Fourth of July Weekend – Centralia/Olympia, Washington Photographer

We had a busy but fun weekend.

On Thursday night I got into the baking mood. I started with two layers of lemon cake, filled with lemon curd, topped with cream cheese frosting, raspberries and blueberries.

Then, for no particular reason, I ventured into making coconut cupcakes. I made cupcakes that couldn’t have been more coconutty if I tried…coconut milk in the cupcake batter, along with shredded coconut and coconut extract. Coconut extract in the frosting, and topped them off with a ton of coconut! I have four cupcake pans, and no patience, so I made one pan of HUGEMONGO cupcakes, and one half pan of regular size ones…made for a funny lookin’ platter!

These are our new housemates: Josie and Milo. My sister’s cat had a litter of kittens, and we got to bring two home yesterday.

Josie is crazy…

…to Milo’s mellow.

And to finish off, here are a few images from my underwater camera housing. I am excited to use it in Mexico, and while we had hot weather a few weekends back, we did a trial run!

This is Isabel…my darlin’ little niece!

This is Alec, her little bro…he was a stinker that day!

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  • cheloJuly 7, 2008 - 3:28 pm

    Your kitties are adorable- get lots of pics while they stay tiny- it doesn’t last long 🙂

    Love the water shots!!

  • LindseyJuly 7, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    Wow, these are the best 4th of July shots I’ve seen yet— I’m hungry now! Wish I had half of that cooking talent/creativity! Awesome shots of the kiddos as well. And I have a little kitten named Miho!

  • paige elizabethJuly 8, 2008 - 8:05 am

    I looooove Josie & Milo! Nothing is better than a house full of kittens!

  • GailJuly 8, 2008 - 11:50 am

    Hey Amanda – thanks for leaving me some blog lovin’! Just wanted to return the favor and to say good gracious those confections you made look DELICIOUS!!!! You took a 4th of July post to a whole new level with your craftiness! Yummy! 🙂

  • Jill HigginsJuly 8, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Yum – cake! I love the 4th – it looks like you all had a great time!