HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!! We got her good with a surprise party tonight!!
The plan was for us to cook a dinner for her and to send her for a glass of wine to her good friend Louise’s condo in order to "get out of the condo" while we cooked. Little did she know there was a crowd waiting up there 🙂
Here we are with our first glasses of wine
Louise had all kinds of delicious foods
Pimento Cheese Melts –
Shrimp cocktail –
Bruschettas (navy beans, garlic, olives, tomatoes, EVOO over goat cheese on toast points – fabulous!)
Serving hors d’oeurves
Apples, cheese, mango chutney and the husband’s homemade crostinis !
Plus the BEST hummus , which I forgot to photograph.
Here’s my first plate, which will serve as a representation for the evening. I had too many bites of things to count. Sorry!! (Along with glass of Chardonnay #2 )
Probably 2-3 more pimento cheese toasts, 2 more hummus toasts, more cheese + apples + chutney, 1 more shrimp or so. Hard to guess!
Up close –
Glass #3 (and a had more than my share of sips from the husband’s glass…)
And about 10 apple + chutney bites . This was Stonewall Kitchen Mango Chutney and was amazing!! I normally stay away from chutneys because of the onion factor, but this one was clean and fabulous on fruit!
Then came the hightlight – carrot cake!!!!!! I am NOT a carrot cake fanatic, but this was THE. BEST. I have ever had!!!!! The icing was thick, yet light and fluffy with lemon zest – a GREAT combo with the carrots. The cake part was moist but light enough to not load you down (although I am now loaded down because I had a second piece that I didn’t photograph when Karen couldn’t finish hers!)
Man, I am STUFFED and fuming with raw garlic breath . I hope I don’t have to get close to anyone but my husband tomorrow! I wish I hadn’t eaten so much cake – it really put me over the top. The plan for a 5am workout has been pushed back to a 4pm workout for me. But what a fun way to spend my non-holiday!!
This afternoon I had some apple/PB/kashi crackers when I got home from school like a good little child 🙂
Off to chug some water and brush my teeth!