Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thankfully Mother Nature treated my family and me to one of the most beautiful summer weekends I've ever had. We celebrated at Izzy's Ice Cream. I had Norwegian Chai with an Izzy of Salted Caramel.
Saturday June 18, 2011
My uncle, Rich, Aunt, Margie and cousin, Ellie were in Minneapolis so we met for dinner. It is always great to see my relatives when they are in town.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Today is my little sister's birthday! Even though I am the older sister, it is Emily who has blazed trails for me. Including international travel. Besides a couple of trips to Canada (doesn't count when you're from the Upper Midwest), I had never been outside of the US until I visited Emily while she studied in Sweden. She introduced me to Princess Torte. Sponge cake layered with cream enveloped by a hug of marzipan.
A few years have passed since she first introduced me to this cake. We lived together for a couple of years, times I will never forget. She now lives many miles away from me and I miss her greatly. I look forward to our next adventure together- hopefully involving treats like this!
Here is the Wikipedia information on Princess torte:
A Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake) is a traditional Swedish cake consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, whipped cream and thick pastry cream all topped with a 2-3 mm thick layer of marzipan. The marzipan overlay is normally green, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and often decorated with a pink marzipan rose. The original recipe first appeared in the 1930s "Prinsessornas Kokbok" cookbook, which was published by Jenny Åkerström, a teacher of the daughters of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland. The cake was originally called "Grön tårta" (green cake), but was given the name "prinsesstårta" or "princess cake" because the princesses were said to have been especially fond of the cake.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Scott joined me in Sioux Falls so that he could spend some quality time with my sister, Emily, while she was visiting from DC. One of our favorite stops in Sioux Falls is Monk's House of Ale Repute because they have a great selection of beers on tap.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The newest addition to my maternal side of the family tree is Avery Jean. She is the first born daughter of my cousin, Cathie and her husband, Josh. Avery is a sweet little baby who had so many great expressions for being about 10 days old! I chose this shot because of her little dimple, pierced lips and you can see her red hair.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
While in Sioux Falls, my cousin, Abby, gave us a private viewing of her artwork which will be on display at her high school graduation reception. She showed us art from when she was just starting out so it was fun to see how much she has grown as an artist over the years. She has paintings, drawings, mixed media and pottery. She recently won an award for her work on a local high school dance committee which raises money for local charities. She will be majoring in art and psychology next year in her first year at college.
Sunday, April 18, 2011
My little nuclear family is finally together after my sister had a weekend full of annoying air travel delays. We celebrated my mom's birthday and Emily gave her a binder full of reports from her ancestry research. This is a photo of my mom looking at her side of the family tree. Because of my sister's diligence, we are all learning more about our roots.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Today is my mom's birthday and I wish I could have spent the day celebrating her in person. Instead, I just thought about her a lot and tried to figure out the best way to honor her on her special day. Cookies, a trip to Conny's Creamy Cone, and flowers all crossed my mind as possibilities. Fortunately, after having dinner in Dinkytown, my friend Allie wanted to stop at The Book House. Of course! Books! My mom is a voracious reader and she spends many hours in her favorite chairs turning the pages of interesting non-fiction books. Also related to her birthday, she has reminded us many times that the date of her birth is marred with bad luck. While it certainly is tragic, the only huge event that I find on record is in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater. That so happens to be her favorite example, but she also thought the Titanic sank on her birthday. Close, but it was actually on the 15th of Apri! She would say, close enough!
I have nothing but positive associations with April 14 (sorry Abe) because I love my mom dearly and try to treat her like everyday is her birthday. I live more than four hours away from her, and wish I could meet up with her for iced tea or lunch on a whim. Instead, my sister and I have started a tradition of traveling from our respective homes to spend a week with her around her birthday.
Can't wait to see you soon mom!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It was great fun to be included in my cousin, Erika's daughter's fifth birthday party. Avery is on the left in the photo and she had 7 friends over to her house for a whirlwind of fun. They started by making mini pizzas, listened to stories, ate ice cream cake, had balloon animals made, opened presents (it was a group activity) and ended the day with a scavenger hunt for treats that the guests took home. Erika and John did a fantastic job of keeping these active children entertained. I had to take a nap afterward and all I did was observe and press my finger on the shutter button.
Happy birthday Avery!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Today is my dad's birthday. To honor his special day, the picture of the day is Scrabble related. He loves the game and has been known to play for hours on end at his computer. He is quite competitive and my mom refuses to play against him. My sister and I are gluttons for punishment and play Words with Friends with him on our iPhones.
Most of the words used remind me of my dad or my dad's character. Of course I ran out of letters for some of the words I wanted to use and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't come up with appropriate descriptors for "z" and "q". I guess I needed his help!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family