Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's Fall Y'all!

     Today I am talking fall decorations.  A new house brings new holiday decor placement. This is the first fall in our new home so I've had to find new places for some of my favorite fall d├ęcor. 
 
    Personally I like fall decorations over Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations so that I can leave them up from October through the end of November  #lazy.

 
This pumpkin looks so pretty when the candles are lit on our side living room table. 

 
I am still in love with our monogram pumpkin which we set on the bar for our wedding last year. 


Here it is all lit up. 

My mom brought us the fun witches shoe candlesticks when she visited in September and my mom and I picked up the pumpkin at Kirkland's on a recent shopping trip for part of my housewarming gift. 

 
I snagged these felt pumpkins in the dollar section of Target last week. The spider is perfect for a creepy touch as our dining room table centerpiece. 




I got these pumpkin lanterns from Pier 1 a few years ago. I love the fall colors of the lanterns. 


 
  These little pumpkins added a great fall touch to my cake plate. 



    Please ignore the heinous wall paper and blue counter tops in our kitchen. If we stay on track with our house repairs they should be gone in a few months. However I am loving the month of October print on my calendar from Kate Libby.


It is crazy Halloween is already next week.   Have you decorated?



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tour de Carolina

 
Two weekends ago I traveled  to North Carolina for my good friend Meghan's wedding and ended up on a tour of pretty much the whole state.  I mentioned last week that DFH was unable to attend so my college BFF Falon came as my plus 1.   
 
 
On Friday night I flew into Charlotte and landed just in time to celebrate my friend Kristen's 30th birthday with dinner and drinks.  Kristen lived in Pittsburgh for a few years and moved back down to Charlotte last year.  I miss having her local so it was special that I was able to celebrate with her and see my other college besties. 


We had an awesome dinner at Baku.   Their cocktails were killer,  I could have drank about five of the Nigori Blue Martini. 
 
   On Saturday Falon and I made the drive from Charlotte to Greenville, it was a bit further then we thought and we hit some NC State football traffic so we were not going to have time to check into the hotel and get ready before the ceremony.   We ended up getting ready for the wedding in Sheetz, which I can say is a first for me.    It is always an adventure when it comes to Falon and I, but they did have a full length mirror. ( in case you are ever in the same situation)




 
The Bride and Groom had a gorgeous day at Tripps Farm.   How gorgeous are those flowers?!






 
Meghan looked beautiful and was glowing.  Their son was too cute and stole the show.  Look at those tiny orange Converse sneakers!

We look pretty good for getting ready in Sheetz if I do say so haha
 
 

Me and my other friend Meghan we have been friends since elementary school.
 

 The reception was in an old barn, the lights and the rustic look was so charming. 


First dance.
 
The bride and her mom dancing to Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood...I pretty much bawled. 

 
The beautiful Bride and I



...and everyone knows that I love a photo booth.
 

 
...and I love a good sparkler exit.  ( I am still bummed that sparklers are illegal in NJ and I wasn't able to do this).
 
 
ECU and Elon Sigma Sisters <3
 
 


On Sunday on the way back to Charlotte we made a pit stop at Elon our College Alma Mater
 
Indulging at our favorite restaurants was on the top of our to-do list.  Best White Queso Dip Ever.  If you have been reading this blog for awhile you know my obsession with this.  I would move to North Carolina just so I could eat white queso on a regular basis. 

Of course a stop at our old sorority house was necessary.  I can't believe it has been ten years since we lived in the house as Sophomores  #wereold




We even forced a poor sweet student to take 1,000 pictures of us in the center of campus.  She was such a good sport.



We ended our tour of Elon with a stop at West End our favorite college bar, but we were shocked when we saw that our dive bar had been given a makeover and some class. 




Even though West End had stepped it up a bit, we still got our $2.00 Bud Lights our college go-to beers.


It was a great weekend and I loved that I was able to see so many of my college and NJ friends.
















Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weeknight Menu

    The last month I have been really good about pre-planning our weeknight meals and going to the grocery store with a list of ingredients.  It has kept us eating healthy during the week and as I previously said it has kept us satisfied.  I love fatty, creamy, carby foods and if I knew I wouldn't gain weight I would eat those foods everyday., Since that isn't reality I try and find healthy recipes of the fatty foods I love.  This way the food tastes great, but I don't feel guilty.

