Monday, May 23, 2011

Wedding Season

The last two weekends Dave and I have shared wedding days with our close friends.  The weekend before last Simon and Lizzie were married in Jackson, TN.  They are such a sweet couple.  Simon is a groomsman in our wedding and a great friend of Dave's.  Simon is from Ireland so they had a few Irish touches in the wedding which made it so great!  At the end of the ceremony we all rang bells as the entire bridal party skipped down the cute!

The "KISS"

The beautiful Bride and I at the reception

Dave and I at the reception

My favorite Irishman, Simon the Groom!

Simon and Dave

This weekend Dave and I were both apart of the Ruth wedding.  A little back story on this couple :)  I actually introduced Emily and Clint.  Emily went to Lambuth with Dave and Clint went to Kentucky with me.  I didn't really know Clint in college (he is older than me I like to rub that in) but Dave and him are friends from childhood.  Dave introduced Emily and I and we were friends ASAP!  She is such a sweet person and a wonderful friend!  I was so excited she asked me to be a bridesmaid.  Her and Clint are so in love!  The excitement  on his face when she was came down the aisle was so sweet.  They really are perfect for each other.  I am so sad that they are moving to Indiana......Here of some photos of the beautiful bride!!

Can't wait to go on vacation again with these ladies!

Last night before they were married!

Emily's Bridal Luncheon at her sweet mom's house


Such a pretty set up Emily's mom did! Her casserole was amazing!

Hair and makeup! SO STUNNING!

She got these off ETSY!


Twins!  Emily and her mom on her big day!

I mean can she get any prettier?

Final touches!

Notice the Chic-Fil-A in the background! It was gone in 2 minutes!

Emily and I

Cute sign into the wedding reception on Broadway!

Speaking of weddings I purchased all of the Bridesmaid gifts today!!! I cannot wait to give them to my girls!  Dave and I have our first couples shower in 2 weeks!  I AM SO EXCITED!!!  We move into our new house 1 day before so we will have a brand new home to bring all of our presents to.  We have the best friends in the world!  I will share plenty of pictures from that!

Also, remember last week when I had a meltdown about vases....well MOM came through as usual!  She found some vases.  Of course she did, she finds everything!!

Ok I have not blogged any recipes lately either!  I made these cookies last week for Dave and he loved them....ok I made them for me too!  I wonder how awesome my abs would be if I didn't eat cookies! You totally need to make these!  I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs, The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Neiman Marcus Cookies

1 cup butter, softened (I used the Crisco baking sticks because they have less saturated fat)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups uncooked regular oats

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

4 ounces milk chocolate candy bar, coarsely chopped ( I used a bar of Cadbury, Dave's Favorite)

1 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)

Preheat oven to 375°.

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Stir in chocolate chips, milk chocolate bar, and pecans.

Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. *I always use parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on baking sheets. Then, remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yields 4 dozen cookies


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Yea so I have been a bad blogger again.  I do have good reason.  I am finding a free second right now to blog because I am laying in my hotel room in Minneapolis.

My schedule with buying a house, attending weddings and showers and also trying to plan my own wedding has been a little crazy lately....oh yea and my JOB! 

Before May 31, I will be in Minneapolis for a few days this week, attending Emily and Clint's wedding this weekend (Yes, call me cupid), NYC the beginning of next week, New Orleans the end of next week for Rachel's Bachelorette Party and the day I get back Dave and I close on our FIRST HOME! *take a breath*

Everything happens at once right?

Emily, Me and Jenn at Steeplechase last year

 I will say that I LOVE WEDDINGS and I am so excited to be a part of Emily and Clint's this weekend!  I get to wear a super cute bridesmaid dress (yes, Emily was able to find one I will wear again!), get my hair and make up done and watch a great friend get married all in one day!! I cannot wait to share her special day with her!

Mom and I at Arrington Vineyards

Mom and I in Italy

So I am a little behind on my Mother's Day post but I think it was because I needed to make it after the phone call my mom and I had this morning.  You know those phone calls that you have when you are wedding planning and your world is falling apart because you can't find vases that you like.  Yea that happened! I am not sure that I can even explain in any amount of words how amazing my mom is.  She has taught me everything and I am facing the fact that I am just like her and I couldn't ask for anything more.  She knows exactly what to say to make me feel better.  She knows how I feel without me even having to tell her and she knows when something is on my mind by the tone in my voice.  I appreciate her so much and I am so so so lucky that she is all mine!  I just have to share her with her 2 puppies....which on given "Sloane's Life is falling apart days" I am sure she loves them more :)  I just want to thank you Mom for loving me unconditionally and always looking out for what is best for me, and you always know what is truly best!!  LOVE YOU SO MUCH!  I can only hope that I am able to share something even half as special as we have with my child one day.  Yes I said ONE DAY! Don't get your hopes up about grand kids just yet!  Plus you are way to young to be a Grandma... :) 

I made the best pasta dish last Friday night and Neiman Marcus Cookies!! OMG!  I promise I will post those this week!  Pasta is super healthy....cookies...nothing a little INSANITY can't fix!  Stay tuned!


Monday, May 2, 2011

Sorry I Have Been MIA!

So this last week has been SO crazy!  Dave and I have been on the house search full force and WE FOUND ONE!!  After making 3 offers on 3 different houses in one week, you could say we were a little overwhelmed!  We are SO EXCITED!  Once everything is just the way we want it, I will share some pictures.  I can't wait to do some DIY home projects!  Here are some things that both of us really like and would love to put in our new home. 

Concrete Countertops-My mom is who told me about these.  She has such wonderful taste and I am going to practically copy what she has done in her home....She is such an amazing mother....In honor of Mother's Day I'll be blogging about her this week!

Tiled Shower- The masterbath has an amazing tub and a separate shower that we would love to tile and make a little larger.  Here are some ideas.

 The first thing we want to do however is paint.  I am really into gray, thanks again to my mom.  What do you think about these colors?  Loving the bright white crown molding that is already in this house!!

Ok that is all for tonight....I need to work on our registry since we have some amazing friends throwing us a couples shower soon and I also need to work on some invitations for the wedding :)