On Friday night our friend Sam and Nick invited us over for a low key dinner and wine tasting.  Sam said he likes to open up nice bottles of wine from his collection when the stock market sinks, he said what’s a few extra bucks down the drain, ha!  It was our five year wedding anniversary and it was fun to spend some time with good friends.  Sam is so high energy and fun and Nick is a sweetie.  Our old neighbors Jim and Cheng were there too, this crowd cracks me up because I really stick out…not only am I the only girl but I am also the only one who doesn’t work in high tech.

We ate tapas style, we started with brie and apples and goat cheese and dates.  Then we moved on to roasted tomatoes from Jim’s garden and green beans and a tofu rice dish.  Before we ate dessert we played Kinect, a video game I have never played before.  Nick set it up so we could play a variety of games as teams, when it was my turn I had to box and do the long jump, ha!   I liked it much more than the Wii because there are not controllers to deal with.

I brought a snickers trifle for dessert, the perfect way to end the night with all of the fun guys.  Here is the recipe…

1 whole Pan Prepared Brownies (8 Inch By 8 Inch Or Larger) 
2 packages Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (Approx 3.5 Oz Each Pkg) 
4 cups Cold Milk (for Pudding Mix) 
1 large container of Cool Whip 
4 whole Snickers Bars

Cut your prepared brownies into about 1 inch chunks (I used about 3/4 of an 8 x 8 inch pan) and set aside.

Prepare pudding as directed (combining the powdered mix with the amount of milk specified on the package), and set aside.

Chop Snickers bars into small pieces, and set aside.

Assemble dessert: Crumble brownies into bottom of trifle bowl to cover surface.

Spread half of the prepared pudding over brownies.

Spread half of the whipped cream over top of pudding layer.

Sprinkle with half of the chopped Snickers.

Repeat layering, finishing off with the remaining Snickers chunks.

Cover and chill for a few hours before serving. 

On Saturday I worked with a client that I have worked with all summer. She and her family moved into a new condo so I helped her unpack the spare bedroom, she is planning to use the space as a home office and craft room for her and her daughter.  We were able to get all of the boxes out of the space as we unpacked and sorted through all of her craft/scrap booking tools and supplies.  Now that it is so easy to scrapbook digitally I encouraged her to keep only the items that she has still loves and uses, I was really proud of how good she was!  It is easier to use what you have when you only have what you love!
While I was working Chris biked a new route with his biking buddy Eric.  They rode the 45 mile Sand Hill Loop with the Canada stretch included.  He is really getting into riding, his goal at work is to ride 75 miles in one stretch by the end of the quarter.  He is trying to get me to buy a bike so I can ride with him, we’ll see…it might cramp my Saturday organizing sessions.
On Sunday Chris talked me into going to a movie.  It’s not that I don’t like going it just that I have a hard time sitting still for 2 hours.  I usually prefer to rent movies at home so I can fold laundry and vacuum during the slow parts…I know, I know, I am a cleaning nut.  Truth is, I am just like my mother and I am not fighting it!  Before we went we stopped at Panera for lunch, one of my favorite places.  There is a location near our house that has great outdoor seating.  I am a creature of habit, I always order the same thing…baked potato soup and the Asian chicken salad.
We went to see Crazy.Stupid.Love.,  a romantic comedy with Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling (who is a looking hot in the movie!).  It was pretty funny, I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.  We did see a preview for the remake of Footloose while we were there and I cannot WAIT to see it!   After being married for 5 years I still learn something new about Chris every day, like the fact that he hasn’t ever seen the original Footloose, shocking since he a big fan of classic movies and chick flicks.
After the movie we hit up Trader Vics for some appetizers and cocktails, somewhere I have never been.  Their drinks were hilarious, they all come dressed up with tropical fruit and the menu has pages of options.  We played a little game guessing which drinks our friends would order if they were with us.  Here is a picture of Chris’ Mai’ Tai’…
Once we got home I turned on the New Jersey Housewives, I am just loving this season because it takes place during the holidays and it is getting me excited for Christmas! Then we started packing for our upcoming trip to Michigan this week.  We cannot wait to take a break from work and see our families and friends.  Stay tuned for pics!