Double Date Night

November 20, 2010

We are two fer two with fun impromptu dinner parties! Today at the wine event Stephanie, Matt and I began to discuss our lack of dinner plans. Suddenly we decided to join forces.


We headed to their house to play with their baby, dogs and beer.


Evan homebrews and this was placed in my hand. It was excellent! [All of his beers are excellent!].


We want to be like them : )


We brought over some of the Hickory Farms party package, but I was very UN-impressed by the cheddar. It tasted like American cheese in a package Sad smile


For dinner Evan grilled some delicious flank steaks…


– to perfection.


We brought over leftover wheatberry salad and garden greens, and Stephanie had leftover black bean + sweet potato salad.


Plus a glass of vino for me


Perfect dinner!


That was until the homemade vanilla bean ice cream appeared in front of me. Evan made it this afternoon with 1.5 beans (more than the recipe, apparently) and it was INCREDIBLE!! Like marshmallow, which you all know by know I am obsessed with.


The beer tasting continued, but I was the driver so I took small sips while Matt gulped down California-souvenir Pliny the Elder.


We are home, home on the range, and ready for bed!

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm

What a perfect night!! I want some of that ice cream!!


2 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) November 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm

My mom doesn’t like marshmallows, so I never get any! The ice cream sounds incredible.


3 Hannah November 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I keep expecting to hear you’re getting a dog, because you seem to enjoy spending time with your friends’ pets so much :)


4 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I love how honest you are with all of your product reviews! It lets me know that I can really trust you when you give a rave review!


5 Kath November 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Thanks! I always try to write just what I think.


6 Lauren at KeepItSweet November 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

what a fun night! i’d love to try homemade vanilla bean ice cream


7 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

That ice cream sounds so good right now. Mmmmm.


8 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

What a beautiful dog!! And dinner looks great too. I have never tried homemade vanilla bean ice cream, but I’m guessing it’s amazing.


9 faith @ gracefulfitness November 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Wish we could have joined you for dinner! We talk about getting in touch with Evan and Stephanie but haven’t made the call yet.


10 Kath November 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Triple date soon!!!


11 Kat November 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

mmm that ice cream looks good. Do you know where he got the recipe from?


12 Kath November 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I don’t…


13 Shannon (A Better Me) November 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

What a cute puppy! Love all the freckles on her(?) chest :) They look like a sweet couple too! Yum to dinner and ice cream!


14 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Ooooh I saw a lot of vanilla beans in Mexico for sale…I aaaaalmost picked some up but they were way more expensive than Costco (I know I know).


15 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I’m not sure I get the “marshmallow” – is it the texture or the taste you like?


16 Kath November 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

The taste. I’d describe things that are marshamallowy as amped-up vanilla with a really thick mouthfeel.


17 Virginia @ YtotheUmmy November 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Homemade ice-cream, wow! I made that once in science class!


18 stacey-healthylife November 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

You have had a pretty fun weekend, love all the new friends you are making.


19 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Woohoo for impromptu dinner parties! Looks like a ball :)


20 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Impromptu dinner parties are the best :-)


21 Barbara November 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Your meals always look delicious. I remember you ran an ingredient list for peanut butter vinegarette salad dressing. Would you post that to your recipe section. I’d love to make that. Thanks.


22 Kath November 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

I don’t remember that!?


23 Alaina November 20, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Your dinner parties look like so much fun! I was just telling my husband today how much I want to throw dinner parties more often. Kind of tough though in our small apartment. 😉


24 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Looks like such a fun evening! That ice cream sounds delicious!


25 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly November 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Ooo, marshmallow ice cream would be my favorite. If only I could find the flavor!! I tried to get marshmallow on top of my soft-serve tonight, but they were all out. And you know you and Matt are probably the kind of couple others want to be just like, so it all evens out in the end. :-p


26 Kath November 21, 2010 at 9:31 am
27 hippierunner November 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Ooh that ice cream sounds perfect!


28 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Looks like a great night!


29 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

Bummer about the cheese! I love cheddar so that would be disappointing :(


30 Paige @Running Around Normal November 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

Homemade vanilla bean ice cream?! I die.


31 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

oh my gosh, that ice cream sounds to die for! i love homemade ice cream…best ever :)


32 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 21, 2010 at 5:16 am

Perfect dinner! I’m saving my two vanilla beans for something fabulous and, what is more fabulous than vanilla bean ice cream? :)


33 Lissi November 21, 2010 at 6:02 am

Could you post Stephanie’s black bean and sweet potato salad recipe?


34 Kath November 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

Sorry, I don’t have it


35 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) November 21, 2010 at 6:17 am

That little bowl of ice cream looks so cute and delicious!


36 Kiran November 21, 2010 at 6:48 am

I love impromptu dinner plans with friends. I’m a sucker for anything ice-cream and that looks so delish. I love Vanilla :)


37 Stacy @ The Girl with the Pug Tattoo November 21, 2010 at 7:21 am

Any Droid suggestions for a new convert? Easy shortcuts to learning how to use it, favorite apps? I’ve searched because I thought you’d already done a post on this but couldn’t find it.


38 Kath November 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

Just play with it! I don’t think there are any secrets. I’m not trying to be smart when I say to read the manual – I always learn so much when I do that!


39 Simply Life November 21, 2010 at 7:55 am

Oh that dinner looks like it had been planned for days!


40 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

If I made homemade ice cream this time of year where I live, I’d have to eat it with gloves on! It’s cold here in the midwest. But I would do it, because anything with vanilla bean in it that tastes like marshmallows, I’m all for it! Yummo!


41 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 21, 2010 at 8:27 am

homemade ice cream and beer?! And they have a baby? How do they find the time… I feel lazy now. :(

All of that food looks amazing. :)


42 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

Mmm, I don’t eat steak often, but it is such a nice treat when it is so perfectly cooked like that! Looks like an awesome dinner!


43 Christin@purplebirdblog November 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Vanilla bean is the super best!


44 Julie @ Honey B. November 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Mmmm I just made the BEST homemade raw vegan vanilla ice cream from the book Living Raw Food – I highly recommend it!! Yours looks amazing, and I love the little portion size! At least it LOOKS little…


45 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Aww! I love impromptu dinner parties and this looks like a good one! I love trying new alcohol and food with friends who appreciate them:)


46 Ashley J November 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Does Stephanie have a blog?


47 Kath November 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Nope, she’s a town friend


48 Heidi - apples under my bed November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I love homemade ice-cream! Real vanilla bean is the best :) Such a fun night.


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