Monday’s Menu: Whole30 Bangers & Mash

Y’all this recipe is one of our absolute favorites! Adam has said multiple times he could eat it every day. It’s so delicious and left overs are even better!

We discovered the recipe during our first Whole30 from Melissa’s Whole30 book,  “The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Health and Food Freedom,”  and it has become a staple during (and after) our Whole30s.

You’re 29 days in! If you’ve not given it a try, tonight is the perfect night! Enjoy!

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Banger Sausage Patties with Sweet Potato Mash and Caramelized Onions

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For the Sausage (I like my sausage to be full of flavor and add more seasonings than the recipe calls. My notes are in parentheses.) 

1 pound ground pork
¼ teaspoon ground sage (1 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder (1 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon dried thyme (1/2 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon onion powder (3/4 teaspoon)
¹⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
¹⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon salt
¹⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
Grated zest of 1 lemon

For the Mash

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
4 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
1 onion, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

PREPARE THE SAUSAGE: In a small mixing bowl, combine all the sausage seasonings.

 

In a large mixing bowl, mix up pork and add seasonings a little at a time. {TIP: If you have plastic gloves, they are great to use while you fold in the seasonings and form the patties so your hands don’t get icky.}

Form pork mixture into (about) 8 small patties. (I typically get about 6) Place on a plate and chill in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes while starting the sweet potato mash. (I don’t always chill my patties and they turn out just fine.

COOK the sweet potatoes in the boiling water until fork tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Add 1 tablespoon of the ghee and coconut milk. Using a potato masher, immersion blender, or large kitchen fork, mash and mix the sweet potatoes with the ghee and coconut milk. (I add salat and pepper to the mash.) Cover the pot to keep warm and set aside.

REMOVE the sausage from the freezer and place on the parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake the sausage patties in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 145°F, and no pink remains in the middle of the patty.

MEANWHILE, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of ghee in a large skillet over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan. When the ghee is hot, add the onion and cook for 15 minutes, turning them periodically as they begin to brown and caramelize. (Do not rush this step—the browner the color, the more concentrated the flavor will be.)

TRANSFER the mashed sweet potatoes to the plate. Top with the pork and gently set the cartelized onions ontop of the pork. Enjoy!

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This recipe can easily be doubled- I actually recommend it so you have left overs for breakfast or lunch the next day! You can also pre-mix the seasoning mixture and save in little zip-lock bags or in mason jars so you already have it ready when you’re making this dish. It will just save you a little time!

If you make this dish- let us know what you think! What’s your favorite Whole30 Dish? Share them with us!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed (Whole30) moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Throwback Thursday: Let’s go fly a plane!

Yep. I said it.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017 when Adam decided to go “practice flying” I said, “Yea. Sure I’ll go.”

I’m not sure who was more surprised by my answer, Adam or myself. He had only been asking me to fly with him AND his instructor for 6 months and never did I have any interests in dying. I mean flying with them! Much less going up alone with Adam just days after him getting his pilot’s license.

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What in the world was I thinking? Maybe I was just being a supportive wife or crazy! I guess I’ll never know for sure, but on that warm August morning I decided to go up, up and away with my newly winged Pilot. I’ll share how we celebrated his big accomplishment in posts to come, but figured for our first Throwback Thursday of 2018 and (hopefully) days from getting our plane, it would be fun to tell our first flight story.

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Isn’t that the normal thing to do? Get your pilot’s license and buy a plane? We will share all the details about Elsa later!

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Adam spent weeks prepping for the exam y’all. If you know him, you know that when he has a goal, he is going to reach it and not only reach it, but do it with flying colors. He will be the best. He will do it the fastest and getting his license to fly was no exception. As thrilled as I was for him for completing his goal, it was not an easy 6 months for us. He would wake up super early. Go fly. Go to work. Stay late at work. Go night fly. Come home. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. I basically never saw the man. We had plenty of conversations about him and the “other woman” he was obsessed with for months. Plenty.

August 20th was the first day I returned home from a trip down to Orlando. (Adam shipped me off to Disney World so he could study for the exam.) As I walked in the door, he was leaving to go on his first solo flight since earning his wings. JUST LIKE THAT I said, “Ok, I’ll go too!” It was a now or never thing. If we didn’t walk out the door that very moment, there was no way I was going up anytime soon.

