Friday Things


1. Einstein had his follow-up appointment this Tuesday, got his drain and stitches removed, and is as good as new! Everything healed up perfectly and he is back to regular life with no restrictions (other than no rough housing for a few days while the scabs heal).

(My Chief Culinary Consultant says that this photo of Einstein looks like an old-school yearbook photo where there person is looking off into the distance ;-))

2. And this little devil turned 10 months old on Wednesday! He’s still such a baby πŸ™‚


3.Β On Sunday, my Chief Culinary Consultant and I took a glass embossing class at theΒ Pittsburgh Glass CenterΒ (thanks to a gift certificate given to us by my sister for Christmas). I made a wine glass with a Christmas theme (obviously) and a pint glass with an “L” etched in it (I used a dremel!).

Embossed Glasses

We had fun; I’d love to do a glass blowing class and make a Christmas ornament down the road.

4.Β We are leaving today for our beach vacaaaaaaaation! I can’t wait for my toes to touch sand and ocean, ahh! I do have some recipes scheduled for you for next week, but if you leave a comment or send an email, please know that it likely won’t be responded to until I am back home next Monday. Thanks for your understanding and support of my need to unplug every now and then πŸ™‚

5. If you’re watching the Stanley Cup playoffs, is your team still alive? The first round was crazy and I enjoyed watching all of the games; so much overtime! The Penguins are moving on to the second round to face the NY Rangers, but not before giving me indigestion for pretty week an entire week. Whyyyy do they have to make it so stressful!? (We already have an online streaming/HDMI hookup figured out for watching games while on vacation, because of course we would.)

6.Β So, I totally have a girl crush on Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. DJ from the television show Full House (which I watched every.single.Friday.night). Do you follow her onΒ TwitterΒ orΒ Instagram? She always looks so puuuuurty!

7. Duke has managed to do what Einstein has tried his whole life to accomplish… he can pick up and carry two tennis balls in his mouth at the same time! I’m still trying to get a photo or video of it, but every time I try, he gets excited and runs over to me and drops them πŸ˜‰

8. My Chief Culinary Consultant was watching The Vanilla Ice Project last Saturday and I totally got sucked in. Home remodeling shows always wow me, but oh boy, is wallpaper really making a comeback?! Also, I couldn’t help but to think that his sidekick “Wes” reminded me of Kenny Powers’ sidekick “Stevie” from Eastbound and Down. Yes, we watched that show. Yes, I’m probably short a few brain cells as a result.

9. Are you watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow or doing anything festive for it? I’m pretty sure I’ll be 100% focused on staring at the ocean at that point in time.

10. TGIF! I’m going to miss these faces so much!

Einstein and Duke chewing rawhides together


25 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Mandy on May 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Enjoy your vacation! Love the watermelon polish color.
    By the way, I eally recommend trying out Boston’s Fish House in New Smryna for the best lightly fried fish you can find. I don’t think it’s too terribly far from where you”re vacationing. πŸ™‚


  2. JoeyfromSC on May 2, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Your dogs are so cute! I like Candace too! I actually was at a taping of a talk show a couple months ago that she did here in L.A. and we got her book! lol..She looked SO thin and beautiful in person btw:)

    Enjoy your vacation!!



    • JoeyfromSC on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Here is a clip can see me on the left in the audience when she first comes out(I was the 1st to stand up haha-I’m wearing the grey jacket/bowtie)

      Fun! Ross ended up giving her the pillow pal doll that she had from the show..She said it was the one thing she kept from the show & a couple years ago, her dog shredded it up lol


  3. Anne Wright on May 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

    What precious pups! So glad Einstein is better! That cone head is no fun! Love the first photo of him!!!


  4. Norma on May 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

    This is going to be a great series! I’m a die hard Rangers fan. Both of our teams gave us heart palpitations in the first round! I’m watching game 1 tonight at the home of a Penguins fan. πŸ™‚ Hope we don’t beat each other up! LOL

    Have a wonderful beach vacation!


  5. Denise P. on May 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Love those pups. I always look forward to the Friday pictures. Glad that Einstein has recovered. Have a great vacation!


