Saturday, September 25, 2021

Rainbow sparkle cake!

This has been an amazing birthday week, and the icing on the cake (sorry, had to) was Emily surprising me with this rainbowlicious birthday cake today at Summer's pool party! The cake itself was SPARKLY.

Emily taking the first cut into her masterpiece.

Nailed it!

A five-layer rainbow cake, covered in sparkly bourbon buttercream, with rainbows and sprinkles. I love my life!

What a special birthday treat. I love you, Emily!

I just happened to be wearing a necklace that exactly matched my surprise birthday cake. What are the chances!?


I also had a nice celebration earlier in the week with my family. Mom and dad cooked up a taco bar dinner, and a delicious Texas sheet cake for dessert!


What a great week. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so magical!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Ohio Brew Week 2021

Happy Ohio Brew Week! I met up with Abby and Sarah for a Brew Week happy hour at Jackie O's. Yay!

It was hard to pick four beers to taste, but I made excellent choices. Lagercello, Flamestitch, Cross Stitch Rich, and Kind of Blue. Cheers!

After the happy hour, I headed over to the parking garage for the Top Deck Dinner. The weather was perfect!!

Such a lovely evening for a dinner on top of the parking garage!

We ran into Lauren Dikis! What a fun surprise!

The dinner was five delicious courses prepared by chef Andrew Wenmoth of Cutler's Restaurant. Each course paired with a delicious brew from Jackie O's Brewery

Course 1: Grilled shrimp + house andouille over 3hr shagbark grits. These grits were so amazing that during a moment of silence, dad hollered "THESE ARE THE BEST GRITS I'VE EVER HAD!" Paired with Chomolungma.

Course 2: Wedge salad with bacon, local chive, local tomato, Shagbark popcorn croutons + Snowville white cheddar dressing. Paired with Livelihood.


Course 3: Tuna poke bowl, avocado, fresh local sweet corn, local cucumbers, baja sauce. Paired with Tepache Perpetum.

Course 4: RL Valley hanger steak, chili corn sauce, chili crisp, squash. Paired with Mystic Mama.

Course 5: Smore's Napoleon with toasted almond and Jackie O's Stout caramel. Paired with Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition.

Happy Ohio Brew Week! Cheers!

LLOL. At the 2019 Top Deck Dinner, it was quite stormy so we ate one level below the top. Dad was being hilarious and pretended to be stranded on the curb as the rainwater gushed by...

...and tonight, he reenacted that moment. "Help! Help!"

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Davis, West Virginia

This week, Meredith and I drove from Athens to Davis, West Virginia! Her family has a little place down there and I went to stay with them for a week. We quarantined for two weeks leading up to the trip, and then rode in the same car together and I stayed in their house, unmasked! It felt REALLY WEIRD but really good.

We got there on Thursday. It was a beautiful day, and we went to the ski lift to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage!


Mer and Kate.

Look at those trees!

Whee! The ski lift was an excellent way to see the landscape.

We made soup and sandwiches for dinner.

And then we made a fire!

Let's all take photos of it!

Lucy being a good girl.

On Friday, we started the day off with a hike.

The forests are so different down there!

Look at all those mossy rocks!

Mer, Lucy and Kate!

That afternoon, we took another hike, to Bearden Rocks.

What a gorgeous day!

You almost feel like you're on the moon.

Two Kates and a Lucy.

For dinner, we had crockpot green chicken chili and salad. Yum!

On Saturday afternoon, we did more hiking! We went to Pendleton Point.

What a view!

Then we went to Blackwater Falls.

On the way home, we stopped by a cranberry bog. Pickings were slim, but we did get some berries!

Tacos for dinner!

On Sunday, Mer made an apple pie from apples that we picked in her yard!

And pulled pork sliders for dinner.

We put some of the cranberries we picked in the pie, too!

We did a lot of adventuring on Monday, my last full day there. We started off with Lindy Point.


Good enough view, or what?!

On the way to our next adventure, we pulled off at a scenic overlook. From there, you could see Pendleton Point, where we had gone on Saturday! Neat!

Our next stop was Elakala Trail.

It's a bit of a trek to get down to the falls, but we did it!

My shoe actually got wedged in a root on our walk down, and I had to untie it and take it off to get it out!!

Let's go!

That afternoon, Mer had an appointment so Pete took me on some more adventures. We went to a boardwalk in Canaan Valley!

Beaver Dams!

It was fun to see the valley from the bottom.

Next up, we visited Douglas Falls!

Hi, Pete!

Picking apples in the yard!

It's perfect!

On the last night of my trip, we found the JACKPOT cranberry bog! The others we saw on the trip were picked over, but this one was bountiful!

Look closely, they're in there!

We filled our bags! Cranberry picking was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

We got pizza from Sirianni's' Cafe for our last meal of the trip.

Sunrise on our last morning!

Kate's class was having a bike to school day. There she goes!

Before we hit the road to head back to Athens, Mer and I made one more visit to the cranberry bog. Can't stop, won't stop!

What a haul!

Gorgeous, beautiful berries.

Going to make lots of delicious things with these!

I had such a great visit to Davis! I finally understand why Mer, Pete and Kate love the Canaan Valley so much!