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Ladies Lunch

I had the privilege of hosting  a small lunch today for two amazing women who I am sponsoring and their co-sponsors for the National Charity League.  If you know about NCL then you know it is a philanthropic organization that fosters the mother-daughter relationship through community service, leadership and cultural experiences.  NCL was established in 1925 in Los Angeles, CA and now has more than 160 chapters in 17 states.  Girls and their mothers join in 7th grade and go through 12th grade.  My daughter and I first joined in New Canaan, CT and then transferred to a league when we moved to Southern California. The experience has been rewarding in countless ways.  We have been fortunate to meet and become close friends with many wonderful women and their daughters while working in the community.

I served Ina Garten's Goat Cheese Tart from her Back to Basics cook book.  You can find the recipe here

The salad was from Giada DeLaurentis.  It is arugula with a lemon vinaigrette and the recipe can be found here.
Lorna's cookies and coffee for dessert.  See my post
about her gorgeous pinwheel cookies here.



  1. wow Annie, lunch looks yummy and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. Looks like your guests are going to have a wonderful time.
    Those pinwheel biscuits bring back memories...great ones of course.
    Love the cow creamer...so cute, want one of those too! :))
    Have a great w/end

  2. Looks amazing...and healthy too.
    I'll bet they were impressed!

  3. hi annie,

    everything looks so good. that tart looks mouthwatering! it's pictures like this that make me miss cheese. and what a wonderful thing for you and your daughter to do together. this is such an important time in her life and to be involved w/helping others at this age is quite impressive.

    this is truly a lovely thing.


  4. Hi Annie, I also belong to a service league her in MA. It is very rewarding. Your lunch looks so delish! Your table is very pretty and I love using white dinnerware too. Glad to hear my post on closet organization has inspired you. That is what keeps me blogging when I read sweet comments like yours! I would love to hear how it turns out for you. I also thought I should keep my Tory Burch boxes because they were cute. But nothing beats walking into your closet and being able to see everything through these boxes. Also it is so much more neater and uniform looking than piles of mismatched boxes. I think you will be
    happy with the results! Good luck!

  5. Hola Annie, what a delightful lunch you have prepared and it´s so nice to know there is help for the relationship mother and daughter, this is so good!!
    Wishing you much happiness and blessings for 2011.

  6. Love Ina - Here stuff is so simple and classic!


  7. hi Annie! So great to meet you! Isn't Janet just the best?!
    Your lunch looks beautiful and sounds delish! I adore Ina and Giada both. Your home looks beautiful. So glad to hear that you are loving California!

  8. Everything looks perfect! What a nice treat you gave those ladies ;.)
    By the way... had to run back to HomeGoods today and that ottoman is still there along with quite a few other ones if you are really interested. It is the Seal Beach HomeGoods. Sherri

  9. annie, i love how you set the table- its simple but beautiful, and the food looks delicious too!

  10. Annie, your table looks beautiful and the food looks so good, I love Ina! I have yet to try one of her recipes but she is a wonderful cook.

    Have a great week!


  11. Hi Annie, I linked your blog on my post today. You can see why here:

  12. your table is gorgeous! i love everything ina garten. also want to let you know I passed on a stylish blogger award to you. :)

  13. not only does it all look beautiful but for a good cause. you are woman after my heart. now if only I could have come, I do have a daughter :)

  14. Annie,

    So nice of you to visit over at greige! I see that you are close by somewhere in OC. Your home looks just beautiful! Wishing you the best!

    greige and My Sparrow

  15. First things first: thanks for stopping by my little blog and for the follow!
    I love all the beautiful photos you post on your blog - cute kiddos!

    I'll be back!! Happy weekend!

    Chrissy xxx


  16. Hi Annie, just discovered your lovely blog. You are doing an incredible job with your house, I love the changes you have made.

    The charitable project you have been doing with your daughter sounds really interesting, and I am going to see if there is anything similar in the UK. Belinda x

  17. How lovely! I want to eat it all!