8 Lovely Things This Week (2.14.14)

lovelythingsthisweek 768x1024 8 Lovely Things This Week (2.14.14)(1) Hosting the long-awaited hot air balloon baby shower for my darling friend and mama-to-be,   My darling friend Angela is expecting her baby girl next month, and this Pink and Gold affair complete with DIY hot air balloons provided the proper entryway for her sweet baby’s arrival.balloonbabyshower15 1024x680 8 Lovely Things This Week (2.14.14)(2) Valentine’s (burlesque) brunch with the girls,   My meticulously perfect friend Rachel hosted an all-girls Valentine’s event at SAX in Washington, DC, complete with a gold, embellished tablescape decorated with metalliic confetti hearts, love-day gifts for each of the ladies (including heart sunglasses), and a love poem exchange.  Each girl brought her favorite love poem, we drew names from a red, heart-shaped box (with each name divinely scripted in calligraphy by Rach), and we exchanged the love manifestos with one other.  I gave this one.lovely-things-2.14.14(3) 2 Voltaggio restaurants in 1 week: Volt, Table 21 for our friend Brian’s birthday and Family Meal for brother-in-law’s birthday.   Have you ever tried beef salsify roasted over embers?  What about clam celtuce with pickled garlic? The experience at Volt’s Table 21 was existential, although the dining adventure for me was reminescent of a marriage between Andrew Zimmerman (eating strange things) and Man versus Food (300 grams of fat in 1 sitting? Nooooo problem.)  If “indulgence” had a taste, it would be a Volt dish and probably their rendition of “guajillo radiatore crispy pork butt with cojita cheese”.volt1volt2 (4) My Valentine’s TV segment on Fox5: What fun this morning was– I was spouting with energy and excitement at the thought of doing this segment and my sweet husband came along to cheer me on and assist with setting everything up. Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 4.18.18 PM (2) (5) Snow Day at home with Judah and precious moments: his wild peacock hair in the morning, Judah:  “Bear is so cute, he loves Judah and wants to hold Mommy’s hand” (placing bear’s paw in mine), Judah:  “Mommy, I’m trying to grow it” (talking about making my tripod taller), Judah:  “Let’s take a ride!” (on my rolling stool),judah2.12.14(6) These flowers (photographed at En Masse in downtown Frederick): Sharon–the owner of En Masse–has graciously agreed to do a podcast for Fat Vegan Baby to debut in March featuring a flower arranging lesson.  Her flower shop has a European flair with the most unique selection and innovative arrangements (En Masse does the rotating arrangements for Volt as well); I’ve had a crush on it since I moved to downtown Frederick 2 years ago,enmasse1(7) Veggie spring roll assembly line:   What’s better on a snow day than making a dozen Vietnamese veggie spring rolls?  The combination of cilantro, shitakis, and my peanut sauce/Sriracha blend is perfection.spring-rolls(8) Authentic sushi for Valentine’s dinner with my Big Love & Valentine’s gift exchange.   A well-travelled friend gave me a great tip for authentic-Japanese-style sushi nearby, so we are heading over for Valentine’s dinner (they don’t accept reservations) to order a batalion of the freshest fish in Maryland.  I gave my husband and son their I Love You Because cards, and my mother-in-law gifted me these divine tea-cups for Valentine’s Day this year–for sure to be featured in my next event!  tea-cups-and-chocolates   Sending you love this Valentine’s Day! xx

Facebook Share|Tweet Post|Pin Post|Email Post|Link Post
February 14, 2014 - 4:14 am

Mindy Morris - Wow! What a fantastic week you had! Your projects, passion, and photography inspire me!

February 14, 2014 - 11:54 pm

Mike - Jessica, my jaw dropped at your absolutely gorgeous pictures! Sounds like to stay very busy too and WOW, you’re on tv?? That is very cool! :)

February 16, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Liza | @aMusingFoodie - Love it all! What a fabulous week you’ve had. (Time to take a breather, no? Or not!) :-)

February 17, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Peggy Nolan - What a beautiful week you had! And Fox5! Love the images – very inspiring!


February 17, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Richa Singh - Such a beautiful collection of photos, must have been a great event!

February 17, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Nick - That’s a nice week. Good pics too.

February 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Sophie Bowns - You’re talented- it all looks wonderful!

February 17, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Chrystina - So many awesome things going on right now! And honestly, just so many colors on this page, I love it.

Your email is never published or shared.

M o r e   i n f o