This past week, one of my best friends Lisa came up to visit from Florida! Lisa and I met when we waitressed at a local family restaurant during college. She moved away to Florida about four years ago to follow her dream of becoming a teacher and living near the beach! Since then, we make every effort to see each other at least once a year!
Lisa is probably one of the most easy-going and selfless person I know! She is like a breath of fresh air; always positive, always laughing, and always finding the good in people. Oh how I miss her!!!
Even though we don't get to spend as much time together as we used to, each reunion feels like we've never skipped a beat! They are just as fun, if not funner, then the times before and I love making new memories with her and our friend Aly. You all met Aly a few months ago when I made her Orange Cupcakes. I seriously couldn't imagine my left without them!
This past week we cooked out at Aly's place, had lunch at the lake, had a sleepover at my place, and walked along the streets of Newport, RI. Aly introduced us to a fabulous market in Worcester, MA called Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace. Their store is full of all kinds of Mediterranean specialties. We picked up two bags of goodies for our cookout including marinated beef, lamb, and chicken kebobs, homemade hummus and tabbouleh, a tomato and feta orzo salad, and an assortment of olives.
What we didn't pick up was dessert, so Lisa offered to make her Caramel Apple Dip! Let me tell you her dip was fantastic! It tastes just like a caramel apple! Thank god it is served with apples, seeing we ate soooo much of it!
Caramel Apple Dip
recipe from Lisa G.
serves 8 to 10 people
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package toffee chips
5 apples, we used granny smith
Beat cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla together with an electric mixer. Fold in toffee bits and refrigerate until ready to serve. Slice apples and toss with a sprinkle of lemon juice to prevent browning.
|always having a good time...always!|
|Lisa and I at my wedding! Her speech made us all cry!|
|getting ready for Aly's wedding :)|