Tuesday, December 20, 2011

RE-decorating: Holiday lunch at Jean's house

This past week, I saw my college roommate, Jean at her home in Houston. Jean has been an incredible friend for many years. This last visit, she invited me and a college friend of ours, Angela, over for lunch at her home. It was a rare treat for the 3 of us to be together. Since college, the three of us have lived in three different cities in Texas and while we will see each other when we visit those cities, we seldom are all in the same city at the same time. We were joined for lunch by one of Jean's daughters and another visiting relative. We had a great time and I was able to shoot a few photos for the blog.Jean decorates her front door for Christmas with fruit, red and gold glass ornaments, a wreath and a poinsettia.

Jean sets a welcoming scene on her front porch by decorating her wood bench with Christmas patchwork pillows and a stuffed snowman doll.

Jean lives in a spacious home which she has decorated for the Christmas holiday.  Jean has many nativity scenes throughout her home including one I gave her years ago. She has a large tree in her foyer and another one in her family room. 

Jean's dining room is already set for Christmas dinner. She uses her Lenox Autumn wedding china on gold chargers, with matching linen napkins, Towle Old Master silverware and her Waterford Lismore crystal. Her floral center piece is in complementary shades of creams and light blues. Her place card holder is a red & green Christmas tree ball ornament. She uses Sabino crystal knife rests. I especially noticed how nice the china setting looks on the mahogany table without a tablecloth.

For the casual luncheon, we ate in the breakfast nook adjacent to the kitchen. Jean used a red table runner with Christmas appliques. She also used Spode Christmas tree pattern plates with a Santa Claus napkin holder on top of gold chargers. We had a delicious green salad for lunch with great orange rolls from a local bakery. She made the salad while we watched and chatted. We enjoyed a great, relaxing time. Old Friends are such a blessing! Jean shared an easy recipe for sour cream biscuits with me which I am sharing with you below

I didn't take a picture of Jean's biscuits so I googled and found Macaroniandcheesecake.com did almost the exact same recipe.  The image above is of their biscuits.  The only minor difference from Jean's recipe below is they cook their biscuits at 350 instead of 375.  Although, they also found a handy recipe to make a Bisquick substitute if you don't have any available.  The image above, their biscuit recipe and the Bisquick substitute recipe can be found HERE

2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 cups Bisquick
Mix and drop into small muffin tins.  Bake @ 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Makes 4 dozen.




  1. Looks like you had a great time at your friend Jeans house. She sounds and looks like quite the decorator, from the pics you have shared and the descriptions. Sounds lovely.
    thanks for sharing,
    Blessings for a Very Merry Christmas!

  2. Nellie,
    Jean & Reba are very close. Once when Reba was ill for awhile, Jean had her stay at her house and took care of Reba. Unfortunately, they don't get to see each other that much because they live in different cities. I'm sure they had a wonderful time together last week when they got a chance to visit. A friendship like that is a great blessing.

    Thank you for visiting our blog and leaving a comment.
    Happy Holidays!