Lasagna Night, part 1.

Can I just say, that I feel so blessed to have so many amazing friends! They are always there to keep me entertained and to provide support and fun times when needed. This past monday evening, I wasn't particularly in need of any support, however, fun times were had regardless. Nick and I had originally planned to have dinner with our friend Lynnae (a recent transplant from the northern wilds of Minnesota) at our friends Josie and Cyrus' new house. They just bought the house before their wedding reception a few weeks ago, and then took off on their honeymoon (rafting the Grand Canyon--how cool is that!?!?!) so Lynnae is house and dog sitting for their sweet dog Benny. We hadn't seen the house yet, and even though it felt strange to not see it for the first time with Josie and Cy there, we jumped at the chance to hang out with Lynnae and see the new place! Soon enough, another friend, David was joining us, and by the end of work on Monday, we had been joined by 3 more friends, Sean, Joanna, and Matt. Party of 7 on a Monday night! I went over a bit early and did some work, and then Lynnae and I made a huge Veggie Lasagna and Salad. We both had some deliciousness from our CSA baskets the week before so we were able to combine efforts and make a feast. We used spinach, kale, chard, summer squash, fresh thyme, fresh basil, zucchini, homemade pesto, red sauce, noodles, and of course tons of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Delicious...in fact one friend commented that it might even be the best Lasagna he's ever had...nice! Much wine was drank, food eaten, and general merriment ensued.... So recently, we've been playing an abundance of board games in the evenings around these parts. Summer is usually the time of year for bar hopping, late nights out, and house parties with friends. This year, we find ourselves seeking more wholesome evenings with friends. There are still BBQ's in abundance (we attended 3 last week in fact) but the quiet evening in is more appealing these days. Luckily, we have a number of friends who are finding the same to be true for them, and are able to socialize without the hang-overs, empty wallets, or general craziness. It's nice, and truth be told, I don't miss the old days much at all.

Since there was so many of us this particular evening, we played a very rowdy game of Spoons that resulted in someone getting palmed in the head, me getting a whole glass of wine spilled down my dress, and someone laying out across another person in an attempt to steal their spoon...good times. We have pictures, they will be posted.

On another note, tonight is an amazing fundraiser for Urban Roots Garden Classrooms here in Reno. (Actually, it's the organization that my friend Josie who I mentioned above and whose house we defiled, started just last year, and also where Lynnae is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA.) Its at 5:30pm at the Cafe de Thai on Virginia and Longley Ln. (an amazing local place that gets much of it's produce from a local farmer.) It's $25 per person and that includes all you can eat delicious Asian inspired food and Organic wine and beer. $20 of what you donate goes directly to Urban Roots, and the first 20 people at the door get a sweet goodie bag. If you live in Reno, please come tonight and support garden and food education in Reno!