Monday, September 15, 2014

TWTW - shower the people you love with love

1. MFD met me after work and we headed over to The Barnes Foundation, passing a few of my favorites along the way: Swann Fountain in Logan Circle and the Shakespeare Memorial in front of the Free Library.
2. A quick two hour stroll around The Barnes - home of one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings.
3. Dinner at the Rose Tattoo Cafe. The second floor is open to the floor below and filled with flowers. It's pretty cool. I loved the music they played too. I had the halibut special and it was really good. 
4. Saturday morning was dreary. It called for homemade chocolate cake. I used Bri's recipe that I mentioned on Friday and for the icing altered it to just a shake of cocoa powder and added peanut butter and an extra teaspoon of vanilla. I'm not really good at cake - see here the leaning tower of cake - or decorating it, bu it tasted divine and found a home on this plate I love from Aunt Maureen.
5. Sean and my mom popped in for a visit and the dogs loved all the morning attention.
6. Saturday afternoon I headed to Prince P's first birthday party. He's the son of Alicia, one of my knottie friends - we all met on The Knot September 2010 monthly wedding board when we were planning our weddings. AEB and her family made the trip down as well. We all enjoyed the bellini bar, taco bar, petting zoo, and the screams of joy from the bouncy house. It was a great party despite the rain!
7. When you arrive at the nail place 50 minutes before they close, they do your nails and toes at the same time and are all running out the door like their asses are on fire while you're standing outside collecting yourself in paper flip flops because you left yours in the car. The grocery store is right next to the nail place and I wasn't wasting the trip, so I got my groceries on with my toes still drying. I'm not the only person who does this, right?
8. We watched one of my favorites Saturday night (The Big Chill) and I admired and petted my customized 2015 planner from Plum Paper Designs that finally arrived yesterday.
9. Drawing on my freezer stock for this week. Breakfast is breakfast burritos and power breakfast muffins. Lunches are santa fe rice cups. Dinners are mexican stuffed shells and spaghetti squash with tomatoes and olives. Everything is frozen except the spaghetti squash. Work snacks will be fruit & veggies.

10. Sunday we hosted a shower for my soon to be sister in law Aubrey at an old farmhouse in Doylestown. It's nice when your sibling chooses someone you truly enjoy as a person. It was a beautiful day. A long day too. I was useless for the night after I got home. I thought I'd fall asleep immediately but alas I was up until after 1. 
Banner from Wedding Banner Love, won on Borrowed Heaven
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  On Mondays I'm doing a picture linkup called Picture Practice with Kelli at Just Beachy. If you'd like to participate, here are the prompts through December. Share on your blog, or if you don't blog on Twitter or Instagram every Monday with the hashtag #PicturePractice. This is my photo for the prompt bird. It's one from June, I saw no birds in the wild this weekend and oddly have no bird items in my house.
Tomorrrow, unconventional BBQ chicken. Wednesday, Shit MFD Says. You've been warned.

Busy week ahead. Let's do this!

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  1. Loooooove the dress Aubrey is wearing! That blue color is gorgeous! Laughing my assoff at the nails, and yes, I've gone to Target in my paper/foam flip flops. No shame. I love that you still hang out with knottie friends! Looking forward to Shit MFD Said

  2. I like your addition of the peanut butter to the cake, sounds delicious. So cool you hate knotty friends, and that party sounds fabulous. Bellini and taco bar, heck ya! Congrats on the shower looks like it was fun. Looking forward to Shit MFD Said, always a riot.

  3. PB and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Love your planner? I may have to get one of my own. :-) Thanks for the link. Have a great week!

  4. I love your bird, I went to Bird Island this weekend and saw no birds so old pictures for me too!

    It good when a family member chooses a mate we all like, although sometimes it's fun when they choose a mate we can all make fun of too. ;)

  5. What a great shower venue! And, I mean, at least you classed up and wore your real flip flops through the grocery store... I may have feared for your safety wearing paper ones among grocery cart chaos.

  6. Love that you went grocery shopping in the paper flippies from the nail place... totally something I would have done :-P

  7. Maybe I need to go to my nail salon close to quitting time...they always take ages! I'd like to be out in 50 minutes, lol. So, "We all enjoyed the bellini bar, taco bar, petting zoo, and the screams of joy from the bouncy house"...sounds like quite the first birthday party! I like it, I like it. Looks like a pretty shower, love rustic anything. And can't wait to hear your review on the planner!

  8. Perfect weekend recap! Love that you went to Prince P's 1st birthday and really love the bellinis! Nice visit on
    Saturday. Beauty of a day yesterday! Perfect decor, no gift wrapping, great food, beautiful bridal shower. The wedding will be here before we know it. #wouldliketohaveyesterdaysweather #wecould
    Enjoy this beautiful day.
    Love your MOMMA

  9. wow, what a fantastic weekend- you really packed it in!! i would love a slice of that chocolate cake! so cool that you met people from the knot! that's awesome!

  10. What an EPIC weekend - lots of fun and memories!

    I love your pictures! All of them - the halibut special looks TO DIE FOR.

  11. that shower looks so fun! i love that you met your girlfriends on the knot, and that party looks totally awesome. i havent got a pedi in so long but i seriously can't do a thing after i get my nails done, i mess them up so easily, the only thing i can do is go to sleep lol. even if they are dry, i mess them up if i try to do anything!

  12. You always you great photos from the weekend! The shower looks so pretty!

  13. I'm so excited to get my planner it's taking way to long!!

    What are Sante Fe rice cups?

  14. hahahahahaha so yeah I totally would wear those paper sandals out except the last time I did that.....those things are slippery I totally fell on the way to the car and messed up the whole thing. Now I make sure I keep sandals in the car!

  15. STILL wishing I had a piece of that cake!

  16. When I used to get my toes done professionally. I totally walked around in their cheap ass paper flip flops for fear of messing my nails up. No judging from me!

    Peanut butter in the icing?!?!?! I am not a huge fan of chocolate cake or icing....but the mention of peanut butter makes me really want some now. Mmmmmmm.

  17. A bellini bar and a taco bar sounds like my kind of birthday party.

    That cake sounds amazing.

  18. I have never made homemade frosting! I don't consider myself to be a baker, more of a cook. Not gourmet - I just mean I like a majority of my meals from home.

    I just love the view on your way to dinner Friday night. It is great to see a fountain and art along the way.

    I have def walked around in the generic flippy floppies cuz I had stuff to do til they dried. I wasn't gonna mess up a perfectly good pedi cuz of something silly like shoes!

    Mexican stuffed shells sound good!

  19. The halibut looks like it's about to fly away.
    Bahahaha... I love that you wore your toe separators grocery shopping!

  20. That chocolate cake looks like it tastes fantastic.
    I just reviewed your About Me (though I know I've read it before) and I wear sunglasses all the time too. Sometimes I want to wear them indoors.

  21. That cake looks heavenly!!! You always have the best weekends Steph!

  22. Friday night sounds like an ideal date night! And totally have run errands in the pedicure flops at times!

  23. Last week, I decided to be all healthy and walk to the nail place near my aunt's house while in Arkansas. However, having to walk home in the paper flip flops because the shoes I wore would've ruined my pedi was not a good idea. I wouldn't have laughed at you in the grocery store because I've been there, ha!

  24. It seems like a wonderful weekend!! The shower venue is so exquisite. Love it. Thanks for posting the photographs. You know I love visiting such beautiful event spaces. Currently I’m looking one for my birthday party.


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