Mom-Spiration Monday & Moms Night In?

Happy Mom-spiration Monday!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your families, babies, fur babies or friends. It was a beautiful weekend here in Dallas, 60 degrees both days and sunny. After all the rain we have had this past month, it what such a welcomed change.

 

I’d like to kick off this weeks Mom-Spiration Monday by putting the spotlight on a Momspirational Momma. Have you all heard about Evonne Morken? This Christmas fruitcake loving lady wrote to her local newspaper last Christmas telling people to send their unwanted fruitcakes her way. Apparently she received 23 last year after her letter was published and that kept her fruitcake loving self enjoying life until mid October with a slice each day! Here’s why she is a rock star- One: She’s a momma (actually…she is 84 so she is probably a grandmomma, possibly great grandmomma) Two: This gal stands by what she wants and refuses to take any crap for her love of this weird cake but most of all, Mrs. Morken enjoys her Christmas fruitcake all year long, keeping a little bit of the holidays with her throughout the year. I think this gal is simply delightful!

The Food Network Magazine has started “Project Fruitcake” and will forward anything sent to them  over to Mrs. Morken.  So if some silly great aunt give you a fruit cake this year, send it to 300 West 57th St., 35th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Enjoy Evonne!

 

Back on track to the topic of this weeks Mom-Spiration Monday post: Hosting a Mom’s Night In! Once every other month I get together with my mom friends for an evening out and it is simply wonderful. However, more often than not, we have to move dates or reschedule due to sick kids, babysitters cancelling or spouses taking business trips which is such a bummer. So when J informed me he would be out of town I decided to turn my normal quiet evening alone (take-out, wine and trashy TV followed by an early bedtime) into a night with friends. I invited some lovely ladies over to my house for a wine night and good conversation.

 

I wanted to provide to you my menu and table spread to inspire you to host one yourself! Such a fun thing to do when you know you cannot leave the house. The invite was simple: come over and have a glass of wine with a few nibbles but please come comfy- wear pajamas, yoga pants or slippers for all I care but come relaxed and ready to enjoy!

My menu was short and sweet, just providing a few small snacks for us to nibble on during the evening. In addition, most of the table decor I already owned and I was able to prep and decorate for all of this during Little J’s nap time.

 

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I cannot even for a second take credit for this recipe. The Pioneer Women is my life inspiration, I simply love this women and love everything that comes out of her kitchen. A few days before my Moms Night In, I caught an episode where she herself was making this dip for her girls night. What I love about this recipe is that it is super easy to make ahead. I whipped this up during nap time and then threw it in the oven 20 minutes before everything arrived!

My only change was using extra hot pepper jack which added a yummy spicy ZING to this dish!

My only change was using extra hot pepper jack which added a yummy spicy ZING to this dish!

Grab the recipe here!

 

Baked Brie & Fig Puff Pastry

This is one of my absolute favorite things to serve at any gathering. It tastes like heaven and it is crazy simple to make. Several years ago, J and I were in NY visiting for Christmas, we had been invited to my friend Lundy’s home for a little wine night. Lundy served this delicious appetizer and it was gone within minutes. Seriously, no one would back away from the tray long enough- It was that good.  I am pretty sure that every one of us at Lundy’s that day took home the recipe and have been making it ever since.  If I remember correctly I believe the first time I had this was with a strawberry or raspberry jam which is simply delicious. I recently discovered this Fig Jam at my local grocery store and have since changed up my recipe but the options are endless so get creative or use your favorite!

Ingredients:

sheet of puff pastry- thawed
1 wheel of baked brie
3 tablespoons of Fig Jam (or a Jam/Jelly or Chutney of your choice)
1 Egg white beaten

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Roll out the puff pastry sheet to get rid of the creases
  • Place the baked brie wheel in the center of the sheet
  • Grab your Jam (seriously, I cannot recommend Fig Jam enough!) and spread a good amount over the brie
  • Fold the pastry over the brie. Be sure to trim any excess puff pastry for a more even look.
  • Brush the egg over the pastry
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes

 

 

I wish I had taken a photograph of this beauty coming out of the oven but  we couldn't resist and dug in immediately!

I wish I had taken a photograph of this beauty coming out of the oven but we couldn’t resist and dug in immediately!

I served this with simple crackers or you could toast up crostinis. I have seen people even serve this with more bread. This is carb and cheese heaven!

 

The last thing on my simple Moms Night In menu was popcorn! Who doesn’t love popcorn? I found these adorable little movie popcorn holders at party city and for under $3 I received 8 in a package- that’s a deal!

 

MNI 4

 

With my three yummy snacks ready to go, it was time to decorate my table. Luckily it’s the holiday season so I kept that my theme by pulling out my favorite Spode wine glasses and water goblets, my christmas centerpieces and my crimson red tablecloth.

 

MNI 1

In addition, two of my guests brought over no bake cookies and mini holiday brownies which combated the savory dishes I prepared perfectly!

 

 

How cute are these napkins by the way? I nabbed these at World Market.

How cute are these napkins by the way? I nabbed these at World Market.

 

I know what you are thinking- Whoa momma! That’s a lot of wine.  I promise you, I only started with three bottles but most of my guests also brought a bottle which means we had a lot left over. Time to plan by next MNI!

 

This was such a fun night with some of my favorite gals and I think we all agreed that we need to do it again!

 

Have a wonderful week and I hope this inspired you to get planning your next Moms Night In!

 

E

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