30 September 2009

New York

I spent the weekend in Ithaca, NY at a wedding for my dearest friend since the 7th grade. Everything about the weekend was perfect. The wedding, my friends, the food. I have known and loved these women since middle and high school. They are stunningly beautiful, amazingly successful, and so kind, so sweet. After a rough summer here, it was just what I needed.

I didn't take as many pictures of the food as I thought I would. I was too busy enjoying myself. And laughing. We did A LOT of giggling. Just like old times.

Here is the wedding cake--so beautiful!

The day after the wedding two of my best friends and I visited the hotel spa and then had brunch in their bistro. I had a facial and...oh, wow. So, so nice. My skin looks amazing. I was totally spoiled by the time I got home. It was wonderful! I came to the revelation that I have to start taking care of myself. I have spent the past 13 years concentrating on my husband and daughters while completely ignoring my own needs. It's time to change that. You know you have great friends when they can (kindly) point out what you have being doing wrong in your life and you realize they are absolutely right.

The brunch was extraordinary. I had Oatmeal Crusted French Toast with a Brown Sugar Glaze. I HAVE to figure out to make it! Oh, and a mimosa. :)

Mrs. K had the Mexican Burrito with Mole Sauce. Really, really good! Not too spicy with a hint of cumin.

Ms. F had the Daily Quiche. Flaky, buttery crust filled with spinach, cheese, eggs, and tomatoes. Yummy! Both ladies chased their brunches with Bloody Marys.

That afternoon Mrs. K and I went to Ithaca's Apple Festival. It rained all day so I didn't take out my camera. A shame really because we had something delicious treats. Hot apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and a whole apple cut into wedges and drenched in warm caramel with whipped cream and pecans. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

After the festival we went to A Taste of Thai. My first Thai food and now I'm hooked! Mrs. K had Green Curry with steamed tofu. Oh my, it was good. I have never been a fan of tofu, but this was delicious!!

I had Pad Thai with chicken and prawns and loved it!! My only regret is that we got too full at the festival and couldn't finish our meals. We took the leftovers back to the hotel, but left the next morning at 5:30 and didn't feel like Thai for breakfast. :)

Bubba and the girls did a great job taking care of themselves while I was gone and even cleaned the house! Mom is now thinking that there may be more of these weekends in my future... :) :)


Jellybeans said...

You were in Ithaca?! You were 2 hours from where I live! I was just there for a wedding as well and it was so beautiful :)
Glad to know you enjoyed yourself!

Sunshine Mom said...

oh, man! It would have been so neat to get together. Ithaca is the neatest little hippy town. :) So beautiful--reminded me a lot of WA state.