Monday, June 29, 2009


This dress was MADE for me. Why can't they have it in my size?! :( I'm just hoping that it's restocked soon! You can't beat this price, that's for sure.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Recipes!

Since I am currently a stay-at-home-wife (hopefully not for too much longer!), I have PLENTY of time to cook new recipes for my husband and myself. I am cooking almost every single day, so I'm trying to mix it up a little bit.

Monday night, Michael slow-cooked BBQ ribs in our crock pot all day. They were so delicious; the meat practically fell right off the bone. For an appetizer, I made fresh mango salsa! I got the recipe from Good Things Catered, one of my favorite recipe blogs. I forgot to take a picture, so I've borrowed the one from her blog:

Mango Salsa (image from Good Things Catered):
This recipe was so can find the exact details on her blog, but it's basically two fresh mangoes, half of a red bell pepper, half of a red onion, a jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Dice everything and mix it together...Michael loved it!

Last night, I made Three Cheese Manicotti! It was so yummy and I am not even that huge on red sauce. Actually, I hardly like red sauce at all. But this is so light on the sauce (and heavy on the cheese)! I found the basic recipe on All Recipes (amazing site), but I adjusted it a little. I changed the order, cook times, and I added spinach. Here is my recipe:

Three Cheese Manicotti:
  • 1 package manicotti shells
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese (my favorite!)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T. dried basil
  • 1 package frozen spinach
  • 1 jar pasta sauce

1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Soak manicotti shells in salted, warm (not boiling!) water for 15 minutes.

2. In a bowl, mix together 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parm cheese, garlic, egg, basil, and spinach. Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture.

3. Coat the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish with half of the jar of pasta sauce. Place the stuffed manicotti shells on top of the sauce. Cover shells with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese.

4. Bake for 20 minutes; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and continue baking for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Here is a picture of our dinner...Michael loved this one too. I think it would have been a little too boring without the spinach. We had plenty of leftovers for lunch today:

Tonight, I'm cooking Balsamic-Glazed Salmon Fillets, green beans sauteed with pine nuts, and baked potatoes. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Front Porch: Before and After

Our front porch is one of our favorite places in our house. It's so perfect for relaxing, reading, or having a glass of wine! We live in a really cool area, so there is a lot of people-watching also :) Since, we just are renting, there is only so much we wanted to do to our house. We did a few things though that completely change the curb appeal of our house.

We added some pretty wrought-iron porch furniture, as well as a wreath (Restoration Hardware outlet!), and a doormat. I also hung some beautiful ferns and planted some colorful begonias in the flower bed.
Another view of the front:
One last view:
It's starting to get a little too hot out there, but we still enjoy it in the evenings. Michael has even planted a little vegetable garden on the side. We absolutely love our front porch!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Wedding in Pensacola!

My friend Kaitlin got married over the weekend in Pensacola, was so beautiful! Michael stayed home, so I went with my friend Tara, which was so much fun! Their wedding reception was at the beautiful Pensacola Country Club, which directly overlooked the water. The food was delicious and the flowers were beautiful...we had a blast!

Tara and I outside at the reception:

Pretty flowers:
The gorgeous cake:
Tara and I again:
The beautiful bride and I:Me, Julie, and Tara:

I had so much fun spending the weekend with my college girlfriends...I'm sad it's over!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yummy Dinners

Michael and I do a LOT of cooking now that we're married. We both love cooking and it's definitely cheaper than going out to dinner. We have had so much fun trying new recipes every night!

Tuesday was our "1 month" anniversary...cheesy, yes. But we wanted to eat the top layer of our wedding cake at 1 month rather than 1 year, because 1 year just sketches me out. Anyways, we cooked a big dinner Tuesday night, drank champagne, ate wedding cake, and watched our DVD from our wedding. It was so nice!

Michael cooked pan-seared steaks and I made couscous with fresh tomatoes, garlic, feta cheese and parsley. We also steamed some broccoli, but that wasn't quite as exciting:
Last night was Michael's mom's birthday, so we had his whole family over for our first dinner party! I cooked all day was so fun! I cooked stuffed mushrooms for our appetizer, which is always a hit. For the main course, we had fresh salad, chicken piccata, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and biscuit poppers. I made a Key Lime pie for dessert! I think everyone liked the meal...I hope they did at least, since I cooked everything from scratch!
Dinner on the table!
And I just had to include a picture of Bailey!

We have so much leftovers! Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Honeymoon Recap!

I completely forgot to post pictures from our honeymoon, which was absolutely AMAZING! We spent a week at the Royal Plantation Ochos Rios in Jamaica. The Royal Plantation is a small boutique hotel, but also all-inclusive, so we were completely pampered all week. It was the perfect honeymoon!

