Cherry blossoms are blooming and temperatures have hit 60, so it’s pretty much spring in the Pacific Northwest. I left the house in flip flops and drove with the window down this weekend. The air conditioner even turned on for the first time this year!
As usual, I ventured outside to take my annual cherry blossom photos. Since I photograph them so much, sometimes it’s challenging to find a unique way to capture them—but having a new lens helped! In any event, I enjoy the act of getting outdoors and taking photos without having to wear gloves or shivering to the point of camera shake.
I hope everyone has a great Easter with good food (and good candy)! If you’re curious, the chick and bunny are a vegan version of Peeps, made by Sweet & Sara. The candy eggs are Cadbury Mini Eggs (and I’m surprised I had enough left for this mini photo shoot).
I flip through cookbooks often. Even the ones I’ve looked through too many times to count can turn up surprises. For example, this cake may have looked good when I first saw it in David Lebovitz’s Ready for Dessert, but I didn’t put a sticky flag on the page. Several months later when I was looking for a fancy cake to make for the “dessert dash” portion of an upcoming benefit dinner and auction, it seemed appropriate.
Today is beautiful. We keep getting beautiful sunny days that trick me into thinking it’s spring. Three years ago, for my Project 365, I shot these cherry blossoms during golden hour. Here’s hoping they bloom again soon.
Doughnuts have been on my mind lately. I wrote about South Sound doughnut shops and a group of doughnut devotees (otherwise known as the Tacoma Tweet and Eat) for South Sound magazine’s February/March food issue. The Super Bowl came and went, but we were busy mattress shopping and didn’t have time to pick up our traditional Super Bowl dozen. The Tacoma Tweet and Eat crew had their third doughnut-off, but I couldn’t make it. Finally, after an unsuccessful early morning Monkeyshines search, we got a half dozen from Pao’s. I think I’ve fulfilled my doughnut craving until the next doughnut-off!
And now, here are some photos of doughnuts (or donuts, if you prefer).