Monday, July 18, 2011

Various Anniversaries



Few days early birthday celebration with Mom. First stop Dollywood, where I admired the taxidermy and waterfowl in between rides on the Tennessee Tornado, Blazing Fury and Barnstormer (sadly, the Mystery Mine was down temporarily for some minor technical tweaking).

wild plum tea room

Next stop The Wild Plum Tea Room. For the past several years we've come here on or around my birthday for lunch so it's become something of a tradition. I love the atmosphere, which is slightly fancy but also relaxed and friendly. And the food is always incredible.

andrea wilson gallery

Then a visit to Andrea Wilson's gallery, which opened last October. I enjoyed seeing her workspace, with all her various reference specimens laid out, almost as much as I did her beautiful work.


anniversary dinner

Anniversary dinner. I really can't think of a better way to celebrate five years of married life than with barbecue and pie.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Measuring Out My Life in Chocolate Cakes

small chocolate cake

chocolate dala

dead simple chocolate cake

winning hearts and minds cake

Trying to decide which one the husband and I prefer as our go-to chocolate cake. Tough decision, as they all have their merits and are all rather simple to make. May need to collect more data before a decision can be reached.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Red White and Boop-Boop-Bee-Doop


independence day trifle

Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope you get a chance to blow something up before day's end to show Thomas Jefferson and the baby Jesus how much you love freedom.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Birth Day, Peanut

dead simple chocolate cake

Welcome to the world, baby boy!