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Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

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{Erin and me}

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{festive bunting}

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{the chocolate fountain was a hit, of course}

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{my favorite creepy ornament}

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{Scott’s famous eggnog}

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{perfect cookies, thanks to this}

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{Happy Holidays!}

Trimming the Tree

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

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This weekend the roommates and I are hosting a holiday party complete with homemade eggnog and a chocolate fountain (if not now, then when?). So to prepare, we spent some time last night decorating our Christmas tree. As it turns out, Scott is quite the skilled tree trimmer and therefore spent a bit of time revising some of my ornament-hanging choices (the secret is creating depth). As of now, the tree is almost finished but we still need to find the perfect topper. I have no doubt that the weekend will be a great success, and I am looking forward the music, friends, and “faux-fireplace” dvd at the party.

Also, the answer is yes, I did get a fourth birthday cake. It was chocolate and Erin made it from scratch. And it was really delicious.

Baked French Toast with Cinnamon Apples

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sunday brunch was a huge success! All the credit goes to Erin who planned and executed the perfect menu for a weekend meal with friends. We (Erin) prepped the french toast and a hash brown scramble on Saturday night so all we had to do was bake/crock-pot on Sunday morning. It was easy and took a lot of the stress out of hosting. We even had time to watch awful chick-flicks when we finished the Saturday night prep work. For me, the french toast was a real stand out and I just had to share the recipe.  

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{setting the table}

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{perfection}

Baked French Toast with Cinnamon Apples
Ingredients:
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Grease the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish and arrange the bread slices.
2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Add apples. Toss to coat well. Top the bread slices with the apple mixture until evenly covered.
3. Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining cinnamon (2 teaspoons) until blended well, pour mixture over apples and bread, soaking completely. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours (overnight).
4. Bake covered with aluminum foil at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.

{enjoy!}

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Happy Weekend

Friday, October 28th, 2011

It looks like it is going to be a cold Halloween weekend in DC (maybe even snow!). But as the weather gets colder, the colors outside get brighter. Here are a few shots from last weekend. We spent a beautiful Sunday evening in Maryland, celebrating the marriage of our friends, Jenn and Saul. The bride and groom looked very happy together and their vows were so sweet (I definitely teared up a little). The setting was perfect, a charming mansion surrounded by trees, and the live jazz band was a blast. However, all of that was nearly overshadowed by the food! Best. Wedding. Food. Ever. They had a buffet style menu featuring food from different locations of importance to the couple, including a huge selection of pies for dessert. Here are just a few of the highlights…

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{mazel tov!}

 

Dinner Party

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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This weekend Sujeet and I hosted a few of our friends for a lovely dinner. This was our first attempt at a formal meal complete with multi-courses. I am now completely converted to the multi-course dining experience! My least favorite part of having friends over for dinner is the fact that we are usually finished eating within twenty minutes or so. By serving the food in courses (soup, salad, main, and dessert), we were able to spend more than an hour chatting over food and wine. To prepare for the evening I did a lot of research about formal parties. (In case you’re wondering, yes, most of the websites devoted to the issue appear to have been written by older southern women who tend to assume that you have “help.”) The best tip I picked up was the seating arraignment. Did you know that at formal dinners with more than one table it is proper to seat husbands and wives separately? Well I do now. We only had one table, but I separated all of the couples and arraigned the guests in boy-girl fashion with Sujeet and I at the ends.

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I made cute (but super simple) name cards for each of our guests. It was fun to spend time with our attached friends sans their significant other right next to them (plus I totally dug the fact that I could wink at my boyfriend from across a crowed table). For dinner, we started with spicy lentil soup, then green salad with homemade croutons and honey mustard vinaigrette. For the main course we had seasoned cod cooked in parchment paper with fresh chimichurri and sides of summer squash pasta and sautéed asparagus. For dessert, we served vanilla ice cream with fresh berries. (We intended to also serve warm chocolate chip cookies, but I think that was my job …  and I think we did fine without them.)

Frankly, I can’t wait until the next dinner party, but when I relayed that message to Sujeet I saw sincere panic flash though his eyes. (I mean, to be fair, he really did do all the heavy lifting on this one.) Looks like the next time around I am going to have to sub in my other favorite cook, Erin. Now all I need is a theme …

{more photos after the jump}

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DC Earthquake Day

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Yesterday DC was shaken up by an afternoon earthquake. The rumble (5.8!) hit during my lunch break, while I was eating outside, so I did not have the pleasure of running down eight flights of stairs in heels, like some of my friends did. The earthquake was a little scary at first but it resulted in practically no damage or injuries, so all is well.

Most importantly, I learned that a minor DC emergency looks like this:

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A bunch of young professionals standing around, staring at their phones.

Many of the office buildings were shut down for infrastructure inspections, after which the minor DC emergency looked like this:

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A perfect day for sangria with friends.

{Happy DC Earthquake Day!}