Gold Spray Paint Obsessed...

So, I have a new obsession...and it's called gold spray paint...I got a little taste with the gold mason jar from this post and now I want to paint everything GOLD!
 
I went on a little Good Will haul last week and came up with some awesome finds including vases for an upcoming bridal shower, a TON of glassware that is perfectly vintage-chic to use for blog posts and photo shoots {I'm also thinking of starting a cocktail recipe series on here?} AND a handful of frames that I want to paint {you guessed it...} gold to use for decor for our wedding! All this for how much you ask? About $30! Can you believe it?!
 
Here are a few other decor accent Good Will finds that I decided to paint gold :)
 
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You know those little glass candy bowls at Grandma's house or at the doctor's office? I'm sure you've seen them before...Well, I found 2 at Good Will for a dollar each and I thought they would be the perfect jewelry catch-all bowls.
 
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Look how pretty the pattern shows with the gold paint!
 
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There's the secret weapon above. Krylon 18kt. Gold Plate.
 
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Here's the detail on the bottom. Pretty, right?
 
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The finished product {please excuse the messy desk in the background}.
 
I also spray painted this large vase...
 
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Can't you just picture some white tulips or an orchid billowing out of it? :)
 
On another note, I've been working on some cute decor for a little Cinco de Mayo dinner party for a few of my friends this week.

I made these cute Ole' straws for our margaritas :)
 
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I will share more of the tablescape and some recipes later this week!
 
Until then, adios amigas!

DIY Rustic Centerpiece

Happy Friday bloggettes! I will leave you this week with a fun and easy DIY for a rustic themed center piece. I have been on the hunt for the perfect shiny gold spray paint to use for my wedding crafting and I think I have found it! I decided to try it out on one of our large Ball Mason jars that I have been using as a vase. Here are the results:
 
DIY Rustic Centerpiece  
 
Start with a large Mason jar:
 
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Now, here is the secret weapon...
 
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Krylon Premium 18 kt. Gold Plate metallic spray paint. This sprays on and dries with more of a bright yellow-y gold that I've been looking for. It is not as shiney as it claims, but does leave some sheen.
 
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This is just after the first coat. I let it dry over night and sprayed it with a second coat the next day.

I filled the vase with my pretty white Ranunculus {If you follow my instagram, you know I'm obsessed with these flowers at the current moment}. Really any pretty white or ivory flowers would really pop against the gold vase. Some white Hydrangea would be pretty too!
 
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The burlap runner I got from Hobby Lobby for $12.99 for 15 feet. I have enough left over for another runner. If you were decorating round wedding tables, you could probably get about 3 runners out of this.
 
The wood slab is also from Hobby Lobby for $6.49. I'm sure you could get these much cheaper if you know someone that has extra wood they could saw into pieces.
 
The "L & B" wood letters are also from Hobby Lobby ($3.99 each) and I plan to incorporate these into our wedding decor :) For now, they live on our kitchen table.
 
If you wanted to use this for a wedding centerpiece idea, you could add a rustic looking wood table number (like the "L & B" letters) and add little votive candles all around to add some warmth.
 
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On another note, we got our Save the Dates in the mail from Minted yesterday {If you follow my instagram, you will see what they look like}! I will be busy addressing this weekend!
 
I am also playing at yet another wedding ceremony tomorrow. Last one for the season!
 
I have some fun projects to share with you on the blog next week including a fun Cinco de Mayo tablescape! Have a lovely weekend!
 
 

Spring Salad Recipes!

I have been on the hunt for new salad recipes to keep up the Operation Healthy 2013 kick I've been on. I really do love salads, but sometimes the same old lettuce and dressing just gets bland, so I like to mix it up a little to keep things interesting. I found a couple that I really like and that are fairly easy to make so I wanted to share!
 
The first is a salad I saw on Giada at Home on the Food Network channel. I had purchased some brussels sprouts to make {this} recipe (which turned out great, but ::WARNING:: stinks up your whole house when roasted in the oven!). I had about a pound of brussels sprouts left which was the perfect amount.
 
Brussels Sprout-Leaf Salad
(courtesy of Giana De Laurentiis via foodnetwork.com - link here)
 
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{Sorry, I am obviously not a food photographer...NEED to work on the camera skills!}
 
Ingredients
 
Dressing:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 
Salad:
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
2 cups baby arugula
1 head Belgian endive, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted* see Cook's Note
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
 
 
Directions

 Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
 
Salad: Using a small paring knife, remove the outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts. Reserve the cores for another use. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprout leaves and cook for 1 minute. Drain and put in a bowl of iced water, then transfer to a colander to drain. Put the Brussels sprout leaves, arugula, endive, and almonds into a large salad bowl. Add the dressing and toss together. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.
 
Cook's Note:
*To toast the almonds, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until lightly toasted, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely before using.
The unused core of the Brussels sprouts can be used in soups and stir-fries.

Another note - I highly suggest snacking on the toasted almonds and cheese while enjoying a glass of wine while you are cooking :)
 
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I made yet another salad this week! This one is more of a pasta salad and is great to make in large quantity at the beginning of the week so you can keep in the fridge and continue to snack and lunch on through out the week.
 
 
This recipe is a combination of {this} recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny (one of my favorite healthy food blogs) and Bill's Mom's broccoli, cauliflower salad. This salad is SOOO good! I made a batch Monday night and between Bill, his brother and myself, it was gone the next day! The boys loved it!
 
