Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Return of the Muffins!

It's been a while since I've made any muffins from the book.  I've been on somewhat of a diet and to avoid ruining it, I've been on a hiatus with baked goods.  I went on out of town these past few days and decided to leave my husband with some muffins. 

I made the Brandy and Peach muffins for him:

These muffins were really good!  I had to try one myself because they looked and smelled so good coming out of the oven!  They were not very sweet and had a good balance of brandy and peach in them.  The toughest part was just draining the peach and cutting them small.

I have also made the Jelly doughnut muffins from the book.  I totally forgot and never blogged about them.

These muffins were definitely not my favorite.  The jelly in all the muffins sunk close to the bottom.  It was a pain having to spoon the jelly and then cover it up with more batter.  I am definitely a bigger fan of the fruit muffins.

Wonder what muffin I will tackle next??

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Latest Projects for Myself

I've been really into knitting lately.  Since I've been slowly backing off on swaps, I decided to make stuff for myself.  I made two shrugs that I really like wearing.   

Here is the front of the Unshape Shrug:

Here is the back of the Unshape Shrug:

Here is the front of the 2nd one, Shop Hop Shrug:

Here is the back:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Birthday Celebration At Westin La Paloma Resorts

Yesterday was Andy's birthday. Initially what I wanted to do was take Andy somewhere to celebrate, but due to my procrastination, airline tickets were too expensive to really go anywhere. I decided to settle and take him to Westin La Paloma Resorts in Tucson.

 I had found a great package there that included Champagne when we arrived and breakfast the next day.  It wasn't badly priced and we were able to get away from our cats one night and enjoy each other's company. 

Weather was great on his birthday.  The sun was out.  It didn't rain, and there were no clouds.  Since we were able to stay out of the sun, it was very enjoyable to sit out on the balcony and eat dinner and drink champagne.  The view was also really beautiful.

We spent the rest of the evening out by the pool and hot tub.  The one thing I really liked about the La Paloma resorts was that they had a lot of pools.  They specifically designated some of the pools as adult pools.  It was great because there were no kids throwing balls and splashing randomly as they played.  I wish more hotels did stuff like that. 

Breakfast was wonderful.  The food was great, I didn't have to cook, and we got to sit outside.  :-)  I enjoyed a very delicious turkey, tomato, and mozzarella wrap with fruit.

We had a very great view while we ate also. 

Overall, the stay at the Westin was great.  It was a great way to celebrate Andy's birthday and enjoy a relaxing weekend before going to work.  We will definitely be doing this again.  :)