Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Mom and Dad had us over for Edward's Burgers tonight for Memorial Day!

That's a lot of burgers!

Mer made a salad, and I made tortellini salad.


Kate was rocking some fake glasses!

Mom made a Smitten Kitchen strawberry cake with freshly picked strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

It was the strawberriest!! Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day Party Cooking Club

Since all the cooking club ladies were planning to go to Valerie's annual Memorial Day potluck party, and it was Valerie's month to host, we all made dishes for the party and declared it cooking club! Valerie made an amazing caramelized pineapple and avocado salad with blackberries.

Emily made asparagus flatbread.

Summer made black pepper parmesan biscotti.

Nancy made strawberry rhubarb bars.

I made lil' sweet potato and black bean burritos and can I just say, I made a GIANT additional tray of these for the rest of the party and they were freaking inhaled!!! Like I brought them to the party table, set them down, and ten minutes later POOF they were gone! I guess people like them!

Yumi made two versions of sushi: the first a version that Koreans caall kimbop, the second a Japanese version called inari.

All the dishes were DELICIOUS and it was so fun to enjoy them at the super fun party! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Earlier today, Emma and Felix were sitting on the same couch together. This has just begun happening recently, and it is a major development!

And then tonight, Emma was sitting on the couch and Felix got right up next to her!! It lasted for almost five full minutes! MILESTONE.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

We had my family over for salmon kebabs for Mother's Day. Dad and Ben showed up wearing the same outfit and it made my day!!! Accidental twins!

Dad schooled me on how to properly cook a large number of kebabs.

Triple Berry Summer Bundt Cake for dessert!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Vana's Bachelorette Party at The Merlot Cabin

After the hike, we headed to this great Hocking Hills cabin called The Merlot.


Kayla and I prepared a feast!

Kayla made her famous kale hummus boats!

I made a giant salad (the only size I know how to make) with strawberries, radishes, avocado, and sunflower seeds.

Kale hummus boats!

Amber found morels earlier that day and was so generous to share them with us! YUMMM!

I made two lasagnas. Butternut squash with spinach:

And sausage with mushroom:

Garlic bread!

Wiener cookies! A bachelorette party prerequisite.


Riley made these tea-baggin' naked men party favors, and Vana had to eat her dinner surrounded by them. Bachelorette!


Presents! Vana got lots of cute nighties!

The Merlot Cabin has a pool table! So after dinner we played some pool.


Bachelorette! Haha.

Go, Vana!

Heather is GOOD at pool.

Dance party!

Cards Against Humanity.

We all stayed up too late, and then woke up to a delicious bagel spread for breakfast the next morning.

Vana and Riley have matching makeup bags! TWINS!

Bye-bye, Merlot Cabin! Happy bacheloretteness, Vana!

Bachelorette Hike at Old Man's Cave

After the bridal shower, we switched into Bachelorette mode! Our first activity was a hike at Old Man's Cave. It was a GORGEOUS day!


Marseille, Vana, Riley and Lisa.

I couldn't stop taking pictures because EVERYTHING was BEAUTIFUL.


Group photo at Old Man's Cave!