Stop to Smell the Roses

April 8th

Dizzy love

Yeah, yeah. I know this photo is awkwardly blurry, but it I find beauty in the way the colors blend. Something about out of focus roses makes me a little dizzy. Not my favorite flower, but these are certainly very pretty.

Today is Wendy’s birthday. Wendy is single-handedly one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. She’s interning with me, although most days I feel like it is the other way around. She’s smart, committed and runs circles around me. Plus, she and her boyfriend Dan are a lot of fun.  I am so proud of her recent accomplishment — being accepted to a handful of ivy league law schools — and will tell anyone who will give me a second of their time.

Vanilla with chocolate frosting

“Do you know where Wendy is going to law school in the fall?”

Rosey view


Rosey view

It has gotten to the point where she’ll walk away quickly when she can tell I’m about to launch into her CV.

Blurry but delicious

So, today we’ll celebrate with vanilla and milk chocolate frosting cupcakes (with sprinkles, per request), new music and a handful of kitchen roses.

Rosey view

As I was baking last night, Matt was hovering the kitchen making small talk.  First I handed him the frosting whisk, then the spatula and finally iced two of the cupcakes and left them on a plate. One was inhaled instantly and somehow the other disappeared overnight. He followed me around eating saying, “how do you get this so light?” “How are these so good?”

Well, he’s figured me out.


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11 Responses

  1. He must have liked your cupcakes better than the leftover Betty Crocker Funfetti ones we scarfed before and after bowling Saturday night…

  2. Those cupcakes look so good and what pretty roses. Happy bday to your friend. Wow, Yale law school. Quite the accomplishment to even be accepted!

  3. Happy birthday to Wendy and I send big applause for her acceptance to Yale — that’s quite an accomplishment. The cupcakes look so yummy. I hope you’re feeling better, Kelli.

  4. Tina in Duluth April 8, 2009

    Yay Wendy!

  5. You make the best looking baked goods in town. And your roses are pretty, too! Congratulations to your intern, too, and I’m sure she will learn a lot from you before she heads off to the Ivy League.

  6. I can almost feel the smell of those roses……and the chocolate on top of those cupcakes!! Happy Birthday to Wendy.

  7. How fun and Happy Bday to Wendy! Hey…she’ll be over here in my next of the woods! We’re about 1 hr from Yale, so if you’re ever out here visiting…

  8. Congrats to your friend!!

  9. Happy Birthday Wendy! And congrats on Yale, enjoy yourself. The flowers are beautiful,there is something about getting flowers that is just so nice. Kelli, care to share your cupcake and frosting recipe?

  10. Congrats to your friend! Tell her not to be intimidated – nobody knows what they’re doing when they get to law school!

  11. A friend got me flowers recently. I put them in a green pitcher and took a picture very similar to yours:

    Hee 🙂