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.
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?