half day work day

I am couting down the hours to 1:00.  Usually that’s my lunch time but today I’m looking forward to it as quitting time.  I took a half day today to get some things done and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve been looking forward to today all week and I’m so excited that I can barely stand it – I feel like a little kid!

After leaving here I’m going to meet with the Event Coordinator at the GRAM, our wedding reception venue.  When we’re done there, Todd and I will go to the courthouse to get our marriage license before going to re-sign the lease for our new apartment (the first time we went to sign it the landlord’s printer was broken so our original lease is a little bootlegged).  I’ll probably run a few more errand after that and then I’m meeting my mom so we can go pick up my wedding dress from the tailor’s house.

What a fun, busy and productive afternoon this will be!  Plus, I’m really glad for the mental health day.  The last time I had a day off was in early February when a blizzard hit and my boss let me have a snow day.  Other than that I haven’t had any time off since New Year’s Day and this little break is much-needed. 

Just 2 hours and 17 minutes to go!  Woo hoo!

Do you take mental health days?

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After work the snow had cleared and I was happy to walk out into a beautiful spring day.

I headed over to Biggby Coffee where I had a great meeting with our wedding photographer, Theresa Kemink, talented owner of TAK Photography.  She does such great work and I’m so excited that she’s shooting our big day.  Her photos are amazing but she doesn’t seem to take her self too seriously.  You should really check out her blog, it’s good stuff.

After the meeting I headed to the Funky Buddha for a very sweaty and intense power yoga class.  I definitely sweated out some toxins today although my tummy wasn’t feeling to great because I had a snack beforehand.  Note to self: no matter how much I love chocolate chip cookies and lemonade, they must wait until after hot yoga.

Delicious but dangerous.

Anyways, other than that I was going to write a post about…something but I don’t feel like I have much to say right now.  Thankfully, other bloggers seem to be much more inspired that I am so I’ll refer you to them.

1) Kelly at Laughter, Food and Strength, one of my favorites, posted a recipe for Mini Italian Frittatas today.  I want to make these right now and would if I had the energy, and the eggs.  But honestly, I often think bloggers make things that look delicious but I know that I’ll never make them but these frittatas are going directly to my “to-make” list.  Yum!

2) Jess at In My Healthy Opinion seems to be on the same page as me a lot, it’s kind of strange, actually.  She’s got some great simple goals posted and they’re exactly the things I always mean to work on.  Soon though, soon.  Even better, she’s posted a link to a hilarious site featuring the 65 Sketchiest Easter Bunny photos.  My favorites are numbers 28, 45 and 53.  Hilarious.  Thanks for sharing, Jess!

3) I discovered Girl Meets Life over the weekend and I’m loving it. Her tagline is “celebrating the simple things”, a concept I can definitely get behind.  I get really excited about the little things so I can totally relate.

4) Allie at Live, Laugh, Eat wrote an entire post about pineapple.  Pineapple is hands down my favorite fruit (sorry grapefruit) and I think it makes everything taste better and makes me smile.  Sometimes I overdo it and it gives me canker sores too but I always go back to it.  I respect any blogger who posts all about pineapple, plus she seems great and is darn cute.

In short, thank you other bloggers for being great so I don’t have to be!

What are some of your favorite blogs?

What’s your favorite topic to see covered on other peoples’ blogs?

hmp: lunchtime burgers

The Homemade Meal Project is back!  After having no time to cook anything for what seems like weeks, we finally made a full homemade meal.  Granted it was just burgers but we still cooked it from start to finish.

After a very sweaty and intense yoga session, I called Todd and said “I want meat.”.  He obliged and ran to the store to pick up some lean ground beef and by the time I got home, the burgers were on the grill and he had a potato and veggie mixture cooking on the stove.

The potato and veggie mix was actually a frozen mix that I picked up yesterday, one of Alexia‘s new products – or at least new to me.  I’m confused as to whether Alexia product are organic or not, I thought they were but it may be that only some of their products are organic.  Either way, they’re all “natural”, whatever that means, and that’s always a good start.

I had also bought a few ears of corn so I popped those on the grill and about 15 minutes later, we were sitting down to a grilled lunchtime feast.

