Sunday, April 18, 2010

Patios, cookouts & wineries!

This week in the world of all things delicious and unbalanced...
Thursday night my class was cancelled (GLORIOUS!) so I was able to spend some much-needed time with friends. Carebear and I went to Metro! to meet up with a friend from work and enjoy Sushi Happy Hour. I had the Dragon Roll and the Philadelphia Roll (regular salmon, not smoked). Both were absolutely delicious! Since Happy Hour has now changed to UNhappy hour with no drink specials of note, Carrie and I hung around until 8 when Ladies Night began...$5 Hibiscus Kir Royale - Hibiscus Flower & Hibiscus juice generously topped with Champagne...YUM! Then my newest favorite bartender, Adam, came to enjoy the patio with us (he makes the absolute BEST French 75). It was a wonderful evening to not be stuck in class for 3 hours :)

Friday I was able to come home after work and relax for the first time in WEEKS, if not months. I had fresh-baked Rosemary Foccacia and a Greek Salad for dinner...springtime food is my favorite! Then I finished my Case Study that's due next week so I could fully enjoy my weekend.

Saturday was a cookout at my friend/classmate Donna's house in Blacksburg with some of the other girls from the Counselor Ed program and some of her friends from Tech. It was a lot of fun, we played cornhole and I brought Lola to play with all of the other dogs. Eventually we got to the FOOD - hamburgers, hot dogs, and dessert! I made fruit pizza and it was gone in NO TIME. So, for all of your spring and summer get together's, here's an easy dessert that everyone will love:

Fruit Pizza:
1 - 16 oz roll of Sugar Cookie Dough (I use pillsbury)
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese (at room temp)
1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Any fruit(s) of your choice: blueberry, strawberry, kiwi, etc.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Set aside.

Slice and chop all of your fruits, unless using blueberries (leave them whole). Set aside.

Roll out the sugar cookie dough on a cookie sheet into a rectangle until it is very thin (about 1/4 inch) then bake at 350 degrees for about 10 mintues. Take out of the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Frost the cookie with the cream cheese mixture, then top with the fruit and refrigerate. Cut into little squares and ENJOY!

makes about 2 dozen squares

Today my mom and I are headed to Valhalla Vineyards to enjoy a wine tasting and a little picnic overlooking the Roanoke Valley.

Overall, I consider this a weekend well-spent! I feel relaxed and refreshed and am so glad that this semester is winding down so that my homework load has decreased and I can enjoy these moments with family and friends. Until next time!

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