Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spill the Beans!

Most of our family and friends know by now, but we did keep it a secret for quite some time.  And now it's finally time to let everyone know...

We're moving!

Dave has lived in our little old house for over 7 years (since he graduated college) and I moved in 2.5 years ago.  It was a perfect spot for a bachelor and then a young couple plus a pooch.  But now that we're married and our 30th birthdays aren't so far away anymore (yikes), it's time to move on.

Photo cred goes to Megan!

Our new house is about 10 minutes away from where we live now.  Although Valley Forge National Park won't actually be in our backyard anymore, it's still super close and we have a creek that runs along the edge of our yard, so we can pretend.  The house is huge with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths!  The storage space is unreal.  We have a wood stove and a fireplace.  There's a huge back deck.  The school district is awesome.  There's a nice park and a local trail right down the street.  It's an amazing house (minus the often soggy backyard and super steep driveway - yes, we'll be investing in a snow blower)!

Courtesy of googlemaps - hence some of the weird glitches in the photo.  I owe you a better one!

The house belonged to Dave's grandparents.  His grandfather moved into a gorgeous retirement community about 2 months ago.  Although the grief from his grandmother passing in February is still present, I know that her love will live on in the house.  I think of how unique it will be to create memories with our own family in the same house Dave grew up spending time with loved ones and celebrating holidays in.  Although I can't say we're sticking with the ivy wallpaper themed kitchen, there are plenty of details and decorations in the house that will continue to remind us of Dee for years to come.

We're slowly but surely prepping the house for our move in, but we've been so busy that it's sort of been on the back burner.  We're currently removing wallpaper, picking out paint colors, and doing lots of cleaning.  We're also working on meeting with a contractor to redo the master bathroom (goodbye tile & stand up shower).  Our goal is to move in sometime in October.  It sounds so far away, but there's plenty of work to do and my weekdays are currently consumed with cheerleading!  Did I mention I've never painted a room before?

At some point I'll have to do a house tour, but in the meantime...

Do you guys have any painting tips?  What's your favorite living room wall color?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our Wedding Recap Part 4: Photos in Valley Forge Park

I'm so sorry I made you guys wait over a month, but all that Whole30 nonsense was keeping me a little preoccupied ;)  Anyway, these posts only feature a fraction of the amazing shots we got from Fuller Photography!  I cannot say enough about them and I am in love with our photos.

Want a second look?
- Part 1: The Day Before
- Part 2: The Ladies Get Dolled Up
- Part 3: The Guys & Our First Look

Summer shandys and ciders were passed around the trolley and the hip hop road trip Pandora station was cranked up!  We cruised around Valley Forge National Park for two and half hours and the photographers captured the most amazing shots.  I felt so relaxed during photos.  The weather was perfect.  The trolley was so much fun.  The park locations we picked out were picturesque.  Our wedding party was amazing.

We actually finished pictures a little early and good thing, because we didn't realize the trolley couldn't fit under the railroad bridge on the way to the church!  We had to turn around and take the long way, but we had plenty of time.  When we arrived at the church, all the girls went into a private room and Megan came to touch us up!  A few of us really needed a little refreshing and soon we were all looking our best.

While we were waiting, I had a first look with my dad (and Tom)!

He came in and told me he had a special gift for me.  It was a picture of him holding me right after I was born.  It was so precious and had quite a few people in the room wiping away tears!

I also had another visitor.  Dave's grandmother Mimi "accidentally" came in while looking for the bathroom.  In typically Mimi fashion, she went on about how beautiful I looked and how happy she was that I was joining the family!  She is really just one of those people that always the nicest things to say.

Dave's grandmother Edythe sadly passed away earlier in the year, so I wrapped her handkerchief around my bouquet to make sure she was with us on our big day.

Soon, we were lining up in the hallway for our big entrance!  This was actually the first time I was nervous all day!  My stomach was doing flips, this was it.  We were getting married!!!!!

To be continued... 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Few Weekend Pics + Pan Fried Chicken with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

This weekend was a good one!  It began with a happy hour date in downtown Phoenixville with Shayna and Puddin'.  We sampled their menu and some martinis, took in some live classic rock covers, and really took advantage of the perfect weather.  Puddin' even got a doggie ice cream treat :)

The rest of my weekend was spent being super productive.  Saturday was a serious day of cleaning!  Sunday was spent at church, running errands, and then starting our Folk Fest prep!  Dave even finished building our brand new industrial wagon.

Obviously we had to test it...

After busting my butt for two days, ordering dinner out started to sound pretty good.  But I had plenty of food in my fridge and I knew ordering out would lead to bad choices.  So we sucked it up, Dave was in charge a frozen veggie side, I made a salad and came up with a quick recipe that may end up in my regular rotation.

This is one of those recipes that I really shouldn't even call a recipe.  It is so easy and simple, but so delicious!  Who knows, maybe you've even made this before.  But if you haven't considered frying some chicken and onions in bacon grease, you probably should!

Pan Fried Chicken with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

- bacon
- chicken breasts
- chopped onion
- salt & pepper
- garlic powder
- chipotle powder
- oregano

1. Fry some bacon in a pan over medium heat.
2. While the bacon is frying, season your chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chipotle powder, oregano, and any other spices that move you at the time.
3. Remove the bacon from the pan when it is done.  Add your onions to the pan.
4. When the onions become translucent, add your chicken.
5. Cook the chicken, flipping throughout, until it is no longer pink inside (slice into it to make sure).
6. Serve the chicken and onions with your crispy bacon on top!

So easy, so tasty!  I think next time I'll be adding some mushrooms to the mix too.

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun?

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