Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wedding Details

Now that we've finally got our professional wedding photos back I can share some of the amazing details we had on display that day. I shared my wedding dress here and now today I'm going to share some of the details from the ceremony and cocktail hour. Our venue was gorgeous all on it's own so we knew anything that we did would only add to it. Since our wedding was in December we had a winter wonderland/Christmas theme.

Our ceremony was held in the Amber room at Casa Real. Lining the aisle was gutters of rose petals along with candles.

We also had two Manzanita trees at each end. These trees were hand painted in silver and featured blue tones of our wedding colors. They also had candles hanging from them. The base flowers we chose all white to go with our classic look. We did use Miller leaves to give it some winter green.
Behind us while we were married was a marble mantle with a fire place. We had it adorned with candles.
 
Above the fire place was a 12 foot Christmas wreath.
 
 
We had programs on all of our guests chairs so they would be able to follow along and know our wedding party. Out in our foyer area during cocktail hour and the entry way we tried to keep our theme going with all white flowers and our ornaments mixed in with them. 

 
 
While we had a guest book we also wanted to incorporate some special touches. We had guests sign ornaments so next year and the years after we can put them on our trees.

 
We had some of our engagement photos on display...
 
In the lobby we had a 40 foot tall Christmas tree up! People loved being able to take their photo with the giant tree and it really filled the room.

 Those are some of the details from our ceremony and entrance hall. I love how it all turned out! We also had butlers walking around serving hot chocolate to guests as they arrived. Trust me... it was no swiss miss.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Best Chocolate Pie


Last week my Peanut Butter Pie was a hit! I wondered how I could follow it up. So I thought what kind of pie could I make? The answer was simple... Chocolate! Who doesn't love chocolate? Your friends will go crazy over it!

What you'll need:
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 tub of Cool Whip
1/3 Cup of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla extract
1/3 Cup of Cocoa Powder
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Oreo Pie Crust
Electric mixer
 
The first thing you'll need to do is get your cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla extract into your mixing bowl. Once you have it in your bowl slowly mix it with your electric mixer.

It will start to look something like this...

Once you have it well mixed, mix in only 1/4 cup of your chocolate chips.

It will look a little lumpy once you add the chocolate chips but your chocolate mixture should still remain smooth. Next open your pie crust and spoon the mixture into the pie crust.

I typically use the Oreo crust but the store was out this week. Instead this time I used a chocolate crust.

Once you've got your pie mixture evenly smoothed into the crust, you'll want to open your cool whip container. Make sure that your cool whip has warmed some because you'll need to spoon it out and spread it on top of the chocolate mix.

Last step... add the remaining chocolate chips to the top of the cool whip. I like to sprinkle them evenly on because once you drop them on to the cool whip you don't want to try to move them around. Now you've got yourself a pie! Place it in the refrigerator and let it chill.

 

For best results leave in your refrigerator 4-6 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2016

4 Shows You Should Be Watching

The People v. O.J. Simpson
Episode one premiered last week on the FX Network and it was an instant hit. I had been eyeing the previews for this show for awhile and couldn't wait for it to premiere. I was in the 8th grade when the trial was unfolding and I remember being so enthralled in the whole thing. The white bronco chase... totally happened on my 10th Birthday. Cuba Gooding Jr portrays O.J. Simpson and does an excellent job. The rest of the casting is spot on but the only one I question is John Travolta as Robert Shapiro. Considering he's a producer on the show, he probably wanted a role as well. I can't wait to watch the rest of the mini series. It makes me interested in the whole trial again. I mean really who can ever forget... "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit".

Catastrophe
I binged watched this show in one day. Season one is available free to all Amazon Prime members. The story is about a man named Rob who comes to London on business for a week. He meets a nice lady named Sharon and they begin sleeping together. They really hit it off but when his time up in London is over he heads back to the States. A month later Sharon calls him up and informs him she's pregnant with his baby. Rob leaves Boston and comes to London to be apart of the baby's life. Sharon and Rob have never been in a situation like this before so they try to figure it out together. The results of their fumbles and new life together are hilarious. Season 2 is currently being filmed.

Luther

John Luther is a London Detective Chief Inspector working for the Serious Crime Unit. Luther always puts his job first. Often at times he is obsessive, possessed and sometimes violent. His wife can't handle their lifestyle anymore and they separate much to Luther's dismay. In one of the first cases we see Luther handle he meets Alice, a suspect in the violent death of her parents. He can't seem to pin her down and prove she's the killer. They oddly become friendly acquaintances. As Luther continues to track down killer after killer he often needs Alice's input from that kind of perspective. His partner Ian Reed, is a young man who's just starting out his Detective career and is willing to do anything Luther ask of him. I've finished season one and I'm currently in season two and it's not disappointing.

Bloodline

Bloodline follows the Rayburn family who lives in the Florida Keys. There the family owns a beachside hotel and is celebrating 45 years in the business. The city is scheduled to dedicate a pier in the family name. When the entire Rayburn family descends on the hotel for the special weekend, it also brings home the families black sheep son Danny. In a short amount of time he sends shock waves through the family. He upsets his parents, insults his brothers and even gets in a fist fight. They may think he's there to support family but he has his own agenda and it's to bring out all of the family's dark secrets.

I'm still on season one of this show and with each episode we find out more and more about the Rayburn family. It's really good and season two is currently being filmed.