Festivities in our house actually started Thursday evening since it was Matt's birthday. It was another weeknight birthday, so we celebrated at home with some lobster ravioli and a glass of pinot.
And yes that's a side of peas you see up there. Peas don't make an appearance often in this house since I feel like they're a fake vegetable, but Matt was the birthday boy and he called the shots. If he had to have a veggie with dinner, it was going to be peas! We finished things off by splitting another Crumbs cupcake, this time the "Elvis" flavor. That'd be a vanilla cupcake filled with banana cream and topped with peanut butter. Mmmm.
On Friday my office closed early for the holiday weekend, so I got home when the sun was still high and Matt and I were both in the mood to kick off the weekend with a cocktail. We decided to join a bunch of his coworkers for their annual Memorial Day tradition of meeting at the Tiki Bar, an outdoor bar and grill near his work. I actually waitressed there when I was in college, but it has changed a lot since then - for the better! The weather was perfect and it was so nice to sit on the water, relax and enjoy some live music.
We brought Riker with us of course, and everyone was loving him. He was quite the little charmer. ;-)
I had a Sam Adams Summer to start, which was pure summer in a glass.
Matt and I also split an order of calamari with marinara.
It was a great way to welcome the summer! After we got home and put Riker to bed, neither Matt or I were very hungry since we nibbled on snacks at Tiki Bar, so we opted to skip dinner (unprecedented!) and sit outside at the fire pit instead. We put on a little Dave Matthews and Matt smoked a cigar while we chatted the night away. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better Friday evening. It was fantastic!
This morning we woke up early, had breakfast and got started on a bunch of household chores. We're having a BBQ at our house tomorrow for Matt's birthday, so we needed to get the yard in order and run some errands to make sure everything was all set for the party. By noon, it was 90 degrees and we were ready for a break. Bring on the pool!
Matt's parents put in a pool toward the end of last summer, so you can bet we'll be spending many of our weekends over there. We both love going to the beach, but sometimes it's easier to just hang by the pool since it requires a lot less packing, especially now that we have Riker. Speaking of whom, he loved his first experience in the water!
After a dip in the pool, Matt's mom made us all lunch on the grill. I had a veggie burger while they all had barbecued chicken. We also had grilled potatoes, salad, and grilled vegetables. Everything was really tasty.
For dessert we had enormous strawberries, which were as sweet as they could possibly be. Super ripe strawberries just say summer to me.
We came back home around 6:00 and have spent the last few hours getting stuff done around the house. I forgot how much work it is to have a party! It'll all be worth it tomorrow though. :) And with that, I'm off to spend the rest of the night baking a coconut tres leches cake...hopefully it'll taste as good as it sounds!
Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!