Take Them a Meal!

With so many of our friends having babies lately, we have been doing a lot of dinner-bringing to new parents. Take Them a Meal! is a fabulous website we recently discovered that simplifies meal coordination. Whether you are organizing for new parents, someone who is ill, or a grieving family, it handles the scheduling of meal preparation and delivery. The coordinator simply enters in an easy password and selects the days the recipients could use meals. Then, they can email out a link to everyone participating and individuals can sign up for dates, list what they are going to bring (great for avoiding 5 lasagnas in a row), and reference details like preferred delivery times and allergies/food preferences. The day before your assigned evening, you'll get a reminder email recapping all of the details for you.
Why didn't I think of this?

Wedding Wednesday: April Flowers

This past weekend I went home to Richmond to talk to three different florists about my wedding flowers. Because many of our guests are coming from the northeast, I knew I wanted something very "springtime in Virginia." One of the reasons I chose an April wedding date is because there should be lots of seasonal flowers available. Hydrangea, tulips, daffodils, freesia....pretty. (Yes, I would describe my style as "classic.")

I stuck to my rule of only interviewing three vendors, which I HIGHLY recommend. We saw options in the low, middle, and high end of our budget range, and by the last meeting I was happy to be done.

My meeting with Joie from Flower Girls was really exciting. Joie is a Williamsburg native (like me!!) and around my age. She has a background in art, which really comes across in the creative way she approaches floral design. She was also just a really nice person and I think I would trust her completely. If you have any sort of flower needs, definitely check out the Flower Girls website for more information. They also handle corporate accounts, container gardening, and residential delivery. Even if we don't go in that direction (still waiting for the proposal, everyone cross your fingers that it's in budget!), it was great to meet Joie and see the pictures of the weddings where she and Kristi have worked their magic.

Thank you!

A big thank you to Spice and Sass, who gave us a blogger award! We hope you'll enjoy reading her blog as much as we do! (We're currently dying to try her New Orleans Barbequed Shrimp.)_

Summer Salad

The recession garden has been producing tomatoes in amazing quantities lately. In an attempt to not let any go to waste, we have been getting creative with tomato-centric dishes lately. This dish, adapted from a Whole Foods recipe, is one of the best we have tried. You could substitute in any fresh herb for the mint - basil, etc or goat cheese for the feta, depending on your preferences. The photos were taken before I added the balsamic reduction, but you get the idea!

Easy Recipes

Does anyone else have Everyday Food: Great Food Fast from Martha Stewart Living? One of my friends invited me to dinner this week and used it to make the most amazing prosciutto and green pea linguine. The book is fun to flip through, and the recipes are easy and organized by season. If you're busy or in a cooking slump (aren't we all?) or a bit of a novice in the kitchen, this seems like a great purchase.

Wedding Day Details

If you have a Paper Source store close by, make sure you check out this upcoming event! Those of us who are a few hours from the nearest store (sniff, sniff) will have to live vicariously through you!

Mad Men Returns!

Our household was so happy for the return of Mad Men with last night's Season 3 premier! Did anyone else pour a classic martini and tune in?

A Bun in the Oven!

How cute are these baby shower favors one of our friends recently put together for a shower she was throwing?


Seriously...people need to keep their mouths shut when eating and chewing gum. Slap slap slapping away is not cute. It is not an appropriate way to declare that food is delicious. It is gross for those around the eater. And it brings up weird questions for the listener like, "why does that person have such an inordinate amount of saliva?"

It is just SO TACKY. UGH.

That is all. Is it Friday yet?

PS- I'm not a big fan of the slurping and utensil biting either.

PPS- Unfortunately I think I'm preaching to the choir here.

Surprise! Wedding Wednesday

This past weekend I was lucky enough to go to a wedding at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas. It was a wonderful weekend- such a great place to relax and have some margaritas! I'll post pictures of all the pretty parts of the wedding next week, but for now I leave you with one of the highlights: a visit from the Chick-Fil-A cow mid-reception to hand out breakfast biscuits.

Summer Reading List

If you haven't already done so, pick up The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is a great read!

Has anyone else read a good book lately?

Wedding Wednesday: Details details

Sorry for the late post! Yesterday was my birthday, when I turned the age that is older than my mom was when she had me. Yikes! As someone pointed out, it's a good thing I'm engaged because otherwise I would be an UNHAPPY camper.

We are almost exactly eight months out from the wedding and I'm starting to think a bit more about details. Here are some of the items on my list:

I have decided I'd like a ginger jar look for my table arrangements. Is this weird? I can really see beautiful yellow flowers pouring out of this:
The fiance has Massachusetts roots, so we are going to buy navigational chart cocktail napkins featuring Marblehead, MA:

I fell in love with this idea before I was engaged (click on the picture for the original post from Snippet & Ink). I'm not sure if Virginia peanuts have been done a bit too much at this point, but I don't really care! Everyone prefers edible favors, and I have a feeling these will be appreciated at the end of the night! Also, they can be prepared well ahead of time.

For some serious inspiration...

Check out this post that Eddie Ross did about his room makeover for Country Living. I really do love blue and white.