Ladies who Lunch

This past weekend, I got together with three of my college roommates (we were missing a few others, you know who you are, but we're having a girls weekend in a few weeks)! We had a fun lunch and day full of catching up, relaxing, eating and taking a nice walk outside (in February, no less).

Sometimes, there is nothing better than getting together with your girlfriends. Thanks, girls!

Pretty tulips.

Pam, Megan and Kayla! Kayla is expecting Baby #1!! See below for our menu. It's a bit spring inspired.

Cocktail & Mocktail - Sunny White Sangria
Appetizer - Sartori Cheese platter, dried figs, dried apricots, crackers
Lunch - Tea sandwiches and Conservative Apple Walnut Salad with GOP Cranberry Vinaigrette
           Turkey and Basil Tea Sandwich recipe
           Cucumber and Arugula Tea Sandwich recipe
           Salad recipe (the name is a long story, but the recipe is from my mother-in-law) - see below
Pam made a yummy dessert! She blogs at Cupcake Confessions. Check her out here. Seriously, you'll be hooked... and your mouth will water!

Conservative Apple Walnut Salad with GOP Cranberry Vinaigrette
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 T white sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1 c. red onion, chopped (or less)
1 T Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
10 cups salad greens
2 apples, thinly sliced
1/2 c. chopped and roasted walnuts

In a food processor, combine cranberries, vinegar, onion, sugar and mustard. Puree until smooth. Gradually add oil and season with salt and pepper.

In salad bowl, toss the greens, apples and walnuts. Coat with dressing.


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