I always douse my burgers in ketchup because I’ve never liked any other toppings on my burgers.  This time, I attempted to make a smiley face with my ketchup but it came out looking a bit demonic, sorry about that.

For dessert I had a mini cupcake leftover from last night’s half-birthday surprise.

I allowed myself a post-lunch nap and now we’re just sitting around waiting for paint to dry.  Literally.  We’re working on our one and only try DIY project for the wedding and so far, it’s not so promising.  Hopefully it turns out wonderful and beautiful though.  Keep your fingers crossed!

What do you top your burgers with?

lovely saturday

This morning I was the guest of honor at a brunch shower thrown by some of Todd’s mom’s friends.  She has many friends who have been in her life for a long time and it was so sweet of them to throw the shower.  We had a great time getting to know each other over brunch and the brunch was delicious to boot.

Fruit salad, egg casserole, yogurt with fresh berries and granola, scones and baked french toast made for a perfect brunch.

After breakfast we shared some stories and then opened gifts.  Once again, I’m blown away by everyone’s generosity.  It’s really been amazing.

(My mom and I at the shower)

It was a really lovely way to kick off my Saturday.

After the shower, I drove to Portland, MI to meet up with my friend, Jess and have a snack with her and deliver her bridesmaid’s dress.  Jessica lives in Eaton Rapids which is about an hour and a half away so we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like.  It’s always great to catch up and hear about her life and her sweet son, Owen.  He’s such a cutie!

(Jess and I as bridesmaids at our friend, Sarah’s wedding)

After chatting for awhile we headed back to our respective homes.  She’s attending my Chicago bachelorette party in two weeks and I’m so glad that she (and all of the other girls) are making the trip for it.

This was a very busy week for me, I didn’t make it home before 9:00pm any night and right now, I am sitting.  And relaxing.  I was going to cook dinner but I think I’ll just eat hummus and crackers for dinner, because I can.  All in all, a lovely Saturday.

How are you spending your weekend?

a wedding shower (life is good)

Last night my aunts and cousins on my dad’s side threw me a bridal shower.  We had a lovely time sipping on wine and eating cheese – I think there were 7 different varieties, amazing! – and chatting.  I’ve said it before but it’s always so nice to get together with the other women in the family.

We also played a fun game where my aunt Linda held up different items: measuring cups, a pizza cutter, an apple corer, et cetera and we had to guess the price.  The Price is Right, wedding shower style.  I personally love pricing games and think I’d definitely win a car on The Price is Right.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t that great at the shower game and I didn’t win.  Fortunately, I got to keep all of the items which was even better than winning the game!

After the game I got to open gifts.  Does anyone else feel really awkward when other people watch them open gifts?  I have always felt that way but wedding showers have made me feel less uncomfortable with it but being the center of attention is never my favorite thing.  I’ve jokingly considered just standing at the front of the church at our wedding so I don’t have to walk down the aisle.

Anyways, I got some really great gifts.  I’m excited about all of them that it seems unfair to highlight only one but I feel like I have to because it was the very first thing that I knew I had to put on our registry.  In fact, Todd and I walked into Target and we starting to discuss what we should register for and I immediately said, “A Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer“.  And now, I am the proud owner of my very own!

I can’t wait to start baking with the mixer after we get married.  Chocolate chip cookies, fresh pasta dough, brownies, cakes, imagine all of the possibilities!  Thank you aunts, I promise to always bring something sweet and delicious to our annual Christmas Eve party.

We are definitely a dessert family, we all love sweets, a lot.  The dessert at the shower did not disappoint.  My aunt Sheryl make cream puffs and they were delicious.  The puff was soft but not too soft, the custard was perfectly sweet and creamy and the frosting on top was to die for.  I need to get a copy of her recipe and try them myself, they were amazing.

We had such a nice night all together and. once again, I feel so lucky to have such a great family.  It’s nice to feel so loved and supported, especially in the few weeks left before getting married.  Happy events preceding happy events, life is good.

Do happy events seem to surround happy events in your life?

How does family factor into your celebrations?

so much to blog, so little time!

