My friends arrived safely last night, and there was no better way to celebrate their arrival than with a bottle of champagne!

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This bottle was leftover from my 30th birthday. 

Here is a mish mash of foods we snacked on before dinner.

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My apologies for the poor presentation :)

Let’s see, the options were:

  • Jalapeno chips
  • 3 layer hummus
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Kashi crackers
  • Peanut butter pretzels
  • Laughing cow cheese

I had a handful of jalapeno chips and a couple scoops of hummus.  And a refill on the champagne!

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Cheers!

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What was on the menu for dinner? Turkey burgers (on whole wheat buns), grilled zucchini and corn on the cob.

I mixed the following into the ground turkey (1 lb) before I created the patties:

  • 1 small onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (to keep them moist)
  • 2 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • Dash of Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried Breadcrumbs

We heated the grill to high and lightlyoiled the grates.  Then we grilled the patties for 5-10 minutes per side.

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On the zucchini:

  • Evoo (I brushed some on)
  • McCormick’s all-purpose seasoning (I use this 0n veggies, chicken and potatoes)

I needed a beverage with dinner of course.

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A cool, refreshing Corona Light – with a lime.

Really any beer option would have gone well with our meal.

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I boiled the corn on the cob for 15 minutes, and then threw in on the grill for about 5.  It was cooked to perfection ;)

Time do dig in!

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For dessert, Kate brought over an amazing summer fruit crosata (recipe from Barefoot Contessa).

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The crust was very light and flaky and the fruit was so fresh!

I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some whipped cream on top, but didn’t get a good picture.

Following dessert it was time for some Wii.  Chris and I don’t really play the Wii unless we have friends over, so I was excited when Liz and Lauren wanted to play.

I had this in my hand while I kicked Chris’s butt in some Wii tennis :)

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A wheat beer with a light, refreshing taste.

It was so nice to have old friends meet new friends.  Friendship is good for the soul :)  Corny, I know.

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