 
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 {Again, the food photography is a work in progress...}
 
Kelly's version is the healthier version and she uses grapes instead of raisins. The version I made has cauliflower in it as well as broccoli. She also uses 1/2 cup light mayo and 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt which helps reduce the calories in the dish.
 
Here is the recipe for my version:
 
Broccoli Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients:
 
1/2 (16 oz) box whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
1/2 lb. fresh cauliflower
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
6 cooked turkey bacon slices, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for about 6 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.  Then prepare pasta according to package directions.


Meanwhile, cut broccoli and cauliflower florets from stems and separate into small pieces using a paring knife.  In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, sugar, red onion, vinegar and salt and toss with broccoli, cauliflower, hot cooked pasta and raisins.  Stir to coat.  Cover and chill for up to 3 hours.  Stir in bacon and toasted pecans just before serving, enjoy!

 

Engagement Photos Part II // The Bloopers!

So, I have to show you some of the funny shots of our engagement session {with Sarah Gaylor of Love Junkies} because they really give you a feel for just how goofy we are together! I love Bill so much because he enjoys laughing at really stupid things just like me :) Most of the time he is laughing with me...I hope :)
 
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 So, let me go ahead and explain this one...I am obsessed with the show The Office (the earlier seasons with Michael Scott) and this is a reoccurring joke on the show. I have a problem with saying this line in public after the most random things...sometimes it just doesn't even make sense...This is kind of our inside joke and I had to incorporate it! I was planning on writing our wedding date on one of the chalkboard hearts too, but forgot the chalk :/
 
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I really don't know what got into us...maybe it was just the awkwardness of trying to act all romantic and serious, but we had a bad case of the giggles this day...

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Seriously, we could not stop giggling...
 
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It seemed everyone really liked the Jeni's Ice Cream shop ones, so I'm adding a few in here...
 
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That guy must have said something really funny??
 
Get ready for some weird, awkward, funny shots with ice cream...

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Oh wait, it gets better... 

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I'm not sure what we were thinking here...I think maybe it was supposed to be cute, but it just turned out funny!
 
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 More giggling...
 
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I was instructed to whisper in his ear and what did I say? "I'm hungry...I want a cheeseburger..." Literally, that is what I said. No joke. I'm so romantic!

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I'll end on a semi-cute one. Although, we both look cross eyed :)
 
I'm actually really happy Sarah captured these silly moments because it really displays our true personalities! Thanks again, Sarah! You are amazing!
 
That's all folks! I'll be back tomorrow with some Spring salad recipes!
 


Engagement Photos!

Sorry for the delay on these! I meant to post them on Friday, but time slipped away from me as it often does.
 
These were shot in Old Dublin, which is a suburb of Columbus. There are cute little stone and brick shops and restaurants that line the streets and it is the spot where Bill and I had our first date (J. Lui)!
 
It was a bright and sunny day, but kinda chilly so I think I took advantage of all the hugging and cuddling close posses with Bill :)
 
Thank you to Sarah Gaylor of Love Junkies for capturing all these beautiful images!
 

 
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We stopped at the Jeni's ice cream shop for a little treat! I love some of these candid shots we got.
 
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 There were so many that we loved, it was hard to pick just a few to post!
 
I will post part II with some bloopers tomorrow :)
 

Recently...

It's been a busy couple of weeks and it doesn't seem to be slowing down around these parts. I have some exciting things to share with you all in the near future (ie engagement photos, some DIY projects. etc) but, for now I will tide you over with a few snapshots of the recent haps.
 

Bill and I had a date night a few weeks ago at a new restaurant here in Columbus called the Pearl. It was delish! Their signature drink is the Moscow Mule and they are known for their oysters. Bill and I passed on the oysters, but had a delicious plate of lump crab and shared a few apps including fried cheese curds (better than they sound) and "Devils on Horseback" which are bacon wrapped Gruyere stuffed dates! SO GOOD!! I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!
 
 
I had a very successful trip to Trader Joes recently. I decided that I want to branch out and try a few different kinds of wine and didn't want to break the bank. TJ's has some great deal on wine! I also picked up this beautiful bouquet of yellow Ranunculus!
 
 
Those sunny yellow Ranunculus found their home in my mason jar vase on my desk! They make me so happy when they greet me every morning! Move over Peony...there may be a new favorite flower!
 
 
Bill and I attended a rehearsal dinner for one of my friend's wedding this past weekend! I actually played guitar and sang for her ceremony with my friend that plays violin!
 
 
Had a fantastic time at the Wright Mann wedding...That's right, my friend's last name was Wright and her fiance's (now husband) last name is Mann...That joke was referenced through out the night! I love all the details of the navy and coral theme!
 
 
I found some fantastic fabrics on sale at JoAnn's yesterday! Pink and white pretties that I will be using for an upcoming bridal shower! Just wait and see what I have in store!
 
 
Bill and I have been trying to eat better and cook from home most nights. Last night I made this delish teriaky salmon with garlic mashed taters and green beans. The potatoes and green beans were canned from his parent's garden...so good!!
 
Not pictured:: I've been running outside! It's my favorite running season! It makes me so happy!
 
Today I am meeting with our photographer to get my engagement photo proofs! I'm so excited to see how they turned out.
 
Tomorrow evening my parents, Bill and I have a cake testing then we will be going out to dinner. Dessert then dinner, that's the way it should be, no?!
 
What have you been up to?

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