Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Weekend in Review

I went to Ikea yesterday with my parents to pick up a few necessities for our bedroom makeover as well as some items for my first DIY wedding project. On the way home, we convinced my dad to stop at the outlet mall. I wanted to stop at the Pottery Barn outlet to find the serving set that I want to have for the wedding. While we had no luck at Pottery Barn, I was able to snag some amazing deals on some new items of clothing:


a. J. Crew Vintage Matchstick Cord, in dark aubergine for $6.68
b. Ralph Lauren Traci Ankle Pant for $9.99
c. J. Crew Emerson blouse, in beige for $6.68
d. J. Crew Metallic bi-fold wallet $13.50

As soon as I saw the red pants, I knew that Dan would hate them, but I was in love. I can already see them in action this summer with cute flip flops and a crisp white blouse or tank top. They will definitely be making an appearance at BBQs this summer.
As soon as I got in the car, I put the new wallet to use. It is the perfect size for clutch purses and it also fits snug in the back pocket of my jeans, which will be perfect for when we go to concerts, like The Temper Trap show at the Newport in March. Dan and I got our tickets in the mail last week and I am so excited to see them.
I plan to wear the matchstick cords as soon as I wash them as they are probably the most comfortable, non-denim pants that I have ever owned. The helpful sales man advised that I should wash them by themselves at least 2 or 3 times as the color will fade. I love the sales people at J. Crew!  I also want to find a cute pair of dark denim shorts to wear the Emerson blouse with.  It is a silk blend, which will be great for summer nights out at the bars or dinner on the patio at Tip Top Kitchen.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Susie Homemaker

There is something about a piping hot bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter’s day. And since I do live in Ohio, there have been plenty of cold winter days lately. To cope with the weather, I have been cooking up soups, stews, and chilis and one my favorites is also one of the easiest to make: Butternut Squash Soup.

I found the original recipe from Food Network and have altered it slightly.
Here is MY recipe for Butternut Squash Soup:
Ingredients
1 butternut squash, peeled and seeded (peeling the squash is the hardest part of the recipe)
1 tablespoon garlic
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4-6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
Nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
Peel squash and cut into 1-inch chucks. In large pot heat olive oil and add onion and garlic. Cook onions until translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add squash and stock and heat to a “rolling simmer”. I like to go until boiling to speed the process up, but if you are a “take your time” cook, then certainly…take your time.

 
I like to stab the squash with a fork to see if it is tender enough. Once the squash falls of my fork, I move the chunks of squash from the pot with a slotted spoon and place a food processor. Pulse and blend until squash is a smooth puree. (You may have to add some of the cooking liquid to the mix to help the blending process.) Mix the blended squash with the cooking liquid. At this point, personal preference comes into the mix. I prefer my soup to be on the thick side, if you like more “soupy” soup, add more liquid. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. JUST A LITTLE NUTMEG, anything more than a little it probably will be inedible.
I like to serve with grilled baby Swiss cheese sandwiches on whole wheat or crusty bread. For crusty bread, I use this easy recipe from Heart of Light.

Enjoy.

Friday, February 26, 2010

"Meezer"

Our friends call my fiancĂ© Danial, “Weezer,” for obvious reasons.


Anyway, I’ve been dubbed “Meezer”. “Mrs” + “Weezer” = “Meezer” Makes sense right? Well…I think there will be no question that I am the soon-to-be “Mrs. Weezer” when my new glasses arrive:

Danial went shopping with me on Thursday before work and helped me pick out my new frames. I didn’t expect to get glasses similar to Dan’s, but I guess it worked out that way; his are also black Burberry frames. It’s an old saying that the long two people are together they start looking like each other. My mom always jokes with my dad; she says “When we get old, can we look like me?” I however, would be happy to look like Dan when we are grey. He’s very good looking. I’m sure when people see us out, they think: “How did she end up with him?”


Anyway, I really like how my new glasses are a mix of classic with funky, sort of like me.  Hopefully I can get some pictures of Dan and I with our "Weezer" glasses here soon.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Honeymoons...

