game night.

by Janetha on March 18, 2012

in fun with friends

marshall and i went to our friends’ lindsay and brandon’s last night for some festive st. patrick’s day fun!

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these cute newlyweds were awesome hosts!

we kicked thing off with drinks–GREEN drinks, naturally.

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everything is more fun with food coloring. we hung out and chatted while waiting for everyone to arrive.  sage passed out before the party even started.

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we had a good laugh because marshall and i happened to be twinners with allie and tyler.. me and allie were both sporting blazers and marshall’s and tyler’s hoodies were identical. random coincidence.

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once everyone showed up, we dug into a dinner of chicken tacos. yep–tacos. we skipped traditional irish fare and went for what we all love so much.. mexican.

hey, at least some of the dishes were green!

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linds made slow cooked chicken using chicken breasts, salsa, and taco seasoning.  it was SO good.

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i had two tacos: one with a flour tortilla and one with a corn tortilla.

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i brought cheesecake brownies for dessert.. and not just any cheesecake brownies, GREEN ones. more fun with food coloring.

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cheesecake brownies
makes one 13″ x 9″ pan
prep time: 10 minutes
bake time: 30 minutes

ingredients

brownie layer:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter
  • 4 oz (4 squares) unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar/evaporated cane juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TB vanilla bean paste/extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

cheesecake layer:

  • 8 oz plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar/evaporated cane juice
  • 1 TB all purpose flour
  • 1 TB vanilla bean paste/extract
  • optional: food coloring

directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with oil.
  2. in a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave, about 90 seconds.
  3. add remaining brownie ingredients, one at a time, mixing well between each ingredient.
  4. pour brownie batter into prepared pan.
  5. in a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, combine all ingredients for cheesecake layer until it is light and fluffy, about 90 seconds.
  6. spoon heaping spoonfuls of cheesecake batter on top of brownie batter in random spots.
  7. using a knife, swirl the cheesecake layer around into the brownie layer making a marbling pattern.
  8. bake for 30-35 minutes. a toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies. edges will be firm but middle will not look done.
  9. let cool completely before eating, store leftover brownies in fridge.. if there are any!

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yep, st patrick’s day brownies on a christmas plate! festive up in here. the brownies were a hit. they were really tasty and even though they look fancy, they were super simple to make. give them a try!

after eating, we retired to the living room for games!

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i love games and don’t play them nearly enough. we started with one called smart ass.

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it was a trivia game and each couple was a team. lucky for me, i have a super smart husband.  we took turns reading various trivia cards–some were REALLY hard and our inability to answer the questions had us all laughing.

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thanks to marshall’s brain, we actually were the winners! i rarely win anything, and i never win anything trivia-related, so i basked in that glory for a quick minute before we started a new game.

next up was a couples game called mr. & mrs.

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this was similar to the game show the newlywed game. basically we were asked various questions about our significant other and they had to guess our answers.

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turns out there are more than a few things i don’t know about marshall. that’s not a big surprise. it was a lot of fun learning about him, though! the game was hilarious and i think i need to go buy it.

the fun winded down around 1 AM–pretty late for us old folks!–and we headed home to the pups.

thanks for having us, lindsay and brandon, it was a blast!

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well, i have to go make two big pans of lasagna. it’s family dinner night at our place! enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a fun filled monday.

Q~

what’s your favorite game?

xo. janetha g.

 

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I love those brownies! They look sooo good. I saw your game pics on IG. Glad Marshall knows you. ;)

The twinsy things is cute. Must all be on the same wave length.

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cathy@1970kikiproject March 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

the matching hoodies randomly occuring is funny (good thing guys don’t freak about this kind of thing!), mexican to celebrate an irish special day is awesome, and the mr & mrs game would be a hoot!
my favourite game is my board game version of family feud that i had as a child. i like lots of board games…just not scrabble, PLEASE!
have fun tonight with your family, j!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My favorite game is trying to figure out how to tele-port one of those brownies into my mouth. They sound incredible!

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Mama Pea March 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Looks like so much fun! I clean house on board games, so no one ever asks me to play ;)

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Karen March 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Kyle and I love to play the 90’s game and Balderdash. Apples to Apples is another fun game we like to play with a group of friends. I’m definitely going to look for those games you mentioned – I love game nights!

