Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Weekend and a Giveaway!

Good Monday morning, friends! ("Good" Monday?) I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Per usual, here's a bit of a recap and at the end of the post I'm giving away a $25 Target gift card, so stick around!


Aaron, Colin, Amy and I trudged through the falling snow to Mike & Amy's house, where we had a fabulous dinner with new friends Nick & Regan. Pasta with lobster, homemade bread, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus (not pictured) -- all delicious. And Colin put together chocolate strawberry margarita shots. He hollowed out the strawberries, dipped them in salted chocolate, and filled them with tequila and triple sec. And wine. So much wine...

After all that wine, it was a pretty lazy day. We watched the USA/Russia hockey game, napped a bit, and watched various movies, including Nightshift, Pitch Perfect and Apollo 13. Then we went to our neighborhood's annual Chili Cook-off, hosted by Angie & Eric.

There were 15 chilis to taste and judge. Oof! Categories were Best Traditional, Best Spicy, Best Unique, Best Vegetarian and Best in Show. The winners are in the bottom left picture. Aaron and I did not make chili this year (15 entries are plenty!).

Church in the morning, then laundry and more Olympics watching. Aaron made his famous gumbo, and we attempted to watch Captain Phillips on demand. We got about halfway through it but it took so long to download and the buffering got annoying so we'll finish watching it tonight.

Today marks my 250th post! In honor of that occasion, I'm having my first giveaway. It's open to US and Canada and will run through Gwensday at 11:59 pm. Good luck (and I hope I set this up right)!

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  1. Congrats on your 250th post!! woot woot! :) And a chili cook-out sounds soooo fun/yummy!!

  2. HOLLER 250 posts! Congratulations!

    I always want to do a chili cook off or soup exchange.

  3. Um, for your 250th post, wouldnt it have made more sense to give away $250 gift card?!!? BAHAHAHA. Dude, those tequila/chocolate/salt raspberries!??! I'm drooling. There is nothing bad with that combination. Holy frijole.
    How kick ass was the USA/Russia hockey game!?!? Friggen awesome!

    Congrats on that wonderful milestone, love!

  4. I'm with Marla. $250 to Target is much more appropriate for 250 posts!

  5. 250, woot woot! That's awesome. I wish I'd had a lazy day this weekend. Alas, not so much. The strawberry shots look amazeballs.

  6. Congrats! Follow:

    thank you for the giveaway!

  7. Your neighborhood should win a prize for the best in the whole country. Also, congrats on 250 posts :) I'll be sticking around for the next 250 too.

  8. Those chocolate strawberry margarita shots look AMAZING! I want to be invited to a chili cook off! Not as a contestant though, just a taster. Haha. Congrats on 250 posts! :)

  9. OMG those strawberry shots!! So today, 2/18 is National Wine Drinking Day?!? Isn't that most days! LOL
    So much good food, so few calories I need to eat to lose. #storyofmylife
    Love, Steph's Momma


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