For Liliana and her superstar mom.
Jamie made Henning gluten free cookies for his birthday!!!
Her baking is way better than mine lol…
Henning says I don’t bake enough, which is true…
We used gluten free devils food cake mix, and it turned out amazing…
Construction documents paper flowers, gluten free cake, and an advice book!
Finishing the last of the holiday season goodies at work. Love the slogan on this peppermint bark tin!
I have no idea why we have so many of these little guys in our household…
Lactose-free peach ice cream using coconut cream! Benefits of having neighbors with an ice cream maker…
Making peach-mango ice cream, making dinner, and CATS!!!
After seemingly YEARS of not getting here during business hours, we finally stumbled across Saratoga Chocolates with an open door!
Cooking lots of food! It’s a family affair!
Liz got a fellowship! Celebrating with fancy chocolates. :)
Thanks Jim and Molly!
This fancy local artisan chocolate is so Seattle. :P
A gift one of the architects sent to our office… almost too pretty to eat!
Joining in the Vienna coffee house culture…
Getting distracted in a chocolate shop on our way to the Naschmarkt…
Roaming Vienna’s largest outdoor market…
Secession Building (architecture exhibits)…
St. Charles’s Church in the background… behind yet another café…
Vienna State Opera house… by day…
Monument Against War and Fascism, in Albertinaplatz
Pit stop at the Swarovski store for my mom…
Some of this stuff is so far beyond my financial comprehension…
Back at the apartment… finished our chocolate puzzle!
Christiane’s famous spaghetti and meatballs!
(and gluten free what a treat!)
Bubble Tea in Vienna?!?!!
State Opera house by night. Going to see the Nutcracker!
Such a beautiful building…
…and great show!
Getting a feel for Vienna by night…
Happy New Year breakfast and a puzzle!
Getting on a train to Semmering!
Henning will tell you that this train trip is most important not for the destination, but rather for the ride… which traverses a portion of Austrian Alps via UNESCO World Heritage bridges and aqueducts!
A historic train car!
What awesome civil engineering feats!
Semmering train station…
Gasometer – 4 old giant gas tanks that were converted into residential and commercial space. SO COOL!!
Henning enjoying McDonald’s in Austria…
McCafe’s lousy attempt at macarons (McCarons… get it?…)
Attempting to watch the Rose Bowl game from Vienna…
Dog in the bar!
We lost the game, but we still love the Stanford football team!
Mel and Ada surprised me the night before my birthday with food, flowers and a gluten free chocolate cake. :) So much love!!
Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!
Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. :)
Detour totally worth it!
Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…
They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!
Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!
Stopping by the Nature Center…
In Solvang for the day…
(The chocolate super melted btw…)
Back to the lake…
Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
Spent a wonderful evening with Henning’s aunt’s family in Redwood City to celebrate some of the recent birthdays.
Henning and I got a care package from his mom Christiane.
I like to say it came in a “Henning-sized shoebox.”
Look at all the stuff we got!! Cookies!!
And I haven’t had an advent calendar in YEARS!!
I didn’t buy this, but I did notice the kickback style of the new Hershey’s wrappers… interesting…
Spent a few hours in downtown Palo Alto this past weekend to share a cup of coffee with a friend at Coupa Café. Coupa, in addition to its incredible Venezuelan coffee, has great sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets as well.
Received a cute package at work today, and I was especially surprised and touched to receive not just roses (in a vase)… but rather living rose buds in a pot!! :) My baby gets me.
Here’s the gift I made him, using photos from the past year. Hen and I played with the arrangement of letters together, and this is what we decided on (to be framed).