Monday, September 29, 2008
Do I have wedding on the brain—or am I just a tad bit hungry?
Here's the cake we're having at the wedding, though ours will be carrot cake with cream cheese icing (an antiqued white color versus this bold assortment of colors). Also try to ignore the little colorful flowers on there...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
- Create individual "menu cards" for our rehearsal dinner (see previous post)
- Make wedding programs, complete with ribbon bows on the spines
- Wrap 8 bridesmaids' gifts, 2 program "attendant" gifts, 8 groomsmen gifts and 2 readers' gifts
I also picked up some chocolate brown, satin fabric for the bubble and program baskets as well as some random supplies I thought may come in handy (two sharpies, two different types of tape, etc.).
Too bad I can't talk (yet) about what's in the bridesmaids' gifts. I'm so excited about them! I even put bows on two of the items in each bag. Note: when this is all said and done, I will have tied approximately 250 bows on various items. I can, at least, talk about the way I did the gift wrapping. Since I didn't see many gift bags in our color palette, I opted for some natural kraft bags. I had the relatively creative (maybe?) idea of stamping each bag with a "thank you" stamp. I tried to find a wine or grape stamp but couldn't. Oh well. This "thank you" stamp will be more versatile going forward anyway. Brown tissue paper finished off the bags. The finished results are, in my opinion, pretty sharp looking!
I'm going to handle Dan's gifts for his guys similarly. I bought kraft wrapping paper and brown ribbon to tie up his finished packages. I plan to put a little "thank you" stamp in the bottom, right-hand corner of each gift.
The programs are lumbering along, I suppose. About 50 down, 135ish to go. We printed each program (front and back) and are working on the folding, slitting with an X-acto knife, inserting and bow tying of the ribbons. So far, so good... though this is more time consuming than I thought it would be. But wait! What am I doing instead of working on them? You guessed it. Blogging.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I've been pining to post more about our upcoming wedding; unfortunately so many of the items I've wanted to post about need to stay secret from Dan (wedding hair style, dress, etc.). Today while working on these, I realized I could put up a post about them.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I've been thinking diligently about what commonalities I have in my life—and I think I found them... shopping and eating.
If you know anything about me, you know I love finding a great deal, whether its a new electronic or a funky piece of clothing. I love to cook and I love to try new restaurants. Blogging about shopping and eating (mostly thriftily) just seems like the perfect fit.
I am not going to abandon my first blog; instead I will continue using it for sharing personal experiences unrelated to the new venture.
Come check me out! http://lifefulfilledatlanta.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Marrying my "crush" of two and a half years—the love of my life
- Dancing with my father
- Feeling blessed to have a generous mother
- Listening to readings read by two of my younger brothers
- Feeling lucky to have my 80-plus year old grandparents in attendance
- Seeing my littlest two brothers dressed up
- Giving donations to meaningful charities in lieu of favors
- Enjoying the company of about 150 of our closest friends and family
- Having my lovely bridesmaids (including my sister, Anna) at my side in their unique chocolate brown, satin dresses
- Smiling nonstop
- Seeing Megan lead the crowd in the "thriller" dance as Michael Jackson plays over the DJ's speakers
- Eating carrot cake
- Overall, making memories to last a lifetime... and having these moments captured on film
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So, I saw a recipe for "Cilantro Noodle Bowl" on 101 Cookbooks (one of my new favorite blogs) and it totally screamed my name. Not only do I L-O-V-E cilantro, I have been dying to test out the food processor Anna gave me as a wedding present (shhh! I'm probably not supposed to use it until after we get married).
The entire cooking process only took about 30 minutes (maybe less), though I do regret "dirtying" so many dishes and apparatuses for Dan in the process. (Thanks for washing everything, Dan!)
Cilantro Noodle Bowl Recipe
For those of you who aren't familiar with baby Romanesco, you can see it in the second photo in this post. Feel free to substitute any other (lightly cooked) vegetable you prefer - many will work well with the buckwheat and cilantro.
8 ounces dried soba noodles
2 - 3 cups baby Romanesco or broccoli florets (I used broccoli, cauliflower and quartered portobello mushrooms totaling about 4 cups)
zest of one lemon
2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
2 large cloves garlic (I used 4)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (I used a whole teaspoon or more since I like the heat)
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
scant 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces extra-firm nigari tofu
(the tofu was fine, though Dan suggested using shrimp next time, which sounds like an excellent idea)
Cook the soba in a big pot of rapidly boiling salted water just until tender - but about 20 seconds before the pasta is done cooking add the Romanesco (or broccoli) to the pot. You want it to barely cook. Now drain and rinse under cold running water. Sprinkle with lemon zest and set aside.
In the meantime make the dressing by combining the cilantro, garlic, cayenne, salt, and olive oil. Blend in a food processor or chop by hand. Taste, adjust for more salt if needed and set aside.
Drain the tofu, pat it dry, and cut it into rectangles roughly the size of your thumb (1/2 inch thick and 1 inch long). Cook the tofu in a dry nonstick (or well-seasoned) skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until the pieces are browned on one side. Toss gently once or twice, then continue cooking for another minute or so, until the tofu is firm, golden, and bouncy. Remove from skillet, let cool a bit and if desired cut into matchsticks (as seen in the photo), sometimes I don't bother and use larger pieces instead.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the soba, Romanesco and a couple big splashes of the cilantro dressing. Toss until well combined. Add the tofu and gently toss again, add more dressing and a couple pinches of salt if needed. Turn out onto platter and crown with a couple pinches of cayenne and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serves about 4 - 6.
(More wonderful recipes at www.101cookbooks.com)
Monday, September 15, 2008
My Uncle Harry offered up a wedding gift idea that wasn't your typical china place setting or bedroom linens. He asked if we would be open to him creating a painting for us.
After we enthusiastically agreed, Harry got to work on a Georgia O'Keef style painting of a lily. The colors, which he also ran by us, will be perfect for our living room.
The painting was completed a few weeks back. Harry and his partner planned to have lunch with us in Atlanta this past Sunday but had to reschedule because he wasn't feeling well. Instead we'll meet up in two weeks. To satiate my desire to see the finished work, he sent us a picture. The 30'' by 40'' painting is going to look great on our wall!
What a great wedding gift. Thanks Uncle Harry!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
"If your favorite vegetable is a corn dog, you're a Mitchum man."
For even more of Mitchum's interesting ideas, see the company web site and check out the Armpit Orchestra.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I would venture to say I've been relatively traditional about our wedding planning, the elements of the ceremony and so on and so forth. However, I haven't been able to sell myself on the idea of a traditional guestbook.
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Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Dan asked me to marry him on August 11, 2007. It seems like only yesterday that I mentioned to him, "we're getting married a year from today!"
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
- The Your DeKalb Farmer's Market in general (see my January 5, 2008 posting)
- Fresh flowers (often bought from the YDFM)
- Fresh (and affordable) produce
- Pencil skirts
- Thrift store bargains, such as pencil skirts
- Ebay finds (recently Crest White Strips Premium for $15 including shipping while they retail for $34.99 at your local Wal-Mart)
- Ross (Dress for Less!)
- Digital cameras and the fun moments captured by them
- Girlfriends (wonderful ones at that)
- Sleepovers and the friends that host them
- Dogs roaming my office
- Craft projects (upcoming: wedding programs)
- Project Runway and its great fan blog
- Friends' and colleagues' blogs