Posts Tagged ‘friday’

Can you believe this guy? How cute is he?!? I found this pint-sized, yellow colander at the Seasonal Cook today. At $19.95 it was a sweet little splurge, but I figure it’s a tool that will not just be handy in the kitchen (it’s just the right size for straining a can of beans), but it will also be a piece that will look great on the table. Double-duty, I couldn’t resist! And, it will go perfectly with my everyday plates and my vintage, coca-cola crate.

Whoever said retail therapy doesn’t work is very, very wrong. I’m not exactly sure which ailment I’m treating with this colander, but I can tell you it sure is working! This little guy just makes me smile. Happy Friday, everyone!


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Wait… what’s going on? I don’t bake. Must be something big, something really special…. the DODSON’S are coming!!!

In their honor I baked some chocolate chip cookies (the good ol’ Nestle Toll House recipe never fails) and, boy, are they delicious.

You can probably expect some fun picture uploads on Monday, especially since I recently took a photography class. This past Sunday, I spent the afternoon with Jen Fariello and Robert Radifera and some other eager learners in a 3 hour class called “Take Better Pictures”— go figure. They went over the super, super basics— words I’d always heard but never knew what they meant like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. It was exactly what I needed. Now that I know a little more, I feel like I will be able to get much more use out of my camera and use it for years to come, rather than get frustrated with it, forget about it and eventually buy a new camera (which is what has happened with every other camera I’ve ever owned).

After going over the basics, we spent a good portion of the class taking pictures. Some lovely couple was nice enough to lend their beautiful children to be our models. Some of the pics I took were bad. Really bad.

But then I got a little better.

And a little better.

And then I got some pretty good ones.

Looking forward to putting my skills to good use and showin’ ’em off on my blog! Have a good weekend!

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I thought I’d post an update on the DMB National’s Park show and share a few pictures I took. As you can tell by the title of my post, it was freakin’ hot! Friday night’s experience will definitely make me think harder the next time I am thinking about doing an activity with 50,000 other people in 100 degree heat. Here’s a shot of the stands… very toasty.

Overall, though, it was an amazing show, as usual. This was the first show I’d seen in a stadium (as opposed to an amphitheater or arena) and it really makes Filament’s work stand out. From what I can tell, all the guys that work on putting the set together are amazingly talented. The way the lighting and video is designed and run takes the concert from being just any concert to a completely unique and unforgettable experience.

Also… while I was uploading the pictures for this post, I found a few more pics from the past few weeks that I thought would be fun to post.

Random Market Basket

E&A and Rachel at Enoteca after my show on 7-17. Making this post look even more like one big advertisement for Coran Capshaw enterprises.

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Family Friday

It’s Friday! And that calls for some lighthearted blogging material to make everyone feel all happy inside for the weekend. I really wanted to share this video that Ryan’s cousin Katie laboriously put together for our rehearsal dinner slideshow. It is really too cute. And has some forgotten-about pictures of both of our childhoods. I even think my mom and Peggy look kind of similar in some of the shots when Ry and I were babies… maybe just a little?

Click here to view the video on the Vimeo web site.

Later tonight, Ryan and I will head to DC to spend time with Ryan’s work family (DMB) and his real family (John and Peggy). It should be a good show. According to my stylist-extraordinaire and DC resident, Rachel, the whole town is buzzing with talk of Dave’s show tonight. Should be awesome.

Also, check out Rachel’s food blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir, that she just started up. Our family has officially caught blogging-fever… about 8 years after the rest of the world! Way to be on top of things Gerrards!

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On Friday night, we invited our friends, Ethan and Allison, over for a crazy night of… pasta making. As you can see by Alli posing with the pasta above, it was a huge success! I have to say, before Alli arrived and saved me in the kitchen (Alli also comes from a crazy Italian family), I thought my pasta making venture was going to be an epic fail, but with a little bit of teamwork we ended up having a really awesome homemade pasta dinner (with sauce of your choice… pesto or alfredo). We used the pasta making attachment for our Kitchen Aid Mixer and it was so easy… no hand cranking, just press a button.

Sheets of pasta before they went thru the cutter.

I really wish I’d taken pictures of some of our other dishes that night because we really had quite a feast. Basil hummus, sausage stuffed mushrooms, rose sangria and Alli’s lavender and lemon cookies for dessert… it was pretty tasty. Ethan and Allison have been great friends to us, but they are especially great friends to cook with, laugh with, eat with and talk for hours. Cheers to many more nights like Friday!

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Friday Flowers

After last night’s ravaging storm, everyone here in Cville could use a little sunshine, including me! Thanks to my sweet husband I now have gorgeous Friday Flowers to look at. Happy Friday!

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