Thursday

Dinner with Neighbors

Last night we invited our neighbors over for dinner.  They are the same age as our parents, and we just love being around them.  Jon is the type of person that will just come over and help Ian if he sees him working in the yard.  Monika was the first person to stop over to our home after we moved in with a plate of German sweets. 


We sat out on the patio and chatted before dinner.  Jon and Monika are just filled with so much wisdom.  They really encouraged us to take as much vacation time as we could from work to spend time together and have fun adventures.  Seems like a no-brainer, but this is something we could definitely improve upon.  They love life and they take a month vacation to Europe each summer.  I totally see the correlation.


We kept dinner quick and easy because I wanted to spend more time chatting with them than slaving away over the stovetop.  I marinated chicken in a Greek vinaigrette that Ian grilled outside.  Before work yesterday, I made the sauce that we love to top the grilled chicken with -- lemon juice, plain Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and herbs.

We had a green jacket salad (I really need to share that recipe) and this bean dish which Jon raved about.  It was super easy -- just rinse cans of garbanzo beans and cannelini beans, toss them with halved kalamata olives, herbs, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.  I added some diced celery for crunch.


Monika brought dessert -- a sopapilla cherry cheesecake that was out of this world. 

We loved our mid-week dinner with neighbors and can't wait to have them over again soon.

16 comments:

  1. Aww what a fun dinner date night! Sounds like you all had a great time and enjoyed some tasty food!

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  2. We love that stuff like that. I need to try that stuff you put on top of chicken. What herbs do you mix in?

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  3. That sounds just like our neighbors. They are about 60 and adopted two special needs children from Afghanistan. So sweet!

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  4. yall are SO fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors...ours are "interesting" to say the least and it sounds like they are great role models, too!!

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  5. Sounds so yummy! I love that you are so close with your neighbors. :)

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  6. How fun, I wish we were neighbors, I like going to other peoples house and eating free food. ;)

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  7. They sound like the perfect neighbors! That is so great! :)

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  8. How fun! I need them to come be our neighbors and encourage my husband to take vacation time from work!

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  9. It's always so nice to have great neighbors! Glad you had such an enjoyable time with them.

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  10. Sounds like the perfect, low key night with good people!

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  11. Sounds like a delicious low-key dinner. I love finding older and/or wiser friends that can be open and honest with us. It makes the nights so much more fun and refreshing.

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  13. what a fun date night! I love dinner parties!

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  14. Sounds fun! We need to have our neighbors over for dinner soon.. way overdue!

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