Omg I can’t believe I’m getting married in one week! I’ve had so many super fun wedding related events this past month… It’s so overwhelming to have everything be about you! I have some truly amazing women in my life that have made me feel so special🙂
Ok, let’s start with the bridal shower! My mom, sister and MOH threw me an incredible shower- it was seriously so perfect!
The food was delish! Lemon basil orzo boats, almond chicken salad sandwiches, some freakishly amazing salad, fruit and donut kabobs, chocolate dipped cream cookies… It was all so good! And everything was decorated perfectly, of course. They all worked so hard on everything, and it really showed!
There was also a mimosa bar, because it’s not a good bridal shower without some champs!😉 the names of the drink combos were so cute! And I’m gonna use that drink dispenser for the wedding, it’s so great!
And a bridal shower is truly about the wonderful women that have come to support your upcoming marriage and “shower” you with love and gifts… So, photo montage!
Side note about my outfit… It’s another Rent The Runway success! Both the dress and earrings were RTR finds, and I broke in my fabulous wedding shoes so I could get more use out of those beauties! The dress was awesome, it was a shimmery off-white that was perfect for a shower! And the earrings were only $5 to rent, can’t beat that!
Love my fam!
Me and my god-mama🙂
Stroika gals…Polish power!
Me and my bestie!
My fantastic friend (and photographer!) got us a canvas of one of our favorite engagement pics!
So I really received so many amazing gifts… It was truly overwhelming, I’m so blessed!! And I can’t wait to have lots of dinner parties and to bake a bunch of treats, I’m totally set! I also got the crown jewel for any baker’s kitchen- an AQUA KITCHEN AID!
Moving on to the next event… My bach! My fabulous MOH organized the best weekend ever. We went up to Tomah, WI and rented a cabin on a lake, er, a pond that was called a lake, lol. It was so much fun, I have the best friends and it was so great to spend a whole weekend with them. This is how Andi and I pack for 2 nights away…ha!
Here’s the Haven @ Birch Lake Pond!
(View from our beach!)
How cute is all this deco?!?
Seriously, Andi knocked it outta the park!! All of our meals were catered by her super sweet MIL, so we had delish gourmet meals all weekend and didn’t have to worry about cooking! Thanks Paulette!
Friday night we had some wine (just a bit, see below) and snacks and chatted a ton and they threw a lingerie night for me! No pics of that though… Ok, just this one…
Ignore my super scary eyes!! Just modeling one of the sexier pieces of lingerie I got… Supersize undies plastered with pics of mine and Kristine’s former boss… LOLOLOLOL! I was dyyyyyyying.
But for real. They spoiled me!😉
Saturday morning started with a series of spa treatments a la Maren and mimosas! We did facials and paraffin dips, so obviously we were ready for a day of soaking up rays🙂
We have a hard time doing anything super seriously….
Relaxing facial steam, hey Kristine?! LOL
I love this pic!!! It’s so beach babe retro, with the awesome folding lawn chairs🙂
Sam made us awesome bach Koozies… We love Koozies!
We drank fresh margs and listened to music while enjoying the awesome Indian summer sun. We also ventured out to the old “Limp & Moist” (inside joke!), which we used as a floating sun dock versus an actual water trampoline. Sharky was our method of transportation, ha!
One of my BFFs, Mel, flew in from AZ just for this weekend….love her!
My twin! We’ve had so many fun adventures together, promise we’ll still have them as old married ladies!!
I’ll say it again… I love my friends!!! So much fun🙂
Cheers to our “first annual” girls trip!
Last wedding related event-the chili and cookie party! We got together at my parents house to whip up the drunken pumpkin chili we’re serving and some of the cookies for the s’mores bar at the wedding!
I have the best parents in the world!
Yum, this chili is so good!! It makes your kitchen smell like fall, and has a very unique flavor. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it (which I highly suggest you do!):
Drunken Pumpkin Chili
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup pumpkin ale
15-ounce container pure pumpkin puree
15-ounce container diced tomatoes
2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed and minced
15-ounce container black beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Add the ground beef to a dutch oven or large stock pot and adjust heat to medium-high. Break up the meat using a wooden spoon, and immediately add the minced garlic, diced onion, diced carrots, and diced bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until the meat is nicely browned and the veggies are softened. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the bay leaf, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, and tomato paste, and stir to combine. Add the pumpkin ale and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Allow the pumpkin ale to cook and reduce for about 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin purée and diced tomato. Season with salt and pepper. Add the minced chipotle peppers, and stir to combine. Partially cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and allow the chili to cook for about 45 minutes. Add the black beans, stir, and allow the chili to cook another 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
Modeling our apron pockets, haha!
So basically, a HUGE thank you to all of the unbelievably amazing people in my life…. Because of you all, I am going into our wedding weekend feeling so loved and cared for!!! I hope you all know how much I appreciate you all🙂 XOXO
This weekend is To Do List go-time… Today, we picked our wedding bands/dropped off my e-ring for rhodium plating and cleaning, picked up an order of supplies from Dollar Tree (seriously, you gotta check out the catering and party planning section of the website, it’s amaze), picked up 4 cases of pumpkin beer, all the rest of the booze, and got a few last minute gifts. Tomorrow is vow writing (nothing like waiting till the last minute!), finishing wrapping, honeymoon packing, making the vanilla almond iced tea and a few more errands! I should probs go to sleep now :)