Housewarming party

Last night, Adam and I officially celebrated with all of our friends the purchase of our first house. After a very wet 5.5 mile run and a shower, I pretty much was kitchen bound for 7 hours or so. SO worth it!! It was a really great time, and I think having yummy food definitely helped. :mrgreen:

APPETIZERS

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Mashed potato and mushroom filled cups with dollops of sour cream (I was going for a Russian inspired appetizer)

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Fresh mozzarella/grape tomato skewers (Adam assembled these babies. Pretty, no?)

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Endive boats stuffed with oranges, goat cheese and candied walnuts (I followed this recipe from Cooking Light, which I found through Good Things Catered)

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These were so fresh and tasty… a great combination of flavors!

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Beef sliders with toppings…

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I made the burgers by adding some salt, pepper, garlic powder and Country Bob’s all purpose sauce to ground 96% lean beef, and then grilling them (obvi 😉 ).

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The star of the show (unsurprisingly) – spinach artichoke dip (using this recipe from Cooking Light).

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This is the BEST spinach artichoke dip (including less healthy versions)!! I’ve made it numerous times before (I found at least 4 posts on my blog with pictures of it and happy “customers”) and really have no desire to ever try another recipe. Why mess with perfection?! 😀

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DESSERTS

Blondies (I followed this recipe from Cooks Illustrated)

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They were delicious, but unfortunately a little dry (I got busy and overbaked them by mistake :( ). Most of them are gone, though, so I’d say they were still a “great success.” 😆

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Lauren brought the most delicious Veganomicon‘s Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

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Molly brought some yummy brownies (Molly, do you want to share your secret recipe with us? 😉 )

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And Shannon brought apple and carrot shortbread cookies (I believe she followed this recipe). These were a little more subtly sweet than the rest of the over-the-top desserts. I personally really enjoyed them (you’ll even see them in my breakfast this morning 😀 )

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My sister and I split this little plate and enjoyed it very much 😀

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We also enjoyed some pomegranate margarita!

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Oh yeah, I also can’t get enough of this seasonal hard cider:

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GOOD FUN

My friend Pran being silly (I thought she was a little close to me when we were posing… :) )

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Shannon, me, Pran, Dina and Katy

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More posing…

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Adam and me

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Black is where it’s at 😉

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You know the party is not bad when people start doing tequila shots at the end of the night (not moi). A little salt helps it go down easy…

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It was so much fun! It was a lot of work, but I think Adam and I did a great job organizing everything and everyone seemed to have a really good time… that’s all you can ask for! 😀 Do you love entertaining?

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