Jazz Fest

As I said here this was the first year in many that I did not host some type of party or event for my birthday.
And while it did feel a little bit weird to not really be doing ANYTHING it was still a SPECTACULAR birthday.
This year was definitely different as I wanted to do something a little outside the box.
My original idea was to go to Temecula and do some wine tasting with some friends but, while talking to a girlfriend who's hubby's bday is two days after mine, she told me about how they usually go to the Playboy Jazz Festival to celebrate.
I was instantly intrigued being that I had heard tale of it but had never personally been.
Everyone I'd heard from always talked about what a great time they had and how much fun it was!!
So I thought, "why not?"
I like jazz, I like being outdoors and I like listening to music.
I like people watching too.
So back in April sometime I purchased our tickets and our other friends ordered their coordinating seats and it was on!
Saturday FINALLY came and it was time to go.
Of course, since it was my birthday week and I did insist upon making cupcakes twice already, I was behind schedule with all that I needed to do and gather to make the day a great one.
7 errand stops later on Friday the kid and I made it home.
I ate really quickly and then got to work on the stuffing for the Pioneer Woman's  BBQ Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers and the second batch of Snickers cupcakes  and the all important Jell-O shots.
Of course I ended up taking longer than I had anticipated and was up WAY too late.
Fortunately for me, my sous chef was around to help slice the jalapeno's!
Unfortunately for him he chose to not wear any gloves whilst seeding the peppers and was subsequently paying for it later (and still is) 
I however, used gloves on my half so I was fine.
Babe- not so much.
He decided at some point to wash his face before bed and thought his face was on fire.
Lesson learned: always wear gloves when seeding jalapenos

Anywho- we still needed a cooler and whatnot. 
So  I woke up ultra early to cook the poppers and get started on the cupcakes.
As per usual I was short one important ingredient in the cake baking process so I had to run and go get that.
While I was quickly putting the cupcakes in the oven, Babe volunteered to go look for a small cooler for us.
1.5 hours later........
He comes home still not 100% satisfied but realizes this will have to do as we.need.to.go.NOW.
Off we went.
It took us about an hour to get to the bowl and another 25 minutes or so to get off the freeway and park but once we did.....oh once we did!
People as far as the eye can see.
Just milling about. Enjoying the atmosphere, taking in the music and entertaining each other!
The festival was (in short) exemplary.
I had a BALL!!!!
We ate good, laughed a lot, enjoyed GREAT company, ran into a few folks we knew and even made new friends!

We will definitely be going back next year.


  1. Awesome! You look great! And thanks for linking the recipe for the cupcakes...yum!

  2. Darn it! I knew when you took the top of the cupcakes to show us, I should have taken one then!!!! WHERE'S MY CUPCAKE???????!!!!!! Too many jell-o shots, just way too many jell-o shots! LOL. It's on for next year!


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