Sunday, June 6, 2010


We were invited over to friends' house Saturday evening for dinner.  The weather was perfect, and we were able to enjoy dinner outside on their patio.  The kids played and we visited, had pizza, (grown up drinks) and my friend made this awesome buffalo chicken dip....I need to get her recipe!  Later, we had a campfire and the kids made smores and caught lightning bugs.  Just good old FUN!

 As I get older, I'm definately more appreciative of my "easy" friendships (I've heard this term a few times recently.. and I love it!) and how important these friends are to me.  It's a double blessing when you and your spouse both enjoy hanging out with another couple.  It's also nice if the kids get along...but I've learned this is not always the case and hopefully this is not a deal breaker...beacause kids have a mind of their own and a right to choose their own friends, right?!  For now, our children get all is good!

 With everyone's busy schedule it's often hard to make time for get togethers, but when we do, I am reminded that we (as women, especially) need to maintain our friendships.  I recently read an article about  these studies that show when it comes to women and stress, friendships apparently hold the key to how we manage it.    The article said that when women are stressed, we experience a surge of oxytocin, the "bonding" hormone.  It's the same hormone secreted when we are connecting with our babies.  The study also found that the more friends women had, the less likely they were to develop physical impairments as they aged, and the more likely they were to be leading a joyful life.  I wonder if there have been any studies done yet about women and their blogging friends?!  Hmmmmm?!

I made cheeseburgers and french fries for dessert on Saturday...............

No baking involved with these cookies.  Vanilla wafters, grasshopper cookies, red, yellow and green tube frosting, and a little egg white on top to hold the sesame seeds.  Done.  Super easy!
The fries were something new I tried.  They are just slices of pound cake.  They looked more like slices of pound cake steak fries to me!  I sprinkled sugar on them for salt.  Maybe next time I will try cutting peanut butter fudge into strips and then they might resemble french fries more than the pound cake.  I think the cookies would look fun in one of those plastic red or yellow hamburger baskets that I've seen before...maybe with a sheet of wax paper!

Usually the person doing the "hosting" gets the gift...but not this time!  My friend gave me these for watching her little girl one day this week (for only 2hrs!) while she went to the doctor.  She's so thoughtful....and knows me so well!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE paper napkins!  I have an entire drawer in the kitchen  just for napkins!  These are from Target....they have the best ones!  The planter she got from her sister who was selling it in her garage sale for 50 cents!  I'm going to get a little plant for it this week.   Isn't it so cute?!

The better part of ones life consists of his/her friendships.
-Abraham Lincoln


Karen said...

I love your cheeseburgers & fries Kerri! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

You are right on with everything you had to say about friendships. I like that term 'easy friendships'. An old-time friend of mine and I also refer to them as 'say-anything friendships'.

I've been thinking a lot about friends lately, because in this stage of motherhood it's hard enough finding time for my family. But, I've really been craving friendships. I think blogging has helped to fill some of that desire for connection with other women.

Debbie said...

How cute and creative those little cheeseburgers...perfect for a party! Thanks for popping over...I laughed at your comment....I guess my house should be grown up, I am 44, but still act like a big kid myself, I need balance baby!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh Kerri. You are so crafty. I love the mini hamburger idea. So cute. Sounds like good times.

Jenny said...

So incredibly cute Kerri. I too have a weakness for paper napkins, I buy them on clearance after each holiday and save for the next year. I get them for 10 cents a pack sometimes, yippee! I "get" what you mean about getting along with friends, it should be so easy now that we are older and wiser, ho hum.

Donna said...

Hi Kerri,
I had to do a double take when you said you made burgers & fries for dessert! What a fun idea! Glad you had a great time!

Nicolle said...

I love "grown up" drinks too! :))

I would love to see the buffalo chicken dip recipe.

Your hamburgers and fries are AWESOME! You are so talented!

I'm glad we are friends. I have met some wonderful bloggers! :)

Lisa said...

The burgers and fries are ADORABLE! The kids must have loved them!

I hope to have some easy friendships one day...right now we don't really have too many couple friends. I do enjoy meeting so many talented women through blogs. Very inspiring!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I have always wanted to make those little burger cookies! Yours turned out perfect! I agree, they would look adorable in those little plastic trays ! Easy friendships are so wonderful. What would we do with out friends?! Your comment on my blog abput the pictures! I hear ya sista!
Have a pretty day,

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness...those burgers and fries are adorable!! i think I may borrow that idea for a "bake and share"...maybe tomorrow since we are a little late this week!
I think I have had that buffalo chicken dip before...yum!
Lover of all paper napkins too!!!:)
i think we could be friends!!
Enjoy the night!

Susan said...

BTW Kerri, I went to two dunut day blog to check it out like you suggested (fantastic!)Thanks for the suggestion. Well...okay, I might just have to like donuts now.

Jen said...

Oh you know I love my easy friendships!
I also love those cute little hamburger cookies!
Have a great night!

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