Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dinner Party and Thesis Research

Last night our friends Emma and Dalton had us over for a dinner party to celebrate Dalton's birthday.  We started with some delicious edamame beans with olive salt, lemon, and olive oil.  We also had 2 delicious salads and fresh bread. My favourite salad was this one:

 

The main course was a cheesy, delicious manicotti.  
I loved every bite, and went back for seconds:


We had a huge selection of desserts.  I brought burnt grapes, and some of Angela's pumpkin pie brownie 'cupcakes':


They were the first thing that I baked this fall, and it felt good to get back in the kitchen, if only for a short time.  

Today I have a date with this stack of articles:


Dear Thesis Research,

You suck.
    
How was your weekend?  
What was the highlight? 

16 comments:

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Those cupcakes look...amazing! Wow!

And your burnt grapes, I still want to try that recipe.

Your comments to me about Cakepops and your wedding and the dishes you stored under your bed...loved all those stories :)

Vanessa said...

That salad and manicotti look delicious! Lately I've been foregoing my sweet tooth in favor of more savory things -- and this looks right up my alley. Although I'm still so intrigued by the burnt grape dish!

This weekend was spent celebrating my husband's 27th birthday. We had a party last night, and are going on a "date" to Starbucks/Barnes & Noble later today.

Cassie said...

I'm such a sucker for dessert.. that pumpkin brownie, looks so yummy... my weekend consisted of cleaning and organizing my closet :-) nothing eventful... good luck with your thesis

Allysia said...

So that's what pumpkin recipe you made, eh? I've had that recipe bookmarked for at least a year, and I always wonder why I haven't tried making it yet. I love that you made it into cupcakes!

Looks like you guys had a great dinner party, weekends always seem to fly by way too fast. Jamming with my band is the highlight every weekend, though - not fancy but super fun. :)

mymarblerye said...

worked...thank gawd no studying though!

Laura said...

That stack of articles makes ME want to cry just thinking about you having to read them all! Yikes...

Highlight of my weekend was getting to have dinner (and wine) with my whole family Sunday night. Doesn't happen too often, so I appreciate it so much more when our schedules all line up!

Kacy said...

My weekend was okay. Sports got me down, but the highlight was having a chance to relax and be a little lazy.

Anne Marie said...

Oh my gosh - I give you so much credit going through all of those papers!

The highlight of my weekend was seeing the little guy take his first steps!

thehealthyapron said...

OMG I have to bake those brownie muffins! YUM!

Yelena said...

Oh thesis research- yuck! But you'll get through it, I just know it!

The dinner party food looks absolutely delicious.

The highlight of my weekend was not working and spending it with my boys!

mostlyfitmom said...

I had an amazing weekend! I even did some baking Sunday, and we had a pumpkin roll for dessert (Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll from allrecipes). I'm goingn to have to get studying, though, and I have a presentation to prepare for Thursday. Still, I'll take that over going through your stack of articles. Yikes!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

You always cook such awesome things!! I need to try those cupcakes. I've had that recipe bookmarked forever!!

Lauren's Latest said...

Just think how relieved you'll be after you're done writing your thesis! That seems to work for me when I'm dreading something.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yikes. I am not jealous of your research...

The highlight of my weekend was seeing my 5 nephews and my new niece!

B&B said...

LOVE this - and your blog :)

Can you come make manicotti for me please? Oh - and your beer bread in the post above!

Adelle said...

mmmmmmm those cupcakes look delicious!!