Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dinner Party...

...minus the dinner.

PhillyGuy and I love any excuse to have people over for dinner - friends, my siblings, whatever. We recently invited two couples over for a small, random, spur-of-the-moment dinner.

We might have invited more people, of course, if we'd actually thought about having a dinner party earlier than, say, 24 hours in advance of said dinner party. But we can always count on at least a couple people to have nothing better to do, so it was good stuff.

We had a decent, simple menu in mind. Beer and wine and simple appetizers - pigs in a blanket! Pita chips, hummus and an artichoke dip. Steaks on the grill, whatever veggie we had on hand, and roasted potatoes.

You guys, the REAL reason I wanted to have people over? I wanted to make Jenna's Triple Layer Mint S'more Brownies.

It should come as no surprise that I spent a disproportionate amount of my day preparing the brownies.

and then

and then

the most important ingredient:

I don't know about you, but my peppermint patties exploded in the oven. When I pulled the brownies out, they were peeking through the second layer.

...or maybe THIS is the most important ingredient:


While they were baking and the marshmallows were toasting, I assembled the dips.

And set up the bar.

AND THEN PROMPTLY STOPPED TAKING PICTURES. But I swear...we eventually made steak, and I chopped and roasted potatoes. And we ate and drank and were merry. Especially when it was time for the brownies...which came out EXTREMELY chewy, since I let the marshmallows cool completely before we dug in.

oh well. I love my wine markers...that's the other reason I really love having people over. When else do I get to use these adorable little things?


  1. holy heavens...those mint smore thingys look TO DIE FOR. must try them asap!

    those wine markers are too cute!

  2. I saw those brownies on her blog and they looked a-ma-zing. Nice work!

  3. I love your wine markers too!

    The brownies sound good...without the mint! haha (I'm not a big fan of mint anything. Well, maybe gum. But I don't think mint belongs in desserts.)

  4. I've made dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint patties inside (with mint frosting) and they turn out well! Never tried brownies before though.