Monday, March 28, 2016

A Perfect Plan for a Girl's Night In

It's early spring here in our area, 
Meaning it could be 60* tomorrow 
Or it could snow.
Or both.
It's too early to make any outdoor plans, so I've made an indoor one.
A Girl's Night In Party.

The plan includes my favorite movie of all time - 
 "Enchanted April"
and dinner with good friends.

Enchanted April is a wonderful, romantic film 
about women and friendship and love. 
Oh, and it's set on a hilltop medieval castle on the coast of Italy.
So it's a bit of a travelogue, too.
The scenery is glorious and the story is delightful.
It's based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth Von Armin 
who wrote it while staying in Portofino, Italy, where the castle stands today.

I watched it again recently with my book club 
and we all enjoyed it.
I made an Italian dinner for us 
and then we curled up and watched the movie together

The menu was: 
Lots of Chianti 
Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti  
Italian Salad 
Crusty bread 
Tiramisu Cake.

Here's a link to the Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
I found the recipe on Pinterest.  
You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti -- all you need are 6 simple ingredients for this comforting and delicious dish! |
(Photo from Gimme Some Oven)

I used Arrabiatta Sauce 
and I added some chopped pepperoni for more spicy flavor.
It was easy and delicious and I will definitely make this again.

I also made this easy Italian Salad from The Gingham Apron to go with it.
Another Pinterest find.

italian salad
(Photo from The Gingham Apron)

It was just right.

Here's a slice of the Tiramisu cake from a post I wrote abut the recipe.

Add a loaf of crusty bread and your favorite Chianti and you've got it all.

Delicious food and good friends and my favorite movie.
The perfect plan.

I enjoyed it all so much 
that I hijacked the next meeting of my other book club 
and we are going to watch the movie together too.
In April.
Perfect timing.

There are lots of ways to watch the movie.
You can buy the DVD or rent it from Amazon for $2.99.

You can read the book or you can listen to it.
Here's a link to the FULL audiobook, free, on YouTube.

You're welcome, because I just know you'll thank me!
It's Just Grand.

Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Monday at A Stroll Through Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

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  1. Erin, this sounds like so much fun! I have friends coming this weekend and need to whip up a good dinner & movie. :)

  2. Everything here sounds like
    The Perfect Plan . . .
    Thank you Erin . . .
    (saved the entire post)

  3. Hi, I'm coming over from the Scoop. What a perfect girl's night in. Wish I could be there. Enchanted April is one of my favorite movies. Perfect for your girls. Enjoy!

  4. Just have to share this "synchronistic" experience. I looked for 2 weeks for my VHS recording of Enchanted April because I haven't watched it in several years. I found it at last, and within just 2 hours I found your blog mentioning the movie. I had never seen your blog before. Thanks for the recipes--I believe they are "meant for me" to try when I watch this great movie again.


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