The Happiest Day of Our Lives…?

Hello Pretty People! I have the deepest apologies to all of you for totally flaking on my blog for the last few months. As I believe (most) of you know Future Hubs proposed way back in August, 2010. We always intended to have a long engagement (so we’re right on track) with a goal of an Autumn 2013 wedding.

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Needless to say I’ve spent the last 2 year stalking wedding blogs, drooling over pictures and fictitiously planning the ideal day for the two of us. Flash forward to December 2012 when we realized 2013 was knocking at the door reminding us we had 10 months until “W” day.

Late December and January turned into a frantic search for venues, dragging my groom as well as good friends all over the greater Hudson Valley area in search of “The One”. I can now calmly and happily say we’ve found it. (Right when we were ready to give up hope and elope, funny how that works.)

More details to come on that as most of our family doesn’t even know. To any family reading this we are still waiting on a final date and once that happens we will let you all know.

I plan to make a few posts about the venues we’ve seen for those brides in the NY/NJ/CT area who, like me, don’t want the typical catering hall, dinner/dancing wedding. I’ve found a handful of places after what could potentially be hundreds of hours of research that are comparable to all the Oregon/California/Washington weddings us East Coasters drool over.

Wedding Blog Summer Camp Wedding

Photos by Jessica Velarde

woodsy mountain wedding

Photos by Logan Cole

Early apologies to anyone who could care less about wedding anything. This has unfortunately been my life for the last 2 and a half months and really living in a diverse area as greater NYC it shouldn’t have been this hard. I truly hope my reviews help any bride stuck in the same boat I was. Plus, bonus, most sites I visited are county and state parks so it won’t be all wedding banter. so if you like the great outdoors and Mama Nature yay!

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For a Snowy (Blizzardy) Day

As most of the United States knows by now the North East just got clobbered with a large amount of snow. 6″ to 30″+  depending on location. My little part of the world received roughly 14″. The best part of snow and being snowed in is

1. playing in the snow

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and 2. Hot Cocoa.

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I happened upon this rather scrumptious (and very easy) recipe for white hot chocolate cupcakes from Betty Crocker. Claiming I “loosely followed” this recipe is an understatement, I substituted Super Moist Milk Chocolate cake for the specified White Cake.

The frosting created it’s own headache. I was not that successful in melting the white chocolate. Creating a lumpy half melted mess however, I was very successful with. To fix the problem I added dark chocolate and 100% cocoa chocolate. Adding the additional darker chocolates helped to smooth everything out and created a delicious not too sweet frosting.

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Lastly the roasted marshmallows were a bit of a pain to remove from the pan. Consider yourselves warned. Perhaps placing them on tin foil or another bendable surface will help to remove them a bit better.

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Finally if you didn’t just get dumped on with crazy awesome amounts of snow this recipe would be perfect as a post Valentines Day dinner chocolatey treat.