Two years ago, my awesome Matron of Honor threw a Cowgirl themed bachelorette party for me!She had sunflowers, red handkerchiefs and blue jean coasters, along with hand made WANTED signs. The night before the wedding, we had the rehearsal at Shilshole Bay Beach Club. My flower girls and second cousins were absolutely adorable.Although the ring bearer was pretty cute too! He found several large crabs on the beach below, while we were rehearsing!
Two years ago, I was attending my lovely bridal shower. It was hosted by Grandmother, Tootie, and it was spa themed! (If you can't tell from this next photo, our wedding had a honey bee theme!) After the shower, my dad and I practiced our father/daughter dance to "Unforgettable" sung by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.
Two years ago, I had my trial wedding hair and make up session, a few days before the wedding. I may be smiling for the photo but I was totally freaked out by the white foundation and lavender eyeshadow...yeesh! I totally pulled a bridezilla and asked for a different makeup artist on the day of the wedding. Two years ago today, my sister dropped off an early wedding present, Lily Thomas, the kitten! (Please excuse my Casper the ghost makeup, I have still not washed it off from the salon!) Isn't she adorable? I'm thinking of posting some rehearsal photos tomorrow and may be some wedding photos this weekend. Since we'll out of town for our actual anniversary on Monday, I'll post in advance!!
Efeste Wines had a wonderful pizza and wine tasting party, on Sunday. There was a live jazz band and barrel tasting too! We were lucky enough to taste the 2009 Jolie Bouche Syrah before it was bottled!I thought all the wine glasses, lined up on the table, looked so pretty!My husband kept quoting I Love You, Man by saying, "slappin' the bass" every time I said I wanted a picture of the band.
Our next stop was Isenhower Cellars. The Purple Paintbrush (a delicious Cabernet Franc blend) was my favorite wine. Next door to the Isenhower tasting room is the Elsom/Celaeno Winery.I adore their winery dog, Krista. Krista was so friendly, fluffy and cuddly that she made me want to get a dog!
"Created by fusing 100% recycled fine silver then hammering for strength and texture, these stacker rings are tumbled to a sparkly finish!"
If this wasn't exciting enough, I ALSO WON an Anthropologie Gift Card from Effortless Anthropologie!!!! The Vagabond Dress has been in my cart for awhile and so has the Flamente Dress. I think they both could be fun for Prague!
I'm so thrilled! Thank you to the Rikrak Studio and to Effortless Anthropologie!!!
After drinking it last night, we really wanted to try more wines from Steven's Winery. We had a phenomenal experience at the winery! The tasting room had a homey, Seattle vibe, authentic and not stuffy, or snobby. (This is an added bonus since you can experience stuffiness and snobbery at some of the Eastside wineries with some of their patrons.) It's an emerging Washington winery that's a red and wine wine superstar. Plus, the wines are very reasonably priced, especially for their quality.
We were also lucky enough to meet the charming winemakers, Paige and Tim Stevens. Interesting fact: Tim made all the artwork around the winery, including these intriguing tiki faces, which were made out of two wine barrels.
We have found a new favorite winery and can't wait for their next release in 3 weeks.
Tomorrow, I'll write about Efeste and a couple other wineries that we toured today!
Wow, this food photography blog makes me drool! How great does this Rhubarb Tart look? She even provides the recipe on her blog! (http://www.whatkatieate.blogspot.com/)
For the filling you'll need:
1 x bunch rhubarb 1 x tbsp sour cream 1 x tsp caster sugar Extra caster sugar for sprinkling
To assemble the pie:
1. Cut the rhubarb into 1cm pieces on an angle. 2. Combine sour cream and sugar in a small bowl and set aside. 3. Spread a thin layer of the cream/sugar mixture over the base of the pie case. Then on top, arrange the rhubarb pieces in a circular pattern over-lapping slightly as you go. Repeat until you reach the centre. When finished, sprinkle with a tsp of caster sugar. 4. Bake in the oven at 180˚C/350˚F for approx. 30-40 minutes.
If you think this recipe looks and sounds great, check out Katie's blog, for other awesome ideas, like Wine Stewed Rhubarb Tartlets!
I'm decompressing after work with a nice, long five mile run and television. We just watched the awesome action packed movie, From Paris with Love. I didn't have high expectations and was blown out of my seat with the amazing fight scenes. I rented it because Luc Besson wrote the script. He's the genius who wrote the Fifth Element and Leon, the Professional. [source]