Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dog-filled weekend

On Saturday Dan and I drove up to Santa Rosa to see my favorite cartoonist at the Schulz Museum, with Arrow in tow. She wasn't allowed in the museum (phooey), but we met up with Sally outside the Warm Puppy Cafe.

Arrow and Sally on Snoopy's bench
Beagle meet-up

Sally sniffed Snoopy's chocolate chip cookies.

Sally sniffs
Mmm...can I have one?

The beagles also met a bassett hound!

Arrow and Sally meet a bassett hound
Hello hound friend

I was pretty excited. Then on Sunday Arrow went to Sally's house for a doggie Halloween party. Arrow went as Snoopy, same costume as last Halloween. Sally was the queen bee-gle, sitting in her own little chair too!

Queen bee
Who invited all these dogs over?

Brody the golden retriever puppy was a moose, and Si the samoyed went as himself.

Brody and Si
Are you a dog? Or a moose?

Dodger the black lab/border collie puppy was a spider, but he was too fast for my camera. He tried to chew his own tentacles, which was hilarious for the humans to watch. Sally changed into her Snoopy costume later in the evening, so there were two beagles-as-beagles. The humans enjoyed many deep-fried delectables at the party, including oysters, zucchini, and sweet potato fries. I made orange-ginger doughnuts and strawberry pie.

Strawberry pie
Piles of strawberries

Dan and I picked the strawberries last weekend at Terra Firma Farms' annual Farm Day, and making strawberry pie has become a sort of annual tradition...a bittersweet end to the strawberry season. This year I made a chocolate cookie crust...it was very tasty with freshly whipped cream.

It was a weekend full of doggie fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tri for cupcakes

I took a road trip to Tahoe over the weekend, so cupcakes were in order! I made banana cupcakes filled with salted caramel, topped with chocolate ganache and toasted coconut.

Banana caramel cupcake
Cupcakes for the road

I thought it was a nice combination of flavors, and they were well-received. Here is a just-frosted cupcake in the morning light...

Banana caramel cupcake
Solo shot, ready to eat

And a peek at the caramel inside...

Inside the cupcake
Gooey filling

Also, earlier this month I participated in my second triathlon event, Tri Girl Tri...and I finished! I was rather nervous about doing it, since I haven't been working out consistently since school started (swam once and just a short bike ride). Here I am crossing the bridge near the end of the bike course...

Wannabe triathlete
Wannabe triathlete