Monday, July 21, 2014

#31: Banana Cake


I wasn't really thinking about the wedding diet I should be doing when I put all the delicious and fattening items on my 92 Days of Summer list. However, this one is well worth it...and maybe even a potential for a wedding dessert! The process was easy and I actually halved my recipe so I could use my mini bundt cake pans.

What you need:
for the cake
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 stick better, softened
1 egg
2 very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

for the icing
1/2 stick butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
splash of milk

What you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease your pan with butter, then sprinkle with flour. Shake the pan until it's evenly coated.
2. In a mixing bowl, place butter, sugar, yogurt and the egg. Beat until creamy. Note, this mixture is very runny, but that's the way it's supposed to be!
3. Mash the bananas into the mixture. Add the vanilla and blend. The mixture will be a little lumpy.
4. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix on medium. Spread the batter in the pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on what you bake, you may only need 20 minutes, so keep an eye on these babies.
5. Start the icing when you remove the cake from the oven. Melt the butter on medium heat until it starts to barely boil. Take away from the heat and add the powdered sugar, vanilla and splash of milk (only if you want it a little runnier). I waited about 30 seconds for the mixture to thicken, then poured over the cakes. Note, this made waaay too much icing for my needs, but I wanted more of a glaze than a full-on icing.
6. Serve warm or chill and eat later. Either way, it's yummy!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

#33: Eat Candy


Sometimes you just need to eat candy for lunch. And for the following week.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Backyard Get-Together

#65: sidewalk chalk 

It was the perfect reason to get together: Tara's 35th Birthday! We gathered up 20 friends who each brought a dish, including bacon ranch dip to chocolate chess pie (which will be at our wedding!), olive tapenade, spinach and artichoke dip, kale & Brussels sprouts salad and so much more. We even managed to start a fire (in our fire pit #50) with our soaked wood, which probably also smoked out our neighbors.

Of course I was feverishly shopping for some cheap patio furniture and since all of it is mostly gone for the season, we made due with a few folding tables and chairs. However, I'm already plotting what this backyard living room will look like this time next year...and it's amazing.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#85: Bastille Day


Bastille Days in Ghent, a first-time event was held last week on Colley Avenue in front of Blair Middle School. I had the privilege to be in the know about this event from the beginning because I was asked to design the posters!

Like any inaugural affair, there were some aspects that had to either be nixed or downsized, but in less than a few months this event was pulled together and a great success. I was so excited that my design was very well received and found its way all over Ghent. The Harbor Gallery is selling 12x18 versions, framed and unframed. The Alliance Francaise Norfolk was selling t-shirts and it made it's way into the "Passport" that attendees used to discover all the events and specials.

The two-day event included Can Can Dancers, wine & cheese tastings, French story hour, tricycle Tour de Ghent, waiter races, French themed movies at The Naro, antique markets, fresh flowers, a guillotine photo booth, music and so much more!


Community paint project. There were two easels set up with blank canvases that anyone walking by could paint on. Here, someone started an Eiffel Tower and these girls were adding their artistic touch. This is a great idea for an art pop up or a feature at an art show.


We tried the all natural crepe with brown sugar and butter...delicious. Monique's Crepes is a Richmond-based food truck and has lots of events on their upcoming schedule.


Bastille Days t-shirts! 


Table Seven's adorable setup! They had lots of French inspired gifts, books and candy, I loved the Eiffel Tower suckers. Hopefully next year, the market can include more vendors with an even more eclectic collection of French-inspired vendors and booths.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

#72: Celebrate Anniversary


Six years with this guy! And in less than six months we'll be married! We celebrated with lots of friends, lots of delicious beers and food, and a little love note scavenger hunt (#48)! Here's to 66 more fantastic years!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#64: Update Etsy Site

It's been a very long time coming, but I'm happy to say the Fairview Place shop is updated! While I am constantly working on new ways to take product shots, and creating new products in general, I think this is a good start. I have yet to add flower crowns and the garland, but hopefully that'll be live by the end of the month. To celebrate all the hard work, if you enter 92DAYS at checkout, you'll receive 20% off your order until the end of Summer. Good on custom orders too!





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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekend Fun


Another weekend come and gone, and this was the last three-day weekend until the Summer is over. We definitely made the most of it with great friends, delicious food and lots of laughs. Thursday night we started with a Chesapeake Bay view and Scattergories.

#63: Play a Board Game
After our Summer Hurricane Arthur cleared up on Friday, we celebrated Independence Day with fresh clams and lobsters from Maine. Our friends Kristi and Carr are pros at dismembering these little guys, so we had a quick lesson and got to eating.


#28: Freebie: Eat Lobsters


Saturday morning we got the fun started early with a Bloody Mary Bar. Thanks to Harris Teeter, we grabbed a variety of appetizing additions for our beverages, which included: Zing Zang (the base), celery, feta cheese, pickles, jalapenos, garlic-stuffed olives, artichokes, Old Bay seasoning and hot sauce. I have to say, nothing beats sitting by a pool with a cold Bloody Mary and having not a care in the world!

#46: Blood Mary Bar




#62: Blow Bubbles

Here's Miss Sienna testing out the new bubble machine, which was a crowd pleaser. Turns out, kids can't resist trying to pop 500 bubbles floating in the air. For as much as we did the past four days, it was so nice to retreat to The Martin Resort (as we lovingly called it all weekend) and veg out with no plans other than to enjoy ourselves.

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