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ruth-flowers-2Who’s looking forward to spring? I can’t wait and have started compiling my wish list of pretty, sweet things. Here are springy flowers for Ruth’s birthday party this past Sunday: we celebrated 3 people that day and 2 people the day before!ruth-flowersLemony cookies were the perfect, bright sweets to bring to the party.lemonswith sprinkles of rainbow sugar crystals from Chambre de Sucre for a little crunch and colorful sparkle.lemon-cookiesFor the occasion of meeting Evelyne and Alan’s extremely adorable 4 1/2 month old son Oliver: purples and greens.evelyne-flowersAnd for Jenn’s 40th Birthday Party at the delicious iCi in Brooklyn, more yellow, purple and greens.jenn-flowersThis time making the banana bread recipe from Leite’s Culinaria I used regular wheat flour. I also like adding chocolate chips and keeping it in the fridge; it’s pretty good chilled. And using mini loaf pans makes it easier to distribute to friends. banana-breadThis leftover tulip was just for me.tulip-2It opened beautifully: a promise of the warmer, sunnier months to come, may they arrive swiftly.tulip