Weekend Wrap Up

On Friday, we said goodbye to our latest foster dog, Daisy. She was adopted and went to a home with a whole acre for her to play on. Even after she ate 50 pieces of Halloween candy, destroyed my bathroom trash and trash can, and tinkled on the carpet, I still managed to fall a little bit in love with her and tears flowed as she went with her furever family. I’m so glad we were able to help her and keep her until the right family came along!

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We traveled to the triangle area to spend time with my in-laws over the weekend and to watch the Hokies play Duke. I was prepared for a brutally cold game, but instead was met with a sunny day with crisp air. I’ll take it!

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We cheered loudly for our Hokies, not actually expecting the “W”, but somehow, by some miracle, we pulled it off by 1 point. These are the faces of four happy Virginia Tech fans!

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Also, Wallace Wade stadium has it going on with its food choices: barbecue sandwiches, Greek Gyros, burritos, fajitas and nachos, turkey barbecue, pizza, hot dogs, Italian sausage, steak & cheese sandwiches…. I mean,  have you ever? There were so many options! The downfall was that they only took cash at most and who carries cash these days?

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While Monday wasn’t part of the weekend, I thought I’d do a little plug for protecting your skin. I had an appointment with my dermatologist on Monday and came out breathing a sigh of relief as I do each year. I am terrified that I am going to end up with melanoma after my teenage years that were spent in tanning beds and many more years spent worshipping the sun on beaches. I now cover up with at least SPF 30 but more often than not, I use SPF 50. Your skin is your biggest organ and Chelsea will tell you, it’s not worth it. I am so glad to hear her latest results that there is no evidence of disease – but take it from her, not me…. the cutting, chemo and constant doctors visits? Not worth having bronze skin.

PS – New super awesome giveaways coming soon for all those who donate to the Bucket List project! The more you donate, the more chances you have to win! Stay tuned!

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Weekend Wrap Up

This past weekend, we took a little trip up to Chapel Hill to watch the Hokies kick some Tarheel booty on the football field. My in-laws live in the area and were sweet enough to let us bring our pups and crash at their house for the weekend.

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Friday night, we went to the Fearrington Granary for dinner. For some reason, we were both craving red meat and ordered burgers and beer upon our arrival. Both were delicious. I think if we lived in Fearrington, we’d eat there at least 3 nights a week.

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On Saturday, we spent the day at Kenan Stadium, cheering on our beloved Hokies. The weather could not have been more perfect. We lathered ourselves in sunscreen beforehand but stupidly didn’t take any extra with us so we both got a little unplanned color.

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I ran into THREE people that have been some of my best friends over the years. Jacqueline and I were inseparable for years 18-20. She graduated college before me but did come back to hang out for special events like my 21st and Quadfest. We only live 1.5 hours apart now but we don’t see each other very often. Looking forward to another hang out session this week when she’s in Charlotte.

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Matt and I kind of grew up together (he was my cousin’s best friend) and we went to college together. We ended up hanging out in the same group, doing silly things like chugging Mad Dog 20/20 and running the beer pong table at parties. And of course, my bestie, Seth, who moved to Charlotte just after I did in 2008. I got him in the break-up with my college boyfriend. Seth is one of my most favorite people in the world – and my husband loves him, too. Actually, my whole family loves him. We laugh constantly when we’re together, like laughing til your tummy hurts, laughing. It’s wonderful.

IMG_5612We were so exhausted after the game (I took a two hour nap) and we wanted to watch the Ole Miss/Alabama game, which left us starving at 7 PM. After half an hour on Yelp providing options for places to go, we decided to head out to either the Singaporian place or the Italian place. Half way there I announced that we should just grab a frozen pizza and a red box movie and curl up on the couch. Winner!

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I am not a fan of pizza (never delivery!) and rarely recommend it for a meal, so my husband was happy to hear this idea out of my mouth. He ended up falling asleep in the movie (Blue Jasmine) and I’m pretty sure I only stayed awake because I had a nap earlier.

