one a penny, two a penny

As you know I had a half day of work today and it was everything I hoped it would be.  Todd picked me up from work at 1:00 and I was greeted with lunch from Panera.  After scarfing down a half Tomato Mozzarella Panini, I got to work on a hot cross bun.

I honestly didn’t think that these buns existed out side of the nursery rhyme but lo and behold, there they were on Panera’s menu, how could I resist?  Thankfully, our location had them and Todd picked one up for me.  The bun was delicious and yeasty and good but my favorite part (no surprise here) was the cross of frosting on the top.

After eating our lunches quickly in the car we had a successful meeting with the event coordinator  at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and then headed over to the county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.  It was quick and easy and we can pick up the license on Monday.  We’re allowed to get married, phew!

We made a quick stop to re-sign our lease and then went our separate ways.  I stopped by my favorite book store, Schuler Books and picked up a few new reads and a few small gifts for my flower girls.

I went to my parents’ house after that and sat down and next thing I knew, I was taking a nap.  It was heavenly.  I didn’t wake up until my dad got home from work.  Fortunately, that was before I had to meet my mom to go pick up my wedding dress.  Unfortunately when we went to pick up my dress it didn’t quite fit right so I have to wait another week to take my dress home but it looks pretty amazing and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together.

After the fitting my mom and I met my dad for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse and we had a darn good meal.

Steak, veggies, mashed potatoes and macaroni to share?  Yes, please.

When I got back to my parents’ I went through some old photos in search of some good shots for our wedding photo display.  I found some gems.

There were certainly a ton of some more embarrassing shots too.  Oh 90s, you were something else.

I enjoyed my little afternoon off so much!  It felt like a mini-weekend and it was so needed.  My next break will be for the wedding and honeymoon and that is just beyond!

How was your day?

How do you spend your days off?

lazy, rainy, saturday

I slept in this morning.  I woke up around 7:20 as usual but then a fell asleep, until 9:15 or so.  It was luxury.  After a quick breakfast and catching up on the latest episode of Modern Family – officially declared my favorite show today – I got ready to head to my first wedding dress fitting.  Todd’s mom gave me the name of someone who was recommended to her by a friend and I am so glad I found her!  She pinned me up to take in the 3 inches of extra fabric on the top of the dress and pinned to create a bustle in less than 30 minutes.  The dress looked great all pinned up and I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!


After the fitting, I went to Art of the Table, a local specialty food store.  This morning, Todd noticed that the Dancing Goat Creamery was going to be there with samples of their cheese.  I love goat cheese so how could I not go?  The had samples of several cheeses and they were all great but I actually left with a cow cheese that they make.  It’s a chipotle cream cheese and was the most unique, I can’t wait to snack on it tonight.

You’ll notice a jar of La Pampa Chimichurri sauce in the background.  It was on a display that I saw as I was walking in the door.  Chimichurri is an Argentine sauce that’s made of garlic, parsley and other herbs.  It’s served with steak and I fell in love with it when I studied abroad in Argentina in 2006.  I couldn’t resist and I’m glad that I didn’t, according to the manufacturer’s website, the product has been discontinued.  I can’t wait to grill steaks and serve them with this chimichurri – I’ve been promising Todd that I’d make him an authentic Argentine meal for ages, this is my excuse to really do it.

Art of the Table is such a great store, I could have spent $200 on cheeses, wine and unique sauces but, it leaves me many more reasons to keep going back.

I’m home now and looking forward to a short nap before I start on some cleaning.  I absolutely love Saturdays with no agenda, they’re the best.

Did you study abroad?

If so, what dish(es) did you love the most while you were there?