  6. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    No matter how crazy busy I am, if a blog has pictures of animals….I’m in.
    And your dog pics…just suck me in!!! ughh. and I have so much to do =)

    Have a great vaca!!!!


  7. rosa on May 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I love your dogs so much they are adorable they remind me of our golden she died in 2008 I miss her so much thanks a lot for the pics it makes me happy seeing them.


  8. Lorrie on May 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    You do know that Candace Cameron Bure is on Dancing with the Stars?


    • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I do! I don’t watch that show, though.


  9. Haley @ Sugar Bloom on May 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Your glass creations look fantastic! I’ve always wanted to take one of those classes πŸ™‚


  10. Beth on May 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Have a great vacation! Go Minnesota Wild!!!! πŸ™‚


  11. Patti Z on May 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Have a great (well deserved!) vacation, BEB!


  12. Michael R. on May 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Am making a Kentucky “derby” cake tomorrow – *How*…. I don’t know yet but will do my best. Have fun on the vacation, Michelle; We’ll have a mint julep for you!


  13. Mercedes on May 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Let’s go RANGERS!


  14. Char Riippi on May 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    So glad to hear Einstein is “good to go.”
    He was such the perfect patient!!
    Sure look forward to Einstein and Duke’s snapshots!!
    Such beautiful animals!!
    My Black Hawks are still going strong after a thrilling series with the Blues! (don’t know if I can keep taking all those over-times though)
    Lucky you, heading to a beach vacation!! So envious!


  15. Lucy on May 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Have a great vacation Michelle and enjoy the sun and sand for me too! It will be June before I get to the beach. The furry guys are so cute, thanks for posting and adding a little extra happiness to my day. I love dogs (and all animals!) πŸ™‚ I saw Candace on a few of the Hallmark Chanel Christmas movies this year, I kept thinking I knew her from somewhere and now I know where that was. My kids used to watch Full House every Friday night. I remember well because it was part of our Friday pizza/TV night, they loved it. Have a great week and we will still be here when you get back πŸ™‚


  16. Charity on May 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    My favorite team (Blackhawks!) made it to the 2nd round too after some tough games. The overtimes!! Interesting to see how they do against the Wild tonight after they blew them out last year. I am going to trying to sneak my workout in tonight before watching them myself.


  17. Robin Christensen on May 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I LOVE Einstein’s picture! Very debonair! And of course Duke is adorable as usual!
    We too, watched Eastbound and Down – why, I do not know, but we did!
    Congrats to Duke on the balls – we have a friend whose huge lab can get 3 in there! It is hilarious!!!!
    You have a fabulous vacation and don’t get too sunburned! Can’t wait to see pictures!


  18. Katy on May 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Candace is one of those celebrities who has her priorities in order and her head screwed on straight. I admire her. She’s been through a lot, but appears to live a pretty normal life these days with her family and her faith at the forefront. I don’t do the “celebrity worship” thing – my opinion is that they’re all just people like the rest of us, they just happen to have jobs that make them recognizable. But there are a few who I appreciate for their down-to-earth approach to life off screen. πŸ™‚

    Your pups get cuter every time you post pictures! Duke has gotten so big.

    Have fun on vacation – time unplugged is always good! πŸ™‚


  19. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction on May 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I always love your puppy pics and look forward to them every week. So glad Einstein is doing better. Have a great time on vacation.


  20. Janet on May 5, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Oh how I adore your dogs. But how can you leave them behind can’t you find dog friendly accommodation? We always take our two Jack Russells on vacance. They love it.


    • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Hi Janet, Golden Retrievers aren’t quite as transportable as Jack Russell terriers, especially 1,000 miles away πŸ˜‰ Most large beach houses are not large dog friendly and Duke really isn’t old enough yet to be comfortable leaving him alone in a strange place if we go out for the day or to dinner, etc. They do great at the boarding facility where they stay!


  21. Nicole on May 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Your blog is always so engaging. I love seeing what new things you have to talk about every week. I like to drink my morning coffee and read through your content. Working on a kitchen help and recipe blog myself. I hope to aspire to do so well as you.


  22. Tashiana on June 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

    100% the most beautiful dog I have ever seen – your photography is out shined on this one!! Goldens are my absolute favorite.


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