Friday, June 13, 2014

Five on Friday

Husband and I sent his parents off this morning back to the good o' U.S. of A. It was sad to say goodbye and we both admitted to wanting to stow away in their luggage for the journey back home. We then devoured our sorrows in leftover chicken enchiladas, homemade salsa and a glass of sweet iced tea.

On the bright side...we had an amazing visit with Husband's parents. Today's Top Five on Friday is dedicated to the highlights of their trip, a birthday celebration and a cheerful find. Let's begin!

Early in the week Husband and I joined his parents on a river cruise down the Donau "Danube" River. We boarded the boat in Kelheim, Germany and rode an hour up the river through the Donau Gorge to Welterburg Monestery. The monestery was founded in 1050 and the monks still supervise the beer, Welterburg, brewing to this day. On a hot summer day, it was nice to sit outside in the beer garden courtyard surrounded by the monestery's cathedral and brewery.

Husband turned 30 this week! I spent most of his birthday in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe, an old time favorite, and a birthday tradition. The night before, I made the dough for Alton Brown's cinnamon rolls. At first, I thought the recipe was intense and "high maintenance" but after a few more steps the next morning, the rolls were in the oven. In the end, the rolls proved to be worth the little extra time. They were outstanding! I will definitely keep this recipe in my collection.

Husband's 30th birthday turned out to be a great day! It was full of a few surprises, some at home cooking, and a Bavarian twist. Look for the full blog post with all the details next week!


You probably already know about this Etsy artist... but I just fell in love with Katie Daisy's artwork this week! I know I'm probably a few years late in this news but wow. How did I not know about Katie Daisy before? I love her bright colors and positive messages. It is in my plan to purchase her "Wild Air" and "Choose Love" prints. Someday... "Wild Air" would be so cute in a vintage travel themed nursery. *cough cough*

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Today after Husband and I dropped his parents off at the airport, we decided to FINALLY stop by Schloss Schleißheim. Husband heard about this palace two years ago when his coworker recommended we "kill time" there. Like several palaces we have visited, Schleißheim was another attempt at copying Versailles. A big difference was... we were the ONLY ones there! Who knew on a Friday morning you can have an entire palace and gardens to yourself right outside of Munich? (well minus the gallery lady who followed us between the rooms)

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Happy Weekend,

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