Throwback Thursday: Traveling with Thelma & Louise Part II

Last week we began our #ThrowbackThursday Thelma & Louise Adventure series. It’s full of lots of fun and laughs as Mom and I made our annual Road Trip to the GREAT state of Texas. We’re picking up mid-week into our grand adventure- come along and join in on our fun!

Mount Pleasant is a small, North East Texas town. They have a 4 screen movie theatre, a Walmart, a growing downtown square with a handful of cute local spots and that’s about it y’all. After seeing all the Big MP had to offer we had the bright idea to continue the road trip and head up to Oklahoma!

Oklahoma? Yes! Oklahoma! Pawhuska, OK to be exact! Why sit still when you can go, see, and do? We talked Aunt Tina, aka Mert, into joining us on our little adventure! We were off to see The Pioneer Woman! We’ve been to Paula Dean and Emeri’s restaurants. Sat in the audience for a filming of the Rachel Ray Show. Cooked with Cat Cora at Disney, so why not add another Chef to our list? IMG_7414.jpeg

We doned our denim and cowgirl boots and hit the road towards Pawhuska! About 3 or so hours from Mount Pleasant and an hour from Tulsa. The Mercantile was everything we could have imagined and more! Beautiful wooden floors, rustic displays, exposed brick. {It reminded me of a more rustic Anthropologie.}  They had Pioneer Woman Merchandise, like you can purchase at Walmart, and all sorts of kitchen and Mercantile branded products. I could have stayed there for days!

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The line to eat at The Merc Deli was down the street! We were able to walk right in the store- no wait!

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We did some shopping, picked up a few surprises for Adam, and of course had to sample some of Ree’s sweet treats from the Bakery upstairs. No surprise, it was delicious! We wanted it all! {Tip: Get the Cowboy Coffee if you visit! I crave it!}

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Specific days of the year while The Pioneer Woman Show is not taping, they invite guests of the Mercantile to head to the Drummond Ranch and tour the Lodge. One of these days, just happened to be the day we visited! The views of the Drummond Ranch from the Lodge were absolutely breath taking. Everything you could see was their property.

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We met the pups and the Drummond Ranchhand. I can’t reminder his name, but he has been working for the family for 30+ years! The nicest Cowboy y’all! He even wanted to get his picture with us Texas gals! I think we were the favorite visitors that day! Clearly!

Looks like Ree might have a little competition in the kitchen with Thelma, Louise & Mert!

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Loved our time at the Lodge and highly recommend planning your trip to Pawhuska and The Mercantile when you can visit the Ranch too.

Our time in Oklahoma continued to Tulsa. Check back next Thursday as we Throwback and share the rest of our Thelma & Louise Adventures!

Have you been to the Mercantile or Drummond Ranch? Share your stories with us! Were you lucky enough to meet Ree too? What about your favorite Pioneer Woman recipes? I’d love to know which ones you and your family enjoy most!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

(mostly Holly & TG this time! )

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!


FaLaLaLa Fett’s Countdown to Christmas Continues….

Day Six is for success. 

Tuesday was a Dewey Date Day! A successful Dewey Date Day at that.

After Adam got home, we had supper and started cleaning the kitchen when we noticed a little date box from Dewey. Inside? A Gingerbread House Kit. So with six days left in our FaLaLaLa Fett’s Countdown to Christmas we made a Gingerbread House!

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We are by no means pros at it! Our skills are about as good as a six year old’s! Icing everywhere and Samson anxiously waiting for tasty treats to drop for a quick retrieval.

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It might not be pretty, but we’d like to think it was a success…it was still standing this morning! Yippie! FullSizeRender-8.jpeg

Does your family build a Gingerbread House at Christmas time? Do you make the cookies from scratch or like our little Elf Dewey, do you use a kit? Do you have any tips for keeping it together? Share them with us!

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Day Five is for Festive Festivities.

Who needs Miracle on 34th Street, when you have Miracle on Monroe?

Just kidding, Miracle on 34th Street will always be a favorite Christmas movie for me, but a new holiday favorite for the FaLaLaLa Fett’s is Miracle on Monroe. The ultimate festive festivity. Santa’s Workshop. Toy-Land. The North Pole. A “Christmas Dreamland” right here in Atlanta.

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Miracle on Monroe is a pop-up Christmas bar that popped up in Atlanta last Christmas. Open from November 24th to December 24th, Wednesday to Sunday it’s quite the popping place! Expect to wait 2-6 hours to get in to explore this festive Adult Santa Land.

The walls are covered in wrapping paper. Strung lights cover the ceilings. A life size gingerbread house set up for photos and Christmas decor fills this Holiday Land.

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Last week a few of my favorite ZTA ladies and I put on our most festive attire and popped by the pop-up bar to get in the HOLLYday spirit! It was a first for all of us and being that we wanted on Santa’s Good List, we were nice enough to invite Adam along too!

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All the drinks are served in Christmas themed glassware and were oh-so tasty too!  The “Bad Santa” was my favorite- a mulled red wine concoction. Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 8.42.42 AM.png

Smells of Sugarplums {ok really Trader Joe’s Cookies] filled the air.

