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Places | U.S. Botanic Garden

I thought this post was going to be a “venue spotlight” post where I could talk about having your wedding at the U.S. Botanic Garden.  Nope, the not-very-helpful-but-pleasant-enough info desk guy said.  It’s federal land and so you can’t rent it out… I was unclear on the details, but there was a very useful sign saying “no weddings ever.”  So you won’t be getting married at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

But you could do your engagement photos there.  In fact, this nifty greenhouse has a ton of secret little spots for getting your picture on.  I think it would make a lovely setting, and of course you would have the Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops as soon as you step outside.  Plus, there are lots of great plants.

beautiful puddles of light on plants at u.s. botanic garden

I decided to use a slight silver effect for these black and white images.  I’m not really sure why, but I thought it looked good and so went with it for all the monotones.

Amber cooks | Strawberry Syrup & Multigrain French Toast

One of my favorite businesses is Best Buns, a lovely little bakery a block and a half from my house.  I love being able to stop off on the way home from work and pick up a beautiful baguette.  They’ve got lots of other tasty goodies as well – including a hearty multigrain bread.  I used it this weekend to make some very indulgent, but hopefully not too sinful, french toast.

french toast with strawberry sauce

You’ll have to forgive me about the recipe.  I’m not very good with measurements, particularly if I feel that they are unnecessary (which is most of the time, when I’m making dishes I can already pretty accurately produce).  Here’s where you start:

bread in the kitchen with other ingredients

You’ll need:

  • A beautiful loaf of bread.  You could bake your own or you could walk down to your bakery and buy a loaf.  This whole thing works better with a hearty, complex multigrain.

Stuff I Love: the library

The public library.  It is so awesome it’s almost unbelievable.  I won’t spend much time selling you on the reasons to visit a library.  If you’re anything like me, you’re already well versed.  If you’re not anything like me, you’re probably not reading my blog!  I’ll just tell you my all-time favorite library feature: holds.

If you are a card-carrying member of the Arlington system, you can put something like 75 books on hold at once.  Then they magically come from libraries throughout the system right to the library most convenient to you.  I like to put bestselling books, DVDs, popular nonfiction, etc. on my list – books that aren’t available now.  And then when they come available, it is like a present.  You never know when they’re coming, but they are!  Here’s George at Central – the biggest library in the Arlington system.

handsome guy at the library