What gal doesn't love date night? I know I do. Each Friday, fiancé and I go out for dinner or a movie or whatever we fancy. It's fun to dress up for something special because the rest of the week I look anything but glamorous. I come home from work, put on mismatched pajamas, throw my hair up in a messy bun, and any makeup gets wiped off.
The day leading up to our date I dream up what outfit I will wear. Do I go casual? Do I go dressy? Do I go sexy? Do I go comfortable? There are so many options when it comes to dolling yourself up. I typically go for dressy casual.
Here is an outfit I would wear...paired with tousled waves, a smokey eye, and nude lips.
You deserve to feel beautiful and healthy, both mentally as physically.
You deserve to overcome the triggers, the binges, the hungry feeling.
You deserve to be happy and social. You deserve to be loved. You deserve
self-love. You deserve to be stronger than your disorder. You deserve
so much more than you limit yourself to and more than what you think you
deserve. You deserve recovery.
NEDAwareness Week (National Eating Disorders Association) kicked off yesterday. Wear purple and show support and love for those who need it.
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
Bring broth and water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add pasta, and cook 8
minutes or until almost tender. Add squash and the next 7 ingredients
(through pepper). Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until pasta is
done and squash is tender. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.
Oh, just over here drooling over workout clothes. As if I need any more, but they're still fun to look at and pretend I'm sweating in. Why does Victoria's Secret PINK have to have such adorable things? The struggle is real.
The past two months that followed getting engagedhave been a whirlwind of wonderful. Fiancé and I have spent so much time soaking it all in and celebrating with our families and friends. I still can't stop staring at my left ring finger. It's like a sparkly orb that just sucks me in.
We have also been in planning mode. Even though our special day is just over a year away, we know exactly what we see for our day and we know what goes into it. The early bird gets the worm, right? Or should I say...the early bride gets the dream wedding.
A week after I said "yes," we found our venue. It only took three tries. We had a long list of venues to look at, but walking into this one just felt right. We forgot all the rest. After that, everything just fell into place. Photographer, DJ, ceremony musicians, florist, engagement party, invitation designs, dress appointments. I am so grateful for the huge help from my family. Thanks mama, pops, and sis. My Knot checklist is quickly disappearing. I feel triumphant!
If there is any advice I can give to those who have embarked on wedding planning or eventually will, it's to remain as stress-free as possible. This is one of the most special times in your life. Do you really want to spend it stressing, rushed, and unsure? No. It's a time to be soaked in and appreciated, and the process is meant to be enjoyable.
A few things I swear by...
Save money. I've been saving long before I was engaged. I had a savings account specifically for the big day. Even if you put a dollar in a day, it's still something. Every little bit helps. It's better to be prepared because things add up fast, especially with pricy deposits when booking vendors. Plan ahead. Have your vision (thank you, Pinterest) and book out as early as possible. Vendors book out quickly and waaaay ahead of time. If you want your wedding to be what you envision then it's best to be on top of things. Earlier the better. Have a checklist. The Knot has a detailed checklist based on your wedding date. It's been really helpful to create timelines and make sure I don't miss anything. Make a separate wedding email. Your inbox is going to explode, especially if you go to the bridal expos. After I went, my inbox was constantly filling up. It's easier to have a separate email and helps you stay organized. Don't overload the groom. While Fiancé has been nothing short of enthusiastic in the planning process, I don't make him obsess over certain things as much as I do. Does a guy really know the difference between a white garden rose and a polar star rose? Hell, I don't even think I do. Talk about the big and important things, but don't overload him.
There will definitely be some hiccups in the road, although we cross our fingers there won't be. I'm still crossing mine. The best you can do is try to avoid as many hiccups as you can by being timely, prepared, and being in love with every step of your wedding journey.
I've been hard at work in the kitchen trying to get this ebook together for its release date. I am so excited to get it out to you guys. I think it's important to know that there are healthier options of our favorite guilty pleasures. Stay tuned! You guys will love it...I hope.
I can't believe it's been three years since I started this blog. So much has changed in my life. It's been such a wild ride with smooth sailing, and ups and downs. Thank you for riding along with me the past couple years, and being an audience to my typed out thoughts. I love you guys.
WARNING! These are not healthy. Nope, no way. These are decadent, delicious little pieces of heaven right here. It's okay to splurge every once in awhile, especially when these cupcakes are in existence. Bless you, Food Network.
Chocolate-Peanut Brittle Cupcakes...so basically a Butterfinger cupcake.
If this blog allowed emojis, I would insert the bulging eyes emoji [here].
For the Cupcakes: 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder 3 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups buttermilk 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Brittle: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
For the Frosting: 1 cup heavy cream 2 10 -ounce bags peanut butter chips
Make the cupcakes: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and
preheat to 350 degrees F using the convection setting, if available.
Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Put the butter, cocoa
powder and 3/4 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic
wrap and microwave until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Whisk to
combine, then whisk in the brown sugar.
Whisk the flour, baking
powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the warm cocoa
mixture. In another bowl, beat the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir
into the batter until just combined but don't overmix.
batter among the prepared cups, filling each three-quarters of the way.
Bake until the cupcakes are slightly domed and spring back when lightly
pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pans 10 minutes, then
transfer to racks to cool completely.
Make the brittle: Line a
baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place the
granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a
boil and cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until it turns amber.
Remove from the heat; stir in the peanut butter and butterscotch chips
until smooth. Immediately pour the mixture onto the prepared baking
sheet, smooth into a thin layer with a spatula and let cool. Break the
brittle into pieces, place in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a
Make the frosting: Bring the cream to a simmer in a
small saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the peanut butter chips and
let stand about 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Place the pan over a bowl
of ice, stirring occasionally, until the frosting is spreadable, about
10 minutes. Spread on the cupcakes or transfer to a pastry bag with a
large round tip and pipe on top; sprinkle with the brittle.
I wrote these words down yesterday because lately I have such passion for what I am doing in life. I go through lulls just like anyone else, and sometimes wonder if I will every accomplish what I want to. I just know I have to trust the process and continue to work hard, and love every moment of it.
I haven't done a wish list in quite some time. I guess saving money has been on my mind, and not shopping. Weird for me, but it does feel good. I decided to take a peek at Nasty Gal today. Whyyyy? Now I want everything. Just kidding...kinda.