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While visions of ZTAs cheers-ing danced in my head.

 

If you’re in Atlanta between now and the 24th and you’re at least 21 make the time to pop on by this Favorite Festive Festivity of ours! We are already counting down the days for it to reopen next year!

Share your photos and thoughts of Miracle with us if you get a chance to visit!

Day Four is for {NOT} So Forced Family Fun. 

You may or may not know this, but I LOVE Disney. Not in a weird obsession sort of way,  but I definitely go more often and know more Disney facts than the average person. This is probably not one of Adam’s favorite things about me….actually I know it isn’t.

Two weekends ago the FaLaLaLa Fett’s and Giamfortone’s packed our bags and headed out of Atlanta (just before the snow) to the happiest place on earth. DISNEY WORLD! What says Christmas more than spending the holidays at Disney World???

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Saturday we bundled up (in Florida) and headed to Disney Springs, aka Downtown Disney to shop, have lunch and visit the tour of trees.

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There were probably twenty different trees all in different Disney themes. Basically I wanted a picture with all of them, but Adam wouldn’t let me! We did however get our picture for next years Christmas Card! If you’ve not heard a few months ago we bought an airplane. The paint color on her just happened to be “Disney Blue.” After months of looking, Adam knew it was meant to be. We gave her the perfect name, “Elsa,” after Adam’s (not so) favorite Disney movie, Frozen.

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As the sun went down, Mom, Dad, Adam and I took a bus over to the Wilderness Lodge– it is stunning year around and probably my favorite hotel on property.

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Before heading back to Casa Mickey we returned to Downtown Disney (clearly I haven’t gotten used to calling it Disney Springs) to look at the main Christmas tree all lit up and take in the tunes of the Strolling Piano.

 

Sunday Adam and I braved the cold and did a little hotel hopping by the Polynesian and Grand Floridian before meeting up with my family at the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not to mention we just happened to have arrived at the Grand Floridian in time for a little toddy. Who says adults can’t have fun at Disney too?

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IMG_3277.jpeg(Disney Tip- Spend a day hotel hopping while you’re in town- ask me more about it and I’ll be happy to share our tips and tricks!)

Adam and I did MVMCP last year and thought what fun it would be for a little Forced Family Fun to kick off the holidays! It’s an after hours event from 7pm-Midnight on select nights during the holiday season. You do not have to have an additional park ticket, but you do have to buy the specific ticket to the event. It is a wonderful time to see the park with NO lines for rides, special character greetings, parades and fireworks. Plus your ticket gets you unlimited treats and sweets during the party. It is the best way to do the Magic Kingdom at Christmas time. IMG_3308.jpeg

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We found the perfect spot to watch the Christmas parade and fireworks and did a little shopping before the clock struck twelve. We couldn’t be turning into pumpkins after all!

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Mouse House without trying on a pair of ears or two!

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Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Did you love it as much as us? We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed Very Merry moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

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Monday’s Menu: Baby Porchetta with Balsamic Berries & Arugula

If you know me, you know I love Rachael Ray! From her 30 Minute Meal Days to her Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine, I follow it all! While flipping through a recent issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray I came across our Monday’s Menu Meal: Baby Porchetta with Balsamic Berries & Arugula.

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Ingredients: 

1/4 lb sliced pancetta or 6 slices of thinly sliced bacon

2 Tbsp chopped rosemary (we used fresh from our herb garden)

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 1/2 tsp lemon, zested

1 tsp fennel seed

1 to 1 1/2lbs pork tenderloin

Salt & Pepper to taste

Olive Oil for drizzling

1 lemon, cut into wedges

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 cup dry red wine

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar

Handful of Basil, torn

Large bunch of arugula, about 3-4 cups

4 ciabatta rolls or other crusty rolls

Steps: 

Preheat oven to 375°. Heat large skillet over medium heat. {We used our Le Creuset Pot}

On a sheet of parchment paper, arrange the bacon in a single layer, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, and fennel seed. Season the pork with salt and pepper and place on the bacon (longways). Roll the bacon up and over the pork. Using kitchen string, tie 4 or 5 knots along the pork to secure. Drizzle the wrapped pork with EVOO and add to skillet, turning until brown. {See photos from Rachael Ray magazine below}

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Transfer the skillet into the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Take our and let the meat rest 10 minutes before drizzling with the juice from the lemon wedges.

Mix washed berries, wine, vintage and let sit 15 minutes. Toss with basil. Top rolls with arugula and place the berry mixture on top.

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Yum-O! This was such a delicious meal y’all and fairly easy to make! Looks much more difficult than it actually was to make! Love those types of dishes.

Would love to know how it turns out for you if you give it a try! Hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are! Happy cooking!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!


Better Late Than Never!

Well….we are behind. VERY  behind on our blog postings, but it’s better late than never, right? Our first Christmas Season as Husband and Wife was wonderful!

