It's the day after St. Patricks Day and the day before my birthday :)
It's my Birthday Eve!!!
We had such a blast yesterday, there was much shopping to be done, and then I took Cosette to her Horseback riding lesson, came home and the green festivities began!
Everyone was wearing green, Dave C. was in the kitchen hard at work and the girlies decided that we should make some Green Cupcakes...so darn cute!
Well as you should realize, being vegan I don't use any dairy.
For years I was buying a very yummy product that I'd use to replace butter.
But since BOYCOTTING any and all products that contain Palm Oil, I've since been making my own homemade Vegan Butter!
And boy oh boy is it DELICIOUS!!! It's a big winner for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Well we were out of "butter" yesterday and the cupcake recipe had called for 1/2 stick of butter.
So little miss homemaker over here (me) had to whip up some homemade butter!
The kids and I laugh, actually we all laugh that I'm a jetsetter who churns her own butter!
We all sat around the table and ate a big vegan Irish feast! Dave C. made a Corned "Beef" & Cabbage and his annual Irish Stew (soup). While Andrew made a very boozy Irish beer enhanced Pot Pie - seriously if I ate more than a few bites, think I might've got a bit tipsy! lol
And being that today is FOODIE FRIDAY, I've finally finished writing a piece on City O City in Denver, Colorado CLICK HERE to read review.
Today is also just chockfull of errands and chores. Including but not limited to going to the stables, making Lasagna for my BIRTHDAY!!! (oh there I go, getting all excited again), I've also got a bunch of stores to hit, gotta do something about this horrid mess called my hair - it's like a frizz bomb! And finally a bit of relaxing while I go and get a lovely spring pedicure - it's sandal season and time to put away the boots!
Be sure to bop on over to Elisa's column for some fun FLASHBACK memories of the beautiful and very vegan friendly city VIENNA. We had such a great time on our cousins European Rail Trip! And there is just so much more to see and do...
Time for me to head on outta here and get things done. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and that you meet me back here tomorrow for my birthday!!
Ciao 4 now, -T
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Hello Weekend - Memories of Vienna!
HI! Am I the only one or did you ever have one of the weeks, where you just can't keep track of what day it is?
That happened to me this week. For some reason, I kept thinking that yesterday was Friday instead of Thursday.
The girls have off from school today and as a result, I kept feeling as if yesterday was the end of the week and today was Saturday - our Barn day.
Well, of course, it isn't and as a matter of fact, I have a ton of errands and "to do's" today. Since I will not be able to get much done tomorrow as a result of the entire day spent out East while the girls ride, I want to be sure to have everything done and ready for us on Sunday when we leave for Florida.
At this point I'm all packed as is Kelsey.
Gianna...well, that's a different story. Getting her braces this week, threw her for a loop since she's been in a bit of pain. As a result, my girl is going to have to get to the task of filling her suitcase today.
The kids are off from school today, so Kelsey decided to join me on my power walk to Stop & Shop for some Starbucks this morning. We really had a magnificent time together!!
For some reason, I woke up thinking about Vienna - yes, Vienna, Austria. Boy, do I love that city. So, full of history, culture and elegance!
My first visit there was in 2014 with the kiddies over Easter Break (maybe that's why I'm thinking of it!). (To read more about this magical trip: Elisa's Easter in Picturesque Prague & Imperial Vienna CLICK HERE for Part 1 & CLICK HERE for Part 2.
We arrived first in Prague, Czech Republic, where we enjoyed the beautiful Easter Market in the Old Town Square; which, by the way, was the view we enjoyed from our apartment rental window!!
OLD TOWN SQUARE, PRAGUE - EASTER MARKET (VIEW FROM OUR APARTMENT RENTAL WINDOW)
STATUE OF ST WENCESLAS, WENCESLAS SQUARE, PRAGUE.
The second part of this memorable trip was Vienna. Oh, how I loved this city!! Now, the interesting thing about Vienna, was that it was in our rental apartment, one night, that I conceived the idea to start a travel blog with cousin Tanya!!
And within a month Travelin' Cousins Travel Blog was launched on Mother's Day, 2014!!
Back to Vienna... This city is not for the faint of heart... lots of walking, so if you venture to The Imperial City, be sure to bring along a good pair of walking shoes!
I visited again last year, June/July of 2015 with my dear cousin, Tanya on our European Rail Trip.
Our 3 days in Vienna was spectacular!
ME & TANYA AT THE SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL
From our walking tour through the city to the Jewish Ghetto to St. Stephen's and beyond, what a trip!!!
Straight from Barbara Cacao at ViennaUnwrapped.com, here are...
Duration: March 16th to November 27th 2016 2016 marks the 100th Year Anniversary of the death of Emperor Francis Joseph. According to Ms. Cacao... From mid March, learn about our ‘guter alter Kaiser’ (good old Emperor) in a grand special exhibition about Francis Joseph’s life and reign.Schönbrunn Palace will portray the ‘Man and Monarch‘.
The Imperial Carriage Museum on Schönbrunn’s compound will showcase Imperial objects that were part of his daily life, from pompous carriages to frugal furniture. You can even see him in moving images and hear his voice.
Sound Of Music Dates: 3rd, 15th, 29th April; 2nd, 3rd, 13th and 15th May 2016 Location: Wiener Volksoper, Währinger Strasse, 78, 1090 Vienna The internationally popular musical of an Austrian family of singers has always had a strong connection with its original location in Salzburg.
From April 2016, the American musical will be staged at Wiener Volksoper, a local favourite venue for operas, operettas and musicals.
Duration: 17th and 19th April 2016 Location: Wiener Musikverein Tunes from a musical fairy tale, a harp solo and an orchestral symphony will sweep across visitors of the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.