Monday, April 23, 2018

Regency Tea Demonstration Dance

Last week the group that we dance with in Orange County received a special invitation to do a demonstration of Regency era English Country Dance for the Victorian Tea Society of Orange County who were holding a Jane Austen Tea at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Now say that ten times fast!

Ben and I were very excited to participate in this for a couple of reasons. First off we love any excuse to dress up and dance. But even more excitingly, this was the location of our wedding! You can see pictures of it here.

This was a very nice and well organized event. I would've been happy just attending just as a guest! They even had two tables set up for their demonstration dancers!

As you might have noticed it was COMPLETELY Jane Austen themed! 

I loved that some of the attendees even dressed up, so we were not the only ones in period attire! 

I found the organizers quite adorable! 

We loved our seating location right next to the rose garden. 

Marcee and Diane looked lovely in purple.

Who's that? Just the handsomest guy around!

These two beautiful ladies are two our newest dancers and a mother and daughter duo! We can thank mom Teri for taking lots of photos and video of us dancing! 

At the start of the meal they served us delicious tea and scones. 

Then it was time for us to demonstrate English country dancing.

We danced a few dances and then invited guests from the audience to join us in dancing.

On the left you can spot Judee our dance instructor/caller. She did a wonderful job explaining how the style of dance works and some of the basic steps. This made it super easy to start teaching the volunteers how to dance.

Here are two short video clips of our performances. 

After our performance we had a yummy boxed lunch waiting for us (the tea guests ate their lunch while we danced). If you look carefully at the bottom of the box you might recognize a common restaurant name - Chic Fil A!

We were quite surprised when we opened our boxes! 

And then a delicious desert plate arrived! 

The Heritage Museum has lots of beautiful places to explore. And the Kellogg house was open for self-guided tours, so of course we went in! 

You might think we're all seriousness, but we're actually quite the playful group! 

Our two handsome naval men! 

This house was built with a real ship's mast right up the center and lots of fun balconies. 

We may have had a little too much fun playing photo shoot...

Emily decided to go back to school. 

Ilima wanted to consult her on an Austen question.

More stairs photos!

See I told you, silly! 

All good things must come to an end. Honestly it was such a wonderful day, I really hope they ask us to do this again! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Veggie Mexican Quinoa Soup

Oh my word I made this the other day and it was so good I just had to share it with you! I make a lot of vegetarian/vegan friendly meals because I have several friends who are vegetarian and one who is lactose intolerant. This dinner fits the bill for all of them! Ben and I eat meat but we love this dish so much, I hope you do too!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Visit to the Air Show at March Air Force Base

Ben has been itching to take Carolyn to an air show since its obvious that she shares his love of air planes. Last weekend we had a wonderful time visiting March Air Force Base for their annual air show.  We were so happy that some friends and their family could come too!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Instant Pot Steam Hack

Do you own an instant pot? If you don't, what are you waiting for? I put one on my wish list for my birthday this past year and have been loving using it, thanks Mom! Although I have a lot of counter space in my kitchen I am restricted on where I can put my instant pot. You see you need to keep your instant pot plugged in and all of my outlets coincidentally happen to be under cabinets! The problem here is the steam!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter Celebration 2018

For me the Easter celebration actually starts the week before on Palm Sunday. When I was a child I would proudly proclaim that I liked Palm Sunday better than Easter. It's a day to celebrate the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. People were so excited for him to come they waved palm branches and laid their cloaks down on the road for his processional. I loved parading around the church waiving the palm branch, yelling hosanna! I was so excited that Carolyn was able to partake in the tradition  this year too!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Colonial Ball

Finally a colonial era ball that we could attend! Ben and I were so excited to be able to go to this ball. We've been to countless Regency balls but this was our first Colonial/Georgian.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


It rained in Southern California! I know rain does not sound like a big deal but around here it is. It means are dry, dry earth finally get some refreshing nourishment. It also means that drivers have no idea what to do! This is how little it rain here, one of my friends children told her that the sprinklers were on in the sky! Best of all little children get to put on the rain slickers and boots and go stomping in the puddles! It's funny Carolyn was very confused by what I was encouraging her to do!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chai Frosting

It was my sister in laws birthday last weekend and she recently has decided to become a vegan. Having lots of previous experience cooking and baking for a vegan friend I volunteered to bake the birthday cake!

After lots of Pinterest searching I came across this amazing recipe by The Almond Eater and we both decided that this was the cake to make! I'm not going to post the cake directly here because that would be stealing her awesome work but you can click this link to go get the recipe yourself. I followed it almost to a T except I used a different type of butter. My grocery store does not sell Earth Balance, although I have purchased it at a different store and really do like it. But they did have a new butter called Melt and I decided to give it a try! It's made using coconut oil and it definitely does have a coconut taste. I decided this would work well in this instance because coconut and chai are friends!

Everybody loved the cake and the frosting too! And as I predicted they did go well together! I think this is probably the moistest cake I've ever made it was so soft and delicious. If you are in need of a vegan cake recipe I highly recommend it.

To celebrate her birthday we all went out to eat at a restaurant called the Veggie Grill, they have wonderful food. Then we went back to my parents house and had cake and presents. And lots of fun with lots of little ones running around! 

By far my favorite photo of the night!

I am so lucky that the Lord blessed me with Lindsay as my sister in law! I love having her as my special sister that I can confide in and share all sorts of mommy experiences with! Happy birthday Lindsay! 

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