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Adam and I hosted our first “Tacky Sweater” Christmas Party- now an annual event! 40+ of our closets friends got glitzy and gawdy with us, played corn hole and Cards Against Humanity. We snacked on “Texas Trash” and sipped on Adam’s infamous “Slush.”{ Think back to college “Hunch Punch” only better! Can’t share the recipe, it’s a family secret.}

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We continued family traditions and started new ones. Christmas Eve was spent visiting “Morris Beach” and having a fine Italian Feast with my family. We opened gifts Christmas Day with  The G’s, facetimed with Adam’s family and visited with his family that lives locally. We did alot of traveling between Atlanta and Peachtree City Christmas Day and ended up missing supper with our relatives. Adam and I started a new tradition- dinning on a delicious FROZEN cheese pizza…on Christmas Day! Thank you Trader Joes! What a fun, new tradition for us to share for years to come!

New Years Eve could not have been better. MY TCU Horn Frogs were in Atlanta participating in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl! What a great way to celebrate my birthday and ring in 2015! We were invited to the FCA Team Breakfast (Thank you Mr. Potter!) and got to meet the Main Man, GP!

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After a great tailgate Brunch and game of Cornhole, we were ready to cheer the Frogs onto a 42-3 VICTORY over Ole Miss at the Georgia Dome! GO FROGS!

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Our Holiday Season sure did fly by! We’ve only got 325 days until Christmas 2015, better start shopping!

We hope you are enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments too!

Cheers!

Holly & Adam

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts!


Hot! Hot! Oh we got it!

Hot Chocolate!

It’s been a been a while since our last post, with the holiday excitement, winter colds and a lack of creative inspiration on my part….our blog has become…..blogless.

We finally have most of our WEDDING photos in from Tulle & Grace and plan to post them and Honeymoon updates soon! Stay tuned for posts from all the Holiday excitement too!

We’ve had lots of requests from our previous post just what our “Adult Hot Chocolate” was. Last Christmas we became obsessed with William-Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate. While we were decorating our artificial tree Adam created a rather tasty concoction.

We just add a little of this and that…and typically have a heavy hand.

We used our Oval Le Creuset Pot to mix up our Hot Chocolate.

  1. About 4 Cups of Milk

  2. 1/2 package of William-Sonoma Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate Mix (to taste)

  3. A few shots of Godiva Liqueur

  4. A heavy pour of your favorite Vodka (to taste)

Heat the milk on medium-high until bubbles form on the outside edges. Slowly whisk in the Peppermint Bark, once dissolved, remove from heat. Add alcohol- to you liking. Pour in a cute Christmas mug and top with Whip Cream.

Whip Cream Topping:

  1. 1/2 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream

  2. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

  3. 2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (to taste)

Beat the heavy cream until it begins to firm. Add in Vanilla and Powered Sugar. Beat until firm peaks begin to form. Add additional Powered Sugar to taste.

Dollop over Hot Chocolate, sprinkle Peppermint Bark on-top and Enjoy!
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Enjoy your Newly or Nearly Newlywed moments. Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts.


We CAN eat!

Cooking. I love to get in the kitchen and follow a recipe, but I can not cook. As much as I think I am a little Rachel Ray,  I can not just throw things in a pot add a little of this and that and have a mouth watering dish. Or so I thought.

Beef Bourguignon, what even is that?  I’ve heard Ina and Julia talk about it, but Lord knows I am not ready to make such a “fancy” sounding meal. I grew up with the Casserole Queen as a Mom and am new to this whole “Cooking for 2” thing.

After watching a few Food Network Shows and reading a multiple recipes I worked up the courage to “Cook.” I could hardly wait to use our new Le Creuset Dutch Oven (Thanks Aunt Jean!), but almost all the dishes I was finding seemed a little overwhelming for this wifey. Adam suggested just to start with a Roast….

Add a little of this and a little of that. Right. Lets see how this goes….

Shopping List:

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  1. Piece of Meat (Adam had to help pick the right cut)
  2. Beef Stock
  3. Carrots (Pre-cut Mini)
  4. Onion
  5. Celery
  6. Baby Potatoes
  7. Lemon
  8. Salt/Peper
  9. Fresh (Garden Grown) Rosemary
  10. Fresh Garlic

Here goes nothing! I diced the onion, celery, and garlic.  Cut the potatoes in 1/2 and cut the lemon into 4 slices. I placed the pre-cut carrots and all the veggies,lemon, sprigs of Rosemary and garlic in the pot. I sprinkled the meat with salt and pepper and placed it on-top of the veggie mix. Finally, I poured  the Beef Stock over the roast and completely covered the veggies.

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I covered the pot, placed it in a 280° preheated oven and 4 hours later…..

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We COULD eat! (on our super cute Pottery Barn Dishes!)

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This was SO easy to make and surprisingly tasted great! If you are like me…don’t be scared of “cooking” or using your fancy Le Creuset Pot! We were able to get quite a few meals off this one dish this week- what a wonderful 1 Pot wonder! Yay!

Next Challenge?  Beef Bourguignon.

Enjoy your Newly or Nearly Newlywed moments. Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts.