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Grape Salad (Take recipe cards for this with you to the picnic)

My aunt made this grape salad a while back for a picnic, and I thought it was so delicious and asked for the recipe.  I made it for a picnic at my friends house.  I had to e-mail the recipe to several people the next day.  After hearing that the reception after church after the baptism was a pot luck, I decided to make this.  The bowl was scraped clean and was the talk of the luncheon, with several requests for the recipes.  If you want to be proactive and really wow your friends and family, pre type up some recipe cards for the inevitable, “who made that”, “can you send me the recipe” because you will hear it!  Or of course, you can direct them to my blog to get the recipe!

4-5 pounds grapes (I mix half green and half purple)

1 cup sour cream (I used lite)

1 TBS vanilla

1 block cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup chopped pecans

Rinse the grapes and mix them in a large bowl.  Mix the sour cream with the vanilla in one bowl.  In a separate bowl mix the cream cheese and sugar.  (You do have to do this in 2 steps)  Then combine the sour cream mixture with the cream cheese.  Pour over the grapes and mix.  Combine the brown sugar and pecans and spread over the grapes.  It tastes best when you do this the night before because it gives the brown sugar and pecans a chance to caramelize a bit.

The type of weekend that summers are made for

In the past few weeks spring and summer weather has finally arrived in Pittsburgh after quite a long stent of rain in May.  It was a great weekend spent with friends and family.  It was one of those weekends that make you fall asleep with a smile still on your face and your heart full of joy.

Friday evenings festivities began directly after work when I met a few friends right after work for some dinner and drinks to celebrate my good friend, Nick’s, birthday.  After dinner we went to the Pirate’s game.  It was a great day and night for a baseball game at PNC park.  We didn’t make it there until the 6th inning, but luckily it was a tie that took the game to 12 innings!  And, the Pirates WON!!  It was a fantastic night and an exciting way to celebrate another year of Nick’s life.

Saturday morning brought a trip to the zoo with my family.  It also happened to be my parents 34th anniversary.  We got to see lots of animals, and the favorite part for me and my 2 year old niece, Claire, was watching the elephants play in the water.  After the zoo we had a late lunch at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia.  If you are in the area, you should definitely check it out.  They have amazing outdoor seating, great wine list and wonderful menu.  I can be picky when it comes to wine, and find a lot of smaller local wine to be too sweet for my taste.  They had a really nice selection, and did have several sweet fruity wines, but also had dry reds and whites.  Megan and I enjoyed their flagship wine, Stella.  You can check out their listings and menu here www.narcisiwinery.com.  I had the Pasta Lulu which was delicious.

Sunday was my niece Avery’s baptism.  We were surrounded by lots of family and great friends.  My dad baptized the baby at his home church.  Avery was the 5th generation to be baptized at the same font, and 4 of the generations were there today!  After church we joined in a pot luck lunch that was already scheduled for the church, specifically recent graduates.  It was so nice to catch up with everyone.  Sunday evening brought some more fun in the sun at the pool.

It really was a fantastic weekend, and I hope everyone else had just as great of a weekend!!

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