Sometimes you just need a fun weekend with friends. And that’s exactly what this weekend was. It was busy but filled with lots of great things:
-Enjoying the beautiful weather on our patio. I’m super spoiled to have such a great view.
-A super fun housewarming party for my friends Hannah and Brando who just moved in together. It was a great get together of awesome friends, plus Hannah even put together a homemade ice cream bar with freshly baked brownies, cookies and caramel corn.
-The sunny weather inspiring me to plant some plants on our patio! I am totally the opposite of a “green thumb” so fingers crossed they all survive!
-Getting our new double ovens! The installation was a tad bit intense however as Brice was determined to install it himself.
It was a slightly tumultuous Friday evening trying to get the oven to fit in the built-in cabinet. At one point, it involved some Cirque du Soleil maneuvering on my part to climb over and behind the oven into the little cubby-hole and use a power saw to make more room in the back for the electrical cord. But after almost 9 hours of time spent on it (truly), we did it. Well, more Brice than me, I have to admit. But nonetheless we now have two ovens!
I made some delicious peanut butter banana bread first thing Sunday morning to celebrate. It was delicious and perfectly baked. No burnt edges with uncooked centers like my previous oven produced. I cannot wait to bake with it more. Plus with two ovens, there will be double the treats!
-Dinner with some wonderful friends, Katy and Lauren at Teote: post coming soon!
-Saturday morning with a ton of delicious treats and blogger friends, two of my favorite things! Jane of In The Pink and Green and Rachel of Love, Rachel hosted a super fun “Blogger Beauty Brunch.” About ten Portland bloggers were there to mingle, drink mimosas, and even enjoy a manicure bar. It was such a fun way to start the day.
I have loved getting to know other bloggers. It has been one of the best things about starting this blog. The community is fantastic for advice, suggestions and inspiration. Plus bloggers are just awesome people.
And obviously we also know how to eat well. Look at this spread! Seriously, I had to keep telling myself to not eat everything although I really, really wanted to.
Little T Baker and Pearl Bakery super generously donated these amazing pastries. I love both of those bakeries so I was beyond thrilled to enjoy their baked goods. I especially loved all of the rhubarb treats and of course the date granola bar from Little T.
Another blogger, Meredith of Martha Chartreuse made this incredible savory egg sausage croissant casserole. It was fabulous and a perfect complement to all of the sweets. She has posted the recipe onto her blog so give it a look!
This really cool vintage rental company, Something Borrowed, donated some beautiful tea cups and plateware. If you’re needing things for a party or event, check them out. Their inventory is so much more fun than just plain white plates. Basically, with any of their stuff, you could turn your event into a Pinterest board.
Kelsey of Ladies in Navy took some really gorgeous photos of the event. My favorite is probably this one of Rachel’s adorable cat, Winston. I more or less hate all cats, but I can’t get enough of Winston. She is a precious, tiny fluffball.
The other ladies who joined us that morning were: Bee of The Spicy Bee which has a ton of delicious recipes, Chloe who just started The Paper Airplane about traveling, backpacking/hiking and fun Portland activities, and Brooke of Chocolate & Marrow, which is a food blog with insanely incredible photos.
All and all, it was such a wonderful, fun-filled weekend.
Have a great workweek!