Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Weekend before last I spent some time in Mississippi with my parents and youngest brother. We had a condo on the beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. However, over the last four years it was rebuilt and it reopened right before the gulf oil spill. While I was there we did see some black balls on the beach that were the consistency of a Tootsie Roll. I am not sure if these were tar balls. They didn't smell oily and the residue washed off in water. A coworker asked if I tried to burn it to see if it was oil. I didn't think of that. Anyone know? Is it just dark clay?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I last had shrimp and grits in Charleston, SC at the Hominy Grill. Also very good, but not as good at JCT. The shrimp were a little more greasy and the grits weren't as creamy. The mushrooms were very good though...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Lindsey and Tyler got married in Atlanta, Georgia in a beautiful ceremony followed by a gorgeous reception at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. As you might know from the blog, I am OBSESSED with flowers and the flowers at this wedding - amongst the backdrop of a stunning botanical garden in the late afternoon - were perfect.
The photo below shoes the flowers that ringed the bar - there were peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and blue berries to name a few of the elements. The flowers had a very romantic garden feel to them - like you just plucked the most luscious flowers from your countryside garden.
I thought that the boutonnieres were also very lovely with the hot pink ranunculuses. Very crisp against the black tuxedos worn by the groomsmen. I didn't enhance the color in the photo below at all - that is the color that they actually were! So beautiful!
The cake was gorgeous. Loved the swiss dot pattern and the black ribbon with the fresh peonies on top. Peonies are such a tease for me because there is SUCH a small window where they are available and they are so hard to grow - they were so lucky to have that option! Gorgeous!
Overall the details of this wedding were beautiful and so special because they reflected the bride and groom. Congratulations!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Since giant macaroons are best shared, we brought them to a friends house for dessert and promptly encouraged their 2 year old daughter to consume sugar before bed. What else are honorary aunties and uncles for??
If only I could start my Monday mornings with a French macaroon instead of oatmeal from a pouch!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
So thank you for being a great dad! And cheers to my mom as well! As Mrs. Cahn puts it - she definitely wears a halo for putting up with some of my dad's antics. ;)
Love you and happy Father's Day to my dad and my new father-in-law!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
What a wonderful weekend! Such a great time to catch up with my college friends - we are lucky that this year we will see each other many times as there is a lot to celebrate. Congratulations!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
- When I was 14, she took me to see the Nutty Professor at the Uptown Square movie theater. After the movie, she let me practice driving her sedan all around the parking lot (something my parents wouldn't have the stomach to do for a year or so).
- At some point after I started wearing bras (and long before I actually needed to), she brought to my family party a racy red padded lace bra (the kind that makes a 14 year old blush). I thought she was so cool. It was definitely an upgrade from cotton Jockey triangles.
- In 6th grade, it was determined that I would need to get glasses and I was very upset about this (I also had braces at the time and it wasn't going to be a good look at 5'10" and 110lbs). My Aunt Sunny came over and showed me that she wore glasses even though she didn't need them! She was a law librarian and liked the way they looked - sure enough there was no prescription in the pair she had with her. It made me feel better. There was hope.
- Her first husband DJ made me a little wooden bench a LONG time ago that I still have in my bedroom at home.
- I used to do her taxes when I was in middle school. She had a big jeweled calculator that I used. At the time, I really liked filling out forms and all she needed was the 1040EZ - so easy a 5th grader could do it.
- I was always trying to earn more money - so I had little businesses to sell things to people (Christmas ornaments, lemonade and cookies, bath salts). I had babysitting business cards (I was CPR certified by the Junior League). However, Aunt Sunny hooked me up with a seamstress job for her friend Lenor - I made linen curtains for the back of her SUV that could velcro on and off (I had been to sewing camp). That brought in a 3 digit lump sum and I was very appreciative for the reference.
- Sometimes she wore lavender color contacts.
- She had a pink and blue heart tattoo on her ankle and had a pet iguana.
- She volunteered at the Angola Louisiana State Prison and played chess with the prisoners. On a few occasions I got very sweet birthday cards from the people she worked with there.
- She had a really great, and very distinguishable, laugh.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
|The line up|
I have posted the two talks I found most inspiring, along with the bio video on one of the winners (seriously - where did she find the time to do so much)!
Seriously - watch them!!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Audrey even sewed matching bloomers. Pretty incredible.
Here is the little dress in pink.
- Patterns come from Oliver + S
- Fabric comes from Peapod Fabrics at
Sunday, June 6, 2010
|Photo from the Yale Alumni Magazine|
Saturday, June 5, 2010
|Amy's planning photo book|
- My Secret to Easy Wedding Planning
- Wedding Planning - Capture the Fun Moments
- My Engagement Photo Book
Friday, June 4, 2010
Milford Sound is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the South Island of New Zealand. Were we to drive there - it would have taken several hours. We figured that a helicopter ride would be a fun way to see it in a morning. I worked at a helicopter research lab when I was in undergrad, but I had never actually been in a helicoper! It was a big day for many reason.
The helicopter picked us up on the front lawn of our hotel! Seriously! We got to sit in the front seat with the pilot, and three other passengers sat in the back. Our first stop was a glacier at the top of a mountain.
|My first up close look at a glacier|
|The rocky coast of the Tasman Sea|
|Flying through the fjord!|
|The helicopter perched right to the left of the waterfall on what looks like a tiny little lip!|
|The high mountain lake|
|Bench on the boardwalk|
She got it for us a few weeks ago and I am very happy to report that it is still happy and healthy looking. What I love most are its furry, yet glossy deep green leaves. Very beautiful. I remember my mom growing African Violets when I was a kid.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
|The steering wheel is on the wrong side!|
We arrived to our hotel around 3pm or so. It was about 45 minutes from downtown Queenstown near a small town called Glenorchy. We were staying at a hotel called Blanket Bay - a truly spectacular place owned by a California couple. It was incredibly beautiful.
|View of the lake from the hotel|
|View of Blanket Bay from the front lawn|
|There were a lot of sheep|
|And a lot of stones perfect for skipping|
|The line up|
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
While we were in Blanket Bay, I had it several nights for dessert. By the end of our stay, they shared their recipe which I was all to happy to accept. However, I noticed an unfamiliar ingredient - golden syrup. Turns out we don't really have anything like it in the states. It is like a caramel thick simple syrup, made from sugar (not corn syrup). Anyway, on our last day - the staff at Blanket Bay presented us with a bottle of the real New Zealand stuff - it was SO sweet.
To make the candy...
|The recipe calls for ingredients by weight rather than volume!|
Thanks to the Teetzel's for this scale! We use it ALL the time.
|It is like a science experiment!|
We then made ice cream using the Blanket Bay recipe (although we cut it in half because our ice cream maker is smaller - thanks to Peggy for the ice cream maker)!
|Ice cream in process|
It was soooo delicious! We have since made it a couple times and have yet to be disappointed. It sort of tastes like a caramel ice cream, but there is also something a little bit reminiscent of a golden graham or a graham cracker. It was is very fun to make and even more fun to eat with friends!