Throwback Thursday: Girls Weekend in the Great State

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Unless your a resident of the Lone Star State, I have a inkling you’ve not. Fun Fact! Fredericksburg is the 5th largest wine producer in the US! Cheers y’all!

Last weekend Aunt Tina and I surprised Mom with {another} 60th Birthday Celebration! She knew she was heading to the GREAT STATE with two of her favorite people, but little did she know all the surprises we had in store!

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We told her to pack her bags- we were heading to Texas! Friday morning we were wheels up for Texas, flying from Atlanta to San Antonio. We picked up our rental car and I played Uber driver for our 57 mile commute to our VRBO rental in Kerrville. (About 25 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.) Mom just couldn’t wrap her head around WHY we had to rent a house if it was just the three of us. Even though we told her it was cheaper than staying in town and probably a lot nicer than the local Holiday Express Motel.

This home was stunning y’all and Erin, the owner, was fantastic to work with. The house was updated and the views were spectacular- the rolling Texas hills made us feel like we were up in the hills of Hollywood. The Master Bathroom had a walk-in shower with three, yes THREE, shower heads! Don’t get me started on the backyard with the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and  infinity pool- absolutely breathtaking y’all! Highly recommend this property if you’re heading to Fredericksburg for any occasion! Wish we could have spent more time there!

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The real reason we needed a larger house? It was not going to be just the three of us spending the weekend together hopping around tasting wine. We were spending the weekend with a few of our favorite Texas women- sorority sisters, family, friends from fifth grade and friends that are like family! SURPRISE TG!

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Friday Night was spent with guests arriving sporadically surprising Mom. Catching up, laughing like school girls and of course cheers-ing to our Birthday Girl!

Saturday we got up bright and early to hit the Texas Wine Trail! We used The 290 Wine Shuttle Company, which was fantastic! They charter guests around to 13 local wineries for a very reasonable fee. It was so nice not having to worry about calling an Uber or having a one of the girls miss the fun and play Designated Driver.

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We started at Barons Creek for a quick tasting of five or six varieties.

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They have a huge tasting room, complete with multiple private rooms, a lovely back garden space and gift shop. The Viognier was one of our favorites from the tasting- it has ripe apricot and delicate lemon zest flavors combination in this delicious Texas Viognier. This wine has a long, creamy finish. It’s a fantastic companion for shrimp or lobster with butter sauce.

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Mom also really enjoyed their Muscat Canelli, a deliciously sweet and balanced wine bursting with flavors of peach, honeydew and a hint of grapefruit. It is a perfect aperitif on a warm day but you can also pair it with fruit salad or Thai cuisine. That has her name all over it!

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From Barons Creek we had a short wait for the 290 Bus and headed to Grape Creek: The Tuscany of the South.

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Grape Creek is a local favorite. The property was beautiful! You really did feel like you were in Tuscany! The tasting area was VERY crowded and on weekends they do limit the number of guests per tasting groups. This vineyard was highly recommend, so we broke into small groups for tasting prior to our arrival. Our tasting experience was ok. Our guide was not full of that Southern Texas hospitality until I decide to sign up for their Wine Club. We had to wait over an over an our for a tasting, their restaurant was packed and the check-in station seemed a little frazzled and not able to give us real information the wait time, availability, etc. I wish the customer service experience as a little different because the wine was quite good. We ended up finding a spot to sit and share a bottle and a stunningly delicious charcuterie board together before heading to our final stop of the day.

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Our third winery was Fat Ass.

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Our favorite for the atmosphere! {With a name like Fat Ass, how could it not?}  It was such fun y’all! Very laid back, low key environment with a live band. So, so much fun! Their wine supply was down when we were there, but they make a wine slushy that went down way too easily! A perfect drink for Summer days. Definitely plan to stop by Fat Ass when you head to the Texas Wine Country! We had the best time!

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Whew! Feeling wined-up yet? Hang on and pop over next week for our Travel Tuesday series when we wrap up our weekend in the Wine Country!

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

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

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.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care and smells of cinnamon fill the air.
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Adam and I are back from our Honeymoon extravaganza and adjusting to our real world marriage of Thanksgiving meals and Christmas decorating. Having an October was one of the smartest things we could have done. (Besides the obvious reason of getting married on a football “bye week”) it seems like the celebration has just continued thru Halloween, our Honeymoon (which we still have to share) and now Thanksgiving and Christmas! And y’all all know how both of us like to celebrate!

We’re over joyed to celebrate this holiday season as Husband and Wife. As many of you may recall, last Christmas Eve is when Adam proposed- what a year it has been! We’re getting settled into our new home. We’re finding new homes for grilling gear and high heeled shoes, learning new quirks and laughing along the way.

There might have been a little teeth grinding and glared eyes too. All in love…all in love.

To get the holiday season started Adam made yummy Homemade Adult Hot Chocolate and the Christmas decorations went up!  I grew up with artificial trees, while Adam’s family always had a real Fraser Fur. We’re starting our own family traditions with 2 trees a real, Fraser Fur of course, and a fake. Each tree has a theme of its own- “Whimsical Red/Silver Santa Wonderland” and “Rustic Santas and toys.”

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Even our little Elf, Dewey, has made his first appearance and seems to be settling in quite nicely!

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” at our cozy little home. We’d love to see your holiday decorations and hear your thoughts!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and your newly and 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.