Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dinner Party!

Last night I had a dinner party with my family. It was small, with just 6 people, but it was plenty for my small apartment. We have enough room, but we realized we only have 7 chairs, so we had to share which was pretty funny. (Note to more chair is necessary!)

After school/work yesterday I went to Trader Joe's to pick up some food for dinner and for stuff to take to Maryland also. For my family I made hummus, pizza and a big salad. I found these chips to go perfectly with the hummus. 

They were a big hit and both gone...the bags were on the smaller side though. 
Recipe for the hummus. Danny said it was the best I ever made..but he says that every time I make it.
Yum. Yum. Yum.
I also put out some celery and carrot sticks.

For the pizza dough (I made 3 1/2 pounds) I used 2/3 whole wheat, 1/3 spelt flour. (My bread maker doesn't make 3 1/2 pounds of dough at once, I made a 2 pound and a 1 1/2 pound separately.) I made 2 pizzas, one on a stone and one just on a cookie sheet. There is a big difference in the crispness of the dough with the pizza stone (the pizza stone pizza was WAY crispier!). 
1/4 veges(zucchini, mushroom, red peppers) and 3/4 tomato and fresh mozzarella
100% tomatoes and mozzarella
Organic mixed greens salad with tomatoes, carrots, sliced almonds and lite feta cheese with red wine vinaigrette (made AMAZINGLY by Uncle Tommy!)

A glimpse of our table..I know my sister is really glad her nose got in this shot haha. 
Round 1 of my plate, plus one more slice of pizza and about 3 more servings of salad. I <3 salad. 
No one in my family knows this. 

We tried on our bridesmaid dresses, which is why everyone really came over. I just turned it into an excuse to cook for everyone. I am so excited about them, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE them! My mom wants to be secretive so she didn't want me to post a picture...even though I want to...but I'll respect her wishes, it IS her wedding! I am so thankful for my family and the fact they eat my food and support my healthy-ness.

I also made 2 loaves of whole wheat bread, muffins and hummus to bring to Maryland with us that I will have to post when I get a chance. It is our twin nieces 6th birthday! I can't believe they are 6 already. Happy Birthday to Anna and Grace! Hopefully we will get in a run and maybe a little yoga before we leave (maybe not though...).  Now I have to pack and pack the car with a million snacks because you know what happens if I get hungry...fights (yes plural) break out. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Simply Life said...

Looks like a wonderful success and delicious dinner! Ha, we've had to use our medicine ball as a chair :) So with the difference from the pizza stone, it's more crispy using that or the baking sheet?

Nicole said...

the pizza stone is way crisipier! I fixed my post so I was clearer, thanks!

christie, honoring health said...

Happy Birthday to Anna and Grace!!

The dinner party looks fab!

pegasuslegend said...

love that pizza, wish you lived closed I would be certainly crashing this party~ love that crust!

healthyexposures said...

So glad you had such a great time! All the eats look delicious, as always :)
Ive been bouncing ideas back and forth about what I want to make for my b-day dinner tomorrow night...and your photos of the pizza just made my decision final. It is beautiful! I love a simple mozzarella & tomato & garlic pizza. Thank you for helping me FINALLY make up my mind! haha.
Have fun tonight!

redkathy said...

I ate hummus for the first time last night. OM Gosh, how delicious it was. Boy, have I been missing out! Copied your recipe to try out this week. Love the display. Isn't family support such a wonderfully rewarding feeling. My family is the same way. Have a great week!

Lori said...

That looks like a wonderful dinner! Can't wait to see the dresses

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

That looks wonderful...what a great hostess you are! :)

Hollafoodzone said...

Looks like fun! Lucky to have a Trader Joes so close to you! I always say that every time I get to go into a Trader Joes it makes me feel like throwing a dinner party - so much great stuff!

Christine said...

The dinner was awesome! I preferred the crispier crust but it didn't really matter because I ate my weight in hummus before that.

PS I'm glad my nose made a special guest appearance in the pic.

Haleigh said...

That pizza looks fantastic!! I have attempted home made pizza before but I am always disappointed because the dough never turns out just right.

Trix said...

Sign me up for the pizza party, oh my yes. Where are you going in Maryland?

Fashion Meets Food said...

Yum! What a delish dinner party! That pizza looks amazing!

Have a fabulous night!


Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

Pizza and dinner party ever! Your eats look delicious!

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