Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday in a nutshell

Fact: life is busy.

But every once in a while the stars align, schedules mesh and wonderful little get-togethers are born. This was the case Saturday!

Preparations began early, and after running around like a chicken with its head cut off all morning, I got a nice stop-and-smell-the-roses moment courtesy of Amwilli:

Now onto the menu. Of course the entrée is always easy—carryout (cue Timbaland and JT)— but dessert requires a little thought. I went with Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars from the lovely folks over at Southern Living.

1 cup flour
⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter

Mix until dry ingredients are well coated and in crumbles.

Spread into 13 x 9 inch pan, bake til golden brown.

24 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
⅓ cup sour cream
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix til fluffy and delicious.

Spread over the crust, bake til it sets.

Still testing the theory of not actually needing egg yolks— so far, they're completely unnecessary. Nice!

Melt some chocolate, swirl it over the finished bars et voila:

Not as pretty as the picture in the recipe, but tasty, light and airy. Fantastic Summertime treat!

Onto the most important part of the evening: before...

and after...

Why yes, that is a large batch of Mon's beer margaritas on the counter ☺

Highlights: After stuffed bellies and probably THE most competitive two rounds of Taboo the world has ever seen, the Teeb decided to start wooing Joe.

This little munchkin was showing off allllll night! Thank goodness she's not a devil dog.

Highest Light Food, Friends, Funnnnn... I ADORE YOU CRAZIES ♡


Lowlights: Being shunned by Mathew because I *may or may not* have thrown a pen and stained his shirt during the aforementioned Taboo incident.

This face. Smile next time!

Lowest Light: Forgetting a bottle of wine in the freezer, which subsequently cracked and slushified. Perhaps a sign to finally get one of these babies.

Us by the end of the night. Hosting is hard work.

Siiiike. Way too much fun. Come over more often!