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Mom’s Birthday Brunch

What better way to celebrate mom's birthday than a delicious brunch. I think we can all agree the breakfast is the best meal you could ever eat so I did it up big for mom's bday. Here's the stats:Homemade Coffee CakeCarmel Rolls from scratchEgg BakeFruitDelicious Bacon from Everett'sAnd Scoops Famous Potatoes Have you ever made coffee cake from scratch? This was my first, and I realize that there is no other way to have a coffee cake unless you bake it yourself. So GOOD! I followed this recipe on epicurious and ended up with the most delicious coffee cake ever. My son now thinks he should have "Cake" for breakfast every day of the week.These things looked pretty awesome but only turned out OKAY. Not enough carmel!!!, I mean what's the point? Seriously? My mom is one of the lucky ones who get's to enjoy peony's at every birthday. My new yard came equiped with one large peony bush that only wanted to make one small flower. These beauties came straight from the grocery store... Insert sad face here.And as promised, a fancy knit dishcloth. I followed this pattern from this very thorough and indepth dish-cloth-pattern site. So there you have it... mom's birthday in a nut shell. Get the Scoop [...]
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Happy Birthday Dad (aka Grrr-ampa)

It is well known rule of thumb that it never snows after my dad's birthday. I think this year we can safely say that will happen, so onward spring. To celebrate the big day I decided to whip this delicious chocolate (since cakes are my specialty and all, plus I love birthdays.) Like all good recipes, I found it here over at my favorite recipe gettin' place, I will forewarn you though that the frosting is pretty rich, but oh so deelisseoso, (that's how we say delicious at our house.)Woah Man, check out these layers, it's like entering the 5th dimension of Narnia (but not really like that).Like all good dads your birthday buffet should consist of chocolate cake, record presents, and gin & tonics. This is exactly what I would want if I was a dad.During the house packing, in a fit of unconscious tossing , I decided to part with all of the random scraps of wrapping paper I had around, thus when I want to wrap something now I must get creative. For this special present I use the city pages and I whip up a handmade bow. If any of you ever find yourselves in this situation check out for tips on making the perfect magazine cover bow. Get the Scoop [...]
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2009 Holiday Wrap-Up.

Alright, here it is, the entire month of December wrapped up in one tidy blog post. Let's start at the very beginning, FRIEND FEAST 09'. Believe it or not, Friend Feast starts with planning in late October, it's all a balancing act, who's sitting where?, what friend is bringing what meal?, do we have too many potatoes? Answer: Never. Truth: I DID IT.Jeff was a hero with helping me transform the living room into our feasting lair, but with much rearrangement and a few beers we accomplished a very hard task.Multiple vantage points.I talked a lot about this Turkey in previous blog posts. If you are unfamiliar I have never roasted a bird before Thanksgiving 09'. My first Turkey was delicious so I try to do the impossible and recreate it on a much bigger scale for FF.Hell Yeah! Success.Matt and Friends put together the rest of the meal. Seen here, Matt's amazing Friend Feast baked brie. He also makes, gravy, potatoes, way too many mushrooms, and of course, the main event, beef tenderloin grilled to perfection.My plate, filled to the brim.Party people!The party raged on and on like usual, with multiple liquor store trips and crazy horseradish vodka drink concoctions. This is what I awoke to int he AM.Onward, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Finn sits for a split second. I snap a photo in front of our tree.All of the presents wrapped up. I LOVE/HATE wrapping presents. I love making them beautiful, I hate wrapping for hours. Notice the handmade tags, looking good.Christmas Day snowstorm 09'. We introduce Finn to wet chunky Get the Scoop [...]
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Flickr Find from howaboutorange

Nicole and friends, don’t you love this? I do. Nicole, I think you should consider it for your little ladies first b-day partay. Everyone else, this would be great for a bridal or baby shower OR it would even be cool as permanent decor. If I ever get to have a girl baby lady, I might make these for her nursery.

Martha Stewart breaks it down here.

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Flannel Fest 09′

This is the part of the blog where the mom's drink the beers. Last Saturday after bar close we had an impromptu flannel fest party which involved listening to every Nirvana record ever, wearing flannel and eating beef stew, just like every good grunge god did in the early 90's. There was also lots of air guitar, air bass and air drums that happened at this party Get the Scoop [...]
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