I have to admit, this Lovely Lemon Luncheon SHOULD HAVE BEEN fabulous! I had all the food prepared, the guests were invited, and the decor was perfect,
To make a long story short, water started flowing through my chandeliers on to my dining room table, Sam’s bedroom floor buckled and the paint on his walls bubbled from moisture, and the AC stopped working upstairs (the air conditioning unit was determined to be the culprit of the leaking problems)…
AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…
I started noticing a bad smell in my garage. I had stocked our pond with bass and catfish for Sam a few months back and purchased some catfish food in a 100 LB bag to feed them. I thought this was the problem. I asked my landscaper if he could help me carry it to an outside closet. When we went to the garage we realized it was NOT the catfish food. The smell was coming from our almost-new commercial-grade freezer we bought to hold the organic, grass-fed cow I had purchased from our farmer who rents our ranch for his edamame crop as well as his cattle. Since I knew exactly what his cattle were eating and how they were being treated, I thought I had a brilliant idea to just “buy” a cow. I told him I didn’t want to know what cow I owned and we definitely did not want to name it; I just wanted the meat when it had filled the measure of it’s creation. So, imagine the amount of meat from a full-grown cow as well as about 100 LBS of salmon and halibut (my husband just brought this home from fishing in Alaska) all COMPLETELY ROTTEN inside my freezer!!!! Somehow it had a “power failure” (At least that is what the light said inside. How can the light be on inside saying it is having a power failure? Doesn’t it need power to have the light on?)
Needless to say, the babysitter and my kids had a wonderful lemon dinner (with lots of desserts) the next day!
I still want to share “WHAT COULD’VE BEEN” – Giggle 😉
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I just couldn’t resist buying a real LEMON TREE!! How fun would that have been for my guests to see and even pick a ripe lemon to take home!!? UGH!
I chose to set the table outside because it just feels more summer-y being outdoors!! And, back when the luncheon was scheduled, it was still cool enough outside. I made the lemon tree topiaries by simply hot gluing lemons to the vines. They are easily removable.
I made a yummy Chicken in Lemon and Cream for the main dish; and made lemon bars, lemon balls, lemon cupcakes, and bought a lemon cake from Susie Cakes (because it is THE BEST lemon cake I have ever eaten!) for dessert. Ok, so I know I’m a little heavy on the desserts – giggle!
I dressed my Johnny and June replica swans for the occasion in yellow check and green polkadot ribbons 🙂
I absolutely LOVE the cute Round Top Collection chalkboard! I got TWO!
Yes… The Lovely Lemon Luncheon would’ve been so fun had it actually happened…
but looking on the bright side, we did have a lot of desserts to eat for a few days :).
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to, so when it offers us a lemon, we try to throw a whole Lemon Luncheon; and if that doesn’t work,
we simply settle for a LEMONADE!