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Before we left to come home, we took our boys for a long walk which totally wore them out. It was an amazing weekend (especially with that Hokie “W”). I ended the weekend with an hour and a half of hot yoga with a friend, and started my week feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

 

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This weekend was a whirlwind, but a great one! Anytime we get to spend time in Blacksburg and Lane Stadium, it’s a good weekend. One of my favorite pictures of us is from the UNC/VT game last year in Chapel Hill (just after we were engaged).

photo-5And here’s a picture of us from yesterday (just married!) at the UNC/VT game in Blacksburg (where the Hokies sought revenge for the beat down they took last year!).
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Instead of the usual tailgate foods, we had breakfast foods since the game started at 12:30. We also planned for pumpkin beer and mimosas. I made a few quick and easy finger foods for us to pack into the cooler for our still-dark-outside departure. Each of my snacks consisted of only 3 ingredients and took about 20-25 minutes to make. Sharing the recipes for two of the items I made: sausage balls and pumpkin muffins and also “blueberry yogurt poppers” that I made for the first time tonight.

Sausage Balls:

1 lb. ground sausage
1 lb. cheddar cheese (I did not use nearly a pound of cheese)
2 cups of biscuit mix

Mix all three items together and then ball into 1 inch balls and put on a baking sheet. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes (or until golden brown).  *They were good as-is, but I would add spices if I made again, or try to use hot Italian sausage or a spicy cheese.
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Pumpkin Muffins: 

Spice cake mix (just use the mix – don’t actually make cake batter)
15 oz can of pumpkin puree (we used organic)
Spices: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves

Mix all items together and then spoon into cupcake/muffin pan. It’s a thick consistency so be patient with getting the tops smooth if you are a perfectionist. My darling husband helped with this part and later told me he liked the messy muffin look. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  *Cream cheese icing can be added to the tops but is totally unnecessary. These were DELICIOUS on their own (and SO easy!).

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I also made mini-quiches for our tailgate but they were my least favorite and you can google an easy recipe for that if you’re really interested in it. The other recipe I’m dying to share tonight is one that my college neighbor shared on her blog (you should totally follow her blog!).

Blueberry Yogurt Poppers: 

1 carton of blueberries
1 Non Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp. Honey

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(We used honey that was a wedding gift from one of our wedding guests who has his own bees!)

Mix the honey in with the yogurt. Using a toothpick, dip the blueberry in the yogurt/honey combo and using a second toothpick, slide the blueberry onto wax paper. Repeat (with your entire carton of blueberries). Once you’re all done, put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. We’re excited to snack on these this week at work (can you tell I’m failing miserably at my no-dairy-no-dessert in October challenge?).
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Would love to hear of other simple snack recipes that you have (preferably healthy but never opposed to deliciousness). Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Go Hokies!

 

Set in Stone

Selecting the date of our “big day” was another challenging part of this process. So many to choose from but which one is the right one? We got engaged in the fall, so a Spring 2013 wedding would have been super fast, but Spring of 2014 felt so far away…. so we started looking at Fall of 2013 but I didn’t really want a “Fall” wedding. Yes, the colors would be pretty and it would be a little cooler (apologizing now for the date we did choose – there will be water and fans)… but in my head, I’ve always dreamt of a warm weather wedding with short bridesmaid dresses, tan suits for the guys and a strapless dress for me with no need for a cover-up. So I couldn’t do Fall…

We considered Labor Day weekend as well…which is still technically Summer. Sunday (and Friday) weddings are cheaper than your traditional Saturday wedding, and with Labor Day providing a day off work for our guests, it seemed as though it might work to have a Sunday celebration and Monday to recover. But hey, we’re in the South and a football loving couple (Go Hokies!), so we couldn’t make people choose between kick-off games and our wedding… Although, since we have been dating, we have been to weddings on Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day… so those holiday weekends that we long for at work were consumed by (amazing) weddings for our friends. But we’re not going to do that to you…

So when is it? When is our anniversary going to be every year from 2013 on? Well, you can start saving the date now (even though we fully intend on sending out some gorgeous cards for you to display on your refridgerators)… We are getting married on:

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Got the groom, got the venue, got the date… next up: Save the Dates & Invitations!