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My First Baby Shower!

Today we came home from Chautauqua and went straight to Bravo, a fun Italian restaurant, for a lunch with a few of my friends from growing up and their moms. My girlfriend Jackie who lives in Spain, and has for the past 4 years, planned the lunch for Kara and I. Kara is getting married this summer and Jackie won’t be back for either of our showers.

We had the best time in the world! It was great to catch up and enjoy a fun lunch. I had the salmon salad but didn’t take a picture because I was more interested in taking pictures of my friends and Jackie’s cute decorations.

My place setting:

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Kara’s place setting:

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A few table decorations:

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Jackie and I :

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Kara and Jackie:

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The girls! The mom’s aren’t pictured but we apparently all got the memo to wear black.
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I got some adorable baby gifts – organic cotton crib sheets, receiving blankets, books, stuffed animals and adorable outfits in white and yellows! Thank you so much girls!!!

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Happy Hanukkah!

Last night we went to our first Hanukkah party! Our friend, Chait (her name is actually Sarah) did a beautiful job hostessing!

She even filled the ice cubes with cranberries!
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Here are some of the delicious treats she had for us- and this isn’t even all of them:

Punch: I was not able to taste, but looked and smelled good!

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Authentic Hummus:

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Delicious Guac:

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Her special family recipe salad:

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Spinach Rolls – made by Jackie!

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Pesto Polenta Rounds:

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Crackers for covering with goodies:
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Hot artichoke dip:
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Brie and Cranberry Goat Cheese:

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Fresh Veggies:

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Toppings for the Latkes which I somehow missed. I think I was waiting for the hot ones to come out of the oven…

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Coconut cookies:
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Dreidel Cookies I made – notice my attempt Hebrew:

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My fun and festive beverage of Sprite Zero and cranberry ice cubes. The diet pop was a treat, I try to avoid it normally and stick to water. But when everyone else is drinking fun punch, and wine – you just need a little Sprite 🙂

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Thanks for having us Chait, we had a wonderful time!

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Thanks to Nasoya for sending me some coupons for some of their great products. I used the wonton wrappers to make some fun appetizers for the party on Saturday night. I am excited to use the Egg Roll wrappers for baked egg rolls on Thurs.

Turkey Stars (also known as Sausage Stars)

  • wonton wrappers – I used 36
  • 1 package of Honeysuckle lean turkey sausage
  • 1 c. 2% natural cheese
  • light ranch dressing
  1. Cook sausage until done.
  2. Bake unfilled wonton wrappers in muffin tins at 350 until golden brown
  3. While those are baking: mix cooked sausage, cheese, and 1/3 c. light ranch.
  4. When wontons are done, fill the little cups with the sausage mixture and bake again until cheese is melty.

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Baked Goat Cheese Triangles

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 tube of cranberry goat cheese from Trader Joes
  1. Put a small amount of goat cheese on the corner of a wonton wrapper.
  2. Fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle.
  3. Wet the sides of the wonton to seal it together with the cheese inside
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm!

Next time I would brush them with a little whipped egg to get rid of the white powder on them and make them shiny. I might also make a dipping sauce to serve them with!

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For food, I was not to set on any one thing. Since people didn’t come over until after 8, I knew I just needed munchies instead of heavy food. Here is what we had:

Soft pretzels with spicy and honey mustard

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Turkey Treats – what Brady calls “Sausage stars” (he thinks I made them with real sausage) 🙂 Recipe of the lightened version to come

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Triangles – recipe to come! Thanks Nasoya!

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Fat free pumpkin dip with apples and graham crackers:

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Classic Chips and Salsa

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Also, a big bowl of Chex Mix that disappeared first!

The table before the food was put on – I got busy and forgot the after shot!

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Last night we had our annual beer tasting party. There was lots of this:

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In the following fun varieties:

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The winner of the best beer with a score of 76 points was:

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Close, in second place, with a score of 75 was our beer!

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The worst beer of night, with a milkshake like consistency:

IMG_6123.JPGThe mini dixie cups of beer were delivered on trays and were each labeled with a letter so no one would know which was which.

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The scores were recorded on mini score sheets we made up:

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It was a fun night! I woke up hangover free after a night of sipping water from an extra large wine glass. My house was cleaner this morning than it would have been if I was participating – so that was a plus!

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One of my best friends, Jen, is due with her first baby at the end of November, so we had to celebrate!

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Classic Cucumber Sandwiches

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Pesto 5 – Cheese Tortellini

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Pretzels and Carrots with Hummus

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Apple Dip and apples

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Ceasar Salad with Chicken on the side

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Onesie Cookies

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Baby Rattle Cupcakes

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For dinner on Saturday, I wanted to keep things simple so I went with the cookout menu. Our dinner consisted of the following:

  • Lean beef burgers, Veggie burgers and hot dogs with buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, spinach for toppings
  • Low-fat cheese potatoes (recipe on Recipes Page)
  • Napa Sesame Salad (also on Recipes Page)
  • Veggies to dip in Sabra
  • Fresh Watermelon
  • Homemade ice cream sandwiches

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Cornhole = A cookout/summer MUST
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Cheese Potatoes

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Chips with Janelle’s homemade salsa

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Stuff for burgers

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Napa Sesame Salad

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Watermelon

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Condiments

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Boys at the baseball game
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