Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Football Food!

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Football season is upon us.  Brian couldn't be happier...

Typically for Sunday football, he heads to a friends house, and I stay home doing my own thing, checking in on the score every once and a while.  But this Sunday was the Patriots first game of the season...and his friends were busy.  So, we decided to make a day of it!
I happily headed off to Pinterest in search of some football food recipes, and was psyched with what I found!  Not to mention fall is officially here (well, unofficially, but you know...back to school and all that, it's fall) and I've been dying to get the crock pot cranking more regularly.

First off, I found a potato soup recipe that looked simple, easy, and delicious, so I added that to the top of the menu.  Dumped all the ingredients into the crock pot, and got that baby cooking!
Next on the list was appetizers for during the game.  Brian had suggested pizza, so I searched around and found a really nice white pizza dip.  We added some turkey pepperoni, which hit the spot!  It was pretty soupy and messy, but man, it was good.  And, wouldn't you know it...I never saved the recipe. For shame!
Finally, to go with the soup, I decided to try some of the really yummy looking pull breads I've seen all over the place.  So we picked up a nice loaf of uncut sour dough bread, and I searched for the best looking recipe.  Once again, surprise surprise, pinterest for the win!  Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls?  I think so!  Ours came out slightly too ranch flavored, but otherwise was really good.  We used shredded cheese rather than slices, and it worked just fine.  Love using what we already have in the fridge...
Pair that with the finished soup, and it was a dinner for champions!  Not to mention that the Pats won their game, Brian was a happy man.
I added some cheese and fresh chives...he added some extra bacon from the bread.  Delish!  The soup alone would have been good, it was very filling, and extremely easy.  Check out her link and recipe, I promise you won't regret it!

Happy fall ya'll!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time Flies!

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On the Jetty, just after the proposal!
Well hello there! I cannot believe how much time has has been a whirl wind of a summer.  I'm here for a life update!  Many things have happened since February.  One of the biggest and most exciting...Brian and I are engaged!  He proposed in April on our Cape Escape :)  We walked way out on one of the Jettys during sunset, and he dropped down on one knee.  It was beautiful and perfect, and we couldn't be happier!!
Back at the Hotel, ready to tell the world!
Shortly after, I was excited to come home and ask my girls to be in the wedding!  My older sister Katie, will be my Matron of Honor, and younger sister Becky is my Maid of Honor.  I also asked Brian's sister and my good friend to be Bridesmaids.  I put a cute little tag on a bottle of champagne, and the rest is history!
Will you be my Maid of Honor?
Now the real planning has begun!  We have set a date of 10/13/13.  So far, we have the church, venue, photographer, and I got my dress!  Major things out of the way, since we knew Brian would have no time during wrestling season, but those are also the most expensive!  Stress over money has already gone into full swing.  But, we know that the day will be perfect, and that's all that we can ask for!

This summer was also full of many more fun things.  We celebrated 4 years together!
Made it to Fenway, even though the Red Sox are not having the best year...
Visited the family in Maine for a short trip.  Even though the weather wasn't great, we went Kayaking, and made it to a fun Wine tasting.
On top of all the wedding planning, we still had time to relax and have fun.  Which is hard to do, when you're also working full time!  The summer felt like it flew by before I even blinked.  But I'm happy with all the memories we made and can't wait for the year to come!

I'm now into my second year of teaching Kindergarten.  They are such a great age, but surely keep me on my toes!  We started off the year with one of my all time favorite "first day of school" classics, The Kissing Hand.  We made cute little hand prints, with our heart stickers in the middle, and a little poem for moms and dads.

We are now into our first full week, and I'm home sick :(  I can't believe I'm sick already, but I've had some kind of nasty stomach bug.  I managed to make it through the day yesterday, but by 4:30 this morning I knew today would have to be a stay home and take it easy kind of day.  But I'm resting up and can't wait to get back tomorrow.  We are on a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme, and I have lots of fun stuff planned!
Hope that you all had great summers too!  Glad to be back checking in!

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