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Sunday Night Dinner – Chicken Pot Pie (292/365)

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Chicken Pot Pie

After a lengthy hiatus, Sunday Night Dinners resumed tonight. We had dinner at Jen and Evan’s after a fun filled day in DC.

This morning, after sleeping off the wedding festivities of last night, we got up, put on real clothes and headed into the city to see a matinee performance of Evita at the Kennedy Center. We got a theater subscription this year and this was the first of six shows for the 2014-2015 season and I am stoked!

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We ended up getting into the city early so we could have brunch before the show. After a delicious and somewhat leisurely meal we found our seats and settled in. We had to trade our tickets in for this show because our original tickets were on Yom Kippur. That being said, our substitute seats were nothing to shake a stick at. We sat front row of the balcony, slightly off to the side which meant nothing was obstructing our view and we had a little extra leg room.

Matinees shows always feel a little weird to me, because somehow they don’t hold the same sense of gravity and excitement of an evening show. Maybe because of that, I felt like the show started off a bit slow. It took a while to draw me in, perhaps because of the songs, perhaps a little bit because of the performances, but by the intermission I was definitely enjoying myself. The show was good. It ranks above Wicked, but below Anything Goes for me. Still, a super fun afternoon.

After the show we killed some time before heading to Jen and Evan’s for dinner. When we got there, Jen was putting the finishing touches on the pot pies and they smelled so good.

Chicken Pot Pie

She used the smitten kitchen recipe, which she said was very labor intensive, but it was well worth it. Just the filling was delicious on its own, but once she added the flaky crust, it brought it to another level.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

We all scraped our bowls clean and finished the meal full and satisfied. It was a perfect meal for today as the weather has dramatically cooled off over the past week or so. We went straight from summer to late fall and I have to keep reminding myself it’s late October already. Another weekend over way to quick. Monday here we come!

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Happy Wedding Steph I and Ben! (291/365)

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Steph I's Wedding Cake

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Today was my seventh and final wedding of the year. Steph I and Ben got married and it was absolutely wonderful. The two of them are two of the best people I know. I’ve known Steph I since college and every time I see her, it’s such a joy. She has a way of making you feel great about yourself no matter what. The first time I met Ben, I could tell they were such a great pair. Ben is engaging and accomplished and when you talk to him, you feel like he truly cares about everything you are saying. I’m so happy they got married. Months ago they asked me to make their wedding cake and of course I said yes. Planning and designing the cake has been an iterative process since they chose a unique cake flavor and an original design. One of Steph’s young friends drew her a picture of what she imagined her wedding cake to be and we used that drawing as a template for the cake. The bottom tier is for Ben since he is a city planner. The gray skyline is New York (where Steph is from) and the black skyline is DC (where Ben is from). The cake is pumpkin carrot which I was a little skeptical of the first time she suggested it, but after some sampling, I was totally on board. The pumpkin adds such a depth of flavor and moistness to the carrot cake that is a perfect choice for the fall.

 

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Andrew and I got there early to deliver the cake and I have to say, transporting a cake is the most harrowing experience of making a cake for someone. Every turn, every bump in the road, and every second involves me sitting on the edge of my seat, staring at the cake, and just praying. Transporting the cake into the city this time was a rough experience, but the cake got to the venue. Also, over the course of this season, Andrew has proven himself to be a capable delivery guy. He’s the only person I trust to carry a cake anywhere, but not after a long, supervised trial period. Seventy pounds of cake is nothing to joke about.

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This wedding was an interesting one because of the guest list. I know Steph from college and only met Ben a few years ago. Steph and I have very few overlapping friends, but it turns out Ben and I know a lot of the same people. His parents belong to the same temple as me and Andrew so there was an entire Adat Shalom contingent who are all Ben’s parents’ age, but are who we often socialize with at temple. The officiant for the wedding is the founding rabbi from our temple and Andrew and I got a lot of confused looks from the Adat Shalomers when they walked into the wedding and saw us there. It was just a random coincidence, but it was fun getting to see these people away from the temple. Mel was also at the wedding, being part of our college crew and it was a ton of fun to hang out with her. Somehow this year, Mel has become our wedding buddy. The three of us have really stepped up our wedding guestbook entries multiple times. Also, she’s completely entertaining.

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Steph and Ben’s wedding was a great time and wonderful evening celebrating with an amazing couple. I was honored to make their cake and so happy to get to share in their special day. Congrats Steph I and Ben!

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No Time! (290/365)

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Sunset Over Wheaton

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No time! I have a huge wedding cake to make for tomorrow and I’m up to my elbows in cream cheese frosting. Judging by how well my trip to Costco went, I have a feeling it’s going to be a long night…

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