It happened Monday. We've been reading about it, the Pennsylvania to Idaho and back again trip of the summer. Well, Monday was my turn on the route de Sluggy and Hubs. My original plan was to have cocktails and appetizers/snacks at our house and then take the to one of the restaurants done by the river. From the sounds of Sluggy's post, restaurant and food on the road was getting quite old, so I decided to make meal. ot to be deterred from my August grocery challenge, Slggy and hubs were treated to a bargain meal from my pre-planned list of menu options. I still had some snacks before dinner, and desert.
Here's my nibbles tray had ham roll ups, olive tapenade (Trader Joe's), herbed goat cheese (Trader Joe's), crackers, chips, and salsa.
Beverage choices were soda, lemonade, beer, wine, and I made Sluggy a really bad glass of ice tea, but I think she was too polite to comment.They had to still drive and I had to work so anything with alcohol is still in tact.
Dinner was Italian herb chicken cutlets on toasted buns, sweet potato wedges, and a pasta salad with garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and artichokes..
For desert, I made a banana cake and offered some sea salt and caramel chocolates on the side. Yes, cake was made from bananas from the freezer.
Pup was a crazy fool the whole time, crying for attention and barking-such a gracious home environment to have people visit in. DD2, gone for most of the visit, once returned, was her quiet shy self. DH had to work, but finally joined us for the last of the visit, but he's a talker so another couple hours flew by. We talked about a wide variety of things but first, I needed a catch-up on their most memorable stop to date, present one excluded. I can't steal her thunder, but I'll say ATV's, sand, and hail do not mix.
Apparently I do talk about my love for wine and through my posts, Sluggy knew me well. These are the awesome gifts she brought me-a bottle of white zinfandel, some pepper relish which I can't wait to try this weekend, and a Huckleberry Merlot wine bar of dark chocolate. Some day I'll get this food photography down.
And of course, true to Sluggy's claim to fame, a huge bottle of Tresemme shampoo from one of her hauls. Her hubs made a joke that it wasn't much of a gift when you know someone got it for free. Heck, it was awesome with two girls in the house and loads of them at the lake.
If you ever have the opportunity to meet fellow bloggers, don't be shy, and make the effort. We all only share snippets of life, and perhaps at times too much, but laughing over stories is a new dimension of bringing social to social media. Safe travels Sluggy and hubs on your remaining days. Pass my hello's to those you meet.