Not Martha

Three Weekends

[a beautifully decorated cupcake]

It’s been a busy few weekends around here, and I actually took some pictures. Above is a pretty show cupcake from Cupcake Camp three weekends ago. I turned up too late to eat cupcakes (apparently 5000 cupcakes were consumed in about half an hour!) but just in time to see the cupcake eating contest, the aftermath of which looked like this:

[empty milk containers and used cupcake wrappers]

[carrots carved to look like flowers in a yummy rice dish]

The next day I headed to spend some much needed outdoor time with Tea and Cookies and friends. Her chirashizushi pictured above was delicious and so very pretty. I am usually very sensitive to the flavor of fish in a dish, but I couldn’t detect that this had a fish stock base.

Two weeks ago Scott headed to Chicago for a gig with Kirby Krackle, but I barely had a chance to miss him.

[pizza, with pizza-cutting scissors]

On Friday I had dinner with Maggi at Via Tribunali where they really will bring you shears to cut your pizza if you ask about them.

[a pug!]

We walked to Molly Moon’s for ice cream afterward and ran into Cakespy and her adorable pugs on their way home from work, the pugs hung out while we stood in line. I got salted licorice, it was good but very unusual.

[cobbler in jars on the bake sale table]

The next morning I dropped off the cobbler in jars for the bake sale then headed out to get some product shots for the felt flower brooch. Later that day I went to attend a Seattle Food Bloggers event where Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, came to chat with us! I practically attacked her afterward to tell her about my summers in Oklahoma and she was nice enough not to call security on me. I also butted in to get a picture, which didn’t turn out!

[a drastically backlit Ree Drummond and myself]

But I feel better because she has one just like it on her site, we both forgot to adjust our cameras for the backlighting. After that I figured it would be too crazy to go back again and get her to sign my Pioneer Woman Cooks book. Ree pulled her own camera out of her bag and it was a huge Nikon that was covered with flour, which I thought was just awesome.

And last weekend we headed to a family wedding and some visiting in Pennsylvania and Ohio. After we had picked up our rental car and were on our way I got word that my felt flower brooch project had been published over at Holidash, so I used my iPhone to put up a post I’d prepared before we left to announce it. But, tragedy!, the image I had used for it was corrupted and was showing up half gray. And this is the part where I get to love living in the future: thanks to the iPhone I was able to borrow one of my own images from the Holidash site, upload it my site and republish my post with the new image. All from a rental car speeding down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Neato.

[a Sonic cup]

This is my first ever time at Sonic, and my first ever cherry limeaid. It was yummy. As we were sitting at the drive-in we watched a horse drawn buggy come through the parking lot and pull into a small covered parking space meant for buggies just outside the Walmart. I realized it had been ages since the Amish were a part of my usual surroundings.

[menu at the wedding]

The wedding was in Hershey, PA and the menu reflected that. The beef entree was Cocoa Crusted Tenderloin with White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes. It sounds strange but was amazing. And yes, there was a chocolate fountain at dessert, I doubt they could have gone without one considering the location. It was fantastic to hang out with aunts, uncles and cousins and hear all the stories from weddings and gatherings past. My family is a bit crazy in the most wonderful way.

[souvenir penny imprinted with a unicorn]

Somewhere along the Pennsylvania Turnpike we found a machine that churned out these unicorn souvenir pennies. I’ll keep this in my wallet just in case I encounter something IRL that requires a unicorn chaser.

[cute dog playing tug of war]

Then we were off to Ohio to visit more family. We got to hold a very tiny brand new nephew, walk through the model home of the sort that Scott’s sister and brother in law just bought, be impressed enough with the reasonable price of houses in Ohio enough to briefly consider moving back, play tug of war with Simon (the very cute and well behaved dog you see above), and seek out a kids guitar as for a niece’s birthday present. It has these handy stickers to help in learning:

[a small but serious guitar]

And I got to use my camera to help explain to a nephew how the sepia colored crayon got it’s name:

[a picture of crayons taken with the sepia setting]

It’s been so much fun, but last night we arrived home to a house that is utterly disorganized. It’s time for some serious spring cleaning. But first some beer.

· comments [14] · 04-29-2010 · categories:mumbling ·

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mim // Apr 29, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I live in PA and when you mentioned the PA turnpike and Sonic near the Wal-mart, I just knew you were in my neck of the woods! My husband actually teaches in the district you were sitting in at the time.

    The thing I love about Hershey the most is the smell of the town. Yum.

  • 2 Alicia // Apr 29, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Wow! You’ve been busy. Thanks for sharing your great weekends.

  • 3 Rebecca // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Wait, wait, wait. You spent summers in Oklahoma without Sonic cherry limeades? How is this possible?

  • 4 barrie // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Ahhh, did you go to Hershey Park? I almost miss seeing the Amish sometimes.

  • 5 Elle Sees // Apr 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I’m the nerd that loves to look at other’s travel photos, so I always enjoy posts like these!

  • 6 megan // Apr 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Rebecca – The farm we stayed on was hours from the nearest chain anything and I was too young to drive a car. So, no Sonic (or anything) for the summer.

  • 7 Jen // Apr 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

    ooh, that’s a really pretty frosting rose. much more artistic than the traditional style of frosting rose.

  • 8 Kim // Apr 29, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hey, I’ve been trying to get the Holidash website via your link for 2 days now so I can print out your instructions but it doesn’t seem to work?!?! Help! I am hoping to make a corsage this weekend to get in the mail in time for Mother’s Day! And thanks for making the tutorial, I think the brooch is beautiful!

  • 9 Angela // Apr 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    My husband spent some time in Finland and as a result adores salted licorice. Also, I so need a unicorn penny- perhaps a pendant?

  • 10 Susan Gibbs // Apr 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Next time get the Strawberry Limeaide. Trust me- I’m from Texas.

  • 11 gribblette // Apr 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    i love smashed pennies!

  • 12 Sue // Apr 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Wow, you’re having way too much fun! I love black licorice and would love to try that ice cream!

  • 13 okwes // May 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Wow, you were literally up the road from me! I collect elongated pennies! i have quite a bit of them!

  • 14 Elana // May 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I love the pictures in this post. I really enjoyed looking through it. I love that pizza.

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