Friends from Home and College Visit!

We had the BEST weekend ever! Our friends Nick, Paul, Mark, and Michelle were all in town visiting this weekend, which was such a treat! The boys made the trek from CA, Michelle came down by bus from Boston, and Kara took the Path from Hoboken ;) to hang out for the weekend. Nick, Kara, and I kicked off the weekend with dinner at a restaurant near our apartment before heading to the Upper East Side to meet up with Tyler and his rugby team as well as the rest of our crew. We headed to Mad River Bar and spent the evening dancing and laughing up a storm. Here are some hilarious pictures from the night!
The gang practicing The Limbo!
Michelle and Kara...Love these two so much!
Nick and Mark
 Nick and Michelle
Making faces at McDonald's :)

Saturday, we woke up and headed to brunch at the same place Nick, Kara, and I had dinner....Clearly, we liked the food! Mark was freezing throughout the entire brunch...See exhibit A:
We headed back to our apartment to relax before venturing out for a walk in Riverside Park.
 Rings at the park
 Nick testing his skills :)
 Gorgeous trees
 Blossoms beautiful!
 Flowers on the hillside
Paul...How cute :)

After our leisurely walk, we headed back to our apartment to watch the tournament basketball games and enjoy some appetizers before dinner. I made some fun appetizers that were so easy and quite tasty!

Appetizer 1: Mini Corn Dogs!
 I saw a picture of mini corn dogs online and decided to give it a try. I used my corn bread recipe (1 batch of corn bread makes 24 mini corn dogs) and simply used a mini muffin tin to make the corn dogs. All you do is spoon batter into each of the tins 3/4 of the way. Then add 1 mini hot dog per tin and bake for approximately 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until the corn bread is slightly browned. Serve with ketchup...These will surely be a hit!

I slightly revised this recipe and used proscuitto instead of Pancetta as that's what I had in the fridge. I'm happy to report these came out great and were so easy to assemble. These were also a hit! The last appetizer I served was a Pecan, Brown Sugar and Kahlua Baked Brie. Everything was super easy to make and came out great...I definitely recommend all of these recipes!

After the first game, we headed to Bellini Italian Restaurant for dinner. This place was perfect for a large group, allowed you to BYOB, and had really good food...not to mention, it was surprisingly cheap! Definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a good restaurant for large groups in NYC. After a big dinner, we headed to the bar to hang out and watch the second tournament game. It was such a fun night and a great way to end the weekend! Sunday, we spent the day lounging in our apartment and getting organized for the week...Some people left Sunday and others were leaving Monday evening. I actually flew to CA for work Sunday night and Tyler, Nick, and Paul had a great Italian meal at Celeste, another great find if you are on the Upper West Side. 

Weekends like this always make me appreciate how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing and fun people. Tyler and I are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives!

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