As much as we love going out for drinks on Friday to celebrate the weekend and put the week behind us, we also love staying in and having our friends over for our version of happy hour. Being the pizza fanatics we are, we decided to try and make our own. We took a shortcut (love that) and used pre baked crusts (you can also use Naan or Pitas) but I must say I was proud of the result and judging by how quickly we all devoured our slices, I’d say our friends liked them too.
My favorite! Margherita (with a little sauce)
Mike’s yummy creation… A Philly Cheesesteak pie (Wiz included)
I LOVED this combination! Goat Cheese and Figs (balsamic glaze)
When life gives you leftover watermelon and Pinot Noir…you turn it into Sangria!
This is totally my version using whatever I could find in my fridge. But I think it turned out damn well.
1 bottle Pinot Noir or your favorite red wine
1 cup club soda
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 lime, sliced
1/4 cup raspberries, muddled
1 cup diced watermelon
1 tbsp agave nectar
2 sprigs of mint
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.
Our much anticipated costume party turned out beyond great! Michael dressed up as “The most interesting man in the world” (the Dos Equis guy) and it was quite the transformation! It took some time to get used to seeing him with all that gray hair, haha. I also transformed quite a bit; I went as his glam date (totally inspired by Marilyn). It was tons of fun and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, so I say: success!