The resort was really small, but very upscale. Every meal was at least 3 courses and dinner was usually 7 courses...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week! Our suite was amazing and huge. Our balcony was right over the ocean, so we had an amazing view.
Michael and I on our flight early Sunday morning:
We were greeted with champagne while we waited for our hotel transfer:
Lunch at the beach cafe...the coconut shrimp was AMAZING!
View from the beach cafe:
Our beautiful suite:
First day on the beach. The beach was amazing! We had beach butler service, which was perfect. They started everyday by serving Mangosas and fresh fruit...we had so many drinks on the beach!
Miami Vice...delicious!
Champagne before dinner:
Dinner at La Terrace, the more casual of the 2 dinner restaurants:
Our yummy dessert:
We went zip-lining through the canopy one was so much fun. I highly recommend it!

An action shot of me zip-lining:
Picture in our room (with a timer):
Red vino!
View from La Terrace:
Dinner at Le Papillion, the upscale French restaurant:
Beach on the last day...notice the Lilly bathing suit :)
Michael enjoying the beach:Dinner on the last sad:
Room service breakfast the last morning:

I would HIGHLY recommend the Royal Plantation for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing honeymoon. We had so many extras included, like snorkeling, glass-bottom boat tour, kayaking, high tea in the afternoons, turn-down service...I could go on and on. Michael and I had such a good time just relaxing, reading, laying on the beach, and eating yummy food. I want to go back!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Relaxing Weekend

We had a wonderfully, relaxing weekend! It was so nice not to have anything specific to do and just enjoy the weekend. Friday night, two of our college friends came into town (Will and Amanda) and spent the night at our house. We went to dinner at the Boathouse restaurant, then to a cool restaurant downtown for a drink, then finally back home for some board games (we LOVE board games).

Amanda and I...the only picture from Friday night:Saturday morning, Michael cooked everyone homemade French toast for breakfast before our friends left. The rest of Saturday consisted of movies, a long walk with our dog, re-finishing a chair for our guest room, and cooking dinner at home.

Sunday, we went to church for the first time since we got back from our honeymoon. It was a great service and lots of young people in the congregation. Last night, some of our newly married friends cooked dinner for was delicious! They started with a calamari appetizer, before a dinner of red fish, zucchini, and mashed potatoes. We had apple crisp with ice cream for was amazing.

Also, we got a new piece of furniture in last week, finally! We are in desperate need of storage, so we ordered this console table from Wal-mart...YES, that Wal-mart. It is AWESOME and just what we wanted. The quality is really nice and it was really easy to put together. What do you think?

We have a buffet for our dining room coming this week, so hopefully we can finally unpack our crystal and the rest of our wine glasses. I will post updated pictures of our house later this week...have a great Monday!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New 'Do!

So, I got a little trim this week...


What do you think!? Please ignore the dorky solo pictures...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wedding Recap: Reception

Finally, here are pictures from our wedding reception! I have SO many more details I want to share, but I do not have the professional pictures back yet, so these will have to do for now. I'm sure y'all are getting bored with wedding pictures!

Our reception was FABULOUS (at least I thought)! We had a really nice cocktail hour after the ceremony, then the guests moved down to the topiary garden for a seated dinner reception. The menu was amazing. During the cocktail hour, we had several passed appetizers, including stuffed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, mini pimento cheese sandwiches, and beef wellington. We also had a big fruit and cheese display...I wish I had pictures of it! The seated dinner started with a Southern greens salad (with peach vinaigrette), then we had grilled chicken stuffed with artichoke, spinach, and boursin cheese. And of course, dessert was wedding cake!

Our band was SO much fun. We had an eight-piece band that played everything from classic rock to Motown hits. Everyone stayed till the end, for the most part...Michael and I left by horse and carriage at the very end. We were going to do a bubble exit, but it was raining. Anyways, here are some pictures from our reception:

More flower pictures...I LOVED them:My cake, which was PERFECT:
The groom's cake (very popular and yes, everything was edible except the beer bottles):
Our candy buffet:
Michael and I entering the reception:
My Dad and I dancing:
Some of my friends at the can kind of see the centerpieces here:
My cousins and I:
Me with my candy buffet, my masterpiece!
Alyssa, Michael, and I:
Cutting the cake:
Cutting the groom's cake:
Bridesmaids at the reception:
My friend, Kaci, did a little karaoke with our was awesome:
Every detail of our wedding was perfect. And the most important part, Michael and I are now MARRIED! I am definitely loving being a wife.

That's all for now...eventually I'll have a wedding details post, but otherwise, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled blogging. I'm sure you're getting tired of my wedding posts, so I will definitely be writing about something new and different soon. I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed recapping everything! Have a great day!