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We decided it was high time we did a post regarding wedding stuff- details, photos, the works. Off we go!

Big thanks to La Scala for a fantastic reception and AMAZING food. The room looked wonderful, and best of all, they had a full crew of people to set everything up! (Included in the room rental price)

Thanks as well to DeSantis florists for bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces! They were even able to incorporate the peacock feathers, ribbons, and baskets that we wanted to supply.

We would definitely recommend Todd Seimer photography if you’re in the Columbus area. He did a fantastic job!

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Left: Thai Orchids suspended upside-down in water
Right: White Tulips and Hydrangeas

This was a really sweet moment. Our photographer had me stand at the end of a field, and L walked up behind me for our "first look".

This was a really sweet moment. Our photographer had me stand at the end of a field, and L walked up behind me for our “first look”.

The suit- grey herringbone, with a nice shine. Bow ties from Macy's.

The suit (Kohl’s): grey herringbone, with a nice shine. Bow ties from Macy’s.

The dress-

The dress: A-line, from David’s Bridal

And this adorable picture of L.

And this adorable picture of L.

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J+L

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Feaster

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS

We made the tastiest Easter feast food ever. Fo’ realz.

Here’s how to make a whole bunch of tasty foods.

SO MUCH TASTY GOODNESS

SO MUCH TASTY GOODNESS

TASTY FOODS NUMBER ONE: MASHED GINGER CARROTS

This is a classic recipe my mom makes for Easter dinner every year (and sometimes just when we’re craving some carroty-gingery goodness).

YOU WILL NEED:

5 or 6 whole carrots

several shakes of ground ginger (or a real piece of ginger chopped up into a few tiny bits)

salt and pepper

1/2 a cup or so of chicken stock (I don’t really know what that stuff is, but it’s basically some kind of meaty juiciness that comes in boxes and makes things tasty.)

3 Tablespoons of butter

a blender (we actually have one now! Unlike during the dark times!)

WHAT TO DO:

Peel and chop up the carrots into 1-inch pieces, boil them in a pot until they’re well-cooked.

Puree in a blender with all of the other ingredients until it’s a little thinner than applesauce.

 

TASTY FOODS NUMBER TWO: SCALLOPED POTATOES

YOU WILL NEED:

2 pounds of potatoes (we used red ones), peeled and sliced into thick discs

a cup of milk

1 – 1/4 cups of chicken stock

bay leaves (if you want to be fancy)

salt + pepper

2 tablespoons of butter

minced garlic

grated white cheddar cheese (about 3/4 of a cup)

a glass baking dish, one of them 9 x 13 inch ones

a skillet

WHAT TO DO:

Put the butter and half a spoonful or so of the minced garlic in the skillet on medium heat, melt it down and stir it around a little.

Plop in about half of the potatoes in one layer in the skillet. Put down a bunch of salt and pepper, then put in the other half of the potatoes. More S&P on top.

Pour milk and chicken stock over all that business, put the cover on it and let it sit on low-ish heat for 3 minutes.

Rub a stick o’ butter around on the glass dish, and toss in all dem taters.

Sprinkle the cheddar on top, and cut up some little cubes of butter and put them on, too.

Bake it on up for 20-25 minutes at 425°.

 

TASTY FOODS NUMBER THREE: ROASTED ASPARAGUS

Asparagus, olive oil, salt, pepper, minced garlic. In a pan.

400° for ten minutes.

umm…

TADAAAAAA

 

TASTY FOODS NUMBER FOUR: GUNKY ROLLS

Probably known by several names, this is another family classic.

YOU WILL NEED:

a roll of those suction-y biscuits (regular, not croissants) that explode when you peel them open

1/2 a cup of water

some cinnamon

some sugar (1/4 cup?)

splash of vanilla

WHAT TO DO:

Open the explodey biscuits, cut each one in half. Pack them into a circular 8-inch pan (Teflon, if you’ve got one).

Mix together everything else in a bowl or measuring cup and pour over the biscuits.

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.

OPTIONAL: If you’re feeling brave, flip the pan over onto a plate or platter after it comes out of the oven. The biscuits should (usually) slip right out of the pan, and it makes for a nice presentation.

 

TASTY FOODS NUMBER FIVE: PORK AND STUFF

YOU WILL NEED:

a crock pot

a pork roast

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 cups of beef stock (again with the stock stuff).

a bunch of rosemary, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

salt and pepper

WHAT TO DO

Put the onions in the bottom of the pot. Place the roast on top, then dump in everything else.

Pour water over the whole thing just until it covers the pork.

