april miscellany

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

springy sidewalk  || typical wednesday night || pizza night || stripes+jewels || killing time || warming, feet & souls || easter masterpiece || halfway point || the first of many || undeniably Spring


a weekend post

Monday, April 28, 2014

because relaxing and wonderful weekends should be documented --

a beautiful saturday working in the yard and on the herb garden & a cool blue-skyed sunday on the boat, her first outing this year.  

also great weekend things: beer brats on the grill, freshly mowed grass, pitchers of iced tea, and that first awkward yet refreshing sunburn of the year.

spring, you sure are rising to the occasion -- truly a wonderful season.


bake it: fresh carrot cake {a recipe}

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ok, about this cake - ohgoodness.  I love carrot cake, dare I say it is my favorite dessert?  So when I saw a recipe proclaiming to be, "the best carrot cake ever" I had to try it.  Yes, it was a must.  And seeing as Easter is a great excuse to eat cake{but really, when is it not a good time to eat cake!?} I decided to bake this carrot cake for my family. 

This entire cake-baking-frosting process is a bit of a labor of love, but if you like to bake and have the time pleasepleaseplease make this cake.  It definitely lives up to "the best carrot cake ever" name -- and trust me I've had my fare share of carrot cakes.  

I bought a big pretty cake-carrying case and toted this beauty all the way from Virginia to NC for Easter weekend.  Showing off my creamcheesy creation and politely offering[making] everyone try at least one piece?  

My family, never one to turn down a sweet treat & familiar with my bossy shenanigans, all had the same reaction -- this really is the best carrot cake ever!

I take zero credit for the cake really, I just followed this amazing recipe and this layered cake tutorial.  Devoting an entire day of my spring break to this cake, I must say, was well worth it.  

And as of last night, the cake is officially gone!  Happy about this only because I have a bridesmaid dress to fit in and a bathing suit to shop for.   blarg.  

But seriously!? so so good.


Recipe & tutorial found here!  

at the zoo

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

from last week-

a chilly afternoon with zebras, giraffes, and the cutest little red head around -- the perfect way to spend a wednesday on your spring break, if you ask me


easter snapshots

Monday, April 21, 2014

a beautiful easter indeed.

and the carrot cake coma continues...


backyard in spring

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring-- I love you.

And that fluffy Corgi butt, I love that too.