The next night we met with our Young Marrieds group at Tre Ragazzi, the new Italian restaurant in town. Everyone had a great meal and of course the company was great fun. as well. The Ford's are going to Italy in March so we were excited to share our own experiences with them and to hear about their trip. Ahh, Italy. I wonder if the Fords will let me stow away???
|Tiramisu? Don't mind if I do!|
|I definitely want to recreate this pasta dish. It was delicious yet light!|
|Cooking down the veggies for the Tomato Basil soup in my new crock pot!|
|This is what my kitchen looked like--oye|
|Who doesn't love a giant wheel of cheese?|
|Coq au vin!! Magnificent!!!|
|Do you understand why I decided I needed the bowls?? This presentation is wonderful!|
After dinner we surprised Mamatha with a birthday cake since it was her actual birthday! Yay!! Claire also had the most amazing chocolate mocha cake. By the end of the night Forrest literally had the left over cake plate in his lap. It was that good.
|One of my all time favorite people! Happy Birthday Mamatha!|
|Make a wish!!|
On Sunday I met my darling friend Randi for lunch to celebrate my birthday. I haven't seen her in so long and it was wonderful to catch up. I picked the Cheesecake Factory for lunch since they obviously have good desserts, and I mean we were celebrating a birthday! I must report that my salad with salmon was the BEST salad and really the best fish I have had anywhere in a really long time! Nice work! Of course, my chocolate tuxedo cheesecake was divine as well!
That night we ate with my parents (mahi mahi) as usual. You'd think that is where our weekend of eating would end, but oh no. Last night we ate at Sky with our "Lake Family" to celebrate January and February birthdays (me, Sara, and Barbara). On top of getting presents (yay!) we ate some amazing smothered chicken, and Aunt Sue brought an adorable cake!! Even today I'm still stuffed and I probably don't need to eat anything again until next weekend!! Hope you had a "full" weekend and are having a fun weekend!!
You can find the Tomato Basil Parmesan soup recipe on my blog here.
I also make a yummy taco soup that you can find here, but I used this recipe for my soup this weekend (which is basically the same I think) because it used a crock pot.
Heart Healthy Taco Soup
- 28 ounces Hunt’s Crushed Tomatoes
- 10 ounces Rotel
- 16 ounces Black Beans
- 16 ounces Kidney Beans
- 10 ounces Corn
- 1 package Taco Seasoning
- 1 package Ranch Seasoning
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (approximately 5 ounces each)