Saturday, July 31, 2010

her style

She always wishes she had a better wardrobe, and says she never has anything fun to wear. I continually remind her that she has tons of great dresses in our closet (so many there isn't any room for my stuff). Today she is off to a wedding without me (due to some miscommuncation when the rsvp was returned, which trust me, was not lost on her) and looks stunning in this dress. I wish I could be her date! Arghh!

Note the toes pointed toward each other. This is a trademark of hers. There are photos of her as a little girl standing the exact same way. I can't take it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

old stomping grounds

Last weekend we took a day trip to the place we used to call home. We hit up all of our favorite spots, including Amazing Grace for a delicious breakfast, our old campus where she couldn't stop taking pictures of the wildflowers, 3rd Street Bakery for an afternoon cookie (which was Holga-worthy to her), Burrito Union for an afternoon beer on the patio, Whole Foods Co-Op for just the smell apparently (my wife told me in the store that the smell of a whole foods store is one of her favorite in the world- how random and perfect), and Mexico Lindo for dinner on the patio overlooking the lake.

Mix in an obsessive search for old Martha magazines in a few antique shops to add in "the crazy" - A perfect day with my perfect wife.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

cheesecake to die for

My wife spent all evening on Thursday making cheesecake, two of them- a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and a Raspberry, for a wedding shower on Friday evening. She had some of cheesecake materials left over so she concocted makeshift cheesecakes in these jelly jars. I took the opportunity to snap a photo, and didn't take a photo of the actual cakes in the fridge because they were still in their baking tins and weren't as presentable. Well, I lucked out, as my wife took our camera to the wedding shower and snapped a photo of her cheesecakes on display herself! (and obviously doesn't know that I snatched the photos from the camera)

My mother-in-law said that her cakes were the talk of the party, which doesn't surprise me anymore. A coworker of mine who has long known of my wife's baking skills was very jealous when I told him it was a homemade cheesecake in the jar on my desk that he thought to seem peculiar. It was unbelievably good as usual. I don't have the recipe she used yet, but I'll try and edit this post to include it if I can dig it up.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I was wearing a turquoise t-shirt one morning last weekend that was plastered with the name of the conference I attended a few weeks prior and wound up with the free shirt. It caught my wife's attention and said "you need to wear more 'pretty' colors" like that, I might buy you one of those brightly colored shirts I've seen at Target."

Sure enough, today when I came home from work there was a cute gift bag and card sitting on the dining room table for me. What she wrote in the card made me smile of course (but I won't share that) and the bag contained a bright turquoise v-neck shirt.

What I love most about these gifts is not the gift itself, but how much thought she puts into the presentation. (Notice that the colors on the card match the colors of the shirt and gift bag- that wasn't a coincidence)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the crazy

I haven't posted at all about the crazy things my wife is capable of. This one stood out. This week she played tennis with her younger brother. She only plays a couple of times a year at the most with me, so she is by no means a hardcore tennis player. She told me when she came back from playing that some guys outside our apartment asked her what she was up to. She said, "playing tennis." They said, "are you sure about that?" She said, "yeah, pretty sure!?" They said well you were playing with a racquetball racquet then! She said, "oh my gosh I thought this racquet seemed weird!"

She even had the wrist rope around her wrist and everything. Her brother had even said on the court "are you playing with, like, a kids racquet or something?" She said, "no, I don't think so." She played the entire time thinking she was using a tennis racquet.

She is so crazy sometimes.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday morning scones

I've been telling my wife that I found a deli in the city called Allie's that makes the best scones I've ever had. They are so moist and flavorful in contrast to the dry and chalky scones I typically have eaten. So of course my wife's curiosity around making a good scone is piqued, and she attempted her first ever batch with Smitten Kitchen's recipe with blueberries instead of cranberries last night for this morning's light breakfast.

I told her they are the best scones I've ever had- after Allie's. I won't be surprised if she tries again soon to perfect her scone making abilities.

They were very good though all the same, so good I almost ate them all before remembering to snap a picture of the last half of the last one!

