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Mother’s Day Bauer-B-Q

There’s no weekend like a Bauer family weekend. We continued from the cupcake crawl right on into the Bauer-B-Q on Sunday.  We made sure mom and Momma were sufficiently showered in tons of flowers.

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Gavin designated himself as the official meat preparer and barbecue master. No one was going to challenge that (although if anyone did, it would have to had been Jim, who makes equally impressive burgers.)

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We all know how good Gavin and Jim burgers taste.

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Anyone and everyone who happened to be on a veggie kick lately (there were a bunch of us), broke down and went in for the barbeque.

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It only took three tables to fit 11 people and ALL THAT FOOD. We had salad, shepherd’s pie, a stuffed spinach and cheese roll (I need to get my hands on that recipe!), grilled vegetables, hot dogs, “white hots,” cheeseburgers and sausages.

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It was a fun day. It was a long weekend. And we’re going to do it all again next weekend – except this time, it’ll be at the Brooklyn Half Marathon with some mix of food and family afterward.

Momma Turns Sweet 16

Everyone gathered at Mom & Dad’s for Momma’s 90th (er, 16th) birthday party. When I say everyone, I do mean everyone. We had Mom, Dad, Jim, Kris, Gavin, Katie, Amy, Aunt Joan (Dad’s sister), Uncle Tom (her husband), Janice (my cousin), Mary Jane (Dad’s cousin) and Don (her husband), Ilsa (long-time neighbor), Susan and John (Katie’s parents), Jeremy (Kris’ BFF) and Ashley (Katie’s BFF) who are now dating each other, and Jackie (Ashley’s mom.)

Almost as soon as we got there, Amy jumped in to help mom out in the kitchen. Mom had spent 6 hours cooking the day before so I’m sure she was beyond grateful for a helping hand- plus Amy is a super chef.

Mom made the most delicious crab ragoons.

After an amazing dinner, and lots of conversation, it was time for dessert. Momma blew out her sixteen candles and then excitedly cut the cake. But she barely had time to eat it before we started a Momma Photo Booth.

Everyone got in for a photo with Momma, including Janice…

…Jim and Katie and just about everyone else who was there.

I got a really awesome photo of Jim and Kris together.

Momma opened all of her presents and stayed for awhile longer before she had to head home.

Most people had left by then. It was time for the Giants game. Gavin was definitely excited. He stayed in the living room with Dad, Jim and Kris while the ladies (Mom, myself, Katie and Amy) congregated downstairs in Mom’s studio for some girl talk. It was a super fun night.

Christmas Part IV: Alexandra & Stazjek’s House

Last weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to Alexandra and Stazjek’s house out in Queens.

It’s one of my favorite times of the year- just after the mayhem of the holidays has subsided, we can enjoy a quiet evening, great company and delicious food in their gorgeous house.

This year, Alexandra’s daughter, Josandra, also joined; along with her husband John and their beautiful son, Kylan.

Gavin came this year, as well. He skipped a year. (Stazjek made sure to point this out (in a friendly, teasing sort of way, of course.)

We took our annual photos in front of the tree (the one I admired growing up because of all the antique ornaments.) And then we sat down to a delicious meal of beef bourguignon. Gavin and I were sent home with leftovers. I was so happy about this.

Afterward, Mom and Alexandra got serious and put on their fashion designer hats in order to dissect the structure of my wedding gown. It wasn’t long before they started draping napkins on my shoulder. After a lot of back and forth in a language I don’t quite understand, they both looked as if it all suddenly made sense. They figured out those sleeves- those crazy Alexander McQueen sleeves.

Alexandra asked me to look up the most recent exhibit at FIT, Daphne Guinness, on my phone (while they referenced my WIP wedding dress on the iPad.)

The work was exquisite. It was fun to be in the midst of this conversation even though I only understood about a quarter of what they were talking about.

I’m really looking forward to seeing my dress. It has been quite a project, especially with all of the feedback and inspiration that has come along the way.