Birthday fun

This past weekend was filled nothing but joy. It started with a small celebration for my birthday on Friday. We had my parents over for dinner, a few drinks and cake. Michael made one of my favorites; Chili! his recipe is delicious, (I promise to get it from him and post it in the near future) followed by Fun-Fetti Cake for dessert. It’s one of my favorites (reminds me of growing up) and has now become a birthday tradition for us. Saturday night followed; actually the eve of Michael’s birthday (how crazy our birthdays are two days apart?!). We celebrated with family and friends at one of our favorite places in town; The Blind Monk ; a small wine and tapas bar. It was beyond fun and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to ring in our birthdays. However the fun didn’t end there, we had no plans for our Sunday (we usually lay around the house all day) but our friends came over with cake and every intention of keeping the party going. It turned out to be a blast! I got inspired and made beef bourguignon , which I am proud to say (without gloating) turned out very good. I am so grateful for Michael, my parents and all of our friends.

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Entertaining Fun!

One of my favorite things to do is entertain. I think it's definitely something I get from my mom; as a kid I always remember my parents' friends coming over for dinner and what a great hostess my mom was. She has always paid great attention to detail and it shows in everything she does. I keep that in mind when preparing nibbles, dinner, and drinks. To celebrate the start of the weekend; we had our close friends Steve and Jess over for wine and dinner. It was so much fun! I made Pasta e Fagioli (which I forgot to photograph cause we were so hungry!), it left me inspired and wanting more Italian, so tonight I'll be making my favorite meat sauce. Stay tuned 🙂

These are from Friday…

The ingredients for Sgroppino (an Italian cocktail made up of Prosecco, lemon sorbet and mint). Yum!
I hope you're all still enjoying your weekend!