This past weekend was the perfect combination of visiting with friends and family, entertaining and be entertained, working out, running errands, and relaxing. Despite how all-accomplishing it appears, I was exhausted by last night and dreading the work week. Perhaps I tried to do too much. With that in mind, here are three things that made my weekend simply successful:
1. Frozen grapes: I read on Pinterest that you can freeze green grapes and use them as ice cubes for cooling a white/chilled wine. They keep the beverage cold but don't melt. They were a success Friday night when we brought a bottle of wine over to a friend's house and Saturday night when we invited friends over. They were a fun, added touch. Plus, a few extra vitamins are never a bad idea.
2. Fresh and homemade salsa: I totally stole this from a friend's blog. It is a recipe for delicious homemade salsa. The key was roasting the vegetables in the winter - since tomatoes aren't always stellar in the winter. It was so quick and easy - thanks to my new food processor. The salsa received rave reviews by friends and family and the batch is all gone.
3. Chocolate fondue: I whipped up some chocolate fondue for desert on Saturday. Really, truly, it is so easy. Heavy cream and bittersweet baking chocolate. I used a Rachael Ray recipe. I served it with pound cake (store bought), marshmallows, pineapple, and strawberries. It was very fun to sit around with our friends Aaron and Emily - chatting, and dunking strawberries in chocolate. The only thing not fun: the chocolate pots. They are still soaking in the sink. (Thanks to our friends Ben and Jenna for the wonderful wedding gift.)
Here's to a fabulous week - hoping to try a new baked french "fry" recipe. I will keep you posted.