Hey there! Long time, no chat.
I’m back into my groove after an excellent looong weekend with family and friends. When I last left you, I was reconnecting with my best friend Sam. The morning of Fourth of July, we woke up bright and early (thanks, time zones) and got the party started with some fresh-squeezed mimosas.
Mama Bender had the genius idea to make Dutch baby pancakes, so we got to work in the kitchen.
While she made us these beautiful red, white and blue fruit cups.
Alex took these photos of the final presentation. Aren’t they gorgeous?
After numerous games of Lightning (or Knockout, as the case may be), we all headed back indoors for another Mama Bender meal that was just as awesome as the last. Shredded chicken and beef barbecue sliders (both meats were picked up pre-made from Whole Foods) with pretzel buns and quinoa salad. You can’t ever go wrong with pretzel buns. They are so good!
After lunch, Bobby, Eric, Sam, Alex and I headed out to the driving range to work on our chipping, iron and putting games. We couldn’t resist snapping a few photos in our golf outfits. I’m trying to convince Sam to keep playing so that we can go out for 18 holes next time.
The weather in Arizona was darn near perfect compared to the rest of the country. Though it was a bit cloudy in the morning, the light rain brought about temperatures in the low 80s. Much better than Chicago’s hot and humid 100 (I know my fellow Chicagoans felt the heat). We were able to dine al fresco for both lunch and dinner, which was a real Papa Bender treat: fajitas!
Made with refried beans and all the usual fixins: shrimp, chicken, beef, peppers, onions, tomatoes and cheese. PB also went so far as to make his own guacamole, which was delicious. I truly can’t thank my parents enough for creating such great meals for us on this trip.
Meals…and margaritas, that is.
Mama B always makes the best – and most potent – margaritas on the rocks. Whoo-ee.
Our evening was complete when we watched the fireworks shows across the valley. All in all, a fabulous Fourth of July! The next morning, we continued on the yummy food streak with Brunch Egg Casserole before spending another day at the pool.
And ended the evening with a trip to a familiar favorite: Benihana.
We also saw The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D. I really enjoyed it and think the rest of the group did, too. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had great chemistry (plus, I just love Emma Stone in general). I’m excited for the sequels. Wonder who the villains will be?
The first half of our trip was a lot of fun, but there was plenty of excitement still to come. I’ll be back with the second half soon. Time to get back to my big to-do list for the week!
How was your Fourth of July/weekend? What did you do?
Also, just for fun – I highly recommend you watch this video:
Share cookie, maybe? Thanks to Sam for alerting me about this new hit.