Birthday Weekend

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On Thursday afternoon, I baked a chocolate cake for Andy.

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I baked the same one a couple of years ago. But it's a good one. He wouldn't mind.

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We picked up his folks at the airport and then headed out to the ballpark for the evening.

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Andy, his dad, and his mom's hair. I love this picture.

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Burgers, beer, baseball. And the weather was just perfect.

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After the game: over the bridge, then home.

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On Friday (his actual birthday), we all headed to the piney woods with a picnic lunch.

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Nothing like eating a layer cake in the woods.

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We put layers of quilts on the soft bed of pine needles and napped and read for hours while Andy and his dad tossed a football down by the water.

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This was my view, when I wasn't watching the lazy river.

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Or looking up into the trees above.

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That night, we had dinner with my mom at Nostrana. You should go here. Get the appetizer with the melty cheese and the mushrooms. I don't know what it's called. But OMG.

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Saturday morning, we headed downtown to the farmer's market.

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Don't you love that there are farmers' markets downtown, in the middle of the hustling-bustling city?

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I haven't done any market posts yet. To be honest, we've been going to the PSU market every weekend since the end of March, but I just keep forgetting to bring my camera. No dogs this year, either. Less fun for us, but I can understand. No one wants to see toddlers getting clotheslined by dog leashes in the chaos, and I've seen a few. I miss Clover Meadowhoney there, though. (She's so low, her leash just trips ya, right at the shins.)

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We got shrimp, creme fraiche, olive bread, chive cream-cheese, potato bread, garlic, onions, and gorgeous lettuce. That place is so awesome.We also went to Powell's and Saturday Market.

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Andy's mom told me about a dessert she'd had in Italy that was made of limoncello and frozen whipped cream. So we decided to try making limoncello ice cream.

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I used this recipe for vanilla custard ice cream, and just added two tablespoons of limoncello. Probably could've added a little more. But I wasn't sure.

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Here's an ad for limoncello.

Kidding. It's our backyard table, ready to serve up some of Andy's grilled shrimp, which I will give you a recipe for this week (along with the book list, and pillow-patch info — I just haven't had the time to put it all together yet).

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Andy got a fountain for his birthday which I'm he's really excited about. We he just has to set it up.

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Roses, lamb's ear, tomato. Dill.

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Limoncello ice cream, in evening light. I think it went well with my lemoncello quilt, you know? Later we watched Under the Tuscan Sun, where they drink limoncello in Portofino. [I didn't know "limoncello" was spelled with an "I" until today. Oops :-).]

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It was a wonderful weekend. Boy did I pick the right family to marry into.

86 comments

thanks to andy you all look to have had a great time! happy belated birthday!

sounds dreamy....

I love these types of posts of yours.

I love this! That whole weekend sounds so nice. We just did a farmers market / Powells / dinner downtown day last weekend. No dreamy cakes in the woods, though. Divine!

Your blog is my new favorite, did ya know? :)

Oh my goodness, that cake looks divine. And limoncello ice cream?? Yes, please! :)
J

You have a wonderfully rich life. :) Lucky you, just beautiful!

I've got a severe case of farmers market envy. Just one more week, and there will be some great ones opening up in my neck of the woods. I wish they didn't take so long to start up around here!

Looks like a great birthday celebration. Makes me want to really pamper my own man on his birthday. He'll be glad to hear that, LOL!

Wow. Any chance you'd like to adopt a 33-year-old? I have a job and everything...but no family celebrations like that. :)

that last sentence....wow...so true...and lucky you. Really. It is sooo important.

looks lovely, as usual....

Sounds like a perfect weekend. I'm in Portland, too, and aren't we having the nicest weather! Your post makes me want to go to Nostrana now: I haven't heard of it before. And I discovered the joys of Bishop's Close, thanks to your earlier post.

SooDarwin says: June 01, 2009 at 04:15 PM

I think they did pretty well too. x

It looks like he was thoroughly spoilt!

"Boy did I pick the right family to marry into... " You fit right in, just like roses and lamb's ear... lovely together!

An absolute DOOZY of a wonderful weekend, I would say! Aren't you lucky Andy received a birthday fountain?

Sounds like Andy's family is lucky to have picked the right d-i-l to have married into the fam. I want to go to the Portland Farmer's Market....

I just found your super beautiful blog and linked to it from mine. I hope that is okay? Your garden is dreamy - there is so much texture and so many little secret pots of loveliness. Lambs ear, *sigh.* xo emily

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY PAULSON!!!!!

I love the little sign on the cake! So cute!

We have the same birthday! It looks wonderful!

Your weekend sounds dreamy...

I am so jealous! I spent my weekend cleaning my basement. Not nearly as pretty as your weekend.

Sounds like perfection.

Sounds like a lovely weekend! I wish our farmer's market started clear back in March. Some places are May-October and some aren't until July-October. The cake looks delicious by the way.

looks like a perfect birthday weekend.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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