Sunday, September 13, 2009

A 1st Birthday, Outrageously Tasty Ice Cream Cake and Sweet Party Favors

Our little man turned one early last week and we celebrated the big day last Sunday at our house. My parents were in town, a bunch of our good friends were over, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Originally, I was going to bake a cake or brownies for the party. But we recently discovered the Frozen Dairy Bar here in Falls Church, and they have the most unbelievably rich and creamy frozen custard. When I was there a couple of weeks ago, I saw a sign advertising cakes and couldn't resist getting one for Cashy's birthday.

We were not disappointed. We got the large (see photo above, $35), and it was more than enough for the 12 adults at our party. They make your cake the morning of the day you pick it up -- and you could tell. There is chocolate custard on the bottom, crushed Oreos in the middle, vanilla custard on top and then frosting. The cake decorating was okay, but the taste and texture more than made up for it. Cashy loved it and, of course, got it all over his face and most of the rest of his body. It was super cute.

My Mom, Rose -- Crafting Queen -- made the sweet party favors (above). She dreamed them up and created them within about a day after we decided we were going to have the party. She's so crazy. In addition to being a self-taught crafter (she's also an excellent scrapbooker and makes bouquets, boutonnieres and wreaths, among other things) she is an insanely good gardener, a great cook and has an eye for interior design and fashion. I will show you more of her handiwork in future posts.

Speaking of cooking, I made baked rigatoni for the party and it turned out REALLY well (if I do say so myself). Most importantly, Cashy loved it. He's definitely part Italian :) The recipe, which I'll include it in a future post, is based on my Mom's. But I still need to write it down. (I'm finding that I'm more like my grandma and mom than I ever thought -- so many recipes are in my head and I just "eyeball" the ingredients.)

Thanks to our families and friends for making last Sunday a lovely and memorable day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This Saturday: Arts on Foot, FSt | Arts

Now that Labor Day has passed, the fall event season is in full gear. There is so much going on this weekend. One of the most enticing events is Arts on Foot in Penn Quarter at 7th and F Streets, NW. The Art Market is today and tomorrow from 11 to 7 and Saturday from 11 to 5. And the full (and free) festival is on Saturday from 11 to 5 and includes food and wine samplings, entertainment and stuff for kids.

In conjunction with AOF, the folks at FSt | Arts are hosting an open studio on Saturday from 11 to 5 (923 F Street, NW). In particular, artist Mimi Masse will be showcasing her work in Studio 301, along with guest artist Mia Lavorata.



Lavorata, a painter, glass artist and graphic designer (among other things), is the proprietor of the Etsy shop NineteenO'three -- "the shop for the steampunk and Edwardian traveler." The Rockville, MD-based crafter refurbishes and repurposes vintage train cases and other items into beautiful, fanciful storage pieces that you can use at home (in the bedroom or powder room, for example) or, of course, while traveling. Above is a detail of her Gibson Girl Train Case (I love the edge of the mirror).

DC-based Masse, a sculptor, jewelry artist and graphic designer (among other things), creates bold pieces made of -- and inspired by -- natural materials. Her Bowl Ring (wood and metal), below, is even more stunning in person. And while this is a piece you may want to keep on display only, it's surprisingly comfortable to wear. And how nice would it be to have a portable piece of artistry to admire every time you look down at your hand?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Twig Pick: Anthro's Forest Canopy Bed

I am trying hard not to let this blog become all about Anthropologie -- there are plenty of those already! -- but I am going absolutely NUTTY over this beautiful bed and feel the need to talk about it. I was never really into fairytales or fantasy, even as a kid. But I can just imagine that lying in this bed every day would make you feel like you're living in some sort of Sleeping Beauty or Tolkien-inspired woodland, which is suddenly really appealing to me. At $5,298 for the queen size, it's a bit out of my price range. But it doesn't cost anything to daydream about it.