Dec 27, 2011

Christmas Eve Brunch with the Baddorfs

This year Bryan and I hosted the Baddorfs for brunch on Christmas Eve. We had a ton of food, milk punch, and many pictures were taken. Here are just a few:

Genevieve read Gift of the Magi

Dec 26, 2011

Christmas Break

This year I was lucky enough to have the day off before Christmas Eve. This was handy as we spent much of the day cleaning and cooking, but took some time to hang around as a family.

Dec 22, 2011

Life List: Barbecued Shrimp!

I have a life list. Its ever evolving and definitely not definitive. But I like the idea of listing a few experiences I want to have in my life in the hopes that it would spur me on to actually do them.

I checked off the first thing a few weeks ago, granted it is probably the easiest one one the list, but still.

It all started in February when we went to New Orleans. I requested restaruant recommendations on my Facebook wall. Barbecued Shrimp at Pascale Manale's was mentioned by more than one person. I didn't take it too seriously, but ended up getting barbecued shrimp at another place on that trip. I was so smitten with the barbecued shrimp I had to try the original.

So on our June/July trip I knew I had to make a trip to Pascale Manale's. Due to some misinformation all I got was 10 minutes sitting on their front steps sulking. No dice. The worst part is that I had saved it as my last meal before we left town.

On our last trip a couple of weeks ago I made sure that we finally had our barbecued shrimp at Pascale Manale's.

It happened. I wore the bib. Got messy. Dipped my bread.

They were delicious, although not as good as my first barbcued shrimp. I wasn't disappointed, but more relieved that now I know.

Dec 13, 2011

Birthday Gathering

The Baddorf's have a lot of December birthdays. We celebrate three and three. This past weekend we gathered at Chad and Julie's house to celebrate Chad's, Bryan's and my birthdays. I didn't get pictures of present opening, but a few of the girls playing with their uncle's.

Dec 12, 2011

New Orleans December trip

Bryan had to go to New Orleans for a sales meeting for a few days. Since it was the weekend of my birthday, Bryan sweetly suggested that I fly down to meet him and we'd make a long weekend of it. We also scored a great deal on a swanky hotel from Living Social.

Saturday we started out with breakfast at Cafe du Monde followed by some French Quarter walking around. We went to Cochon for lunch and then viewed the Christmas parade on Canal.

For my birthday we went to Commander's Palace for Sunday brunch.

Afterwards we checked into the Royal Sonesta to cash in on our Living Social deal. Bryan was being a stinker to me as usual and when I mentioned it was my birthday and he should be nice to me, the receptionist upgraded us to a suite!

Our favorite feature was the private balcony over the Quarter.

Other highlights include architecture enjoyment, food, a rum distillery tour, and holiday decorations.