I was just talking on the phone to my sister… and she pulled out a guilt trip bigger than any Jewish mother ever could! I believe it went something like this “It takes me less than 10 minutes to write a blog. And I know you type just as fast as I do. And if I can find the time, so can you, BLAH BLAH BLAH”. So yes, big sister, here I am – writing a blog. Ha! (I should be writing a paper. But I don’t really want to, so the paper can wait).
Last night we had a small party to celebrate my upcoming birthday! I’m turning 26 on Friday (Friday the 13th, bitches!) but I’ll be on vacation, so we decided to have a small shindig a little early. Throwing parties is interesting because it’s super stressful the day of as I’m trying to clean and do stupid things like put fresh cut roses in the bathroom cuz I somehow think people will notice and/or actually care, and we usually spend a small fortune on booze, food and random stuff like that… but it’s always worth it to spend an evening with good people and good libations at your home.
My parents raised me in the true midwestern way…. you should always have plenty of food and beverage at your party. I can’t believe how many California parties I go to where the only food is a bag of stale potato chips spilling out haphazardly on the counter, and the beverage assortment is a 6 pack of luke warm PBR. I’ve been to some great parties like that, so I’m not knockin’, but I think it’s nice to have lots of yummy stuff at your house for your guests.
So – I made Lyssa’s Famous Sucker Punched Sangria – a triple threat of triple sec, rum and brandy marinated with oranges, lemons, limes, pineapple and peaches (2 bottles of cab, 2 of shiraz). This is always a favorite at our parties, and last night, it lived up to its name as we had one overnight guest (who passed out on the couch and was so out of it we couldn’t wake ’em up to move ’em to the bed).
We had pulled pork, salad, potato chips, candy, and some other great dishes like quinoa salad, falafel, hummus (brought by great guests). Dessert was amazing with a huge chocolate cake, a strawberry cake, and some incredible cupcakes from YUMMY CUPCAKES. My friend Hilda brought them for me because she knows how much I love them… and they did not disappoint! I was secretly hoping a Funfetti flavored one would be leftover but I guess they got all nabbed up – but I still have a chocolate and lemon!
It was a great night – perfect way to celebrate my upcoming 26th year. Oh yeah, and cuz this is a weight loss blog, I’m still the same weight I was last time I wrote about it, which is actually an accomplishment, because I’ve been chowing down on easter candy and as you can see by the photos above, I’m not eating rabbit food!