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Stories, re-telling my latest Adventures, Daydreams, random thoughts, & my everyday encounters with the things I love.

My (borrowed) mission statement for life:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman


In the past week, I have been in California, Oregon and Washington enjoying two magical and lovely weddings that deserve shout-outs.

The first, was for one of  my best friends who I’ve known since middle school, who married her elementary school sweetheart—yes that’s right—at the amazing summer camp in Saratoga, CA that we all grew up at. She looked like a 1940’s Movie Star in her vintage dress, champagne-colored heels, ruby red lipstick and curls. The night was full of sparkling white lights, raspberry cupcakes, champagne, a first dance to Pink Martini’s Everywhere,  delicious chicken curry, a toast I didn’t screw up (whew!) and an amazing Glee-soundtrack-heavy dance party. My favorite touch? Table signs of different Comic book characters in honor of the comic-book obsessed groom.

The second wedding was at a campgrounds in Washington for a co-worker from Outdoor School. The ceremony was beautiful and full of music, including the gorgeous & woodsy looking bride walking down the aisle to Rent’s Seasons of Love, a  surprise song sung to the groom by the several incredibly musically talented members of the wedding party, and a parting song sung by every single guest. The night was full of greenery, blue and purple flowers, white candles, fabric flags and beach balls,  a Delicious BBQ dinner of pulled pork and ribs, chocolate fondue, a Photobooth complete with a trunk of costumes,  Dancing the Virgina Reel, and my favorite touch, a Juice Bar run by Tuxedo-T-shirt & Fedora clad younger brothers.

I am so glad I know such down-to-earth, amazing, lovely people and to have been able to be a part of their beautiful weddings!

The latest adventures in the baking project…

A few weeks ago I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies, following a recipe from the Joy of Cooking.  They were crispier then I wanted and the batch of dough made a lot less then the recipe said it would, confirming suspicions I had about the Joy of Cooking since watching Julie and Julia. So, unsatisfied with the cookies, the next weekend I decided to reedeem myself with classic Chocolate Chip Cookies to prove to myself and the roomies that I could do cookies. They were delicious but I still didn’t feel satisfied so the next day I made a second attempt on the peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies, following a new recipe, and much to my delight, they were a lot better. 

With my confidence restored Comet and I made “Creep-Cake” for Halloween, in the form of chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting. 

On next week’s episode of the baking Project I will be making “Cauldron Cakes” and “Chocolate Frogs” and other Harry Potter inspired baked goods for our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one release party. Pictures coming soon…