Cook it on low heat for 4 hours.

 

Since it’s Easter, and Easter is a time for family, I’m going to break blogging etiquette and gush about a bunch of stuff that’s been happening in my life lately, namely how fantastic my wife to be is. We’re sitting on the couch right now, and I faced the computer away from her at the moment so she doesn’t know I’m typing this 🙂

I’ve been having a bit of a tough time at work lately. It was my first few weeks of having my general work performance be reviewed, and I had a lot of criticism coming my way. A lot of times the only thing keeping me going was knowing that L would always be there for me when I got back.

But that’s the thing about living your entire life alongside someone else. Marriage, it seems, isn’t about making everything perfect (despite our shared love of stylish clothes and minimalist interior decorating). Maybe marriage is more about keeping each other happy, healthy, and alive.

And that’s what we’re learning to do for each other. In fact, she’s improving my mental well-being as I type, since she’s now trying on my giant thick glasses and making me laugh. Sometimes, something that simple is all it takes to get through rough patches together.

1 month to go until I marry this woman…

…too long a wait.

-J

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“Quesadilla,” Quesadilla

Happy Presidents Day!

Working in education, I had the privilege of having the day off! This meant spending the morning with J-yay! We had breakfast together (rare opportunity), went grocery shopping and worked on wedding stuff.

We can’t believe it, but our wedding is a little over 2 months away-eek!

One of the things still on our wedding to-do list was creating a “must play” and “do not play” list for our DJ, and friend, JM.

We had a good time putting together our list today, creating a good mix of our favorite music. This was actually a harder task than we expected, having to consider if it is “dance-able,” if people will want to dance to it, as well as put together our first dance song, father/daughter dance song, mother/son dance song, and what music will play when we enter the reception.

Bands we featured often? Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, The Black Keys, M83, and Walk the Moon.

Small note: Walk the Moon played a mean show at our college before they made it big. One of the best concerts I have ever been to. One great song off of their album is titled “Quesadilla.”

Guess what is for dinner?

Quesadillas.

Cheesy-Corn-Black Bean Quesadillas:

You’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • 1/2 bag of frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 10 tortillas
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • s&p
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • some sour cream for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 (will keep quesadillas warm while others are cooking).
  2. In a pan with olive oil, toast corn until it starts to brown.
  3. While toasting, mash the rinsed beans in a bowl.
  4. Add corn to bowl and return pan to burner.
  5. Add onions and jalapeños to heat, cooking for a few minutes.
  6. Add garlic, and cook 2 more minutes.
  7. Add onion mixture to corn mixture to combine.
  8. Add shredded cheese.
  9. Take a tortilla, spread 1/2 cup of mixture in bottom half, and foldover.
  10. Place in pan and flip when brown.
  11. After the other side is cooked, place it on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven.
  12. When quesadillas are done, cut in wedges and serve with sour cream.

EAT.

Photo on 2-18-13 at 6.41 PM

 

-L

How to make classy invites, without spending a fortune

Again, I seem to forget to blog when J isn’t here. Speaking of J, the aforementioned 60 days is the amount of time until J comes home! And by home, I mean back in the apartment, with me.

What I did today:

Made invitations for the wedding. Made Stew. Caught up with friends…(sticky-notes from college). Watched OSU/Nebraska game…actually, the last event is still happening.

Make invitations: We found pretty, fancy invitations online…which would cost us about $455 to buy from the site. We are making ours for about $50. J’s mom painted a beautiful peacock feather, which I cropped and rotated on Photoshop. Using my layout skills from InDesign, I was able to make an over-laid text box for the information, thereby creating a beautiful invitation. Super Excited.

Stew: I made beef stew today. Yum. However, I altered the ingredients. Instead of beef, potatoes, carrots and onion, I made stew with beef, SWEET potatoes, carrots and onion. Super good, and pretty healthy, too!

Caught up with friends: It is always nice to hang out with friends, especially since I don’t get out much. Continuing the fun by watching the game with K and R. Currently, Nebraska 14, OSU 7. Success.

-L

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Two things that don’t relate? Banana bread and Save-the-Dates

After spending a nice weekend at home with J, we decided we should probably figure out what we were going to do with the Save-the-Dates for our wedding since it is approaching in a few months. Now, I am not a huge fan of a certain superstore, but…Best thing ever: stationary and card creator on their photo site.

Seriously.

We picked a design we liked, dropped in our photos, typed a cute message and the date, and done! Ordered them for $.33 a piece (including an envelope). They were supposed to be $.40 a piece, but we got a discount because we ordered 100. Also, no charge for shipping, because they are being printed at the location I choose to buy them from. They should be ready in a week and we will send them out in two.

