Engagement Dinner

When two people come together and decide they are going to spend the rest of their lives together, it only seems natural to have a dinner party to bring the families together.  This particular dinner party went beautifully.  The families got along famously, the food was delicious, and the couple beamed all night.

So just who is the lucky-in-love couple?

I’ll give you a clue.

Half of the couple involves M, who you’ve heard so much about on this blog over the last year or so.

The other half is…

ME!  That’s right, readers!  That gorgeous ring you saw in the picture of above sits on MY finger.  EEEEEEE!!!  How in the world did I get so lucky?  

I can’t believe I’ll soon get to call this wonderful man, who proposed to me with the sweetest words under an oak tree at the oldest vineyard in Napa, my husband.  

Sigh.  I am so blessed.

And with that news, readers, you can bet I’ll be stepping up the healthy recipes on this blog.  I mean, I’ve got to get in the best shape of my life so I’ll look perfect on the best day of my life.  There will still be sweet treats.  Don’t worry about that.  It’s just that I’ll have to save a small portion for M and I and send the rest to work with one of us.  Seems like a fair trade 🙂  For now, I leave you with the menu from our engagement dinner.  I’ll be posting these recipes over the next few days.

Engagement Dinner


cheese board 

olive tapenade

Pink Lady apple slices

assortment of crackers

Main Course:

lemon chicken

garlic rice pilaf

green salad with M’s favorite lemon vinaigrette

King Estate Signature Pinot Gris (from M’s home state)


fresh fruit tart

Whitehall Lane Belmuscato (purchased the day M and I got engaged)

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  1. Ashley
    August 1, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    Congratulations!! Your ring is gorgeous. Looking forward to your future healthy recipes.

  2. Stephanie
    August 1, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    Congratulations! Have fun wedding planning 🙂

  3. katie
    August 1, 2010 / 8:11 pm

    Congrats again! The dinner sounds just lovely.

  4. Taylor
    August 1, 2010 / 8:28 pm

    Congrats!! Your engagement sounds lovely and the dinner looks delicious! Can't wait to see the recipes and hear about your wedding planning 🙂

  5. USA Kiwi (aka Kylee)
    August 1, 2010 / 8:31 pm

    A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you and M!

  6. Alice
    August 1, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    Congratulations and lots of blessings to both of you!

  7. Lexie
    August 2, 2010 / 5:36 am

    It was a fabulous night with amazing food. Kelsey and M, indeed, were beaming all night. The families had a wonderful time together, and I can't think of a happier reason to bring us all together. My precious daughter is the happiest she has ever been in her whole life. We can't wait for M to be a full member of our family. We are all truly blessed that these two amazing people have found each other. I love you both. Thank you for an unforgettable evening.

  8. Suzy Q
    August 2, 2010 / 1:59 pm

    Congratulations! (Am secretly hoping you have a short engagement since I love your 'unhealthy' recipes!) Best wishes to you both.

  9. Ashlee
    August 2, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    congrats!!! i am so happy for you, and those photos are great. and i'm glad the dinner party went well!

  10. Melissa
    August 2, 2010 / 2:27 pm

    You two look so happy together. The menu also looks wonderful! I wish you all the best =)

  11. Amy
    August 2, 2010 / 3:40 pm

    Congrats!! You two are such a cute couple!

  12. Jade
    August 2, 2010 / 4:47 pm

    Congratulations!! This meal looks wonderful.

  13. Kelsey
    August 2, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    SuzyQ, your comment cracked me up! I have to say, I love the unhealthy recipes, too. I'm going to do my best to convince myself I don't need them for the next several months 🙂

  14. Natalie
    August 2, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    Congrats Kelsey! So so exciting and your ring is beautiful (mine looks very similar so I'm biased ;)) Enjoy this wonderful time!

  15. Jen
    August 2, 2010 / 7:37 pm

    Congratulations! Love the pictures from your engagement. Your dinner menu sounds perfect!

  16. Rebecca
    August 2, 2010 / 9:11 pm

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations! Beautiful ring! Beautiful couple!

  17. melslatt
    August 3, 2010 / 5:11 pm


  18. N. Castillo
    August 3, 2010 / 11:49 pm

    Congratulations! I wish you the absolute best!

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