One year

One year ago today we got approved for our house in the afternoon and engaged in the evening.  It was a big day, huge day actually!  Not only did we finally find the place we wanted to live and on the path to purchasing it, but we were also getting married! Now, two months from yesterday, we will be at our wedding, it’s wild.

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A lot has changed in the past year, but I wouldn’t change it.  I still can’t believe the wedding is only 2 months away…ah so much to do!

xo – J

Lately…

Pictures from the past week(ish)…

(A little wedding preview below, our cake toppers came and we got our wedding bands!)

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(and of course celebrated getting the bands)

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(i’ve been doing gluten free this week, so i made sure to have my fill before i started! cake from my cousin and i made croissants this weekend)

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(zucchini pasta with gfree chicken pesto meatballs…mmm.  jay refused to eat it since it wasn’t real pasta…ay! got the wonderful idea/recipe from my love ashley)

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(a lazy snuggle with my main man)

xo-j

 

Away

Since I last posted (over a month ago eek!) we went to Florida, I was in NJ, NYC, we celebrated my birthday, Jay was in California, I picked up my wedding dress, the girls dresses, and this week I’m off to Miami!  It has been a winter of traveling around, with more to come.  Wanted to share some pictures from our travels lately:

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Can’t wait to be in Miami for my bachlorette with all my boos.  So exciting!

xo-j

Well

Well…we’re getting more snow today…again.  On top of the already 12 inches or so on the ground it’s starting to pile up.  I don’t remember ever having such a white winter.  It’s awful!

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(don’t think we will be bbqing anytime soon)

The good thing about being stuck in the house is I have around 4 million things to do for our wedding! If I am not working, I’m doing wedding things.  If I’m in the shower I’m thinking about things I need to do, if I’m online I’m looking up ideas for the wedding, if I have a 20 second break from working I’m making lists of things to do…but I love it.  I wish I could plan weddings always….it’s an organizers dream!

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(our dining room table is wedding central)

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(my first trial attempt for a sign)

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(went to jay’s parents house and rondo was very confused about why they weren’t there)

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(angry with me for putting the swiffer box in his couch spot)

Tomorrow we are going to spend Valentine’s day with friends and have a sleepover.  Looking forward to a fun night!  Rondo’s bff is there too so everyone will be happy!

xo-j

 

 

Things I love (today)

1. Tina Fey

2. These table numbers I am going to attempt to create, though a bit different…

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3. Daydreaming about being warm again…Florida in just a few weeks!

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4. This face

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5. This video everyone has seen

 

Tasting

We had our tasting this weekend, and what a great time!  We tried every appetizer, entree, and dessert option possible…it was delicious.  What was even better is we were able to come to decisions about what we wanted pretty quickly.  Our venue (which is also our caterer) has thought of everything and done an amazing job, I would recommend them to anyone (www.ctweddinggroup.com).  Here is a little menu preview with pics:

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January

I can’t believe we are already coming to the end of January.  Since Thanksgiving we have been non-stop, with holidays, friends, parties, wedding planning, work, and everything in-between.  There is too much to write about but I thought I would share some pictures from lately (since I’ve been so bad at keeping up on here).  As we get closer to wedding time I want to share a lot more of the planning and inspirations I have had, that’s something I really want to do in 2014, that and good posture…I think the first will be easier!

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(snow snow snow)

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(I having been learning how to knit and loving it.  Baby hat!)

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(the first thing I knit! been obsessing over salami lately…can’t stop. icicles on our roof!)

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(the beautiful plates we registered for last weekend.  I’m obsessed with them)

This weekend we have our tasting!  I am (we are) looking forward to trying all the different food and pick our menu, this way I can order invites.  The wedding is creeping up and I have so much to do! Not complaining at all though, it has been such an exciting time and I love nothing more than organizing so it’s been beyond fun (though definitely stressful!).

xo-J

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

We had such a fun weekend in NYC with all our family, which I am sure to be sharing pictures etc. from soon, but first I wanted to share a recipe from last week!  I wanted to try something new since I’m pretty bored of our same 10 meals, and this was a weird twist on ziti both Jay and I ended up loving.  Below is the recipe, make please, and enjoy!

WHAT YOU NEED

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1 lb chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)
1 lb ziti
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup buffalo sauce (I used franks buffalo)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup blue cheese dressing
1/4 cup parm cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1.  Boil your chicken in water, drain, let cool, and shred.  I did this way earlier in the day and then stored it in the fridge until I was ready to cook dinner

2. Boil your pasta according to box and let drain.

3. While the pasta is boiling mix the chicken, mozz, buffalo, ricotta, and dressing in a big bowl.  When the pasta is done and drained add this to the mix.

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4.  Once everything is all mixed up, spread in a glass baking pan and top with the breadcrumbs and parm (I pre-mixed the crumbs and cheese).

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5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

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6. Once it is done baking broil for 1-2 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine is really hot and the top was browned in about 1 minute.

7. Your all done…mmmm

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xo-j

Come Sunday…

Come Sunday…

Jay and I will be getting married in 6 months!  I can’t believe it!  We’ve also been together 4 years, which is crazy.  In the past 4 years we went from living a block away, to moving into our own (tiny) apartment (again, so tiny), we got a puppy, we got engaged (!), we bought a house, and now we are just half a year from being married.  So many things have changed, and with each step, everything has gotten better.  I can’t wait to see where we are in 5 years, and 10, and 20…


(just a few weeks after we started dating – our first new years eve together ringing in 2010)

Next week I will be in NYC working, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the season in the busiest/scariest/wildest place on earth to be at Christmas time.  I’m really looking forward to being there, though I will miss my boys :(.  Poor Ron is so used to having me home all day!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo-j

Decorating our tree

After we were finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving (about a 3 day process!) we got our tree!  Last year in Brooklyn we had a fake one since we were living in 650 square feet…but this year we have our HOUSE!  We got the tree all set up, settled, and decorated this weekend.  Our whole downstairs smells like pine which I’m loving, and every time I look over and see it I get so excited.

When we first brought the tree home Rondo wasn’t so sure about it, which was hilarious.  I filled a bowl with ice water for the basin and set it down quickly to help Jay to set it up.  We both looked over and Rondo was bobbing for ice cubes in the bowl and by the time we were done he had pulled them all out…ay!  He cracks us up though that’s for sure.  Anyways, a quick video of decorating, I’m so happy it is finally Christmas time <3!