Yesterday I had a tiny lunch party for three friends. Although I had put *all* the preparation off until the last minute, meaning I was rushing in the door with the groceries (ooh, and a new orchid!) an hour before lunch, it all came together and when we sat down to eat, the beautiful peace that often comes with hospitality descended.
Bella and I threw this incredibly luscious cheesy pasta together as fast as we could, then sliced up a honeydew melon to dress with honey and lime, and made little saucers of tomato slices garnished with fresh sage.
Fortunately, dessert was easy since we had Clara's birthday cake in the fridge, so I was able to pull out slices of German chocolate cake (must serve deeply chilled!) and coffee at the end.
And best of all was the last bit of quiet conversation I had with Eve as she stayed to help with the dishes.