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Birthday Festivus December 14, 2010

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Today was darling D’s birthday! To celebrate the official day, we scampered from work a few minutes early to hit up happy hour at a new(ish) New Orleans restaurant, Toulouse Petit. It was DELISH. Dungeness crab atop Fried Green Tomatoes is all I have to say. We have some photos of our meal that we’ll share in a few days time. Then, we made a brief stop at her office’s champagne and dessert party, then home to get cozy and continue the celebration.

Festive birthday socks!

If you know D, though, you know the celebration of a birthday during the Christmas season can’t just be limited to a couple festive cocktails. Oh no. So, two weekends ago we took a trip on the Northwest Railway Museum’s SANTA TRAIN. The deal is that you depart North Bend, take a 20 min ride up to their restored vintage train depot in Snoqualmie, hang out with Santa and some cocoa, then trek back to Snoqualmie. The train is all dolled up, and Mr. Bells the festive 90 year old caroller keeps you jingling all the way!

It was very fun, and our “Christmas Captain” enjoyed it very much.

The twins stopped by to learn about board games!

Happiest of happy birthdays to my Lemon House roomie. Here’s to a great next year!!


celebrating the birthday b August 18, 2010

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and what says birthday more than lots of yummy food? and sunshine?  and mountains?



We went to Boat Street Cafe … we have been wanting to go there for a long time.  We seem to always have been side tracked though… but tonight there was no excuse.

It was the Birthday B’s special day…. and what says “Birthday B” more then a French bistro??

pickle plate = super yum!

seriously the best crab cakes ever. 


post boat street smiles from happy bellies..

and really….

what says Birthday B more then:



Cupcakes: Three ways (via cupcake royale.  of course.)

and a new Vinho Verde Rose….


Happy Birthday B!  Hope you had fun today!!!



I’ve got something to say… March 28, 2010

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…So why not say it in the form of cookie?

Seriously everything is better with sugar and yummy.

B got me these (appropriately named Message in a Cookie)  from Williams Sonoma.  I love them!  {Rumor has it they are back ordered, sadly, but hopefully not  forever!}

I tried them out a few weeks ago for a birthday at work… because happy birthday is better personalized….


A birthday of birthdays! December 14, 2009

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Birthday Princess Cuteness


 Today is a big day. And i mean, really big. Our darling D turns 25. And grand fashion i might add! Here is a visual recap of a wonderful holiday, birthday, festive weekend. Everyone wish D a fabu 25th year!  


whoa, fire!


First stop: Viscosity Studios for a glass-blown Christmas ornament workshop. Read more at Jo’s blog.

Half Birthay, Half Christmas!


anna joyce table runner



 Followed by some gifties

Lights through our glasses



Greenlake Pathway of Lights


 And walking around viewing some holiday twinkle with these awesome glasses that turned every point of light into a star or “Merry Christmas”

Birthday Chicken!


And then day-of Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken and. . .

Fabulous sticker for a fabulous lady!


Make a Wish!

 Cupcakes (while wearing the perfect sticker for the smart, exciting, and good-looking birthday girl. 

Happy Birthday, darlin! Here’s to a great 2010 ahead. 


what a terriffic BIRTH day! October 19, 2009

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Madeleine Olivia

8lbs 8oz

21 inches

born at 6.20 am on her due date

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and 100% adorable.

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congrats to heather and alex, and thanks for letting us come by and meet her!

and thanks to baby M for waiting until we came back to town to be born!

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a birthday {cup}cake August 24, 2009

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One of our thoughtful birthday guests was happy to share with us at the party that the 18th of August {the birthday b’s actual birthday} is also national cupcake day.


how fitting for the birthday b, lover of cupcukes!


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For the festivus this year we had:

Tequila Nectarine Cakes

(yes yum!)

1 box of yellow cake mix and its ingredients

two large ripe nectarines

1 cup powdered sugar

the juice of one lime

the zest of one lime

1-2 shots of tequila


First, cut your nectarines into small pieces.  Tiny pieces.  Put them in a bowl with the lime juice, zest and tequila.  Stir and cover.  Refridgerate for 2 hours.

After that, prepare the cake batter as the instructions on the box call for. 

In cupcake dishes lined with pink parchment cups, put one spoonful of the batter in each one.  Then put one spoonful of the nectarine mixture in the cup.  (some fruit and some of the tequila too!)  Finally place two more spoonfuls of batter in each of the cups.  Now bake according  to the time and temperature on the box.

After they are done, let them cool completely.  While cooling, take the remainder of the nectarine mixture and mix it with powdered sugar until it desolves and is a thick glaze.  Add a little more lime juice  if it is too thick. 

After completely cooled, spoon on the glaze, making sure a few nectarine pieces remain on top of eat cake.

feed to the birthday girl and her party guests.


the birthday b’s cookies August 19, 2009

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remember when you were little and it was still cool to take donut holes (munchkins for those of you on the east coast…) to school on your birthday?

so for one of the birthday b’s many celebratory treats, we whipped up a new cookie for her to take to work with her.  there is nothing like passing around some cookies in birthday cheer with your crown!

the birthday b’s choice?

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lavender citrus shortbreads

from The Cookie and Biscuit Bible with a few adaptations of my own


1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1/ 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp dried lavender



1 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice ( or a combination of orange and lemon)

zest of 1 lemon and an orange


Preheat to 300 degrees.

In a bowl, stir the flour and lavender together.

In a separate bowl,  cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light in color with an electric mixer.  Add the flour and lavender mixture and mix until batter is just incorporated. Mixture will be very dry so don’t worry. Using your lil fingers, form the batter into a soft ball shape and leave in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Press dough into prepared square pan. Once dough is pressed into pan, bake for 10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and with a VERY sharp knife cut even squares with a pastry scraper and poke holes in each with the tines of a fork.

Then — Bake for 30 min or until sides of shortbread turn golden. Let cool in pan 10 minutes and remove cookies carefully setting them on a wire rack to cool completely.

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When cookies are completely cool, combine the powdered sugar, citrus juice and zest in a small bowl and mix until well incorporated. Drizzle the icing on the cookies with a spoon. Let dry for 2 hours/overnight.


Feed to the birthday b.

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