Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Spring!




I'm so happy that we made it to Spring and I really look forward to getting a little sun, sitting on my porch and wearing sandals. I already got my pedicure so I am ready.to.go.

I've had a busy week and haven't felt that great, but it's all been for good things and totally worth it.
A couple friends ordered some baked goods and I took another look into selling from a home kitchen- I'm still not sure if it's legal where I live but it would be amazing!!! I also painted a couple wedding orders and I love the idea of people having keepsakes of their special day made by me. We took it pretty easy this weekend- drove around, walked Clover in a new park, took a couple naps, posted things on craigslist, ate Indian Buffet for lunch and watched movies and reruns of Game of Thrones. Generally we are a little more productive on the weekends but it was pretty obvious that we just needed to relax and I'm so glad we did.

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I wish I was at The Makerie, or I wish there was one near me.

I'm rereading one of my favorite books, The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel who I would LOVE to meet in person

I've been reading a lot of Kathleen Shannon on Braid Creative. Her post, "Thoughts are Things" struck a cord with me when thinking about the present and trying to form three new thoughts: either a goal, resolution or a "what if". I love goals and "what ifs" and I've found that I really need to ponder my ideas and feel them out before I know if they're lasting for me or not. And I also love the idea that you can have a great life-change plan but you can still be interested in other things. So one of my "what ifs" was buying an organic apple orchard in Virginia. We could host weddings there, and yoga retreats, and I could sell organic gluten free pies!

My friend has this Julia Child quote in her kitchen and I must say, I totally agree.

I desperately want this ring 

If you come to D.C., eat at Rose's Luxury on Barracks Row. My brother-in-law is a chef in D.C. and this is the only place he'll eat on the street. It's a little pricey but family style, so we ended up splitting the cost pretty nicely. The food really was amazing, the interior charming and welcoming, the staff knowledgeable and relaxed. Honestly, one of my top five meals of all time.

Right now I want all things caramel and this looks amazing- now to make it gluten free...

My friend ordered a cake! My ideas were a new recipe with Lemon Buttercream and Poppyseeds or maybe a Raspberry Lemon Curd Cake (all made gluten free of course) but I ended up going with a cake version of my Strawberry Lemon Curd Cupcakes. Delicious.

Happy Spring and have a great week!

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