Next thing I know I am in the passenger seat of a little Cesnna plane watching my Pilot do his pre-flight checks and texting my bother to let him know we were about to take flight, in the event anything happened. There was no way I was telling my parents until we landed safely back on the ground.

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In no time we were taking off!

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Needless to say my stomach was in knots. I said about one hundred Hail Mary’s and had white knuckles during take off. (Oh, lets be honest. I had white knuckles during the entire flight and landing!)

While I was never fully comfortable during the flight thanks to my nerves, it was actually fun. Seeing the city from above is pretty amazing. We flew around North Atlanta, over Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier for about an hour. Baby steps y’all, baby steps.

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I guess I should let you know Adam did a fantastic job flying! He was such a gentleman constantly checking on me, telling me what each of the knobs on the panel and exactly what their functions were. We even chatted about me, yes ME, taking a few classes just so I can learn the basics and more importantly learn how to land in the event of an emergency. We both think it will help my nerves and allow me to calm down and actually enjoy flying in our little bird.

I am still not thrilled with the idea of Adam flying and us traveling in a tiny little plane, but I am warming up to it. Adam got me my own fancy airplane headphones and the cutest miniature suitcase for weekend trips in Elsa for Christmas. It is the cutest thing ever y’all! (Watch my Instagram for a picture! You’ll love the suitcase, trust me!)

Just from writing this Throwback post, I am already getting butterflies thinking about going up again. After 4+ months of being in service, our little plane, Elsa, should be finished next week! Looks like we will soon be flying the friendly skies together and 2018 will be full of adventures!

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

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Falalala Fett’s Final Countdown to Christmas

Day Three is for Thankful.

It’s so easy to get carried away in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and not take time to truly enjoy all it offers.

  1. Did I get enough stocking stuffers?
  2. Did I get gifts for everyone?
  3. Do I have enough hostess gifts for all of our parties?
  4. Did we get everything from the grocery?

The list goes on and I am sure you can relate.

With all that the holiday brings, sometimes we may find our self so wrapped up “checking off our lists” that we don’t take the time to just enjoy the season and be thankful for the little things.

If I have said it once, I have said it one hundred times during our FaLaLaLa Fett Countdown to Christmas….I love Christmas. I thought with creating this countdown it would help me narrow down my favorites, but it has only made the decision more difficult. I’ve realized I do, truly love everything about the Christmas season. While we may not take the time to soak in the season and realize what all we have to be thankful, there is a small simple daily act that helps to remind both Adam and I how thankful we are this time of the year.

Snail Mail. Yep.

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You know that box that sits outside of your house with your numerical address on it? The one that probably has a little red flag on its right side? Do you even know what that is anymore?

If you know me in real life you probably know how much I love Snail Mail. I get excited about going to the post office (how many people say that these days) picking out new stamps and sending mail. Ok yes, I love to get it too.

{Adam gets a kick out of me and how upset I was when our mail route changed. Instead of the mail arriving right at 4:30pm our mail carrier comes by…oh whenever he feels like it.}

All that being said it takes me to one of my favorite things about Christmas and something to truly be thankful for….Christmas Cards.

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Y’all I love them!

I get even more excited to check the mail during the month of December than I do every other day of the year. I anxiously await the arrival of Christmas Cards! Who’s will be the first? Will we get new ones this year? I can hardly stand the wait for the mail to arrive!

I love seeing what all of our friends and family are up to, how much my nanny kids have grown and watching our Pier 1 Imports Christmas Card display grow. It is a daily reminder of just how blessed Adam and I are to have each and everyone of you in our lives and how thankful we are to know we may have made a small impact on your family’s lives.

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Don’t worry if your card doesn’t arrive by Christmas. I get equally as excited to get Happy New Year or Valentine’s Day Cards too!

Thank you for reminding us what is truly important during this hectic holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to think of us when you’re mailing out your holiday cards. Thank you for making the Christmas Season special and for bringing a little joy into our daily lives. You may not realize how much it means when you put that little stamp on the top right of your envelope and drop your card in the mail.

Day Two is for Time. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to add more time to your day?

While that may not be a possibility, time is something that is easily overlooked during the holiday season. Samson has recently gotten into the habit of waking up around 6am to go outside. You all know he comes right back inside and gets under the blankets too! The arctic weather we’ve been experiencing lately in Atlanta is not the ideal situation to start your day!

