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You can say it with flowers

or breakfast in bed,

“Say It Sweetly” (Iced Sugar Cookies) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/5, 1/20s, ISO 640, +0.3EV, Built-in Fill Flash w/Gary Fony ‘Puffer Diffuser’, +0.7EV, Color Efex Pro ‘Vignette Border’

but I choose to say it

with COOKIES instead! ūüôā

 

‚ô• HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! ‚ô•

I love you!!!

 
Celebrating¬†Valentine’s Day with¬†your honey¬†doesn’t¬†have to be complicated.¬†

“I Love U Berry Much” (Heart-shaped Strawberries) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G, F/6.3, 1/6s, -0.7EV, Built-in Rear-Curtain Flash w/Gary Fong “Puffer” Diffuser, -0.3EV

Bottle of bubbly.

Bowl of strawberries.

Melted dark chocolate.

(Clothing optional. ūüėČ )

It’s not often that one can dine like a queen, but that is exactly how I felt at the ‘White Truffle Food & Wine Dinner’ at Victoria & Albert’s, ¬†a fine dining restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World. This wasn’t simply a ‘dinner’, but rather, a gastronomic experience!

From the moment we stepped through the double doors, dressed in clothing fitting such an event (I, in a cream gown, hubby in a tux), we were greeted warmly by Lana and escorted to our table, formally set with linens, fine china and real silver flatware. A small ottoman promptly arrived next to my chair to discreetly hold my evening bag as we were handed our personalized menus for the evening.

I felt a combination of excitement and nerves as to what was to happen next. Random thoughts ran crazily through my head… ‘Just breathe’…¬† ‘Don’t drop your napkin’…¬† ‘Elbows off the table’…¬† ‘Did I¬†put on¬†antiperspirant??’…¬† ‘Oh, my, what is that knife for?’

The outstanding wait staff¬†did all they could to put us at ease so, as I sipped champagne and chatted with our friends at the table, I relaxed and thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ ūüôā

Folks, it was wonderful!¬† Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel is a master at his craft and, along with his elite¬†staff (led by Israel Perez, Maitre d’ Hotel and Erich Herbitschek, Pastry Chef), presented plate after exquisite plate. My taste buds will never be the same but I know they are better for the experience.

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The slideshow¬†doesn’t begin to do the food justice (poor lighting, no room to move, etc.). As the evening wore on (dinner lasted 6 hours), we were all feeling the effects of the wine and the ambience¬†(which totally explains that one photo showing¬†a¬†mostly eaten cheese course.¬†Ooops! ūüėČ )

If you ever get the chance to enjoy such an evening, I strongly recommend it!

Please Note: Unfortunately, I cannot control how quickly the images advance. HOWEVER, if you hover your mouse over the slideshow area, a set of controls will display allowing you to STOP the auto advancement of the images. Then, you can use the forward and back arrows to scroll through the images at your leisure.

On this day of giving thanks, I am truly grateful for my husband, kitty, warm home, my¬†family, wonderful friends and neighbors, good health, abundance of joyful days and a belly full of turkey! ūüėČ

“Thank-FULL” (Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/5, 1/10s, +0.7EV, ISO 1000, Built-in i-TTL Flash, -1.0EV

Here’s hoping all your plates are equally¬†full!

Happy Thanksgiving! ūüôā

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