Dinner Club

A little over two years ago my best friend came up with the greatest idea.

She’s an organizer and a planner. She always makes sure that there is time penciled in to see each other. We have dates set out months in advance. She always has to remind me to update my planner. Frequently.

She came up with this idea that once a month all of our friends would get together and have dinner together. One couple will host the party and provide the main course. Every other couple will bring an accompanying side dish…and of course, B.Y.O.B.

Hence, dinner club.

I, not being the greatest cook in the world, usually just bring chips and salsa since that is the one thing I’m pretty darn good at making, but for tonight’s dinner club I decided to step out of my box!

Homemade Smashing S’mores, recipe via Jessica, a recipe-maker of all things ridiculously delicious looking! Mine don’t look quite as nice as hers, and when I was finished I had chocolate just about everywhere…even on the kitchen walls…don’t ask me how! I’m hoping they’re a hit tonight!

Back to dinner club…

I think that everyone should be a part of someone’s dinner club. It is a great way to learn new recipes, eat good food, but best of all, it is the best way to stay in touch with all your good friends (and even make new ones!) It is also a time when it is okay to act like a teenager again (at our very first dinner club get-together we ended up going and tee-peeing another friend’s house…true story!)

We have had so many different dinner clubs over the past two years and each one is as exciting as the last. We have had italian themed and mexican themed dinner clubs, we’ve had barbecues, I hosted a pizza bar dinner club, we have had tailgating dinner clubs, and we even brought dinner club to Mexico this summer!

The truth is, it is easy to put your friends on the back burner when you have so much going on in your life. I know that I’m guilty of that a lot. I love my friends, and I know that they love me, but when you have so much going on it can be hard. Dinner club gives us an excuse to forget everything else that is going on and see each other. It gives us something to look forward to every single month. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve counted down the days until a dinner club!

…and now in just nine more hours I’ll be in some good company! 🙂

ang

 

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Amazing

I’m so excited! Alaina from the Sweetness of Life blog tagged me with the Stylish Blogger Award!

I’m so happy that I got this…as a new blogger, sometimes it feels like no one really reads my blog in my little corner of the world, so it is nice to know that there are people out there reading! I don’t know how stylish I am, but I’m still excited to get it!

The rules of the “Stylish Blogger Award” are:

  1. Say seven things about yourself.
  2. Pass on to other bloggers.
  3. Contact them and let them know you have done so.
So…number one: I’m crazily, happily, still head-over-hills after being together nine years married to the man of my dreams!Number two: This said man of my dreams is very tall…almost a foot and a half taller than me. I am pretty short though, 5’3″…although that is kind of tall for my italian family!Number three: When we are 90, he will most likely be hunchback and I will probably have severe low back problems due too much time spent like the above picture (and mind you, I am in four inch heals!)

Number four: I am obsessed with Yogurtini!Tart blueberry and berry soft serve, strawberries, blueberries, mango, chocolate chips, and coconut…Heaven!

Number five: I am a SoleMate for Girls on the Run! I have raised $260 so far. I am so grateful for all the donations that I have received already, but I would really like to go above and beyond for this organizations. It is just amazing.

Number six: I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed with the word amazing. I probably use it at least twice in every post.

Number seven: Operation Beautiful is one of the reasons I was inspired to start blogging…and I think YOU are amazing! 
Now it’s time for me to pass this on to other bloggers! Ready, set…..GO:

My beautiful cousin Kelsie blogs at HappyMonday.
Katie who blogs at HealthyDivaEats.
Allison at PickyEatingRD.
Carly who blogs at CarlyBananas.
And Jenny at FitnessHealthandFood.

Number eight: I love chips and salsa…too much…but I don’t care. I want some right now, but I think I used all the salsa two days ago. Maybe I’ll just go to the store. I just thought you should know that about me.

ang