Moving into our house wasn’t the only big project that I was planning for during March – One week after the Firefighter and I closed on our house, I hopped on a plane heading to NYC for my best friends bachelorette party. We both fell in love with the city during our visit back in August and neither of us could wait to go back to celebrate her bachelorette. Continue reading BFF’s NYC Bachelorette Party: Part 1
The Firefighter and I knew that we wanted to go on a pretty amazing trip for our honeymoon, which is why we didn’t take off immediately after our wedding. Waiting until the fall allowed us to recover from all of the wedding craziness and also gave us something to look forward to in the interim.
The Firefighter had never been overseas before, so my goal while planning the itinerary was to try and see as much as possible within about a two-week time period. We decided to start off with a week-long Mediterranean cruise, embarking in Marseille and making stops in Barcelona, Naples, Florence, Rome and Cannes, and spending a couple of days in Paris and London. From start to finish it was a total of 16 days.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m excited because this is the first Valentine’s Day that the Firefighter and I have actually ever been in the same place for – in the past one of us has always been away for work. We are cooking up dinner at home and relaxing. Neither of us are super big on Valentine’s Day, plus…it’s a Tuesday, and we both work tomorrow. It’s a steak dinner and a glass of wine before he passes out pretty early type of night. That’s the life for a firefighter couple sometimes!
Day 7: I’m Lovin’ It
Breakfast: Bacon and egg cups
Lunch: Buffalo chicken salad with salsa and guacamole
Dinner: Ground beef hash with sauteed peppers, onions and potatoes
This morning I felt like the ‘sleepy’ phase of Whole30 smacked me upside the head. It was so hard to get out of bed, I ended up pushing my snooze button like three times – something I never do. Once I forced myself to get moving, I was able to shake it off. Honestly, while I felt great today and had a good amount of energy, nothing too exciting happened today.
One full week down, three weeks to go.
I can’t believe it’s been more than three months since my last post, but there also hasn’t been a lot of time to spare. The moments I wasn’t at work or sleeping were dedicated to wedding planning, traveling for the wedding or some kind of wedding related event.
The original plan for Thanksgiving this year was for the Firefighter and I to celebrate, just the two of us in our apartment. I had the meal planned, the grocery list written and was trying to calculate how many bottles of wine I could get away with drinking without it affecting my cooking.
It was during that somewhat complex equation that the Firefighter told me we were invited to spend Thanksgiving with his second family. Our only instructions were to bring ourselves and a traditional dish that we loved. Since the Firefighter and I haven’t been able to come up with what “our” traditional dishes are yet, we decided to bring a couple of our personal favorites to share.
Cheese Grit Casserole (His)
This dish was invented by the Firefighter’s grandma and is one that he has enjoyed at family holiday feasts for as long as he can remember. Luckily for me, I was able to get the recipe from a family cookbook that his mom put together for me so that I can make it any time:
- Cook 2 cups grits as directed, but omit salt
- Add 1 stick butter
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp savory salt
- 1 pound sharp cheddar (shredded)
- Tabasco to taste (about 10 drops…or more, if you like spicy :))
Caramel Apple Pie (Mine)
As I’ve mentioned, the fall is all about the apple for me. Don’t pass me the pumpkin or pecan pies, but good luck getting a slice of apple pie from me. It’s a weakness that I only let myself indulge in during Thanksgiving. This year I decided to get super decadent and add caramel to this recipe.
God bless Pinterest and the delicious recipes it inspires. I’ve been enjoying this particular cocktail all month:
- Apple Cider
There really is no wrong way to make this beverage, but I personally go with a 2 parts Moscato to 1 part apple cider ratio.