Weekend Reflections; Birthday Celebrations

This weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday! His birthday fell on Sunday which gave us the entire weekend to celebrate. We were able to spend time with both friends and family which is all you need for a great birthday. Saturday was pretty hot and humid, but his actual birthday on Sunday was gorgeous. It was one of those days where the color of the sky was so vibrant I didn’t even want to blink and miss it. Here’s some shots from our weekend:

 

 

Friday afternoon baking: scones from Jessica’s outrageous cookbook Seriously Delish. Totally read the whole thing cover to cover as soon as it arrived then promptly made these. 

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Afternoon snacks during the season of pumpkin EVERYTHING. I’m not complaining.

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This is how excited I am over Flash Tattoos…kind of in love.

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Baking all the things my husband loves into one cake that just screamed DAN.

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A hot, sweaty, humid, seemingly never ending training run Saturday morning.

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This weekend reminded me that I need to invest in some sort of cake holder/transporter. This doesn’t really work.

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Fortunately, it did make it safely to my inlaw’s home.

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Saturday errands. These may be from the grocery store but that doesn’t change the fact that they are two of the best smelling candles. 

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Saturday night OOTD. Top by Free People, daisy dukes by me & sandals by Sanuk.

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Possibly the best appetizer ever. A soft boiled egg baked into a pocket of some of the most deliciously charred and chewy pizza dough, sitting atop a bed of ricotta & drizzled with truffle oil. I mean….

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Naturally, the best dough equals the BEST PIZZA EVER. The four of us each got our own and sampled each other’s. I got the salad slice, my husband got one with sausage and onions, my friend got the ‘shroom pizza and her fiancé got the bone marrow. I really can’t even decide which trumped the other they were all so insanely delicious. Top left is baked oysters that were just swimming in the most decadent pool of garlic butter. Just stop. 

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Along with phenomenal food, this spot had divine drinks as well! I was quite impressed with the cocktail menu.

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Since we were celebrating Dan’s birthday, dessert was a necessity. Half Baked Brownie Skillets for three of us (um, a steaming hot bowl of gooey raw brownie batter topped with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Heaven was right there in that tiny little skillet.)

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And my friend got this Panna Cotta which, according to her “just tasted healthy”. Ok.

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Between the company and the food, my husband was a happy dude.

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Sunday morning we woke up and went out to a favorite diner of ours for whole wheat pancakes, turkey sausage, sunny side up eggs and iced coffee. The birthday boy’s choice. Then we came home, snuggled on the couch and he opened his gifts from me.

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Sunday afternoon we headed out to RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen for a birthday brunch with my in-laws.

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I got the Montaulk Pointe lobster salad with a glass of viognier while he opted for the grass-fed burger & fries with a pint of local craft beer.

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One of my favorite things about RiverMarket (aside from the delightfully fresh, locally sourced food) is the small wide mouth mason jars filled with adorable brightly colored flowers. On the bar they had repurposed whiskey bottles brimming with a sweet singular sunflower. Obsessed.

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Post brunch it was back to my in-laws for coffee & dessert.

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The cake was a hit, which means the recipe will make its way here soon 🙂

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xoxo

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