Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wine and Cheese Party

For a little while now I have been wanting to get a group of friends together and have a wine and cheese party. Last week I finally planned it. I had each person bring one white and one red of their choice and also a block of cheese. I was in charge of pairing the desserts. Another person was in charge of the apps; meat tray, crab dip, etc. And someone else brought fruit. In total there were six of us... And twelve bottles of wine.
I remembered seeing an idea somewhere about these kind of parties involving black paper and metallic pens to write on it. Probably Pinterest if I had to guess. Anyways I bought some black poster board and Sharpie metallic pens and got to work. I labeled all of the cheese and wrote underneath what wine it was supposed to pair best with. The Chevre turned out to probably be my favorite. At the end we scored the cheese with a point system. Sort of like the wine points system. Each person scored the different cheeses from 6-1. Six being the highest. At the end we add all of the point up per cheese to see the winner. The chevre came in first with 26pts and the rosemary and olive oil asiago came in last with 5pts. For any one thinking about having a wine and cheese party I would recommend buying some pepper jelly (found with the fancy cheese in Krogers) Its delish.
For dessert I made a key lime pie, and I grilled peach halves and filled the middle with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Later in the night we had a huge bonfire in my back yard and I brought out smores to be eaten with red wine. All in all we had such an awesome time.
And yes, all twelve bottles were consumed that night.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Weekend Recap

Does today feel like Monday to anyone else? No? Okay just me then. It's probably because Mondays are my free days. And by free days, I mean run errands and day drink days. My weekend started off with hanging out with friends Friday night. It was actually an early Friday night for me, I was in bed by midnight. The week just wears me out so much sometimes that I am ready to crash by the time Friday rolls around.
Saturday G went camping with the boys and that means that I had the entire house to myself. Well, me and the Bentley and Dallas. I cleaned for a couple hours in the morning and then lounged around and watched the game later that afternoon. By game I mean THE game... The UT v GA game. I'll be the first to admit my Vols haven't exactly played very well the past couple of years but Saturday they brought their A-game. Although we lost in overtime I count it as a win in my book because of how well we played. If only our boys can get it together like that for the rest of the season. The fans were awesome as well. ESPN tweeted "Neyland is the loudest place on earth right now." I met a man the other day that went to the game and said it was the loudest game he's ever heard in that stadium in the last 10 years.
Sunday was pretty uneventful.
Monday G and I ran errands. We dropped of my Pandora bracelet to be cleaned. Anyone else have a problem with theirs turning all dingy looking? Helzberg also sent me an anniversary card with an offer for a free pair of pearl earrings to celebrate so we picked those up too. Who doesn't love free jewelry. Since we went to the mall and had time to kill we made the mistake of stopping by the Cheesecake Factory. Huge mistake. I got a dirty vodka martini with bleu cheese stuffed olives (yum) and a piece of pumpkin cheesecake and G got a white chocolate macadamia cheesecake.  Holy cheesecake batman.
Last night I had a few friends over and tried a couple of new dishes out. Everything was a big hit.
Hasselback Potatos

French Onion Soup