Seriously, this weekend was so packed. Packed!
On Friday, I wanted nothing more than to go home and go to sleep. I was exhausted. But then, two very persuasive friends at my office convinced me that I needed to go with them to this Vietnamese restaurant.
Thank goodness I did. Not just because I was with wonderful new friends, but because this guy showed up at the restaurant:
I know, right?
Anyway, I couldn’t stay out too late, as I had a big day the next day.
On Saturday, I woke up, made the dough for my baking project, went to the gym for 2 hours, came home, threw the baking project into the oven, hopped in the shower, took the baking project out of the oven, got dressed, and headed out the door, hot baked goods in tow.
What is this baking project, you ask?
Oh, just some Butterbeer Bars. For a Harry Potter Movie Marathon Party.
Don’t worry, recipe to come. 🙂
Anyway, the party was awesome. I was there for the end of the first movie, all of the second, third and fourth movies, and the first few minutes of the fifth. We took group pictures before each movie.
As you can see, it got progressively bigger as the day went on. It was intense and wonderful.
There were lots of treats involved — some Harry Potter-themed and some not. Sadly, not all of them were photographed.
There was butterbeer (cream soda + butterscotch schnapps + vanilla ice cream + vodka), for instance.
It was good, but very, very sweet. I’m glad to have tasted it but I couldn’t do more than a couple of sips.
There were cheese and crackers (three different kinds of goat cheese, by the way)…
We also had Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavored Beans. My friend Chris, the host, modeled them:
There were Chocolate Frogs…
And, of course, my Butterbeer Bars.
There were also lots of other snacks — mini hot dogs, chips and dips, pizza for dinner, lots of beer, etc. But my great regret is that I somehow did not manage to capture the star of the show, which were Mark’s Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Balls, dusted with gold to make them Snitches.
I can’t believe I didn’t take pictures. They were beautiful.
I KNOW. I’m sorry. 😦 Blame the butterbeer?
Or just all of the distractions?
Anyway, I was there until about 10pm on Saturday and then went home and promptly crashed. It was a long day! I also had another big day to come on Sunday.
So, on Sunday, I cleaned the entire apartment top to bottom (except for Mark’s room, of course), and then roasted up some veggies for a dinner party I was attending that night.
Here’s a tip: whether you’re looking to bring an easy, healthy side dish to a potluck, make this! I literally dumped a bag of broccoli florets, a bag of yellow and green wax beans, half a bag of baby carrots, and about half a bag of mini red potatoes (okay, I had to chop those first) onto a pan, drizzled them with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, topped them with salt, pepper and Garlic Gold nuggets, and roasted them for 45 minutes.
Easy as pie. No, easier.
Anyway, I dropped my roasted veggies off at Amy’s house for the dinner party that I’d be attending later, then headed over to party #1 of the day and #2 of the weekend.
This one was a lovely tea party!
Doesn’t everyone look so pretty?
This was a housewarming party held by my friends Tara and Marissa.
I could not get over how cute their new place is. Seriously, it made me realize that I could be doing such better things with my apartment. Mark, we have some work to do!
Similarly beautiful was the spread at this party. These girls know how to host an event!
See what I mean?
I wish I’d been able to take as many pictures at the party that followed, but my camera died very early on in the evening.
This party was a potluck dinner party so that a bunch of my friends and I could meet Amy’s little sister, Jenna.
We had quite the assortment of goodies!
In the spread: gluten-free lasagna, roasted chicken, roasted eggplant, roasted veggies, sauteed brussels sprouts, chicken salad, cantaloupe, and brownies.
My plate included tastes of everything.
Gotta say, though, the brussels sprouts were my favorite. It was Emily‘s recipe, made by my friend Claire. I love that Claire found out about Emily’s blog from me, but I learned about the recipe from her!
I was also thrilled to learn that my friend Mike had brought along one of my new favorite beers!
Though I hadn’t been planning on drinking, I couldn’t turn one of those down to enjoy alongside my dinner.
Then, once we were full and happy…
… it was game time.
Sadly, that’s when my camera batteries died. However, I can safely say that between a rousing game of Apples to Apples (at which I failed miserably, for the record) and a hilarious game of Charades, I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard and so often in one evening.
Packed weekend, right? What did you do this weekend?
IMPORTANT NOTE! My Homemade Granola Bars and Mark’s Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are both up for sale as a part of Tina’s CNC Blog Bake Sale!
Please go bid! You’ll be helping a great cause and you’ll make us feel popular! 😉