Taste Tested and Mom Approved

Mom, Mike and Ryan came down for the weekend to help celebrate my birthday. Mom insisted on trying Georgetown Cupcakes and boy are we all glad she did. They are so good! They ship all across the US and you won't be sorry. 

I thought it would be nice to go into DC and eat dinner and cupcakes next to the Jefferson Memorial. We stopped at Panera, picked up sandwiches and headed to Georgetown. I heard about the hour+ wait just to get into the store, so I pre-ordered online. Mom and I went into the store to pick them up and I was a little afraid to look any of the other customers in the eye. I thought we might get punched. Not only did we skip the entire line, but once we got into the store we skipped yet another line and went right to the register. Here's mom beaming in front of Georgetown Cupcakes. 

Next we headed into the city. We found a parking spot and walked to the Jefferson Memorial. Mom didn't let the bag out of her sight. 

We found a place to eat our sandwiches and then checked out the monument. Here are my favorite pictures:

We sat and enjoyed the view of DC from the front of the monument for a little while. 

None of us wanted to deal with the park police and eating food on the steps, there were signs all around saying no food allowed, so we decided to head home and enjoy the cupcakes at home. 

I of course had to take a ton of pictures before we ate any of them. So worth the cost was the consensus all around! 

Happy Birthday weekend to me! 

Happy Birthday to Me!

to me!

How's that for being subtle (and maybe a bit arrogant)?

By the way....feel free to leave me messages in the comments!


Summer 2010 (Part 2)

The rest of the summer has been busy but easy going. We made our yearly visit to Vermont in July.

Mike drove us:

And I got to view this great scenery on the way. 

We were there to help celebrate the 4th of July. We went to the Poultney parade. I absolutely love all American 4th of July parades. They are fabulous! 

We spent five days at the lake, catching up with family, swimming, jet skiing and just enjoying Vermont. 

Until next year Lake St. Catherine. 

Summer 2010 (Part 1)

So...I obviously slacked on the blog writing this summer. Things have been crazy around here. So to get everyone caught up on what's been happening, let me try to sum up Summer 2010. I was hoping to do this in one post but I think it will be easier if I split it up.

(Warning: These are probably going to be picture heavy posts.)

You probably already know we planted a garden in the backyard. It was already existing so we just added a fence around to keep out the deer (and dogs). It measures 40' X 48'.

 We planted pumpkins, corn,
 Zucchini and Yellow Squash,
 Tomatoes (Roma, Beef Steak, Big Boy, Grape and Cherry),
And Peppers.

Let's just say its been a success. Here is just some of our harvest so far.

I've been canning most of what we harvest. So far we have pickles, pasta sauce, salsa, peach jam and cantaloupe jam. I've also frozen lots of squash and zucchini. 

 Salsa and Pickles :
 Pasta Sauce:

 It's a pretty safe bet we won't starve this winter. :)

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