Whiskey Cake

Back at the beginning of April, Eric and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary.  That seems so crazy to type.  It hardly seems possible it has been twelve years.  He brought me two dozen roses, one of the white roses went in our wedding vase and the rest I placed in my milk glass vase (my favorite, it was my mom’s).  And the roses were beautiful.  I just learned last year that the white roses are apparently hard to come by, so he has to special order them every year.  I had no idea!

We usually go out to eat for our anniversary, and it seems the last few years we’ve gotten in a rut of going to the same place over and over again.  It’s really good, but since we were going for birthdays and anniversary, I decided it was time for a change.  I’ve been wanting to take him to a restaurant called Whiskey Cake.  I had gone there a couple of times with coworkers and I knew he would love it, but they don’t take reservations.  Since we are typically going on a Saturday night, it always kind of frustrated us that we couldn’t make a reservation.  But, I suggested that we just go early and try to beat the crowd.  So that’s what we did.


Whiskey Cake is a local restaurant that has a couple of locations and they are a farm to table restaurant using locally sourced ingredients, including their own herb garden on site.  Their menu changes seasonally, as you would expect.  And everything I have had there is delicious.

One of the things I really love about this place is the decor.  Love the French ticking stripe napkins, the repurposed lightbulbs as bud vases with a sprig of fresh rosemary inside, the industrial napkin rings, etc.

So, what did we order?  We couldn’t pass up the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer.

For the entree, Eric decided to have the duck breast.  He loves duck but very rarely has the chance to have it (and have it prepared well).  It had a carrot-ginger puree, heirloom carrots, red onions, kale, and a citrus vinaigrette.

I opted for the OMG Burger, which stands for onions, mushrooms, and goodness.  I had to leave off the M though (allergic).  But it has a beer battered onion ring on it, muenster, grain mustard, red chile mayo, lettuce, and tomato on a challah bun.  How good does that sound right now?

And of course, we had to have their signature dessert – whiskey cake.  It is a toffee torte with bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans, and fresh whipped cream.  So so so good.  And I admit I have attempted to make whiskey cake and it tastes nothing like this.

We had a lovely dinner, and a lovely anniversary.  And I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to take Eric to Whiskey Cake for dinner.  Definitely check them out if you are in the area!

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June in Photos

June in Photos

I really am starting to wonder where the time goes.  It’s nearly the end of July and here I am finally posting about June.  Better late than never though!

After the craziness that was May, June actually seemed to take a turn for the better.  I felt like I was making strides in some of my projects at home and starting to feel a lot more focused.

I started the month off with a Disco Biscuit mani.  I mean, how can I go wrong with that?!  I also tried a couple of untried polishes this month.  I wore Sinful Colors Sugar Rush on my toes and I also decided to give the white mani trend a try.  I was a little leery trying it since the yellow mani was such a fail.  But the white mani I absolutely adored.  It was fresh, it was fun, and it was completely on trend.  I will be doing this again for sure.  I used OPI’s Alpine Snow for this one.  Oh, and I went back to another old favorite – Jade is the New Black.  It went beautifully well with my fabric.

I got to go back to Whiskey Cake in June to get together with some coworkers for Happy Hour.  That Foul Corsair is absolutely delicious.  I kind of wish I’d had the whiskey cake for dessert again though.

I actually spent a fair amount of time sewing in June.  I worked on two mini quilts.  One got completely quilted and finished and I was able to give it to my friend, Ava, for her birthday.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out with the Kaffe Fassett fabrics on the front and on the back.  I also started collecting fabrics for the full version of the Swoon quilt (I made her mini quilt out of one block).  I’m going to use Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study line for my Swoon.  So excited about it!

June unfortunately brought with it a series of car “things” that were probably directly related with Mercury being in Retrograde.  I started off the month buying new tires since two of mine were completely bald in order to pass inspection.  Middle of the month I got my first speeding ticket in like five years or so.  And then at the end of the month I had a car accident on the highway because my brakes went out.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a car accident.  But, luckily very little damage was done to either car and everyone was uninjured.  But I had to get new brakes – my brake lines had apparently completely worn through.

But the biggest and most exciting news is that I am taking a trip in the Spring to see my sweet friend, Sylvia, in Germany.  I will spend a few days in Germany, but the most exciting part is that we are going to Paris!  It is an absolute dream come true.  I can’t wait.  I will be there for a total of 13 days I think.  I can hardly believe it.  But the flights are booked and we are renting a little apartment in Paris for the two of us.  But part of my preparation was to get my passport out and make sure it doesn’t expire any time soon.  I found my old passport though, while I was looking, and it’s one lone stamp.  Of course, the stamp was for our honeymoon to Rome, so I’m ok with it being the only stamp in there.  It’s a special one!

Before you know it, it will be August, so hopefully I can make it back here to blog more frequently in the next weeks.  And I realized it’s been forever since I did a book review…so I need to get on that.  Currently reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.  So good!

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April in Photos

April 2013 Mosaic

The months keep zooming by faster and faster and April was no exception.  I’m really loving doing these month in photos posts, not only because it’s a great way to remember what the hell I was up to, but it’s also so interesting to see the way the photos change with the seasons – my photos from January are vastly different from these photos not only in subject matter but the light is so different!

So, April started off with a flight to New York for Eric’s grandmother’s funeral.  I’m so glad that we were there, and got to spend a bit of time with family that we haven’t seen in a long while – some who I’d never met.  And as I mentioned in my post about Easter, it really had a huge impact on me.  And perhaps all of the feelings that were brought up by that period of time were what triggered my complete 180 mood swing?  There were a couple of weeks there that I was so out of sorts, and so sad and angry that I could barely stand myself.  I certainly couldn’t stand other people.  And when I say a complete 180, I mean it.  I went from happy Spring, happy bright sunny buttery yellow nail polish to my big “back off” warning sign of black nail polish.  I did eventually emerge from the worst of it, but I still don’t feel like I’ve got my groove back.

I finished up the last of the Fever series on the plane back from NY, and I’d picked up the Jenny Lawson book in the airport so I started it on the way home.  I just finished it yesterday and am starting something new for May.

Eric and I celebrated our seven (!!) year anniversary on the 8th and he made us a lovely dinner at home and brought me roses.  I did some work on my dad’s memorial sampler and started assembling my Tula Pink quilt – both were unfortunately fraught with issues (I should probably have waited to work on things until I was over my whatever it was mood).

Things did start to turn around a little bit last week and I felt a little better, took a day off work and even painted my nails gold (OPI Glitzerland, which is a dupe for Chanel Diwali that I was seriously coveting!).  I even had a few productive days at home doing some photo editing (I have a huge backlog) and getting some scanning done in our going paperless project at home.  And I got to have a fabulous dinner with a coworker and we tried out a new to me restaurant called Whiskey Cake (where we, in fact, ordered whiskey cake).  It was sooooo good!

So the month was not a total wash, and I’m hoping that I can begin to sort through what all was going on with me and get back to my happy place.  But, it’s better.  Oh, and a big big thank you to Eric for changing my little social media icons – I am much happier with them!!

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