Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Baby Shower

I'm pregnant with twin boys and due in October! They're fraternal and they're going to be adorable.  My husband and I were in shock for the first few weeks after our first ultrasound.  But we're so excited about our double blessing and we can't wait to meet them, hold them and never let them go.  My pregnancy has been pretty smooth so far with mild symptoms.  Although acid reflux is not my friend, thank goodness for tums.  There's tons of discomforts that come with a twin pregnancy but I just keep reminding myself its not forever and in the end I get two precious babies. 

Yesterday my friends threw me a baby shower.  Lots of my friends came to celebrate with me.  We ate, played games, ate cake and then I opened presents.  They had a diaper raffle so everyone arrived with a box of diapers.  That will help me a lot since I'm hearing that twins go through six hundred diapers a day.  That's so many!  I'm going to be a diaper changing machine for awhile.  I liked all the blue touches everywhere at my shower and I thought the ducks on my cake and in the punch bowl were super cute.

                      Mini chocolate cheesecakes were one of the desserts at my baby shower.

         Since I'm going with E names for my babies, my friend had them add an E on my cake. 

 Two floating rubber duckies in the punch!  They let me take them home and when my boys are six months or so they can play in the bath with them. 

      One of my friends is very creative and she made these shower favors.  Aren't they so cute? They're sugar cookies on a stick.  I love how she did two of them!

 Another of my friends is creative, too.  She made this gift of washcloths wrapped around a spoon to look like lollipops.  Each one has two washcloths.  Very original! 

 They had different balloons around the room as decorations.  This baby one was my favorite.  I took two of them home with me and they're now in my living room.  Love it! 

                       I hope you enjoyed checking out the photos I took at my baby shower! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dinner at the Harvest Vine

Tonight I had the pleasure of dining at the Harvest Vine in Madison Park.  It's a small, jewel of a place tucked into the leafy green Seattle neighborhood.  They serve Basque style tapas and even though I've never been to Spain the ambiance and the food take me there-which happens to be way cheaper than a plane ticket.  The restaurant has two levels and I love the quaint and narrow staircase leading downstairs to a more intimate dining room with a nice wine cellar along the wall.  I absolutely love the flavors of the dishes.  They use a lot of garlic and fresh produce which really enhances the food.  We sat upstairs and the late August sun was to my back, which in Seattle is something of a pleasurable thing. It's an open concept kitchen so you can see the chefs in action, preparing each dish.  If you desire you can sit at the counter for a closer look. 

                                       My husband started off with a glass of red wine. 

        Everyone is presented with bread and a Pinxto, which is a Spanish starter to wet the appetite.  It was so flavorful and reminded me of Gazpacho. 

                   The Pimientos de Padrons- Green Peppers covered in sea salt.  I loved these!

 The Vegidarte Cheese which is ash rubbed goat cheese with cherry preserves.  I'll admit it- I have a weakness for goat cheese.  Add some fruit preserves and it makes my knees weak.  The bread went so well with this, I simply couldn't get enough! 

 The Ensalada Lando- Heirloom tomatoes.  The olive oil was delicious, especially with some bread dipped into it.  The garlic really enhanced the dish and it tasted fresh and summery.

 The Piquillos Rellenos de Brandada- salt cod and potato mousse stuffed Piquillo peppers.  I loved this dish, too.  The texture of the cod was pureed and reminded me of the richness of crab meat.

 Foie de Pato- cured duck with melons.  It was the perfect amount of salty and blended well with the sweetness of the melon. 

                                                            The staircase leading downstairs. 

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