Friday, October 19, 2012

23rd Birthday Celebrations

You're about to get punched in the face with pictures. I apologize in advance. But I just have to share all the aspects of the awesomely autumny birthday that I had! On Wednesday, I turned 23 and it just so happened that I had the day off from work. When I thought about what I wanted to do on my birthday day off, I decided I definitely wanted to go to the orchard and go apple picking. Oh the loveliness of having a birthday in autumn. :)

In addition to going to the orchard, I was given a few surprise treats as well! My cousin made a delicious hot apple cider cocktail especially for me! And before we went to the orchard, Chris surprised me with this awesome Reese's cake decorated with the Jurassic Park symbol. To top it off, he played the Jurassic Park theme on trumpet as I walked in. Yes, he's pretty amazing. :)

After having some cake, we took off with a couple of friends to go to the orchard. It was one of the most gorgeous autumn days we've had this whole season. Not too chilly and nice and sunny! Of course, before picking apples, I had to stop and look at the pumpkins. Pumpkins make me so happy. They're just so bright and cute and wonderful. I love the classic orange ones, but I also like the white ones! The foliage was really pretty up there, too. The trees are probably midway to peak and possibly almost at peak in the upper regions of the state. I hope to go see some of the foliage up that way next week.

Dress: Dear Creatures//Sweater: Delia's//Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang
Scarf: Was a Christmas gift//Mocassins: Forever 21//Bag: Forever 21
I really couldn't wait to share this Dear Creatures dress with you all, and now here it is! I love it. It's the perfect shade of burnt orange and it's so comfy! When I got it, I think I knew that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. It's so perfectly autumny and probably one of my favorite pieces to wear now.

I didn't take any pumpkins home with me, but I did take a bunch of pictures! haha. My family and I are going pumpkin picking this weekend. We usually carve it into a Jack o' Lantern, but I've seen so many neat ideas for decorating pumpkins on Pinterest that I just might try something new this year.

After the pumpkins came the apples! Apparently the apples were a little ahead of schedule for the season, so there weren't as many varieties to pick, but I still managed to pick seven pounds worth of apples. I picked Jonagold, Ida Red, Empire, and Golden Delicious. I tasted them all as we picked. Apples are always the best right off the tree. :)

I'll definitely have to try and put these apples to good use! I still have a recipe and ingredients for these apple pie eggrolls that I was going to make a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I'll make those next week. I'm sure it won't use up all the seven pounds I have, but it's a start! Chris keeps begging me to make my apple cookies... :)

I thought it'd be funny if the guys climbed on each others' shoulders and tried to pick an apple that was high up in the tree. Of course, they went for it and they did succeed, although the apple they picked was kind of deformed looking.

I can't ever leave the orchard without visiting the market. There's too many yummy things to drool over! I don't know why, but I was feeling pretty simple and just wanted a Halloween sugar cookie. I always get won over by things that are holiday-themed...especially Halloween! They had pumpkins and witches, but there was only one pumpkin left. By the time I made up my mind that it was what I wanted and got in line, it was gone and I had to go with the witch. Oh well. The witch was cool anyway because it was purple and orange. I also had some of my friend's pumpkin cupcake. I thought it was going to be an actual pumpkin cake, but I think it was just a white cake decorated like a pumpkin.

After we ate our treats, we left and went home. My mom cooked one of my favorite dinners for me - oven roast, mashed potatoes, and stuffed artichokes. Her stuffed artichokes are so amazing. I could eat about four of them every day for the rest of my life if it were possible. For my birthday cake, I requested spice cake. My mom ordered it from a local bakery, and it was so delicious. I've gotten ice cream cake every year probably ever since I was a kid, but this year I thought I'd change it up. Spice cake is one of my favorites and I never ever get to have it. Plus, it definitely fits with the autumn theme!

It was such an awesome birthday and I'm grateful that I have wonderful people to make it special for me and share it with. I got to go apple picking, eat Jurassic Park cake, drink cider, have an awesome dinner, eat cookies, eat spice cake, and look at pumpkins and foliage. What better way is there to spend a birthday in October? :)


  1. oh my gosh now i wish i had gotten the dress in the orange color! I LOVE it on you. i have the blue one :D this looks really great - and how awesome that he learned the theme on trumpet! such a great sounding birthday - happy birthday!!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

    1. Thank you so much, Katherine! The dress is so cute and comfy...I wish I could have it in every color! haha.

  2. We know we're getting old when the look at here only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.