Yesterday

Yesterday had the potential to really suck.

Yesterday would have been an anniversary– a six year anniversary, to be exact.

Yesterday could have been miserable for me, but it wasn’t, simply because I have the best friends and family in the world.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I definitely did not want to spend the day alone. Instead, I did the exact opposite—I threw a party!

The invitation was simple: Girls only. Bring wine.

Wine

I knew I could count on my friends and family to be there for me.

Dara and me   Dara and me

Group ShotFrom left: Erica, Mareesa, Me, Jess

Dana and me Dana and me

Mareesa’s birthday was on Thursday, so the party doubled as a birthday party for her. Dara brought a birthday sash for her, and a bunch of fabulous crowns for us to wear.

Group shot From left: Mareesa,Me, Alicia, Emily

She also brought a bunch of party decorations. My favorite was this door decorating kit:

Door decorating kit

I couldn’t decide what to write, so I just copied the message from the package:

Door decorating kit

I think it might stay on my door forever.   

Party snacks included Stacy’s pita chips and garlic hummus, and mini pretzels with cranberry honey mustard for dipping.

Party Snacks

I also put together a fancy-schmancy cheese and grape platter: 

Cheese and Grape platter

We ordered pizzas, too, but I’ll spare you the blurry pictures.

Lots of fun was had:

Mareesa, Emily, and Alicia 

Tons of candid pictures were taken:

Candid Candid

[I might get killed for posting these]

And some not so candid ones were also taken:

Group shot   Dara and me

Yesterday very easily could have been a depressing, and emotionally draining day for me, but I refused to let it be. I could have  dreaded yesterday for weeks, but I planned a fun event, and was excited about it instead. I could have sat around thinking about what should have been, but I chose to create new, happy memories to associate with the 16th. I conquered the day, and am ridiculously proud of myself for doing so.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing support system. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends and family. They are constantly there, constantly caring, and constantly inspiring and motivating me to push through. They remind me to take one day at a time, and I am so thankful to have them in my life. I find it so difficult to be sad around them. They’ve helped make me excited and hopeful for these changes and the months ahead.

I know I’m going to be fine, and if I ever find myself questioning that, I can just look at my fridge:

Encouragement

Have a great Saturday! <3

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The Pear-Tomato-Hummus Experiment

sandwich

I don’t really know why I decided to combine pear, tomato, and hummus in a sandwich. It may have been inspired by the beet-fennel-avocado sandwich that I had at the Wine n Diner last weekend. 

Sandwich maker

I’m a sucker for weird combinations. Jeff usually isn’t, but he was intrigued, and asked me to make him one, too.

The result?

I loved it. Jeff liked it. Maybe you’ll like it. Who knows.

The Pear-Tomato-Hummus Experiment

(Makes 2 sandwiches)

  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Hummus
  • Feta
  • Mozzarella

The amount cheese and hummus is really up to you. I don’t like tons of cheese, and a little bit goes a long way when you’re melting it anyway.

I used the sandwich maker that Jeff’s parents gave us. You can use a George Foreman grill, or heat it on the stove if you don’t have a sandwich maker.  Just make sure it’s heated all the way through and you’re set.

Enjoy!

sandwich

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