Probably one of the best parts about planning a wedding is planning the honeymoon. I can only imagine how much you need a vacation after months and in our case, over a year planning a wedding! Danial and I have not taken a real vacation since we first starting dating (5 years ago). Needless to say we are in need of a fabulous vacation.
Our first thought for a honeymoon was Ireland and then we caught a glimpse of plane tickets alone we quickly tossed that idea in the recycling bin. Hawaii was also on our radar and still might be an idea. I've been trying to think more reasonable since we are paying for most of the wedding on our own and we will be starting a family shortly after we get married. Having said that, my thoughts have moved towards California. California was the place of our first vacation together, so why not go back as husband and wife? Here are some ideas I have found while searching online:
San Francisco:
I've never been to San Fran, but it always looks so beautiful in pictures. I'd love to be by the water and experience all the great things the city has to offer.
Places to stay...
If we choose this, I would love to stay at least a couple of nights here:
http://www.argonauthotel.com/index.html
This hotel is in the neighborhood of Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. I can just see Danial and I renting cruiser bicycles and pedaling around the city. I can imagine that waking up in one of their rooms must feel like you've been transported to another time and place. To me, this feeling is what honeymoons should feel like.
Or we could stay here:
http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/carlton
Contemporary, vintage. This hotel is in lower Knob Hill area. (Any of the Joei de Vivre hotels in California would be beautiful and fun. http://www.jdvhotels.com/home/ )
Things to do:
Of course we would have to see Alcatraz: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
I would love to eat lunch here. Looks to be what California living is all about: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
Its pretty much a rule that you have to see a park or wild life while on vacation, this would be it for sure: http://www.golden-gate-park.com/
I know Danial would love to go see the Redwoods and really...can you go to this area and not see them? http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm (Did you know this was a national monument? I didn't either. Very interesting.)
I would also love to go to the Mission District to eat dinner and perhaps check out a local band or some art work.
Also, we would have to walk down Lombard St. Its one of my favorite memories as a child watching Herbie the Love Bug and seeing the iconic car drive down the street.
I supposed we couldn't go to San Francisco without going to the famous Fisherman's Wharf: http://www.fishermanswharf.org/ Based on the website, it looks like they have different events each week. I would love to each some fresh sea food. Mmmmmm my mouth is watering already. I guess you can tell I'm the daughter of an East Coast guy.
Palm Springs:
I was searching around a few weeks ago and came across this great bed and breakfast:
http://www.palmspringsrendezvous.com/events.html

50s style bed and breakfast. They provide you with beach crusiers and of course breakfast and lunch. I'm not sure I would want to spend an entire week here, but a day or two would be fun and different. A bit of whimsy that Danial would appreciate I think. I would probably want to stay in the "Shake Rattle N Roll" room, but perhaps Dan would rather the "Route 66"? (This truthfully probably wont be an option for room and board, but I think it was cute and special to share.)
Wine Country:
Now...if you know Danial or have been in a conversation over 15 minutes you probably know that he doesn't drink, so perhaps this may not be the honeymoon we end up with, but a girl can dream. I'm not sure if there is anything to do in wine country that Danial would be interested in, but the scenary looks beautiful. I'm pretty sure I should have been born there.
Places to stay...
Danial may actually approve of this place, if only for the architecture: http://calistogaranch.com/home/ It is very "Frank Lloyd Wright-esque". Seeing as though the rooms are over $1000 a night and subsequently our honeymoon would be 1 day, we won't even be thinking about this one. But how beautiful??
This place http://eldoradosonoma.com/el_dorado_hotel.html would probably be more like it. That blend of modern vintage that Dan and I love. We could probably swing a night or two here, especially if we book in advance and remind them that it is a honeymoon. (Cross our fingers, right?)
Things to do...
This looks like the sort of place were guests enter as strangers and leave as friends: http://bistrojeanty.com/ The restaurant features family style dining at a communal table. It looks like a wonderful place to dine. And...the have a "world famous" cream of tomato soup. I'm sure I would love it.
This winery looks like something out of a fairy tale: http://deldottovineyards.com/ I'm sure Dan would hate it, but how beautiful!
Along with this estate http://www.rubiconestate.com/flash.php It has been there since 1840. I'm sure the history is beautiful and Danial would appreciate this place.

Early Valentine's Day

Since our friends Matt and Ashley are getting married on Valentine's Day and the night before is dedicated to the rehearsal dinner, Danial and I celebrated Valentine's Day early.

I decorated the house with homemade garlands.  (Template from Martha Stewart.)


We exchanged cards...


Danial and I don't typically exchange gifts for Valentine's Day, but he surprised me with my favorite fragrance--Daisy by Marc Jacobs.  The box is so pretty and the scent always reminds me of Danial. 

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