Friday, September 12, 2008

Tahoe birthday weekend

Dan and I took Arrow to Lake Tahoe last weekend to celebrate Joanne's birthday and Sally's one year anniversary with the Lo family, and what a weekend it was! There were 13 humans and five dogs at the festivities...lots of fun! Joanne's husband Newt and dear friend Steven also rode the Tour de Tahoe, 72 miles around the lake...congratulations, boys!

And of course there were birthday cupcakes! Joanne likes mango, so I made this recipe using mango puree instead of papaya (yuck). The cupcakes were filled with mango buttercream filling, topped with cream cheese frosting and a dried mango circle (cut out with my trusty apple corer, which was used to make the holes for the filling too).

Mango cupcakes
Can you see the birthday girl?

There were red beets in the weekly CSA box, so I decided to try a chocolate beet cupcake recipe also. The batter was a pretty deep red, but the baked cupcakes just looked like chocolate. They were topped with white chocolate buttercream and a chocolate disc.

Chocolate beet cupcakes
Dimly lit cupcakes, with presents!

I think I overbaked both kinds of cupcakes, but they still were pretty tasty. (Frosting always helps.) It was a great weekend. We went to the lake, where the beagles stayed far away from the water. (Except for the ones who got thrown in.)

The three beagles
Sally, Arrow & Bonnie pose for Andy

Brody (golden retriever) and Dodger (lab/border collie) played in the water with the sporty humans while the beagles and the lazy humans lounged on the beach. (Yes, that would be me.)

Bonnie and Arrow
Arrow cuddles with Bonnie

We also were introduced to a fun and addicting new game that Steven brought, Wits and Wagers. And the beagles napped in the sun every chance they got.

Lazing in the sun
Napping on the deck

Thanks for such a fun weekend, everyone! Happy birthday Joanne!


Anonymous said...

i love arrow's eyeliner in the three shot. :D
i also want to know who was holding what to get their attention like that!

snoopyjoanne said...

thanks for the bday cupcakes, they were delicious and i liked how you fooled everyone (esp steve) w/ the beets! also, i'm glad you blogged about the weekend as i have not had time to do so yet. thanks for the birthday mandoline! :)

jenny said...

thanks for bringing the cupcakes... they were yummy as usual! loved the mango. and i can't believe that there was beet hidden in the chocolate ones.

great pictures of the beagles, especially the one where they're laying in the sun! :)