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Getting up at 6am and trucking outside to our frozen tundra might not be at the top of my list, but it does welcome yet another favorite Christmas memory for our FaLaLaLa Fett Christmas Countdown.

(ok I might be exaggerating a little, but this southern gal can not handle these 17* days)

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It may sound silly to some, but I love early mornings when the Christmas Tree is up. There is just something about coming downstairs to be greeted by the lit trees and garland around the mantle when it’s still dark outside. I love sitting in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee or tea having little time to myself to begin my day.

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I may not appreciate the early morning wake up call by Samson or enjoy the brisk morning walks, but it does allow me to take in every moment of the season. Enjoy the little things and appreciate the time we have.

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Day One is for One Day I’ll Never Forget.

“Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh, who all knows about this?”

“So…is that a yes?”

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Hahaha! The dialogue between Adam and I when he proposed never gets old. Poor thing he went to so much trouble planning the perfect surprise Christmas Proposal to include everything I could have wanted and I just had to make it extremely difficult for him!

I won’t go into all the details here because we’ve shared the story of our proposal before, but I couldn’t leave THIS day out from our FaLaLaLa Fett Christmas Countdown. Christmas Eve has always been a favorite day of mine- from cooking with mom to wrapping last minute gifts, it is full of family traditions and wonderful memories.

One family tradition, so to say, is one poor Adam only found out about a few weeks before we got engaged. (About the time he bought my ring) Both my grandparents and my parents got engaged on Christmas Eve and it was something I wanted too, when I found my person. Needless to say I was not expecting the proposal to come when it did. Adam and I had chatted about marriage a few times, we had only been dating about a year and since he was buying a house he ensured me it would not be happening in 2013. Little did I know what he had up his sleeve….

A Christmas Eve proposal it was! It was thoughtful, creative and perfect. Besides wanting  a Christmas Eve proposal I also wanted my friends and family to share the occasion with us and of course he had to ask my Dad before asking me. All of which he made happen, even though it was not the cliche “hide a ring in a box under the tree” and my friends and family were not present, he had the whole thing videoed so all could see.

Thankfully he did! Besides me saying “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh, who knows about this?” There is not much more from it I remember. Take a peek at our other post- hopefully you’ve love our story as much as we do! The perfect story to share for Day One of our FaLaLaLa Countdown.

Here we are…our FaLaLaLa Fett Countdown has come to a end. It’s been so fun sharing and reliving a few of our favorite Christmas memories with y’all. We’d love to hear what traditions your family has or your favorite Christmas memory.

From our little family to yours, we hope y’all have the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing these moments with us!

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

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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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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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FaLaLaLa Fett’s Countdown To Christmas

The Christmas Holiday Season is my absolute most favorite time of the year. Maybe it’s the chill in the air, the joyous smiles radiating from everyone’s faces or the fact that I’m an {almost} Christmas Baby. Christmas has always been my favorite. Always.

We had all intentions of beginning our Christmas Countdown on Wednesday, but alas…here we are on Sunday, eight days to go until the Big Man shows and I am just sitting down to write this post.

So lets begin by backing up a few days and get caught up on our countdown.

Day 12 is for Traditions.

One of my {our} favorite Christmas Traditions began our first year of marriage. Christmas is a wonderful time- cheerful, full of family and lots of love, but it can also be a stressful time- I am sure you can all relate. Running from home to home visiting family, shopping and wrapping until the last minute, Christmas parties, are you tired yet?

Our first Christmas Adam and I were with my parents in Peachtree City. We spent the night on Christmas Eve at their house, woke up to gifts from Santa, followed by our usual Christmas Brunch. We packed up in our PJs, headed back to Atlanta to FaceTime with Adam’s Family from Michigan, change, have supper and meet up with his family that is local to Atlanta. Long story short…things didn’t quite go as planned. By the time we got back to our house in Atlanta making a fancy Christmas meal was not in the cards. Everything was closed and all we had was a Frozen Pizza, which is exactly what we had. Frozen Pizza on our Kate Spade China. Classy! Our brand of choice? Screamin’ Sicilian.

