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Great Friends

by Meghann on April 5, 2009

Last night, as I was surrounded by friends, alcohol and food, I realized that I am truly happy at the place of my life I am at right now. I made a smart decision moving to Orlando and it has truly paid off. The past year I have made some wonderful friends that make everything so much better. Oddly enough I we it all to the food blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Melissa and her boy, Brad, made the trip up from no man’s land last night to join in our festivities. Melissa and I immediately started putting together a grand dinner. Of course, most of the credit goes to her as she did all the work and the recipe was from her cookbook.

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Melissa made a Vegetarian Tamale Cassarole, which actually ended up being Vegan.

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It was basically a delicious blend of beans, seasonings, and veggies layered between polenta. I topped my plate with a little spicy salsa. It was very, very yummy. Melissa made a TON so I expect to have left overs for a while with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Melissa brought with her a great Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Cake.

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Even though I was stuffed, I had to have a slice to try it out.

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It was SOOOOO good!!! I warmed it up in the microwave which game it that warm, gooey consistency. Yum!

After dinner & dessert, we all got dressed up and headed out to the infamous Wine Room in Winter Park.

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The last time I was here (back in December) we had such a great time I knew not to expect anything less this time around.

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At the Wine room you get a Card you can load with cash and then travel to each of the wine stations and select 1oz, 2.5oz, or full glass pours.

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As always I stuck to the cheap $1.50 wines as the $$ wine add up pretty quickly.

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Caitlin joined us as well a couple of friends.

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The boys thought it would be a great idea to order a cheese platter at one point. I enjoyed a few nibble of the cheese and apple slices. Yum!

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We headed out around midnight and i fell asleep in the car ride home. I am such an old woman sometimes. Of course I was wide awake by the time we got home to show down on some of Melissa’s PB&J Bars.

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That’s right, Derek and I totally got caught in the act. I can’t hide anything from you guys.

After my belly was full on cookie, I passed out and was still able to wake up for a nice run at 7:30 this morning. Melissa and I had orginially planned to go 8 miles, but half way through her quads were killing her and I really had to potty so we headed home. We ended up running 4.5 miles, which was perfectly fine by me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before the run I had a Cinnamon Raisin Gnu Bar

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Melissa’s boo was kind enough to make us Whole Wheat Waffles as we showered.

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I topped mine with a little bit of syrup and Cinnamon Apples.

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I also had a small bowl of Pineapple, Grapes & the last of my Chobani.

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We have big plans today that involve Ikea, Whole Foods, and what ever other trouble we can get ourselves in to. Have a great Sunday everyone!!

1 VeggieGirl April 5, 2009 at 9:43 am

Tamale Casserole + PBJ Cookie Cake + great company & fun = PERFECT NIGHT!!

Enjoy IKEA, Whole Foods, etc. today!! ๐Ÿ™‚

2 caitlin April 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

ooo we DID have a fun time. i am so sick of booze. i think i need to go into detox.

3 Hangry Pants April 5, 2009 at 9:48 am

What a fun night! You seem really happy in Orlando.

4 verbalriot April 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

looks like a fun night out! That cake is dangerous!

5 lisaheartspizza April 5, 2009 at 9:51 am

whole foods and ikea! eek I’m jealous. It was so nice to read the first part of your entry. By the way, I LOVE your top from last night!

6 Meg April 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

What a fun night!!

Love the pic of you and derek and the late night cake!

7 Sammie April 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

Looks like a great night. My Auntie used to live in Winter Park.
You got yourself quite a cutie – as far as Easter Bunnies go ๐Ÿ™‚
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

8 bobbi April 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

i heart ikea!!!! I wish we had a wine bar like that around here, looks fun.

9 Emily April 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

Aww, what a fun night! I’m glad you had fun and enjoyed spending time with friends. Sounds like you have a great day planned today, too. I LOVE Ikea! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Bec April 5, 2009 at 10:15 am

Looks like you all had a blast last night, have fun on your adventures today!

11 haya April 5, 2009 at 10:17 am

that shirt is awesome! very cute.

i love the idea of that wine bar. sounds fun. enjoy your sunday.

12 Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

those PB & J bars should have gone into Jenna’s e-cookbook! YUM!!!

Glad you are loving Orlando!

13 Sarah April 5, 2009 at 10:34 am

i’m so happy that you’re so happy with life right now ๐Ÿ˜€

and holymoly, pb&j cookie cake?? i want a melissa!

14 Alison April 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

Those waffles look fantastic! Glad you had a fun Saturday night.

15 Mel April 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

Looks like an awesome night! That wine bar looks really cool.

16 runsarah April 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

What a fun night — the casserole and pb&j cake look amazing. I love your hair too!

17 Becca April 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

Whoa, need the recipe for that peanut butter and jelly cookie cake stat! It looks delicious! Melissa’s quite the cook!

Sounds like the perfect Saturday night. ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Nicole April 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

It looks like such a fabulous evening. PB and J cake looks out of this world. Mmmmm!!!!

19 lilveggiepatch April 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

I love reading about your night from three different perspectives! That wine bar looks like so much fun.

20 RuntoFinish April 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

wow, would love the recipe for that vegan tamale

21 Erica April 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

Meghann- you can tell how absolutely happy you are and you LOOK radiant (cute outfit last night by the way!!). So happy for you. That wine place sounds awesome! I’d def stick to the cheaper stuff too ๐Ÿ˜‰

22 Angel April 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I am so happy that you are so happy in Otown. You and your Easter Bunny are so cute together. I love both of your shirts from last night. (Ladies, remember your monthly breast exams.) Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Love you cuz!

23 Marissa April 5, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Ha ha cute “caught in the act” photo!

24 landoffruitsandnuts April 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Aw, everything looks like so much fun! Glad you’re having a good weekend!

25 Caitlin April 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I love your top-may I ask where it is from?

26 Matt April 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Sounds like a fun night!

27 ksgoodeats April 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm

You guys look like you have been having a blast! PBJ cake?! YUM!

28 marafaye April 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

How fun!! The tamale casserole looks great!!!
great pic of the 3 of you ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Laura April 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Looks like so much fun! You hair is super cute too!

30 Laura April 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm

that would be *your* hair ๐Ÿ™‚ Since I’m commenting again, I love your dress too! Or is it a shirt?

31 Sara April 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm

that pb&j cake looks amazing!

32 kirsten April 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

that food looks amazing ! also i really like your shirt from the pictures at the wine bar !!

33 Meghann April 5, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Thanks you guys!! Its a dress and I got it at Target ๐Ÿ™‚

34 dailydulcie April 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Sounds like you had an awesome time with good friends & great eats!!

35 Erin April 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm

That looks like so much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Awwh!
I’d be mowing down in the middle of the night too!

36 EatingRD April 7, 2009 at 12:30 am

You have such a wonderful blog, and what a great time! Can we get the recipe for the peanut butter jelly cookie cake, it looks so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ and everything else too!

-kristen

37 Marianne April 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The cookie cake looks amazing. I don’t think I’v ever seen or had a cookie cake before.

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