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Food, Friends, & Fun!

by Courtney on July 18, 2010

Continuing on with my fun-filled Saturday…

Housewarming Party

The next event on the agenda was a housewarming party for my friend, Gabby.


Well, let me just say that Gabby’s new home is ridiculously adorable! I fell in love with the entire place, from her renovated kitchen & bath, to her gorgeously decorated walls. Gabby and I share an obsession over the “Live, Laugh, Love” phrase, and she had the cutest wall devoted entirely to that. Confession: I totally left her house with a TO-DO  list about 15 items deep for what we need to start doing over here in the Horan household. :shock:

Old work buddies: Me, Wendy, Brooke, & Gabby. I miss seeing these girls everyday! It’s always so fun with them, as you can probably tell here. ;)


Gabby had out quite a scrumptious spread of snacks and appetizers, too.



What’s that you ask? What are those delicious looking cookies on the blue plate?



Ahhhh, well it just so happens that they came from yours truly! I whipped up a batch of funfetti cake mix cookies on Friday to bring as a little housewarming gift. In case you’ve never made cake mix cookies, FYI: They are super easy, and are a perfect go-to “recipe” in a pinch.

Cake Mix Cookies:

1 box of your favorite cake mix

1/4 cup oil

1/4 water

1 egg

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. ENJOY! :-D


So I didn’t end up taking any photos of my plate plates at the party, but I can tell you that I pretty much enjoyed a little bit of everything, including some veggies, a mini quiche, some of the most amazing fruit dip ever, a cookie, brownie, AND some of THIS:


A tortellini fruit salad. Crazy, right? Well the savory cheese tortellini mixed with the sweet, fresh fruit was outstanding. I’m already trying to figure out a way to recreate the recipe. It’s perfect for a summertime party or potluck.

Baseball Game Outing with the Softball Team

After leaving Gabby’s, it was time for Jay and I to head to our next (and last) stop of the day: a Valley Cats baseball game! :)

My dad organized a little “team outing” for anyone who wanted to join from our softball team. We ended up with 16 of us, which is a pretty good-sized bunch, wouldn’t you say?


For the non-locals, the Tri-City Valley Cats are a local minor league baseball team, whose field is only about 15 minutes away from our house. My family loves going to the games during the summer, since it’s something different from regular routine, and it’s relatively cheap (our seats only cost $8 each.)



Me & Jay with Dan & Meg :)


I was still pretty full from Gabby’s party, so I didn’t go crazy at the game, despite the fact that they have some pretty killer concession stand snacks that all smelled delicious. Along with having a beer and a half, there was one item that I already knew I was not going to be able to pass up…

Kettle Corn!


I am an absolute, self-proclaimed Kettle Corn fanatic. It is one of my favorite summertime snacks that I wait longingly for every year. Surprisingly enough, this was my first bag of the season (what is wrong with me??), so I savored every kernel that entered my mouth. :-P I begrudgingly happily shared a bunch of my kettle corn, and still had about 1/2 a bag left to bring home. YESSS.


After the game, we stayed to watch a little fireworks show (horrible picture, sorry!)


and then it was finally time to call it a night.


It was certainly a long day, but a fun-filled one at that! I’m so lucky to have such great people around me to spend my days with!! :-D

So far, today’s been a pretty relaxing day, spending time by the pool. Jay, however, has been BUSY BUSY BUSY! I’ll make sure to show you guys what’s goin’ on soon. Let’s just say, I may have made a tiny dent in my “TO-DO’” list. ;)

Time to go figure out some dinnaaa!

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1 Meagan July 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

The fireworks look like little kettle corn pieces! lol Kettle corn is one of my all time favorite snacks during summer!

Oh and those cookies look delish!


2 Amy July 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Looks like a fun filled day. I’m like that with redoing the house all the time. My hubby is in realestate and when I visit him at his model homes I want to come home and redo everything.


3 Shanna, like Banana July 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I also went to a Baseball game last night and got Kettel corn…funny thing, I didn’t have any left ;-P

AND I ate Garlic Fries..oh yumness!


4 Melissa @ Tryingtoheal July 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm

oh kettle corn, that stuff is like crack to me! hahah!

and what a great housewarming party! how fun!


5 missyrayn July 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Funfetti cookies!!!! Oh my that is one of my favorite cakes :-)


6 Holly July 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I LOVE your hair. It looks SO healthy & beautiful!!
I always notice people’s hair b/c mine is not the greatest- thin & hard to grow, & your looks perfect! :)


7 christina July 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm

hahha holy crap – i was literally looking at the pic of the cookies and said out loud “WHAT are those cookies?!!” and then read what you write.. “what’s that you ask?” it was like we were having a real conversation haha!


8 Jamie July 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Hey Courtney – what nailpolish are you wearing in these pics. I love it


9 Courtney July 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

Thanks! It’s actually a special manicure called Shellac – you can read all about it in this post:


10 Laura April 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I made your funfetti cookies the other day….HUGE hit at work!! Thanks! =)


11 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

YAY!! You’re welcome :)


12 claire June 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

these look perfect to make this week! so easy and quick!
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