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Amy M March 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh man, I want to play both of those games! Yesterday we played an old school 70s board game that we found on eBay — Whosit! We used to play it when we were little and were so excited to find it. Like Guess Who with more twists

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Tina @ Best Body Fitness March 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

LOVE game nights! We should have one huge game night at Blend. How cool would that be?! My favorite game is by far Cranium.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

i’m all about the mexican food too. the tacos looked tasty! that smart ass game is too fun. we’ve played with my in-laws several times, and it’s always a great time. my favorite game is Taboo! so much fun, especially with a good crowd.

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lindsay March 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

you have so pretty stellar friends, you know that though. right?

and p.s.

I bet if you gather all the “lindsays” you know, we could make an AWESOME game night!

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Erica March 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Haha-i love that yall were twins with another couple-how awesome is that? That chicken mix sounds yummy! I bet the brownies were a huge hit! Cranium or apples to apples!

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melissanibbles March 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

That sounds like a fun night. My favorite game is Scrabble. I’m old school! I want chicken tacos now.

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Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy March 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love game night, but my husband and I are frighteningly competitive so it’s best that we’re not on the same team…

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Bonnie March 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Love it! We are big games people too…so fun. I like Settlers of Catan on occassion and love Bohnanza (a bean-planting card game) and Ticket to Ride. Played any of them? The couples game sounded fun!

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katie March 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

You look so beautiful as always!

LOVE those brownies, they look so good and so cool!

<3

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Ha! I had mexican on st. patrick’s day too :)

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Lee March 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

We bought Smart Ass for Jason’s parents a few years ago. I don’t remember if we liked it or not. We’re fans of trivia pursuit, can’t mess with a classic!

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The Delicate Place March 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

hahahaha i love that you matched another couple! sounds like a fun night, we enjoyed some old man cocktails and watched hugo. lots of people in pittsbugh tend to drive drunk so we stayed inside which i do not regret. it was a fun night and we went out a bunch during the day. walking around the city proves to be the safest! my favorite group game is ‘catch phrase’

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Ellen Clifford March 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I do enjoy a good game of cranium…the brownies ook like fun. I have to say there is something about colored food where the kid in me automatically decides they must taste better:)

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Melissa March 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I can’t say that I have a favorite game, but I wish Dan and I played games more!

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Missy March 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I like Funglish! I used to love “Life” and “Trouble” as a child, but haven’t played in years.
Looks like y’all had a blast and I’ll have to check out the Mr. and Mrs. game.

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I always loved playing the game of Life as a kid!
And now, I love to play Words with Friends! ;)

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Kate @ ibrokemyumbrella March 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Oh my goodness, those brownies look seriously good. Yum. My favorite game is probably Taboo. Watching people try and talk their way into a correct guess always makes me laugh. That Mr. and Mrs. game looks pretty fun too!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Those brownies look fantastic :D

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva March 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I love twister…never gets old. Add in a dash of alcohol and you’ll be sure to laugh until you cry

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Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

Those brownies look delicious! :) I love Life! It’s such a fun game.

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Asuma March 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hey Janetha! Wow those St. Patrick’s brownies look so cute and festive :D I guess it’d be good as a Christmas treat too! Boardgames are such eternal fun stuff…I all need to play them more often :P

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

FUN! I love game name. Old fashion charades is my favorite, but I have a hard time getting people to play it with me. Evidently I’m a little Monica Gellar-ish when it comes to game playing :)

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Shannon March 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

what a fun night! had a game night last weekend and played settlers of catan for the first time… I liked it :)

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

I LOVE board games. And now I think I need to get Mr & Mrs!
My favorite of all time is Scattegories (but no one else likes it!). I also love Apples to Apples and Taboo. We have “scene it” on xbox, which is really fun to play with 3 other people.
I am with you on the Mexican food. I would pick Mexican over Irish hands down, any day of the year. That being said, I did have some really good corned beef and cabbage on Saturday!

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Katy A March 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Those brownies look yummy!! My favorite games are Rummikub and Qwirkle.

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

apples to apples-always.

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Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Favorite Game- Taboo so fun with lots of people!

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meggi March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Fun!! I love games! We usually play blockus or cards but I LOVE boardgames! My absolute favorite is Clue but people get burned out on it quickly. I would love to try both of those games yall played :)

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Life's a Bowl March 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

YUM!!! Burrito/ taco night is always a hit in our house…

Fave game: Taboo or Life :D Although, Twister is always fun haha!

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Haley March 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

What a fun night! I also love your top, where did you get it? :)

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Terri March 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

What brand of corn tortillas do you recommend? Need them for my 4 year old with Celiacs. Thanks!

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