Surprise!!! A new addition will be joining us in September! We are beyond excited for this next chapter in our lives.
Seven months ago, on June 8, I got married! The day was by far the best day of our life. People were right though… it goes by fast! There were so many times throughout that day that I wanted to hit a pause button because I didn’t want it to end. This day is what I had worked so hard planning for a little more than a year! The biggest advice I can give to anyone getting married is to just remember to step back at times and look around you. Soak it all in because it’s a day you will remember forever!
To have everyone we love all in one room, under one roof was beyond amazing and something we will cherish for our whole lifetime! Thank you to all of our family and friends for making our day more than perfect!
I know I didn’t focus on my blog nearly as much as I wanted to this year, but as we all know, life can get crazy!
Before we say goodbye to another year, I’d like to highlight my top 12 moments for 2012. Thanks, Meredith for the idea!
Wishing you all a very Happy 2013! See you next year!
Thanks for the memories 2012, now here’s to an incredible 2013!!!
Wow! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this thing. But, I have BIG news to share! I’m engaged! Ben asked me to marry him on my birthday while we were on the beach in Cancun. It was absolutely perfect!! It’s crazy to now call him my fiance, but I love it! Wedding plans are under way and we’re excited for our June 2013 wedding! We want to enjoy every second of this next year as we plan the best and first day of our lives as a married couple. I cannot wait to marry my best friend!
We have been showered with so many sweet comments, cards, calls and messages. Thank you so much. I truly feel like the luckiest girl in the world!
Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I thought I’d share a yummy drink recipe that I made for my boyfriend and I this weekend. I found it through a pin on Pinterest and it’s from the Web site DayDreamerDesserts.com. Whether you are dining out or staying in and cooking at home, enjoy one (or two!) of these tomorrow evening. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Cloud Nine Martini
Red Sanding Sugar
6 ounces Godiva White Chocolate liqueur (I used Merrys White Chocolate Liqueur)
2 ounces Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka
For an added Valentine’s Day touch, pour some red sanding sugar (go to the baking isle in your grocery store and you will find it with the sprinkles) into a plastic lid then swirl the rims of the martini glasses in some whipped cream vodka and dip them into the sanding sugar.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour ingredients into the cocktail shaker, and shake for 20 seconds.
Strain and serve into martini glasses.
Happy New Year!
Even though the holidays are over (sad face), I had to share one other cookie recipe that I made for Christmas. I came across these cookies from a good family friend and had to get it from her – Thanks, Lynn! I remember eating them as a little kid too, but they were known as Kolacky’s to our family. So, tuck this recipe away if you need another cookie recipe for your next holiday cookie exchange because this one is so yummy! Enjoy!
Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprints (Otherwise known as Kolacky’s)
2/3 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. raspberry preserves
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
2-3 tbsp. milk until smooth
Add milk slowly so glaze doesn’t become too runny (should be thick like maple syrup)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, butter and almond extract in a medium-sized bowl. Beat until creamy. Reduce speed and add flour. Beat until well mixed – dough will be crumbly.
Shape into 1-inch balls. Place two inches apart on cookie sheet. With thumb make an indentation in center of each cookie, edges may crack. Fill with 1/4 tsp. raspberry preserves.
Bake 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Drizzle with glaze when cool.
Yield: 3 1/2 dozen
Recipe courtesy of Lynn Ahern.