Thursday, April 15, 2010
Spring Has Sprung... So Lets Eat Hot Dogs...
Above is a row of trees with bright white blossoms that I saw on one of my walks. Below is the tree in front of our house that is just bursting with pretty pink petals.
Another joy of Spring is the opening of Rita's! If you have not had Rita's Italian Ice, you simply have not lived. The cost of the airfare is more than worth the trip to come visit us and partake in this delicious treat. You think I'm kidding...but I'm not.
Many of you know that we have become close friends with the Dice family (our former neighbors). Last year, you may remember, they made me a California shaped cake for my birthday. We decided to carry on the tradition by making a dice shaped cake for Kristen & Hanna's birthdays. Made from fresh strawberries and minimal butter, this cake comes out of the oven smelling sweet and colored a pretty pink. The frosting is a light cream cheese concoction. Yummy! The design of the cake was not as artful as the Dice's California, but it was still fun to create.
He is risen! We celebrated Easter by having a small group of friends who also do not have family nearby over for a potluck. Many of you know that I am not a fan of crowds, parties, or too much socialization in general, so this gathering will mark our last for a little while. I was so flustered I managed to burn my spinach and artichoke pasta and forget to make deviled eggs which I threw together at the last minute. Not my proudest party-hosting moment. Nevertheless, it was a great joy to be able to share Easter with friends and believers.
Hot Diggity Dog for their Hot Dog Challenge - 6 hot dogs, chili, cheese, your choice of sauerkraut, coleslaw, or baked beans all served on a giant sandwich roll, which, if eaten within 10 minutes, you are rewarded with a free T-Shirt. A large group of guys (and a couple of us horrified wives) showed up to cheer on the challengers. The guys stuffed their faces as quickly as they could but at the end of the 10-minutes, only one of them earned a nice new addition to their wardrobe. Ron was only off by about 10 seconds.