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My first anniversary

Joseph and I got married December 17, 2007; that means we recently celebrated our first anniversary! We were married while he was in the midst of a deployment in Iraq, so he wasn’t present at the ceremony. I was excited we were getting married but at the same time a bit sad that he could be with me for another few months, so I tried to find a dress with similarities to a classic wedding dress that could still function as a normal dress. A friend pointed me in the direct of a dress Anthropologie was selling and it was perfect! Joseph’s father and step-mother, me, my father, mother, and sister on my wedding day For our first anniversary I decided wearing the dress again would be perfect. I will never not think of it as my “wedding dress,” but I’d love an opportunity to wear it again. This was…

Peppermint Bark

Inspired by this post at the LiveJournal community “picturing_food”, I made a peppermint bark with both white and dark chocolate! I altered her recipe slightly and they were really very delicious! I used Lind 70% cocoa bars and Nestle Tollhouse white chocolate chips for the dark and white chocolates. Using a good quality dark chocolate morsels would be very easy as well! The original recipe used semi-sweet Ghirardelli chips instead of dark chocolate, but I prefer dark. 2 bars 3.5 oz (100mg) Lindt Excellence Intense Dark Chocolate, chopped 1 bag 12 oz (340 g) Nestle Toll House Premiere White Morsels candy canes or peppermint candies (I used miniature candy canes because they chopped up easily) 1 ¼ tsp. peppermint or mint extract (approx.) for peppermint extract, you might not want as much 1 tsp. vegetable oil Line a 8×8 inch baking sheet or pan with wax paper or aluminum foil.…

Bavaria, Germany

We just got back from our trip to Germany last night. We had a great time–it was a nice vacation and everything was so beautiful covered in snow! Our itinerary: Sunday, Dec 7 – Dachau Concentration Camp Monday, Dec 8 – Neuschwanstein Castle Tuesday, Dec 9 – Munich Wednesday, Dec 10 – Linderhof Palace Sunday, Dec 7: I didn’t take many pictures of the concentration camp because it was just too upsetting and disturbing. I will only post one photo because I don’t to upset anyone; you can view the rest at my Flickr by clicking here. Monday, Dec 8: We made a quick stop at Wieskirche, which is a beautiful cathedral. My husband Joseph and me. He looks so funny when he is squinting! The inside; I always prefer light-colored cathedrals over darker ones. I love when there are lots of windows lighting it up! Next we saw the…

Hats in Winter

Thanksgiving took all my cooking desires away, so I have no recipes to update with! It did however leave me full of Christmas spirit–my favorite time of year! We decorated our Christmas tree, but it’s not quite finished yet. We are still searching for more ornaments and white or silver garland. Look at my beautiful new shirt from J. Crew and cloche from Urban Outfitters! More about them later. I’ve very into hats this year–can you tell? I’ll be in Bavaria, Germany until December 10th, so I won’t be blogging for a while. When I come back there will be many pictures of travels, though! Personally, I use GoogleReader to follow my favorite blogs, but BlogLovin’ is nice as well! I set up an account for my blog there this week. bloglovin – in-the-wabe also, for those who use LiveJournal: I made a syndicated feed there–add it to your friend’s…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Follow my blog with bloglovin´ I hope all the Americans out there had/are having a great Thanksgiving! Does your family eat the big meal for lunch or in the evening? My family always ate around 2PM–when I told my husband that he thought I was crazy and demanded we eat for dinner. I’m sure none of you care to see the recipes I used this year, since you’re all full of Thanksgiving yourselves–which is a good thing because with the evening meal I didn’t have enough light for decent photos! Me and my husband Joseph. This was our first Thanksgiving together! He was half-expecting it to be a disaster but everything turned out wonderful. He made the turkey, and it was amazing! I’ve always thought turkey was kind of dull, but this had lots of flavor. We also made mashed potatoes, cheesey green beens (my grandmother’s recipe–a staple of my…