Monday, June 20, 2011

Spontaneous Flowers

I had a great weekend with the guy who gave me this lovely orchid.  Maybe I'll write about it later. :) . .

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Friday!

I took a spontaneous day off today to watch my wonderful friend graduate from her residency program at Walter Reed Army Hospital / Bethesda Naval Hospital. Yay for Dr. Katie (KC)!

We had lunch at Chef Geoff's with friends and some family and then . . cupcakes, what else?

Which should I try first? Coconut, white raspberry, chocolate peanut butter chip, lemon blossom, hazelnut, or milk chocolate?

These are the kind of fun decisions everyone should have on a Friday. Decisions with a side of milk. :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I'm typing my first post from my smartphone, so fingers crossed that it works!

I thought I hated this magnolia tree, which houses a million birds that love to go on my car when I'm parked in the driveway. . BUT I took a moment to admire the blooms today and now I want to cut one down and drink in the lovely scent.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Florida Weekend

D and I spent a long weekend in Florida last month, and despite a brief rainstorm and a gnarly sunburn {I got FRIED}, we had a wonderful time.

Our primary reason for taking the trip was The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. TPC Sawgrass was a gorgeous course to say the least, and I loved seeing new and familiar pro golfers teeing off up close. Although not as skilled or knowledgeable as D, I love to golf and even watch it on occasion. The Golf Channel just so happens to be a client of D's, so they supplied us with some free tix for the last two days of the event.




We spent a fair amount of time at the 17th hole, a tough one in which the golfers needed to hit their drive out to the island green. Here is a glimpse of the gallery looking on.


During a three hour rainstorm, we took cover at Urban Flatbread and indulged in the s'mores/peanut butter cup dessert.


We also swung by the beach to dip our toes in the water.



In addition to the tournament, we stayed with my cousins in Celebration one night, grilling out burgers and watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the nearby Polynesian Resort.


We also spent an evening with my D.C. friend Lauren at her family's home. You can see why I never wanted to leave. ;)


Lauren's friend was able to get us into Magic Kingdom for FREE the next day, a special treat since I had never been to that park. A Monday in May meant short or no lines for all the rides, too!


All in all, a too short but lovely trip south!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Brunch at a Brewery

On my list of Favorite Things In the Whole World is definitely Having Brunch with my Boyfriend.

This typically happens every Sunday after church, and lately it has involved patios and adult beverages.



Mad Fox Brewing Company is one of my preferred places to dine these days, and we experienced their brunch for the first time this past weekend.

It started with three flavors of donuts . . one being caramel bacon. Insert drooling here.


And it ended with an egg and brisket burrito.

{Picture a huge burrito.}

Um, yes.

It's a good thing we've done P90X a couple of times this week. That's all I'm sayin'.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Memorial Day Pie

One of my favorite things about this past weekend was the small BBQ we had at D's place. We were invited to another cookout, but were set on having our own . . even if it meant it was just the two of us.

Fortunately, we ended up with five guests for some yummy food, nice conversation and a little game of cornhole.

I referred to the grilling edition of Food Network Magazine (I love it!) for a few recipes, including dessert:


While beginning to bake, I had a few moments of panic when I realized that D did not own the following necessary items called for in the recipe:

1. a food processor
2. a fine mesh sieve
3. vanilla extract

Baking should not be done at a boy's house. Duh.

I began referring to the dessert as "Banana Cream Crunch" with the expectation that the sugar cone crust I had crumbled with my own two hands was not going to be much of a firm crust.

But! I was proven wrong, and the PIE was liked by all. A successful BBQ, I'd say!

Memorial Day Ending

All I will say about this weekend is that a) it was perfect and b) it ended with this:


. . . and the Cosby Show on Netflix.

Aaaaah . . .