Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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Those yummy Oreo truffles were a smashing success!

Follow this simple recipe on Kraft’s website. I decorated the tops of mine with white chocolate.

Here are the almond biscotti.

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My sis (right) – the MOH.

Our Aunt and Grandmother sit on our mantle…with us always.

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And later this morning I’m off this handsome guy’s house!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's Dessert Day

Today I'll be making Almond Biscotti and Oreo Truffles! Monday night I went to a bridesmaid's Holiday party and one of her friends made the most amazing Oreo Truffles...so good that I have to make them myself to share with family and friends on Christmas.

Photos to come!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow!

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LOTS of it! Dan’s car is pretty much covered…as of 8:30 this morning (Coventry, RI). The Sunday paper is down under that snow somewhere!

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The view from inside the garage!

Happy sledding!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We’re going on a cruise!

This May, Dan and I, along with his family, will be heading to the Western Caribbean via Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, sailing out of Port Canaveral!!

The ship is HUGE (but not as big as their brand new Oasis); seen here at Port Canaveral:

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In 2008, we went on the Liberty of the Seas out of Bayonne, N.J. to the Eastern Caribbean. For those that get seasick, I don’t recommend that route. I spent the first two days and the last two days, pretty nauseated. The Atlantic, where it parallels the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., was pretty rough (at least to a first-time cruiser) and I feel like it totally wasted 4 days out of the 9 that I was on the ship.

I’m beyond excited to be flying to Orlando, setting sail out of Port Canaveral, and visiting 3 new Islands I’ve never been to with my fiance! Ever since my flight to Germany in ‘07, I think I’ve overcome the fear of flying. I’m obsessed with all-things aircraft…I love to sit at the airport (Green & Logan) and watch the planes take off and land. I am also a huge fan of NASA, space and astronomy, hence my enthusiasm over getting to go to Port Canaveral!

We’ll be going to Labadee where there is an AMAZING zipline. Here was our view from the top waiting to go down in 2008!!

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View of the ship from the top of the zipline: (Hispaniola on the background)

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We’ll also be going to Ochos Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. This countdown to the cruise will definitely keep my mind off the fact that there are still just under 18 months to go until the wedding. In thinking about it, I don’t think we’d be ready planning-wise to have a wedding this May. So, I’m happy I still have 18 months to plan all finer details!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Turquoise it is!

The main color of our wedding – Turquoise – has been picked by Pantone to be the 2010 Color of the Year!

Read more about Pantone’s choice >>

This color has always made me think of a tropical paradise, where we’ll be spending our honeymoon! And as Pantone states, “In many cultures, Turquoise is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.” What better color to choose for a wedding “theme” than a color that symbolizes faith and truth?

The colors that I’ve chosen to compliment Turquoise – tangerine, peach, and a shade of yellow - are going to make for a cheerful, vibrant and uplifting feeling on our special day!

So I ask my readers – what do you feelings and thoughts are provoked when you look at Turquoise? Is this a color that you would like to have around your home? Would you use it sparingly as an accent (a lamp, throw pillow or vase), or as a major element (wall color or painting)?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A few pictures from the Bridal Show!

The Crowne’s Bridal Show was great – many vendors, nice atmosphere and I got to show my sister and sister-in-law where our reception will take place! So exciting!

This photo is from Golden Gate Studios’ table. This picture doesn’t do this centerpiece justice. It was a jaw-dropping display and I just LOVE the different-sized candle holders around it. This height centerpiece would be absolutely perfect for some tables in the grand ballroom since the ceilings are very high. I wouldn’t use peacock feathers or pink flowers (even though they are gorgeous) but they look stunning here!

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Here is one of their lush (and heavy!) bouquets they had on display. I just so happened to be wearing lime green and, well, it matched perfectly!!

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I’ve made an appointment to meet with Jay from Golden Gate to discuss options and to get a quote. We are trying to keep the floral costs very low. It helps that the flower I really want a lot of is a tulip – definitely in season in May.

I didn’t win anything at the show – no biggie!! I did get a $3 coupon for the big show coming up at the RI Convention Center. Can’t wait for that one!