We had so much to celebrate today! Our first stop was a baby shower for Jess + Matt. We have actually never met, but Karen is good friends with Jess’s mom, Chris, [who also writes a blog!], and they discovered that Jess and I have the very same due date at their weekly crochet class!! Jess and I also have a lot in common: we are married to Matts, Jess went to Duke for undergrad, and she lived in Cville while she was in UVA med school. Too bad she now lives in Nashville or we could be mom friends with babies nearly – or perhaps the very same age!
The shower was held at Chris’s house and was a lovely affair filled with baby things and delicious food.
I started out with a lemonade punch
And filled up on a variety of delicious salads and BBQ –
Including several deviled eggs!! My fav!
There was an adorable baby there who provided lots of fun “practicing” entertainment for all of the parents to be –
Plus bubbles for the kiddos
And arts and crafts for all ages!
Baby clothes decorating –
Chris had stencils which was brilliant for getting nice designs
The bumble bees even had a grand ole time:
Before presents, we feasted on strawberry short cake, fruit and…
Chris’s famous carrot cake, which was topped with toasted coconut and may have been the best carrot cake I’ve ever had!
Matt and I shared both desserts
Lots of cute stuff <3
We wished the couple a Happy August 31st and headed down the road to another special event: Drake’s 3rd birthday party! Drake is the son of our stellar sponge + dough guy, Nathan, and his wife, Stacy.
There was some pool splashin’
And brews for the parents
Stacy and Nathan had a grand cookout planned, but sadly we could not stay since we already had dinner plans with Robert, who is visiting our bakery tomorrow from Great Harvest Newark!
We took our guest downtown for dinner to the brand-new Citizen Burger Bar! So exciting when new restaurants open.
The inside was very modern and cool, but of course we requested outdoor seating on the mall
Grass-fed beef, local cheeses and produce = two thumbs up
I ordered a regular grass-fed burger topped with pimento cheese, pickles and tomato. I ordered a multigrain bun, but was served brioche instead – which was ok because it sure tasted good. The pimento cheese wasn’t my favorite, but overall, great burger.
I had a salad on the side…requested no onions and was unpleasantly surprised. But I’m willing to forgive a new restaurant for a few mishaps during their opening month. The house dressing was good!
But the best thing I ate were the Citizen fries off of Matt’s plate – really crispy and good!!
We talked business all over dinner and then walked our merry way back home.
It’s been a long day and I’m ready for bed!