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MAWWIAGE

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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AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL EAT*

*And even if we don’t, for some reason. Shout-out to our pastor who mentioned Young Poor and Strangely Happy in the sermon at our ceremony! It was perfect…

So we’ve been married a week, and it’s AWESOME. Please excuse our CRAZY LOVEBIRD HAPPINESS but I think we’re allowed to have some at this point.

We’ll put together a full spread of wedding stuff eventually, but we’re enjoying spending time together- the internet can hear from us later.

🙂

Just for now, here’s what L made me for dinner:

Photo on 5-4-13 at 7.10 PM

Roasted Vegetable Risotto

GET:

-Rice (of some kind, fluffy, long-grain, white, brown, martian, whatever)

-a thing of asparagus

-2 carrots

-2 celery stalks

-1 small onion

-2 cups of chicken stock

-salt und pepper

-olive oil

-parmesan cheese

-lemon juice (opt.)

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat the oven to 350, or if it’s our oven, 15,000,000,000. But I’d go with 350.

Chop the vegetables into small pieces.

Toss them on a foil-lined baking sheet with some olive oil, salt, et pepper.

Put the vegetables in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they’re soft-ish and tasty-looking.

Put the 2 cups of stock in a pot and heat until boiling.

Dump 2 cups of rice into the stock, let it cook until it looks like, well, rice.

Toss the vegetables into the rice, with a healthy dose of the parmesan.

If you like, squirt a few drops of lemon juice in- it gives it a nice brightness, and counteracts the saltiness from the salt και pepper if need be OK BYE

-MR AND MRS L AND J

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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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So I just bumped into the wall in my hallway for the 27th time this morning…

…and then felt compelled to look at the positives of our apartment. When you can’t swing a cat around without hitting the wall or furniture of a tiny living space, it can be frustrating to work/cook/relax at home. Here are 5 things that have made life easier for L and me, residing within 650 square feet:

Try not to have one space where all of your extra junk goes to die. We’re actually guilty of this at the moment, given that the office has become “wedding central” until we can organize where it’s all going to go- but kicking myself into getting organized has helped me breathe easier, once I can walk into any room and see floor space and clean surfaces.

If you have limited counter space in the kitchen, keep it free of appliances. Even if it seems like a bit of a hassle to keep the toaster/coffee maker/QVC-purchased-object-that-almost-kind-of-works in the cabinets or on top of the fridge, a clutter-free counter gives the illusion of having much more space.

Got a small-ish rug? Stick it partway out from under the couch or love seat. This will give the look of having increased floor space, so that other matching rugs or the coffee table seem to have a bit more room.

Think vertical. A tall bookshelf or floor lamp (or this cool clock from IKEA) will draw the eyes upward a bit and create some depth to the living room.

A few minutes of straightening up every day is way easier than spending an afternoon on it. Take ten minutes, right now, and see how many things you can get off the floor. Tomorrow, do the same thing with your kitchen table/counter, etc. Small amounts of work at a time can be just as efficient, and MUCH less stressful.

This last one may not really count…

Get yourself a bigger apartment. We’re planning to move pretty soon. Fear not, we’ll keep blogging!

-J

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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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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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