Friday, May 31, 2013

And then we picked peaches!

A couple weeks ago I was going through the mail when I spied this ad for a peach festival at a local peach farm. U-Pick peaches and homemade peach ice cream? Probably the best idea ever. So needless to say, I waited with ANTICIPATION for last Saturday. 

You could say it went above and beyond my greatest expectations.

We also got to go with some friends we really like who just moved down here, which also added to the overall greatness of the day. Thanks, Ericksons, for such a fun day! 

The homemade peach ice cream cones were only ONE dollar. ONE! I can't think of a better way to spend a dollar. Best ice cream cone of my life. Our friends also tried the PEACH CINNAMON ROLL???!!!!!!! Also delicious.

There was also a tent where you could sample and buy lots of things made from peaches on the farm. Everything was delicious. Terry really liked the peach chipotle and peach gummy bears and I liked all the sweet peach stuff- jam, syrup, ice cream topping, gummy bears and candies. We didn't buy anything though and good thing...because after that we took the hayride out to the orchard and picked peaches. 

Yes, you are looking at 15 pounds of peaches in that box.

They are the best peaches I have ever tasted. We ate a bunch of them already and we also made a peach crisp on Monday and it was the best peach crisp I have ever had. Seriously, these peaches are amazing. Since peaches don't last very long we cut up and froze the ones we couldn't eat, so now we can make peach treats all summer long. Come and visit us and maybe we will share. :)  Hopefully this U-Pick orchard is open more than once a year at the Peach Festival because I don't think I can wait a whole year for these peaches again!

P.S. So proud of myself for taking so many pictures at this. We do lots of fun things, but I normally forget to photographically document it, so this is kind of a big deal. Also this was maybe just a teeny bit funner than most other fun things we do. So just a teeny bit more deserving of photos.

P.P.S. Also did you notice Terry and I color coordinated our outfits? Totally an accident. Also, probably a sign.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to Make Your Husband's 25th Birthday the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!

1. Plan a surprise party for him.

2. Accidentally forget to close out of a word document that has listed all the people who are coming and all the activities you are going to do, so that he finds it.

3. Carry on as if he knows nothing.

4. Make him a mad lib and get lots of his family and friends to fill it out and then give them to him on his birthday.

5. Try three times to make a homemade piñata because you're too cheap to pay $15 for one at Target. Finally succeed with the most ghetto piñata ever beheld by human eyes.

6. Order his gift from....AMAZON! All males love Amazon.

7. Make funfetti cake. And cupcakes.

8. Look up a cake frosting tutorial because frosting cakes is actually really hard. And usually when you do it it looks unedible. Go crazy with frosting colors while you're at it.

9. Take him on a surprise date to get him out of his house before the surprise birthday party.

10. Make sure part of that surprise date includes helping friends move, and since it is a surprise and he doesn't know make sure he is wearing flip flops for this.

11. Stay up until midnight on his birthday eve so you can give him his gift as soon as it becomes his birthday. Because you just can't keep the secret anymore, and because staying up until midnight is fun.

So proud of this birthday cake. I know it's really not very impressive, but I have never done anything like this before. Two-layer AND food colored frosting AND no crumbs in the frosting!

Part of our surprise birthday date included going to the Arizona Natural History Museum, where we got to pan for gold. I panned this little speck on my finger up for Terry. 

Digging up dinosaur bones at the Museum. 

He's a natural.
Can you tell that is us on the screen? One of the exhibits was on Arizona and the movies.

Then we found a hidden dirt the middle of Phoenix (literally). Worth documenting.
With his cake at his surprise party.
With his cake and the maker of his cake at his surprise party. 
The cake all lit up! 
And then on his real birthday, the next day. I made him a totally different cake (gateau) because it is his favorite. Much more delicious than funfetti cake, believe it or not. 
We just re=used the candles and the banner. How green of us. 
So hopefully that answers any questions you had about 25th birthday's and making them awesome. And now you know how we spent Terry's. 

P.S. I got the free printable banner for Terry's cake here:
Kind of adorable, huh?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pictures from Walks

I've been so surprised at how beautiful Phoenix is in the spring. I was expecting dirt and dust and brown all year, but spring really threw me for a loop. Flowering trees and bushes (and cacti!) everywhere, patches of green grass around the city, trees in full out leafy splendor, starting in about...February! I feel as though March is really the month of months around here. Everything is fully blooming and the weather is perfect, not too hot, not to cold. April came with a few 100 degree days, and those are starting to seem like the norm in May. But last week, we had a break from 100 degree weather and it was in the 80's basically all week. What a tender mercy, seriously. I got out and walked around while I still could, and realized I had only taken a few pictures of this beautiful spring, so I took a few more. Like, every five feet actually. Most of these are from my walks last week but a few are from previous walks this spring. And they pretty much all have filters because....those are so fun.
I love the reflection on that glass building. I know, not nature.
Somebody PLEASE tell me how to get onto that roof!

A wall of flowers. Bougainvillea are one of my favorites (the pink ones).

Walls of flowers on both sides of the road.

Heather at Trader Joe's a month or so ago. Still kicking myself for not buying any.

Cacti in bloom in the desert.

These trees are my favorite. I've got to figure out what they're called.

                                    Annnnnd Terry and I also discovered we both have moles in between the same                                     toes on the left foot. If that's not a sign, I don't know what is.
Happy Spring to everyone in parts of the country where it's just happening! Enjoy!