Thursday, March 18, 2010

a few lovelies

this week started off kind of dreary. it was cold and gray outside, and i was sort of in a funk. malcolm has been getting into everything lately. i feel like i spend the whole day cleaning up after him, and that the house is always a mess. every so often i get super anxious, because i feel like i never get anything done, and having a messy house drives me crazy. but then i vacuum, and do some laundry, and i usually feel much better. seriously, i kind of love doing both, and they seem to relax me, and correct my sour mood. these things have also made me happy this week:

beautiful pink popcorn blossoms all over the city! this is one of the trees that line the carpool circle at alanna's middle school. they are so pretty to look at while i wait to pick her up! and it is much nicer to have these to look at, rather than the ghetto houses and people that line the street everyday.

wow, look how big the blossoms on our front bush are now! they are beautiful! (i did not use a flash on this photo, that is really how bright they are)

this is our next door neighbors chow. she has just been shaved for the summer. look how little her body looks compared to her head, haha! she always barks at us and lucky dog when we get near the fence. but she is a sweet dog. and look at those pretty yellow flowers behind her. yay spring!

last night i tried a new recipe from the vegan cupcake book. i've never had a red velvet cupcake before, but i see photos of them all over the web, so i thought i would try the recipe for their version, called "Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes, with Old Fashioned Velvet Icing". they were a little more complex than any i have made before, but i had fun making them.

cutest packaging ever!

and they are deeelicious!

danny put extra frosting on his! he said it was like whipped crack, haha :)