One of my friends got injured in a car accident Wednesday night (thankfully she is okay, other than a severely broken wrist). We rallied and camped out at her house yesterday after she got home from the hospital. And of course we came with a lot of food, because thats how we roll.

Included was:
Chips and salsa/queso
Hummus and pita chips (I went with plain and then brought too mix ins–carmelized onions and roasted garlic)
Ice cream sundae fix-ins
Chocolate Chip cookies to be baked.

One of our friends outdid herself though, she went through a Trader Joe’s cookbook and found some great recipes. She made the recipes over the course of the afternoon.

Started with Provolone and Prosciutto wrapped roasted asparagus.
This was SO GOOD! Its my new go to appetizer recipe!!

(Roast asparagus for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and wraps provolone around asparagus. Then, wrap that deliciousness in prosciutto and put back into oven until cheese is slightly melted.)

Apricots with Goat Cheese

(Slice apricots in half, remove pit. Put on lined cookie sheet and fill with goat cheese. Broil for about 5 minutes until they start to brown. Remove, drizzle with honey, and top with chopped pistachios.)

While this was all being consumed over the course of 5 hours, she was ALSO slowcooking some Wild Mushroom Beef Stew! (I love beef stew!) She made that, along with bringing some organic Egg Noodles to be the base. This was great, and super hearty. It does take a while to cook though, but when you are eating classy things like the above, you can live with it!

(The pictures are so discolored–maybe my iPhone camera isnt as good as I thought it was?!)

We also watched a couple of movies which were way more hilarious than I expected–Despicable Me and Surf’s Up.

Today I am down for a 40 minute run and some serious grading and planning for next week. Not sure what is happening for New Year’s Eve. There are a couple of options, but I have been out almost every night this week and am thinking sleep may be a more viable option. Even though it is the end of a decade (crazy to think about!).

Just for kicks, a couple of pictures of this mornings delicious breakfast (vacation leaves me time for making intense breakfasts!)

Tune in later this afternoon, I am in the midst of writing my 2011 Goal Entry!!!


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