April 2016 iPhonetography

Before we dive into the month of April, a little blog housekeeping.  If you’re reading this via an RSS feed or an email subscription, I encourage you to click on over — Bunsen Burner Bakery recently got a big facelift, and things look a lot different around here!  I switched over to WordPress, which meant a brand new site design and a logo design as well.  There’s still a lot of work to do behind the scenes, so you might find a few broken links, recipes not in appropriate categories, and a lot of featured images that show up as helix spatulas, but I’m slowly working my way through all my old posts to update everything.  (Also, if you find any 404 errors — a page is no longer where it should be — please let me know! As I am writing this post, my friend just texted me to say my sugar cookie recipe was missing and I didn’t even realize it!)

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Now, onto the month of April, which was a pretty big one around here: not only did we unveil a new site design for Bunsen Burner Bakery, but in even bigger news, Ryan turned the big o-n-e, and we celebrated with a trip to Nashville!  We also took a trip down to DC for a baby shower for a wonderful friend (in fact, the one who pointed out the error mentioned above) and hosted Passover again this year.  May and June are shaping up to be just as busy — the lazy indoor days of winter are long gone around here!

As usual, here’s a roundup in pictures of how we spent the past month. Many of these come from my private Instagram account, but you can follow along on my public account here.

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1) Astronaut, rocket ship, moon, and star cookies for a stellar baby shower – I think these are my favorite cookies that I’ve ever made!
2) Ryan and his buddy Russell making music – visiting our friends in DC is even better now that Ryan has a friend that he absolutely adores.
3) I finally tracked down a new Kinderpack in the “Elemental” print — elements from the periodic table!  Perfect for this biochemist.
4) A trip to the suburbs to meet with our accountant was made much more tolerable with this beautiful rainbow.
5) Tiny traveler watching the planes come in.
6) Finally made it to a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream — and Ryan tried his first ever bite of ice cream (brambleberry crip and bourbon butter pecan).
7) Even though neither of us are country music fans, we still took a tour of the Grand Ole Opry.  At the end of the tour, you wind up on the stage and are given the opportunity to sing — Ryan grabbed the microphone and went to town.  Baby’s first performance!
8) Family selfie in the Opryland Hotel.
9) Birthday boy! We celebrated his actual birthday with a donut from Five Daughters, and low and behold, who is behind us in line but our favorite Philadelphia chef, Michael Solomonov.  We travelled all the way to Nashville to have a donut with someone who lives two miles away from our house.
10) Ryan’s godfather arranged for a cannoli delivery to our house since it’s time for him to learn valuable lessons, like “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Best. Godfather. Ever.
11) The good news: I’ve had some private and near-private Friday evening spin classes lately.  The bad news: because it’s so poorly attended, it looks like my class has been taken off the gym schedule for the summer.  Womp womp.  I’ve really liked an hour of personal training followed by an hour of (personal) spin – I will really miss this combo.
12) Baby’s first haircut!  He was so well behaved and curious – no tears, no panic, just watching intently the whole time.
13) We opted not to have a party for Ryan, but I couldn’t resist baking him a cake, so we brought it over to dinner with friends.  I made a blueberry vanilla layer cake with layers of blueberry cardamom curd and whipped cream frosting, and as expected, Ryan went straight for the blueberries, picking each one off the top.  You enjoy that fruit, little guy; the adults will gladly dig into your cake! (Cake recipe coming soon.)
14) Passover seder – my mother brought the main course (brisket and a fantastic orange and prune chicken), my mother in law brought soup, and I provided the sides, trying out a few new recipes.  At least one will be making an appearance on the blog soon!
15) Ryan has been enrolled in Early Intervention for a few weeks now for gross motor delays, and it’s amazing how much he’s taken off after just a few sessions of physical therapy.  He’s already climbing up and down the stairs — no stopping him now!
16) Just a happy baby photo (and a new, short haircut for me).