Monday, September 30, 2013


i bought a ream of recycled looking card stock at staples for about $15 to use for my wedding invitations, and i had a bunch left, so i decided to make my own programs as well.  jarad helped me with the design and i printed them at work, making this project costing hardly anything. 

it was a 2 sided program and we placed them on each chair before the ceremony.  the first page had our bridal party info, and the second page had a thank you note from us to our guests, the dinner menu and instructions on how to upload photos from your phone to our website. it took a while to get our design just right and to print and cut the programs, but i feel it was worth the time and effort.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

dream big....

i have been anticipating a stressful work week, and i had to take a moment today to acknowledge things i am grateful for and appreciate the little things...

***doggie cuddles, supportive parents/family, best friend wine nights,  a good work out this morning, listening to the new kings of leon album for the first time today, the chill in the air that feels like the start of fall and my AMAZING husband (just to name a few)***

Saturday, September 21, 2013

stuffed bell peppers...

trying some new low carb dinner options and this one came to mind when i saw bell peppers on sale in the market.


3-4 medium sized green bell peppers
1 lb. chop meat
1 zucchini
1 ear of corn
3 stalks of green onion
1 packet taco seasoning
1 T tomato paste
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

how to:

grate zucchini, shave the corn off of the cob and chop green onion.  saute in pan until cooked through and put aside.

 cook chop meat, drain extra fat off and mix in taco seasoning.

combine veggies and meat.

cut bell peppers in half length wise, and clean out insides.

stuff with mixture and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. for the last few minutes of cooking, sprinkle cheese on top and turn broiler on.

***you can put any veggie mixture you want with the meat.  i used those because that is what i had in the fridge, but you could use mushrooms, onion, ortega chilies, black beans, rice, etc.***

we had a one half left over and jarad fried an egg to put on top for breakfast, it made for good leftovers!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

symptoms of inner peace...

1.  a tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fears based on past experiences.

2.  an unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

3.  a loss of interest in judging others.

4.  a loss of interest in judging self.

5.  a loss of interest in conflict.

6.  a loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

7.  a loss of ability to worry.

8.  frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

9.  contented feelings of connectedness with others and with nature.

10.  frequent attacks of smiling through the heart.

11.  increasing susceptibility to kindness offered, and the uncontrollable urge to reciprocate.

12.  an increasing tendency to allow things to unfold, rather than resisting and manipulating.

this is my "to-do" list, and although i don't practice yoga, i looked up the meaning of "namaste" and it's quite beautiful...

Monday, September 16, 2013

new england vacay, rhode island...

we always go back to the east coast once or twice a year, usually in summer to visit jarad's family and friends.  this year we timed our vacation so that we could meet up with about 10 of jarad's college friends at a beach house in rhode island. he grew up there and has shown me around before, but this time our trip was full of fun and new things i have never experienced, here are some of my highlights...

we spent 2 days in rhode island, i had my first new england beach day (which also happens to be my first beach day this entire summer).  the water was surprisingly warm and we enjoyed the sunshine, snacks and sand!  that evening we had a clam bake, although jarad and i don't eat it, it was a fun experience.  they use huge burners with metal trashcans to steam the seafood, corn, potatoes and sausage.

from rhode island we made our way to boston for some family time.  but first we did a driving tour of some of jarad's childhood homes and a lunch stop at his favorite pizza parlor.  and we also did a mansion tour.  in the early 1900's rhode island used to be a summer home to the wealthiest socialites, occupying these mansions for 10 weeks during summer and throwing huge parties!  ( think great gatsby style).  these mansions are now used for weddings and other large events, and some of them are open for tours.

i had such a great time in rhode island with good friends, good food and good weather.  i am excited to continue this new tradition of "staycation" (as this group of new englanders call it), to meet up in summer with this awesome group of friends. 

stay tuned for new england vacay part 2 (boston and new hampshire)...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

bridal party...

when it comes to weddings, you are not the only one who is aware of the high price tag...your bridal party is too!  with all the gifts, parties, travel and attire, a typical wedding can cost your groomsmen and bridesmaids nearly $1,000 or more.  we had our bridal party dress in black cocktail dresses and black suits.  they didn't all match, but it would be something they already had, would wear again and could purchase in their own price range.  and they all looked fantastic!

this can be done with any color or color palet, and your bridal party will appreciate the savings as well.  it was also nice that the girls could wear a dress that suited their style as well, i am sure we all have at least a few bridesmaid dresses in our closet that we will never wear again. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

music...bob dylan

this is one of my favs...

bob dylan,  "shelter from the storm"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

green curry...

i love thai food and so does jarad, and my tolerance for spice has definitely increased once i met jarad.  my favorite dish is green chicken curry.  i found a green curry simmer sauce from trader joes and i will often times make a crock pot meal with it.  but we have been on the quest to duplicate the velvety curry you get in the restaurants.  we got some green curry paste and now making green curry at home is almost too easy.

1 can of light coconut milk
2 T green curry paste
fresh basil leaves
your choice of steamed veggies and protein

how to:

heat up coconut milk in saute pan and then add curry paste.  add veggies and protein and serve over rice.

i also have a recipe for a thai chicken soup that calls for the green curry paste, stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

wilfred's favorite past time...

it's a good thing that wilfred doesn't destroy shoes or bite valuables, but he does like to relocate objects in the house (usually socks, shoes and underwear).  i caught him in the act...

click here to check it out...