  Here is our weeknight menu from last week:

Monday: Healthy Chicken Broccoli Divan 
 
 
 
I used this Campbell's Kitchen Recipe. I love Chicken Divan but many times the recipe calls for cream or a lot of flour.  This recipe tasted like one of my comfort food favorites, but without all the added carbs and fat calories.  I used 98% fat free cream of chicken soup and used Panko breadcrumbs instead of plain dry bread crumbs

Tuesday: Quinoa Pork Fried Rice 
 
 
 
I found THIS easy recipe on Simplyquinoa.com.  It is quick to make and tastes just like Chinese food ( which I am always craving).  We didn't have any sesame oil so we left that out of the recipe, but it still had great flavor.
 
 
Wednesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup:  
 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
 
 
The Food Network never lets me down when it comes to their recipes and THIS ONE was no exception.  This soup has so many different flavors and spices from all the different ingredients and was so hearty. Our avocados were not ripe when I made this so I added corn to the recipe.   If you are a lover of Mexican food you need to try this. 
 

Thursday: Turkey Arugula and Pepper Jack Burgers 
 
 
I found THIS recipe on the Dallas Duo Bakes blog.  I substituted pepper jack cheese for the feta and it gave the burgers a little spice to go with the arugula. 
 
 
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Recap: Our One Year Anniversary

                                                WOW, WOW, WOW What a weekend. 
 
       On Friday DFH and I had a low key night as we had a big day planned for Saturday. 
 
Saturday morning we got up early and drove an hour north to go skydiving.  Skydiving was actually my 30th birthday gift from DFH, but we never had a chance to go this summer.  We decided to go our anniversary weekend, probably not the most romantic activity, but it was a great adventure.
 
   On Saturday both of us were pretty calm, it wasn't until we were up in the plane going higher and higher that things got real, but once we were out of the plane it was unbelievable.  We were 13,500 feet up,  You free falled for 1 minute and then you glide with the parachute for about 7 minutes.  The feeling is hard to describe, but I would definitely go again.  
  
    Once we landed I was shaking I felt like I had so much adrenaline pumping through my body.  We received a slide show of pictures with our jump, so I'll have to do another post with some of the professional pictures. 
 
 
This was right after we landed. 
 



 
 
On Saturday night DFH had a work event.  Both of us were exhausted after skydiving, I think mostly mentally drained, but once we got to the event we had a lot of fun, and I always love attending any event where you get to dress up. 
 
This is our red carpet picture.


 
 
Sunday was our actual anniversary, but DFH was flying out of town for work Sunday afternoon, so we decided to eat our wedding cake and celebrate the night before.    I was honestly surprised how fresh the cake tasted a year later.    We used our "I Do" "Me Too" wedding forks and cake server from our wedding and washed it down with some delicious champagne.
 
 

 
Both DFH and I got each other paper gifts for our 1 year anniversary.  DFH made me this picture with our wedding song lyrics printed on an artichoke ( which was the theme of our wedding).  He is so creative.



On Sunday we went to Meat and Potatoes for brunch before DFH left for the airport.  They have by far the best Bloody Mary bar ever.  I was full before I even got my meal, because I put so many meats and cheeses and shrimp and pickled veggies in my bloody. 
 
For brunch DFH got the short rib hash and I got the grilled cheese with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes.  Everything was so tasty, but I left in a food coma and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the couch and catching up on no-brainer TV shows like Real Housewives and Breaking Amish. 
 
 

     We had a great weekend celebrating our anniversary.  Lately our weekends are so jam packed, it was so nice that we got to spend so much time together. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Our Reception..One Year Later

Our reception was held at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course which has a stunning club house ( in my opinion) that looks over the gorgeous NJ countryside ( yes NJ has countryside). 
 
 


 
VIA

 
 
 
This sign directed our guests to the cocktail hour on the back deck.  My Dad made the sign out of driftwood he found on Long Beach Island.


My grandparents enjoying our specialty cocktail: French 75
 

 
 How can NJ have such a bad reputation with views like this.
 
 
Our card table

 Our centerpieces
 
 
Half of our tables had long centerpieces and half had smaller wreath centerpieces with lanterns.
 

 
Our table numbers

 The sweetheart table
 
 
Our cake: I can't wait to eat the top layer this weekend.
 

 
First Dance
 
 
 Our band was amazing, probably one of my favorite parts of our wedding.
 
 
 We danced.
 
 
 And danced.
 
 
And danced.
 
 
My Sister's toast.
 
 
Dancing with my Dad.

 
DFH dancing with his Mom.
 

 
The cake cutting.
 
 
 
 
Tossing the bouquet
 

 
Throwing the garter.

 
The ladies watching the garter toss 

 
My parents dancing. Such a sweet picture
 
 
 
One more song...
 

 
 
SHOUT!
 
 
It was honestly The. Best. Day. Ever.  I would do it all over again if I could. 
 
 
Tomorrow DFH and I celebrate our anniversary by skydiving...eeek.