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I love finding new favorite things:
I love summer concerts in Virginia! They have fireflies during their concerts! I love fireflies!
Last night I went with friends to see Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and a band I had never heard of called The Lumineers at Wolftrap. I think the Lumineers were my favorite! But then Josh Ritter played a song that I really like, and it was great to hear it live (I’ve posted the music video below.)
Note Bene: I think the music video is corny, (Really? Who sits in the desert and plays the guitar?) but the song is awesome!
I found a dance studio and they are currently offering walk-ins for adult ballet classes. So I decided to try a few classes out this week. My first class was last night, and it was not only an amazing workout (my poor calves are still screaming at me, “WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE SUCH ABUSE!”), but a trip down memory lane. It’s funny how there are somethings that never change no matter how many years you are away. Like the way the barre makes that creaking sound when it gives and flexes as you stretch. Or the sound slippered feet make on the floor, all moving in unison. Or that feeling of exhilaration when you do grand battement en cloche.
For some reason the song Wagon Wheel, became a favorite for my classmates and I while we were traveling through Europe during our junior year of college. So I had to laugh when I saw this:
Friends, I am inviting you to join me and my fellow Americans as we pray during these next weeks for the continuation of religious freedom in the United States of America. The current government administration as taken it upon itself to propose laws that specifically targets Catholics and Catholic institutions to act against our beliefs in regards to our stance on the preciousness of life in the womb and the dignity of a woman’s body.
It was established by the founders of our country that we were to always have certain freedoms, freedom to practice our religion being one of them. In fact, if you take a little history lesson, the first colonists in America were seeking religious asylum from the oppressive English rule. To try and force a religious institution (and I say try because we will not act against our beliefs) to act in a way contrary to what they believe is neither right nor just.
You can find more information here. You can also read the blog posts of two of my friends, here and here, they are much more eloquent on the issue at hand and I feel that I would be foolish to reiterate what they have said.
Somehow it is already Tuesday. How did that happen?
I made this cake over the weekend, and of course forgot to take a picture. But it was tasty if I do say so myself. I made two alterations. 1) I substituted the butter and lemon flavoring with vanilla extract, 3 tsp. in total. 2) I added about 2 tbls. of crushed lavender, straight from the garden. The lavender combined with the vanilla was divine.
Then I added a dark chocolate cream cheese frosting. In retrospect, I think the frosting was overkill. I should have just garnished with mint and lavender (’cause that’s what I have in the yard right now).
And I finally figured out why a pound cake is called a pound cake (courtesy of my ancient, trusty, Joy of Cooking). Not because you gain a pound. Not because it weighs a pound when finished. But because you traditionally would have used a pound of butter, pound of sugar, pound of eggs, pound of flour and leavening.