)

  3. Christy- Thanks for all the nice words! I hope you enjoy reading and best of luck in your marriage!! I'll try to keep the cute ideas coming :)

    Megs...I played a dirty trick on you. It's Filet Mignon (I fixed the post)....but believe me, that butter is good on ANYTHING!

  4. Awesome. I don't blame you. This sure beats house cleaning any day!


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