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!






shower photos are here

After work I went straight to Panera to grab a quick dinner before marriage mentoring.  I chose their new chili and a lemonade just because I felt like it.  Lemonade is one of my favorite things ever.  I love the association with summer and how crisp and refreshing it is.  And I like to eat it with chocolate chip cookies.  Weird, I know but it might be my favorite snack.

Our marriage mentoring session was really good tonight.

Since the wedding is only a month away – I still can’t believe it – I’m probably going to be writing a lot of wedding related posts in the next few weeks.

Tonight, I wanted to share some pictures that my wonderful, talented cousin, Rebecca, took at my bridal shower a few weeks ago.  I have the best memories of that day.  My aunts did an amazing job of throwing me a fun, thoughtful shower and I loved it so much.  I hope you enjoy the photos!









What a great group of women.  I’m lucky to have such a great family.

Who are the most important women in your life?

What’s you favorite memory with family?

one saturday, two showers

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be the guest of honor at not one but two bridal showers.  How lucky am I!?  Well, I should point out, one bridal shower and one couples shower where Todd had a place as co-guest of honor.

Custom wine labels - one of many special touches at the shower.

My first shower was hosted by my aunts and sister for all of the ladies on my mom’s side of the family.  As if being able to spend the room with a group of women who I love and have helped shape me from a young age weren’t enough, my Aunt Lori, Aunt Judi and Em went all out to make the shower really special.  Lunch was amazing, a beautiful smorgasbord of chicken pot pie, salad, fruit kebabs (expertly skewered by the youngest shower attendee, my cousin Claire) and decadent desserts.  We played a game where we had to attempt to match up couples’ wedding photos with their 50th anniversary pictures.  It was fun, really challenging and a great reminder of where Todd and I are aiming – we’ll be celebrating our golden anniversary in no time!  We wrapped up the afternoon with a wine tasting that featured wines from places that mean something to me: Argentina, Spain and Northern Michigan.  All of the little details like that made the day so special, I loved every minute of it.  My talented photographer cousin, Rebecca, was in charge of capturing the day on film and I can’t wait to see and share her shots!

In between showers, I meant to bake a batch of the Cookies and Cream cupcakes I found at the other day but Em and I ran some errands and also, out of time.  Thankfully, Todd is amazing so he whipped up a double batch of them so we’d have dessert at the shower.  They turned out so delicious, the frosting tasted just like Oreo cream, yummy!

Cookie and Cream Cupcakes!

Our second shower was hosted by my maid of honor and sister, Emily along with Todd’s best man, Travis.  Todd’s parents graciously lent us their house for the night and let us take it over with about 25 friends.  It was great for our friends to intermingle and get to know each other and so fun to have an excuse to get everyone together.  Dinner was my favorite, pizza – yum!  We spent the night chatting, eating, playing Todd and Kate trivia and just enjoying time together.  I feel so lucky to have such a great group of friends support us and I’m so lucky to have my sister as my maid of honor.  She is so generous and thoughtful, I couldn’t ask for anything better.  Thanks to all of our friends for their generous gifts and spending the evening with us.

What was the best part of your bridal shower?