Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Cookin'

Adult Cupcakes

I had a very nice and relaxing memorial day weekend. Some festivities included going to a bbq, hiking, yoga class, tequila tasting, and relaxing by our newly opened pool.

It wouldn't be a holiday weekend without some yummy food so I gave this recipe I made last summer another try - Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho. It is absolutely delicious and refreshing. This will be a summertime staple for sure.

On a not so healthy note, I whipped up some cupcakes for a co-worker's birthday. I don't have much experience baking, so I used funfetti mix for the cake portion, but I decided to take a stab at some cream cheese frosting. I love this website because after you read the recipe you can read reviews and modification suggestions.

I used the above recipe and combined it with another one by adding 1 tablespoon Irish Cream and 1 tablespoon bourbon. That added a nice little kick and gave the icing some complexity. I topped them off with some sprinkles. I think they turned out adorable and tasty!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Around Town

One of the great things about having people visit from out of town, is that you really take advantage of things to do in the area. My lil' sister came to visit me from Colorado and we had an action packed time. Friday I went to see Neko Case at the Black Cat with a friend, while Mike took Kia to Twins Jazz on U street.

Saturday we headed to the Freer Gallery for an event called Asia after Dark. This was my first time at this gallery, and although we didn't have a whole lot of time to check out the artwork, we saw a few pieces that made me to want to return. The theme was A Tribute to Japanese Art and Fashion - check out these costumes.

On Sunday we checked out the swanky P.O.V - a rooftop bar in the W Hotel, known for its spectacular view of the White House and the city. The drinks are $15 a pop, but the views and the fresh air make it worth checking out. AND we shared the BEST brownie EVER!

My allergies have been something fierce this week, but I'm so glad I rallied to show my sis a good time.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Some advice I should heed.