3… 2… 1… wedding!

I didn’t think that I’d have time to post again until after the wedding.  Good thing I’m feeling like a night owl since today was my last day of work before the big day.  I don’t have to wake up to an alarm tomorrow!  Well, at least not as early as usual.

Being done with work plus knowing that family is now here or en route for the wedding is really crazy to think about.  My brother was delayed from China but should be in town by now, my sister is here from Chicago and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law arrived this evening from Denver.  The next two days will be filled with a few errands, a touch of pampering and lots of celebration.

On top of wedding planning we have also been moving into our new apartment.  We have a kitchen full of goodies: plates, silverware, cookware, bottles and bottles of wine, etc.  This is a good thing.  We also have only two chairs and no couch.  I should say we have no couch in the apartment because we went and bought one today!

I’m so excited to have a brand new couch instead of a hand-me-down from our parents or something off of Craig’s List.  It’s being delivered after the honeymoon and I can’t wait to get it into our cute little nest.

Time for this bride-to-be to get some rest.  The wedding countdown is on!

P.S.  I haven’t  been posting about food much lately because well, I’ve been eating uninspired, delicious but not-so-balanced meals.  It seems that stress + business = comfort food cravings for me.  Post-honeymoon I promise to put our new kitchen to good use and make lots of delicious, healthy meals at home.

Do you eat worse when you’re stressed?

What are you go-to comfort foods?

looking forward to moving

After all of that packing over the weekend, I got to thinking about the things I’m looking forward to at the new apartment.

1) Having a fresh start.

I’ll let you in on a secret…I am messy. I love being able to start over at a new apartment and try again to be more organized. Maybe this time, with a husband in tow, it will work!

2) Using our new things.

New plates, new silverware, new furniture, new KitchenAid mixer, new bedding etc. This is more new than I’ve ever known before and that it so cool.

3) Better lighting.

Our house is a little dark. I’m hoping that the high ceilings and big windows will provide a lot of natural light. I plan to buy some good lightbulbs as well. Maybe my food pictures won’t look like I took them in a basement anymore!

4) Having our own nest.

Todd and I have been lucky to live at his parents’ lake house for the last year (make that 2 and a half for Todd) and it’s wonderful. But I’m excited to live in a place that is ours. Plus, I’ve never been able to be the primary decorator of an apartment well, minus one, but that was years ago! I can’t wait to make it our own.

5) A shorter commute.

Right now I leave for work 40 minutes before I start. The new apartment is 5 minutes from my office. I can’t wait to sleep in AND say goodbye to morning road rage.

What do you look forward to when you move?

bake, brunch, pack

This morning I woke up and thought, I’m allowed to eat ice cream again – yay!  Naturally, the only way to celebrate that was by eating ice cream for breakfast.

There were fresh berries and the waffle was whole grain plus, I opted for frozen yogurt so it was a semi-balanced breakfast, right?  Okay, I’m not fooling anyone.  This wasn’t the healthiest start to the day but it sure was delicious.

Actually, before I even had breakfast I mixed up the dough for Toffee Studded Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies a la Lauren from Keep it Sweet.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of salt

3 cups of quick or old-fashioned dry oatmeal

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chunks (I like lots of chocolate so I went to 1 1/2 cups per Lauren’s suggestion)

1/2 cup toffee bits

Directions:

Mix together flours, cinnamon and baking soda.  Set aside.


In large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.

Beat in eggs and vanilla. 

Make sure to scrape sides of bowl and mix some more.

With mixer on low, carefully add in flour mixture.  

Once all ingredients are well-combined, stir in oats.

Stir in chocolate chunks and toffee bits until well-mixed.

Now, refrigerate your cookie dough for 2 hours or overnight.  This is necessary to avoid flat cookies.

Once you are ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until centers of cookies appear cooked and edges are light golden brown.


These bad boys are delicious!  I love the chunks of chocolate, they always taste so much more substantial than chocolate chips.  If these are decadent enough for you, Lauren also has a recipe for a sandwich version of these cookies with peanut butter frosting.  Sounds pretty tasty, no?

While these cookies were chilling in the fridge, I went to meet my parents for an Easter brunch.

We had a long leisurely meal which was really nice.  I don’t have a meal alone with my parents that often and it was really good to just chat with them.

After brunch my mom came over to help me with packing for the move.  She’s a good person to have around when you need to get things done.  We worked for a few hours and made a lot of progress.  You should see the pile of boxes that are ready to move – not to mention the 3 or 4 trash bags and 3 or 4 more full of donations.  It feels so good to get rid of so many things that I don’t need anymore!

Also, Todd was home by the time I got there so he filled me in on all of his bachelor party shenanigans.  It sounds like they had a great time and it made me really excited for my bachelorette party next weekend in Chicago.

All in all this was a really nice, laid back but productive weekend.  Now only 8 more work days until I’m off for the wedding!  It couldn’t be here soon enough.  I’m ready to be a missus.

P.S.  You have to try Jess’s Hobo Margaritas.  I made one last night and it was so yummy!  I even bought festive cups to drink them out of, delish!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

How was your Easter?

Did you celebrate with family today?