Wednesday night was the staff end-of-year party. We took a river cruise for New River Marina and Cafe. Everybody brought a little food to share and their own drinks. It was a really fun time. Beautiful scenery, nice breeze, good music, and yummy food and drink. I think this would be a really fun thing to do again later this summer, packing an entire picnic dinner for the ride.
Since Friday was my last work day, I had my last lunch with the ladies on my team (sure will miss those that are leaving), and then started my summer off right! I headed out to Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, North Carolina for a Girls' Night Out with Nicole and Jacque. I totally didn't expect that glasses of wine all night would be FREE, but that was a very pleasant surprise. We grabbed ourselves some seats at the wine bar, chatted, and sipped on different Duplin wines. What a perfectly relaxing night out - and they even had some live music in the background! Of course, I also took an opportunity to take advantage of the amazing 40% off wine sales they were hosting. I left Duplin winery the proud owner of a case of Duplin's finest - 12 amazing bottles of wine.
Sure, it seems like a lot at first, but it will hopefully last me through some fabulous date nights in with the hubby this summer. Saturday the hubs and I just enjoyed a chill day in the house. We both slept in ridiculously late, then watched some movies on TV. In the evening, I decided to kick of my summer of cooking by whipping up some delicious crab cakes and garlic potatoes.
Sunday I baked a batch of brownies, so our house smelled like a delicious chocolate factory!
I also continued on my summer goal to cook a LOT more often, as I made some yummy home-style macaroni and cheese.