It seems like I have been so busy the last two days that I’ve barely had time to sit down, let alone blog.  Instead of trying to squeeze everything in, I’ll just share the highlights, some of which I’ll elaborate on later.

1) Meeting at Sweet Cakes Design:

I know that I already wrote a whole post about this but, I am just so excited about our cake and all of the flavors.  I also think the cake and mini cakes are going to be just gorgeous.  On top of that, Barb’s enthusiasm for the project and her job was totally infectious.  She made a career change late in life and seems so thrilled with it – definitely something to give some thought to.  What could I be doing that I really love?

2) Goat Cheese Salad

Vegetables have never really been my thing.  Growing up, I’d eat green beans, corn on the cob and baked carrots drowning in brown sugar.  Until maybe two years ago, this hadn’t really changed.  As I’ve gotten older and started to think more about what I’m putting into my body, I’ve opened up to more vegetables.  Salad was one of the harder additions to my diet and I still don’t love it.  First of all, I hate dressing.  Just don’t like any dressing that I’ve ever tried.  I like salad with fruit on it (and love fruit salad) but would rather be eating something else most of the time.  Yesterday for lunch, I found what might be the perfect salad.  It is spinach with carrots, cinnamon fuji apples, candied pecans and goat cheese.

I removed the sprouts and tomato.  This salad was so good that I saved my second half for lunch today.  I think the candied pecans really helped, they were awesome and countered the bitter taste of the spinach perfectly.

3) Wedding Shower

I had another wedding shower today with the aunts and cousins on my dad’s side.  It was really lovely but deserves a little more recognition so I’ll blog more later.  It’s always nice to get together outside of the major holidays and I am feeling very blessed and lucky to come from such a great family, we had a great time.

4) Another Etsy Arrival

When I got home from the shower a package was waiting for me.

I am such a sucker for package.  How adorable is this with that cute label and the blue striped twine?  Love it.

Inside the package from Silver Pencils was the hair flower that I’m going to wear at the reception.  Brandi makes such adorable and affordable hair accessories.  They’re simple and beautiful and I’m so excited to wear mine on our wedding.  She also has a great blog that you should check out.

Atlantic Pure Ivory Bridal Hair Flower

[picture from Silver Pencil’s Etsy site]

Isn’t she purdy?

 

That’s all for now.  This business has made me awful sleepy.  Todd and I are going to attempt to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother.  Anyone want to takes bets on how many minutes it will take us to fall asleep?  My bet is 7 and a half.

Good night!

 

 

 

 

 

piece of cake

It’s no secret that the last few weeks before a wedding can be stressful. And yes, I’m feeling some of that bride-to-be stress, even a lot of it at times. But really, really…this wedding planning business is pretty awesome. (I want so badly to call it “a piece of cake”. Ok, can’t resist, here I go!) Some might even call it a piece of cake. (I hear you groaning, sorry.  And yes, I’m officially re-naming this post.  Everybody loves a little cheese, right?)

I’ve been meeting and setting more meetings with different vendors involved with our wedding and today I met with Barb from Sweet Cakes Design, our cake baker.  I must say, I’ve been looking forward to this meeting since I set it last month.  Barb is really warm and friendly and has been really open to make our wedding cake exactly what we want it to be.  She hasn’t said no to any of my crazy suggestions and now we’ve officially decided on some unique, off-menu combinations that I’m very excited about.

Like the rest of my wedding-related posts, I don’t want to give too much away.  I love talking about the wedding but I want our wedding to be really special so, I refuse to spill all about everything for now.  I am willing to share that we’re having both a tiered cake and mini cakes at the wedding.

The mini cakes were offered to me at the initial tasting and I fell in love.  They’re not cupcake just little, individual cakes and I am so excited about them.  Plus it means that instead of just one or two flavors of cake we get six…but I’ve said too much.

You’ll have to wait until after the wedding to hear what all of the flavors will be.  I can’t wait to taste them all!

P.S.  I’m watching Bravo’s new series “Pregnant in Heels” and Rosie Pope is kind of awesome.

What’s your favorite kind of cake?

Do you prefer cakes or cupcakes?