It's day two and a half of Terry Atkinson's color camp, of course! And don't you just love what she's done with her Seven Layer Salad pattern from Let's Do Lunch? The photo in the book is completely opposite of this one ... lots of colors ... but we love how these three colors have upgraded the look to urban chic. The table was fun to put together ... its simple and stylish. Toss in some greens and it would work for Christmas. Oh ... and Terry wants me to tell you ... the table isn't seven feet long ... it's eleven! Can you imagine having anything that big in your dining room? Yike. We were joking around over dinner about what ingredients would go into this kind of salad ... oreo cookies, whipped cream and marachino cherries! Yum.
I wanted to show you some of the projects the shop owners were working on but they are top secret until Terry releases the patterns this fall! They're adorable. You'll want them. But ... seeing I can't, let me tell you about our chef. Ya ... we have our own guy making our meals and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. Jason is the owner of Tep's Drive In Restaurant and Sweet Clarisse Catering here in Augusta. If you are using Bridge Creek Cottage for your retreat, hire Jason to make your meals. You won't regret it. (715.286.2838)
After Jason has our meal ready, he comes down to the sewing room and announces the menu. Words like saute and demi-glace (or however you spell it) heavy cream roasted ... roll off his lips like butter. But he is equally at ease serving food for Country Jam or the 100th anniversary dinner for Bush's Baked Beans. Versatile guy. Tonight we had roasted herb-seasoned cauliflower and brocolli for our veggie. It was delicious! But we learned one of his little secrets ... oil, sour cream and booze will fix any recipe. Who knew? Remember that next time you're trying to jazz up a box cake mix.
As part of our fun tonight, we had a Chinese Challenge exchange while we relaxed after dinner. Everyone had to bring a red Chinese take out box filled with little red gifts to fit inside. To make the exchange easy and cute, we made paper fortune cookies with a number inside that corresponded to the one of the take out boxes. No one wanted to rip open their cookie because it was so stinkin' cute ... but we made them do it any way. After we passed out the boxes, all kinds of cool prizes were unearthed ... lots of tomato pincushions and red thread and fabric ... but a whole bunch of other interesting doo dads, too. It's just a nice way to get to know each other a little better. The little girl in all of us loves to open up a gift! Try it at your next girlfriend's get-together.
Tomorrow morning it's show and tell and finishing up the last of their projects ... then, after lunch at Jason's drive-in, everyone will pack up and head back to their shops all over the country. Maybe if you're nice, some of these quilt store owners will take you in the back room and show you the up-and-coming patterns from Atkinson Designs that they've made the last few days. Start hoarding your fat quarters!