Sunday, April 29, 2007

Low Tree Limbs Ahead

This is back from our trip to see the cherry blossoms. I kept trying to tell Deirdre to be careful, but she just insisted on running on ahead...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bridget's haircut

This gives you an idea of the new haircut!!

quince blossoms

The branches Habou picked for us on Easter have bloomed. I didn't expect them to be white!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Roman Holiday

Easter Food

For Lorraine's Poping, Rosie made a beautiful and delicious trifle (much to my excitement). The dish featured
- cake
- orange liqueur
- blackberry syrup (of her creation)
- candied almonds
- whipped cream
- custard
- strawberries
- black berries

It was to die for.

My contributions: apricot bites with a chevre goat cheese mixture and pecans

And crackers with smoked gouda, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes. (Well, I did other things too... like Lorraine's hair. But that's unrelated.)

(Most of) The full spread: note Rosie's eggplant spread, pita toasts, and fruit salad. The spinach dip was still heating up at this point.

There's a glimpse of my dark chocolate cheesecake.

For Easter Sunday itself: Ba'lawa and eggplant/pepper/feta/basil salad. We had many other delicious things at the Minsons (thank you Minsons! :) )

C'mon boys, don't tell me you don't actually enjoy seeing pictures of good food.

We're Not Tourists, Really -- We Live Here

Heading out to see the Cherry Blossoms, we were in a fairly good mood. Rosie graced our 5 minute ride with some singing.

Then we got to the Tidal Basin, and found out that the trees were a little... bare.

Well ok, they weren't that bad. That, in fact, is not a cherry tree. It's just pretty.

As you can see, there was still some beautiful foliage.

But overall, the trees had a light, feathery, lacy, post-high winds presence. The Cherry Blossom Festival website had termed them "past-peak."

After taking this picture, Rosie and I looked at it on the teeny screen on the camera and said, "ooh, that's a nice one." Then I loaded it onto the computer and said, "ooh. We're a bit drawn-looking, huh?" Well, it was Good Friday. We'd also been preetty short on sleep. We'll cut ourselves some slack here.

You know Rosie... I just couldn't stop her from climbing all over the monuments. She really is embarrassing sometimes. We all know how much I hate people who make a spectacle of themselves in public.

That's more like it.

We received a warning about treating the trees properly. Naturally, we took this warning very seriously. In fact, Rosie took it so seriously that she felt we really ought to have a photo to remember it. Now, when we go back next year, we'll know in advance how to treat the trees. Who wouldn't want to take advice about tree care from a beaver?

As much fun as we had at the Jefferson Memorial, I have to say... there were some slippery conditions. We really should have had proper warning.

Like I said, I hate it when people make spectacles of themselves.

And evening fell before we got back to the car. Time to get back home for some more cooking/baking/Easter prep.