Can’t wait to see them and send them!

Also, banana bread.

I bought a lot of fruit for a fruit salad at work’s potluck last week. Apparently my eyes were a little too big when I bought because I still had 5 bananas left, which had become a fun pattern of brown polka dots over the weekend. What to do? Banana Bread.

Yum: I took my favorite recipe from Skinnytaste and altered it a bit. (Makes two loaves or cakes)

  • 5 bananas (cuz I didn’t have 7)
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (because I ran out of applesauce-oops)
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter…probably could have been ofter than I used
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • baking spray
  • I usually add walnuts, but I was out…
  1. Combine flour, soda, salt in bowl
  2. cream butter and brown sugar
  3. add bananas, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla; mix well
  4. add flour in thirds; don’t over mix
  5. divide into two pans (I used 8in round pans because I only have one loaf pan)
  6. bake for 50ish minutes (45 if you have a hot oven like me)
  7. let cool for about 20 minutes.

One for me, for breakfast. One for a friend.

-L

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Oh my goodness how have we gone this long without a microwave OH MY GOODNESS.

We helped some friends move this weekend, and their new unit had a built-in microwave in the kitchen, so we got their previous one! It heats up food and everything! In other news,

CAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKE.

Cake.

We ate lots of it today in our consultation with this lady. Very tasty.

The cake, not the lady.

Anyhooz, we think she’s our cake lady. She gave us a number of samples, and let us pair together different flavors, fillings, and icings, AND WE GOT TO TAKE THE REST OF IT HOME.

SO WE DID.

SO MUCH CAKE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, L got about two weeks worth of groceries for $25 by shopping at Aldi. She grew up on Aldi foods, and it’s really good for the ol’ pocketbook.

Other cool thing: The Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival (though not a fan of the $10 parking fee.) Great music, free admission, buy whomever’s ribs/sides you want. We picked the people with the most absurdly tall banners proclaiming the group’s porcine accolades (hey, that’s a good band name.)

J&L

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Wait… “stew” is a verb?

Welcome to the multi-category post: money, weddings (and money), food (and money)…and money. So not so multi-category as we thought. Whatevs.

What do you do when your air conditioning reaches 5 cubic feet? Go stay at a friend’s house…one who happens to be related to you, will make you dinner, and will let you sleep in their air conditioned household…and play with their cats.

Four days of 90 degree weather was starting to drive us a little batty. Thankfully, J2.0 and K decided to be nice and offer an evening at their home…I think this is the first time we have been this cool in about two weeks. Tasty enchiladas, friends and lemonade Passion teas. Mmm.

Another cool thing we did today? Yeah, that pun was definitely intended…Finding a decent florist in our neighborhood that a) listened to what we want in wedding flowers, b) actually cared about what the groom wanted (not just the bride), and c) tried her best to stay near our budget. When her first estimate was too high for comfort, she tweaked it to fit our budget, not just laugh and say “keep looking.” She gave us everything she could in our budget, and we hope to work with her for the wedding…also, look up Thai Orchids. Might be our favorite new flower.

Things we learned yesterday?…Other than “don’t forget to blog, because then you have a lot to catch up on”? …. Yep. Don’t do that.

You can make Indian food in your 1950’s kitchen, complete with gas range circa 1956 and aluminum cabinets from the same decade. What did we make? Chana Masala…aka, curried-chickpeas and rice. Yum. Be warned: although one tablespoon of curry was used, our kitchen still smells of the stuff 24 hours later…Totally worth it though. Also, cheap dinner (serves 4):

1 Onion- $0.42

1 Tablespoon of Curry- $2.54 (for a bottle)

1 can of Chickpeas- $0.62

1 8oz. can of Tomato Sauce- $0.79

2 Tablespoons of minced garlic- $1.00 (per jar)

Small bunch of fresh basil from farmers market- $1.00

Total cost per serving: $1.59…awesome.

Toss some olive oil in a pot. Chop up the onion into dice-sized bits and cook with the garlic in the oil. Pour in chickpeas, tomato sauce, curry and basil until it’s…stew? We put it on rice.

Other things learned yesterday? Paying student loans stinks…but, it isn’t as terrible as it seems. Things that do rock about student loan payments? Auto-pay. Why? Interest rate reduction and never forgetting to pay it. Also, watching the loan amounts go down with each payment. Pretty good. (Things J learned? “Stew” can apparently be a noun AND a verb. I just roll my eyes.)

L

We like other people’s air conditioning.