What would life be like without great friends? I sure don’t want to know, and am so fortunate to have some of the best of the best. This weekend, Marty and I went away with some of our dearest – to our 1st Annual Couples Camp Weekend Retreat.
Hopefully the first of many. No matter where we roam…
I went away for the weekend without my computer – but not without my camera! 🙂
I hope you will enjoy my little tribute to our wonderful weekend.
My BFF, Jill, was the head organizer of our shenanigans, and in her words: “Todd, a member of the Chopped Chaps (and a.k.a.Rocco Scarfazzi) and I, a member of the Chopped Chicks (and a.k.a. Mama Rosa) highly recommend that all of our friends coordinate a Couple’s Camp weekend. Great fun. Lots of laughter. Many life stories shared. And the realization that life long friends and connections are priceless! So go make some memories!”
Here was our agenda (as prepared by Jill):
After a relaxing Friday evening, drinks and snacks and belly laughs until our cheeks hurt, we all trickled into the kitchen Saturday morning, fueled up with some coffee, and prepared to compete in a battle of “CHOPPED!”
I made aprons for the “Chopped Chaps”
and the “Chopped Chicks”
and prepared three basket rounds of competitive food fun.
Basket #1 was Breakfast Fare and the Chaps and Chicks were challenged to create a breakfast dish using the following basket ingredients:
Basket Round 1: Breakfast Fare
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Bacon Cheddar Potato Chips
Though the guys were “poo-pooing” us in the beginning, they rose to the challenge, and even admitted to having fun!
The chicks were quite that strategists and competitors.
They created a beautiful and delicious frittata for Round 1.
While the men created a scrumptious scramble.
that even contained the words “Hideaway” written in cheddar cheese….
in honor of the name of the resort we stayed at…
a beautiful vacation home tucked in the wooded hills (I didn’t know there were such hills in Ohio!) near Columbus, Ohio compliments of Jill’s dear (and who we fondly refer to as a bit “crazy”) Aunt Alice and Uncle Eric, and cousins Maggie and Tom. THANK YOU so much!
The chicks won Round 1 with their fabulous fritatta!
On to Round 2 for Brunch Fare:
Basket Round 2: Brunch Fare
Cheese and Garlic Croutons
Mary thought a little red wine might “enhance” the sauce.
but alas the Chaps won Round 2. (Per Judge Marty keep in mind!)
Round 3 brought on the Dessert Challenge:
Basket Round 3: Dessert
Whole Wheat Pop Cakes
Vanilla Cream Soda
Sour Patch Peaches
With one win for each side, the competition was getting fierce!
And both teams pulled out all the guns! The chicks made these amazing parfaits.
The chaps created these masterpieces.
And the Chaps took the Gold!
Judge Marty could not resist eating the entire dessert, which was enhanced ever so “slightly” with Amaretto…
Even Jim impressed himself with the dessert the Chaps came through with!
The Chicks were so close behind. We all enjoyed every morsel of every one of our three meals (all before noon!)
Then it was time to burn off some of those calories and get out in the beautiful Fall sunshine. The guys decided to go for some quad/mule rides.
And us Chicks took a walk.
After a few hours of sunshine and fresh air, we decided to do a “good deed” in honor of National “Make a Difference Day” by preparing some Thanksgiving holiday craft kits for the daycare students of SHIM (South Hills Interfaith Ministry), Aunt Alice’s favorite charity.
A little Wine and Cheese Party seemed most appropriate to cap off a great afternoon.
Then it was time for dinner time shenanigans: A Murder Mystery Dinner Party hosted by Mama Rosa (Jill), who fed us Italian zuppa and some chicken and traditional lasagna. We were instructed to arrive as our pre-assigned characters to dinner for an evening of Pasta, Passion and Pistols…
You can see below from left to right: The French guy, Bo Jalais (Glenn) who wanted to takeover the family winery; the tough young sister, Angel Roni (yours truly) who was caught up in the mob; the maid turned pregnant girlfriend (Mary), the twin brother (Todd) who came to America to touch base with his family, Father Al Fredo (Jim) who listened to everyone‘s confessions, Mama Rosa (Jill) the family Matriarch, Claire Voyant (Pam), the family’s psychic counsel; and Marco Roni (Marty), the soccer loving, knife wielding baby of the family.
Yep – we ate some more, drank some more, laughed A LOT more, and solved the mystery. It was great fun.
Thank you so much Aunt Alice, Eric, Maggie and Tom for allowing us to crash your little paradise in the woods for the weekend.
As the living room mantle so aptly puts it: “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave…”
We hope we left some good ones.
Cheers & Hugs,