Three years later it is one of the things we both look forward to. It’s our time to enjoy the holiday together – just the two of us. Don’t get us wrong, we love spending time with our families and taking part in all the holiday fun, but there is something so comforting in spending time together, relaxing and enjoying the Christmas night just us two {for now anyways.}

This year the pizza is already in the freezer and depending on how our Annual Tacky Sweater Party goes we will hopefully have some Slush to go with it!

Does your family have a holiday tradition? Share your favorites with us!

PS: Wouldn’t you know after all these years I don’t have one single photo of our Christmas suppers?

Day 11 is for Elves. 

Before “Elf On The Shelf” was a thing…I had a Elf. He stayed at my Grandparents- Honna and Grandaddy’s-  House. I don’t remember his name or what his “powers” were, but I remember him having a little felt outfit, hat and shoes. He was a special Elf that us kids could not touch unless we had permission. He typically sat on the fireplace mantle and watched our every move. IMG_6531.jpg

Another Christmas tradition that Adam and I now have incorporated into our holiday season is our visiting Elf, Dewey. Dewey is a joyful, energetic, full of life Christmas Elf that makes his way to the FaLaLaLa Fett’s on December 1st. He helps us countdown to Christmas by bringing holiday surprises, planning Christmas themed Dates and of course sending reports to Santa. Why should kids have all the fun? It’s so fun having a little Christmas Spirit in the house and see just what tricks and treats Dewey has up his sleeve!

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Does your family have an Elf or two roaming around this holiday season? Tell us all about him or her! Are they as tricky and mischievous as Dewey?

Day 10 is for the Perfect Christmas Tree. 

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If you’ve followed us the last 3+ years, you may have seen our previous posts about our Christmas Trees. Yes, you read that correctly. We have multiple trees at Christmas.

I grew up with 6 artificial Christmas Trees. Each one had it’s own theme- from Gingerbread to Barbie and the Great State of Texas to Sports for my brother Joey. Six different rooms in my childhood home was home to a tree at Christmas time.

Adam on the other hand, well….thats where our story about the “Perfect Christmas Tree” comes into play. He grew up with a Fraser Fur Tree. His family would go out to a local farm in Michigan, cut down their tree and haul it home. Well friends…that is us. The FaLaLaLa Fett’s turn Griswold Family Christmas.

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Photo credits: www.rainforestislandsferry.com

We can’t just drive a half mile down the road to our big box home store or a mile to the nearest local Christmas Tree lot, instead we take a little 3 hour tour to North Carolina. The closest place to Atlanta where Fraser Fur trees are grown.

Are we sounding more like the Griswold’s now?

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The two of us pack up the car, drop Samson off at his Tonna and Buddy’s and hit the road for North Carolina around the first weekend of December. Our first Christmas we went up to the Highlands, while the last two years we made the trip to Asheville.

What an ordeal it is! Adam is SO picky. My only requirement is the tree be skinny to fit in a particular spot in our little condo. Adam on the other hand…oh lord…let’s just say our tree hunt ends up with a few good laughs and a great topic to remission on for the next year.

He spends hours looking up the farms in the area- scoping out prices and reviews. Then once we get there we drive from farm to farm, in and out of the car, up and down the mountains of North Carolina to find the perfect tree.

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It can’t have holes of any kind. The needles can’t be droopy or have any dead spots. It can’t be too short. It can’t…it can’t…it can’t… The man’s list goes on and on. By the time we find out tree, Adam cuts it down using an old fashion saw and we get our picture with her, there is normally mud on his jeans, sweat dripping from his forehead, and me…there just “cheering” him on.  {Of course you would never know any of this by the looks of our pictures! HA! HA!}

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This year we came across the true spirit of Christmas and restored our faith in humanity a bit while on the hunt for our tree. We had already visited two other farms in Asheville. The first one didn’t allow us to cut down our tree, the second had extremely over priced {to the tune of $200+} for a tree the size we needed and by the time we pulled up to our third farm without a tree it was just about closing time.

The owner greeted us at our car, asked what we were looking for and said, “Come on. It’s just me, but I’d be happy to show you what I have.”

It was after looking around a bit and finding a tree we realized he only took cash or checks, something neither of us had with us. The Farm owner said not to worry about it and send him a check when we got home!

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Y’all, is that not the BEST story? In the world we live in today you rarely come across someone that would have faith and trust in a total stranger like that. Just goes to show there is still kindness in the world and by sharing it with others, we can all make the world a happier place to call home.

