November 30th, 2009
So the housewarming party we had was also disguised as a birthday party for Rabi. Never one to make a big deal about himself, I knew that I would have to fool him into celebrating his own birthday. One thing that he won’t ever turn down though is chocolate…especially a chocolate cake. I’ve made this one a couple of times, though the last time was this summer. Though the cake is good, the frosting is to die for and really makes the cake. read more »
November 19th, 2009
Our condo is finally presentable, so we did what any logical couple did and threw a housewarming party. Unfortunately, there was so much excitement and fun at the party, I didn’t get any actual pictures of the party, so you’ll have to take my word for it. I definitely have a fun time playing hostess (though cleaning up the next morning–not so much). Even with playing hostess though, I decided to take advantage of my talented friends and make it a potluck so I wouldn’t be in the kitchen all day. I knew that there wouldn’t be enough chairs for a fussy sit down meal, so I decided to make a couple of finger foods for people to graze on the entire night. read more »
November 6th, 2009
There are many milestones in one’s life, such as graduating from college, getting married, having your first child and all those things. Then there is getting to your 30th wedding anniversary. Today my parents have reached this milestone and it’s made me all mushy and nostalgic inside-though obviously I wasn’t there. It’s amazing to me that they’ve lived over half their lives with each other and have been through things like deaths, births, weddings, graduations and everything in between. They’ve bought houses, sold houses, created a home, created a family, raised two (pretty awesome) girls, all with lots of love and laughter. I know there have been some hard times, but I think overall, they’ve lived a pretty good life and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and though I’m sure they wanted to kill me at points, I think they think I’m pretty awesome as well. That’s what parents have to do.
I suppose this is hitting even closer to home now that I’m engaged and going to be married (relatively) soon. At times, it seems like such a natural act and I knew that it was always going to be something that would happen, but now that it’s here, it all seems very surreal. Rabi and I will start our own family and have our own experiences, similar to those of my parents, but they will be our own. Though many of our friends have already taken this step, I think it’s always different when it’s yourself. Despite all these concerns, at the end of the day, I’m really not that worried. I’ve really had the best married couple as an example for my entire life and if I can do half as well, I think I will be OK. Thanks, Mom and Dad…and Happy Anniversary!
November 5th, 2009
I grew up with a mom that loved gardening. We always had beautiful gardens and fresh cut flowers all summer long in each of our bedrooms. I don’t think I ever really appreciated it, mainly because I was usually recruited to the weeding and that is probably the very last thing a teenager wants to do on her summer weekends. I did enjoy the flowers though and eventually when I left home and lived in the ‘big city’ for a bit, I did miss the random green of living in the suburbs as well as the special vases of flowers my mom used to leave on my dresser on a warm summer day.
I’ve of course gotten flowers for many reasons from a certain boy, but never really had them on a regular basis around the house. A dorm room it not really conducive to having vases of flowers around, but once I started living in my own apartment, I always had this vision of having weekly flowers gracing my table. Then I went to the store and my poor post college wallet would not be able to handle this dream. Since I’ve moved back to Worcester, I’ve started shopping at Trader Joe’s more, where amongst many treats, they sell pretty cheap flowers. I debated back and forth whether I should spend the money, but then realized that sometimes, it’s the little things in life. So maybe it’s 6 dollars not well spent, but at least it brightened up my day.
November 1st, 2009
I live with a bonafide chocolate snob. Rabi constantly needs to find the next level in chocolate awesomeness and usually poo-poos the people’s chocolate, such as Hershey’s. As you have probably realized, I’m a baker and usually when left up to Rabi, I need to make something chocolately. I’m not sure where I first saw this recipe mentioned, but a couple of blogs I read have mentioned Hershey’s recipes from their website. I was a bit hesitant to try something from Hershey’s as Rabi will sit and explain to you why he doesn’t like this type of chocolate. I won’t give anything away as I wouldn’t want to steal his thunder, but needless to say he’s not a Hershey’s fan.
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