This week a few long- time friends and I made a trip to Pittsburgh, to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
I love flowers and plants. However, I do not have a green thumb. I wish I did. Seems everyone I know, loves to garden, including two of the three friends that accompanied me to Phipps.
I've known these girls since Jr. High School and we have always kept in touch. Actually, 3 of us all live in the same neighborhood, still today. Lori and Billie Jo, live within a mile or less of me, but Lucy lives in Florida. She has lived in some very cool places since leaving our home town, including Singapore.
We always try to get together when Lucy is home. On this particular occasion, it was near Lucy's birthday, so we celebrated with a trip to Pittsburgh.
Of course, good food and fun places to visit are always a must. We chose Pamela's in the Strip District for our morning meal. This place is kind of a big deal. The First Lady ate here when she was in town and I do know that Pamela was invited to the White House by President Obama, to cook with his chefs. Pretty cool, huh?
Pamela's is known for their crepe pancakes and they have a variety of options, from plain, to banana, strawberry and croissant french toast.
The portions are huge. We ate until we couldn't eat any more. Everything was so very good.
After breakfast, we were off to the Conservatory. The all glass building is stunning, especially in the sunlight.
The flowers, plants and trees were so lovely. I especially love the orchids.
The succulents were so colorful and cute.
Umbrellas brightened up the Asian gardens.
This is one of the many amazing, Chihuly Glass Sculptures.
We spent over 3 hours wandering around the huge exhibit, both inside and out. They even had a vegetable garden!
We sure worked up an appetite over those 3 hours. So, we decided to have dinner at a well known restaurant in Pittsburgh, called The Church Brew Works. Its an old church that was converted into a lofty space that serves delicious food and brew. I don't drink beer, but it is very cool to see the gigantic vats of beer located throughout the restaurant.
The Church Brew Works has a traditional Pittsburgh menu, including our famous perogies. Lucy took full advantage of being back home, and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Perogies. Yum.
As always, it was a fun filled trip, full of laughs, reminiscing and story telling. Being with these ladies is always good for my soul. <3
Our trip to Phipps and all those gorgeous flowers, plants and beautiful colors, definitely inspired me to pull out my favorite flower stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Catalog, "Flower Patch" and "Remarkable You."
Here's a few of my flower card creations. The first card was Lucy's birthday card.
I hope these lovely flowers and gardens brightened your day and inspired you too.
Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon.