Throwback Thursday: West Coast Wanders {Part 4}

{Just joining us? Check our West Coast Adventures on our Tuesday Travels and Throw Back Thursday posts- we started our trip in Napa and spent Saturday in San Francisco.}


Our final day on the West Coast. We planned to take the red eye home to allow us more time in the city…that may or may not have been a good idea. We enjoyed our time in the city, but took us about 3 days to get over the jet lag.

Our first Sunday stop was a tour of Alcatraz.

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I am so glad we took the time to do this tour- it was our favorite thing about our time in San Francisco. We took the first ship out at 8:45am {if you can’t get tickets for the night tour, bite the bullet and take the first tour.}


We’ve mastered the “selfie” don’t you think?

We were the only one on the island for a about 30-45minutes and were able to get most of the audio tour done without having to fight around people. They are prepared for a very large crowd- the line for headphones for the cell audio tour can easily be a 2 hour wait. The cell tour was about an hour long and is FREE! (Guess what? They have a Twitter too!)

{Travel Tip: We heard the best tour to do, if you’re not too chicken, is the night tour. It does book out months in advance, so if you can plan ahead go for it!}

From Alcatraz we headed to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves Game.

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BEST BALL FIELD EVER! I can’t say we saw much of the inside of the stadium, but we did find the best hidden gem! Alongside the far right field wall the Giants have a hidden viewing area for FREE! Thats right, you can literally get some free baseball! For 3-4 innings the staff allows 20-25 people in this viewing area to watch the game. Since we live in Atlanta we couldn’t justifying paying $75 to see the Braves play, but am so glad we found this secret spot. The area outside the stadium is so fun too! Boaters wade in the bay area outside the outfield, after each home run they all blow their horns- we even saw a few passengers jump ship to fetch balls! Such a fun time!

After the game we heading back to Fisherman’s Wharf for one last bowl of Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. This time we headed to The Franciscan Crab Restaurant– every table in the restaurant has a view of the water.

Their “menu” is a mix of a magazine and cookbook each item accompanied by a photo- wish we would have found this spot sooner! We both had a bread bowl with chowder and spilt a iron skillet of mussels- oh my gosh! Oh so good! I’d plan a trip back just to go there! (Don’t worry they have a Twitter too!)

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Whew! What a great, quick vacation! Adam and I had such a good time seeing the sites and trying new things! We’re really looking forward to going back especially to the Napa area. Now back to reality.

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


Adam & Holly

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

(Whoops- we forgot to tell y’all about our Trolley Car photo shoot- never made time to ride on a rail car, but we did get our picture with one!)


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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Mr&Mrs TOO Tacky

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!

photo 2 - Copy (3)Adam, my brother Joey, my best friend Laurie and myself started the gameday tailgate at 8am in 30 degree temperatures! Talk about FROG Fanatics! Adam made us breakfast on some of our camping gear we got from our wedding and poured up some Mimosas in our super cute football helmet drink dispenser from Pottery Barn.Don’t you just LOVE our TCU Tablescape?

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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!


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!

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.

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!


“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!

Go Blue! (And TCU!)

The honeymoon has begun!

Greetings from freezing cold Michigan! Literally, it’s 25 degrees as I type!
To begin our 10 day vacation Adam surprised me with a weekend trip to The Big House. Woo! Go Blue!

We tailgated with some of Adams family and one of our groomsmen. Adams Uncle was apart of the 1974 Big 10 Championship Team and introduced us to his former teammates at a tailgate. Talk about an unforgettable first game experience! (Thanks Uncle Derk!) Of course no trip to a university would be complete without a visit to the ZTA house!

I could have never prepared myself for the extreme winter weather we experienced at my first Michigan game! Jacket- check, hat- check, gloves- check, freezing- check! The University made a killing off of our hot chocolate and blanket purchases. This southern belle just can not handle the cold!

Despite the crisp temperatures the game was AWESOME! Michigan pulled out with a big win- and we all know what kind of season the poor wolverines are having. I will say I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a game to be over as much as I wanted yesterday’s game to end. My feet were so cold it hurt to walk. Can you even imagine that?

We’re now holding down the fort at DTW to board our flight to Cancun! Warm, sunny days and girly drinks with little umbrellas are calling my name! Viva a Mexico!

We’re enjoying our newly newlywed moments- hope y’all are too!

Remember, were Newlyweds not experts.

Cheers y’all!

PS: TCU beat West Virginia too! Go Frogs!