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Are you a real or artificial tree fan? How many trees does your family have? Tell us your stories!

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Day Nine is for Nostalgic. 

Is there something that is now part of your Christmas that you had growing up? Perhaps an artificial tree? An “Elf on the Shelf”? Or even the tradition of cutting down your own family tree?

In our home we have slush. Ah, the Famous Fett Family Slush.

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{Well, that is what our friends call, but it actually started on Adam’s Mom’s side of the family.}

Growing up Adam’s family always had Slush at Holiday Parties. There was “Fun Slush” for the Adults and “Kids Slush” for the kids…if you catch my drift. {wink wink} Think of an ice cold frozen Slurpie from your local Seven-Eleven, but BETTER!

Adam tells stories of his Grandma Yonker making it every year. Green was for kids and red was for the adults. There’s a secret to making it and let me tell you people…its a sneaky, sneaky drink. If Slush is invited, there will be no Grinches at our parties!

The FaLaLaLa Fett’s have incorporated it into our Christmas celebrations. Every year we host a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party and the Slush is a staple. Our friends talk about it all year- those that have come in years past tell the new comers all about it. Everyone is warned early on. Uber to the party the Slush will get you!

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We always get asked, “What’s in this? How can we make this? Can we have it at all your parties?”

Until last year Adam would NEVER give out the recipe for Slush. Sort of like my Strawberry Cake. It’s a Family Recipe, you don’t just give those out.

{Ah, but when you do you, don’t ever give out the full recipe. Their’s just can’t be better than yours!  Sorry friends!} 

Now the infamous Slush recipe hangs proudly in our Kitchen for all to see….hence the reason to why Adam now “gives it out.” Last Christmas we received our favorite, favorite, favorite Christmas gift from Adam’s parents. They know how much we both love incorporating our family’s traditions into our Christmas and what a big part of our FaLaLaLa Fett Christmas Slush as become.

Together they made a frame for the original, hand written Slush recipe by Adam’s Grandmother, who is no longer with us. The frame has a little wire basket attached with some of his Family’s favorite holiday recipes and extra cards for us to add some of my family’s and recipes we create together.

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I absolutely love it. 

Now when friends ask about it, we jokingly say we don’t give it out. If they happen to notice the recipe hanging they are more than welcome to take a picture, but Adam doesn’t go into detail about how its made, what all exactly is in it and how to make it just perfect.

Cheers!

Day Eight is for eclectic. 

I’d like to think our holiday decor is somewhat eclectic. The artificial tree is more funky, free spirited, glitz and glitter, while the real tree is more antique, filled with old fashion Santas and old wooden toy ornaments. All the other decor in the house goes along with those two themes.

Of course ANYTHING I see with “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” Happy HOLLYdays,” or something about Holly in general I just have to have. We basically have a little Santa’s Workshop in Atlanta, GA. Adam may or may not love it…

One decoration that I absolutely love and I know he appreciates too is my antique ceramic tree. While these are all the rage now popping up in Vintage stores or replicas  in big box stores, mine is truly a priceless antique.

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Like most of our favorite things on this year’s countdown, a ceramic tree was something I grew up with. My Mom had one she purchased her first married Christmas, I believe. Someone at the school she taught at handmade them. Our green ceramic tree covered in tiny multicolored lights always sat on our entry way table for all to see. It was always my favorite thing to put up when our family came together to decorate the house for the holidays. To this day, it is still one of the “jobs” I help Mom with when I come over.

Two years ago, right around Christmas, my 100+ year old Great-Grandmother Gran passed away.  She left behind a ceramic tree, similar to my Mom’s for me. It is the first decoration to go up. The last one to come down and of course it’s home is on the entry way table. She is dusted with snow and adorned with miniature pink lights. She is perfect.

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Does your home have one theme for Christmas decorations or is it more eclectic? Do you have one favorite piece? The Christmas Season is our most favorite time of the year. We love our stories, but would love to hear yours too. What makes your house feel like a home over Christmas? What makes your heart the most joyful this time of year?

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

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Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Adam & Holly

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

 

 

 

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE!

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

IMG_3613.JPG.jpeg
Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE! 

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

IMG_3385.JPG

Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

RenderedImage.jpg.jpeg

As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

TEXAS.jpg

I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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