Friday, July 16, 2010

to Paris

Our time in Cairo was absolutely amazing. Our time in Paris and all of its shops and patisseries were a perfect match for my wife. She especially loved the macarons from Laduree (her favorite) and Gerard Mulot. I don't know if I've ever seen her more excited than to have her little bags of treats as we walked.

I've found some delectable macarons in the city at Cocoa & Fig to surprise her with after work. I was going to snap a photo of them to compare to the Paris variety, but the first thing she did before eating them was snap a photo herself! These are the best macarons she's tasted stateside so far.

I'm sure she'll keep taste testing. She loves treats.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

from Cairo

My wife and I took a trip to Cairo and Paris last month. A wonderful trip to say the least. I always wish I would journal while we travel but I never do. Thankfully my wife diligently records her thoughts and emotions during our adventures, and through her words I'm able to relive parts of our trip that I forget about years down the road.

I love this photo I took of her writing in her journal from our apartment balcony with the pyramids and the city as inspiration.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Punch Pizza

We saw a concert in the city last night, and we decided to make a day of it by eating lunch at one of our favorite pizza places in this great nation. Yes, we just ate our favorite local pizza the day before, but this was too good to pass up since we only get to eat Punch Neapolitan Pizza on rare occasions. My wife can never get over how good their wood-fire baked pizza is.

Afterward we walked around the area, braving the heat and humidity, only to return to a $42 parking ticket. We forgot to plug the meter! Unbelievable! We said that was still the best $62 (food + ticket) pizza we had ever had.

I just couldn't get over how dang cute my wife's dress was the entire time...

Friday, July 9, 2010

drinking on campus again

My wife had the idea to have our favorite pizza in town delivered, and eat it in the park on the university campus just a few blocks away. She asked me to grab a bottle of cheap white wine after work also. There wasn't much selection so I grabbed the ol' standby Sutter Home White Zin.

We lucked out, as the "Municipal Band" (I didn't know existed) was playing in the park, and provided us with enjoyable background music on this absolutely gorgeous afternoon. I wondered if all of the 70-somethings in their lawn chairs would sound the alarm over our bottle of wine, but we stayed a safe distance away. An unpredictable bunch, you never know what they'll do if startled...

Anyway, of course my wife added pots de creme to our meal as a desert. It was unbelievably good of course, and it came from this recipe at culinate. She made it in her little ceramic pots that she saved from the yogurt we ate in Paris. (Which she saw in advance on stephmodo)

What a perfect evening.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

tart tuesday

And so begins {tart tuesday} with a Zucchini and Ricotta Galette from Smitten Kitchen's recipe. This is one of my wife's best ideas yet. I never loved Tuesdays that much, but now it might be my favorite weekday. Oh yeah, and this particular galette was scrumptious.

This was followed up by homemade Brown Sugar Ice Cream from The Kitchen Sink's recipe. Mmmm. Rich! My wife loved the name, "Brown Sugar Ice Cream."

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th homemade s'mores

In preparation for the 4th of July party at my wife's parents' house, she of course went above and beyond and made homemade marshmallows and graham crackers for everyone to enjoy around the fire. It required me to go on a late-night vanilla extract run at Target, but it was well worth the effort. These delicate marshmallows and crunchy crackers tasted delicious combined with Nutella spread and dark chocolate squares. The fireside party patrons had never tasted s'mores this good.

Friday, July 2, 2010

email invite

So my wife sends an email today with this snippet:

"we are going to have {tart tuesdays} for the rest of the summer. i am finding so many tart/galette recipes popping up on the 'net. we must put them to good use with farm fresh produce. so {tart tuesday} will begin 7.6.10. come hungry."

She knows how much I love tarts/galettes/quiches. I so cannot wait for Tuesdays now.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Not "crafts" but "creations"

My wife decided to sew a throw pillow one day. Quite impressive, but delicate. I'm not allowed to even think about using it for an actual pillow. Sometimes I forget!

I remember her getting the idea for this pillow on a blog somewhere, but I don't remember which one. If anyone does, let me know!