Monday’s Menu: Birthday Cake

What better way to start your week than with BIRTHDAY CAKE!

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Last Monday we celebrated Adam’s 30th Birthday (yes, again) when I surprised him with a little weekday gathering!

My @Helihubby is one of the hardest, if not the hardest person to surprise! He knows every gift before opening it and can catch on to any planned surprise. How he didn’t figure out this party, I will never know!

I invited a few of our closest friends and local family over for an intimate Monday Night Party. Appetizers were out for our guests to snack on before the birthday boy arrived- Southwestern Corn Dip, The Great State of Texas Caviar, and a Pig Skin Cheese Ball all served with chips or crackers. {Don’t worry- I will share these recipes soon too!} Our friends Josh and Kristy came over early to help me with last minute details and Josh manned the grill- Burgers and Hotdogs with all the fixxins’ for supper! Nothing says a Summer Backyard BBQ than burgers and hotdogs with Root-beer Baked Beans and coleslaw alongside!

Our cute little house is decked out in 4th Of July-Americana Decor, so I did not add too many decorations for this party. {Needless to say I really didn’t have the time to do it either!} Black plates, napkins and silverware for all. I filled various sizes of mason jars with lollipops, jelly beans and bubble gum. With chalk spray paint, I covered the lids of the jars and once dry wrote “30 Sucks” to the jar with lollipops, “30 Blows” to the jar with bubble gum and “30 Bites” to the jar with jelly beans.

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A simple, cute centerpiece for our dinning room table.

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The best part of the night….THE CAKE! Another amazing creation from Hailey Monette and Cherry On Top Delights! Hailey made a delicious 2 tier Vanilla Cake with chocolate icing between the layers. It was covered in a yummy buttercream frosting and wrapped in fondant to look like a Corvette tire. It could not have been any better- just perfect! Our guests and the man of the hour loved, loved, loved the cake!

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{If you’re an Atlanta local you’ve got to check out Cherry On Top Delights!}

Of course I can not share the cake recipe, but stay tuned for the details on all of our yummy apps!

Hope you are 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!

Throw Back Thursday: West Coast Wanders {Part 2}

Up and at ’em again! You’d think after a long day of touring six wineries Adam and I would relax by the pool at the Meritage Resort. Yea right! We have more vineyards to see and wines to try!

If you missed our Tuesday Travels post, take a look and get caught up on our two day trip to Napa Valley.

Friday: 

@HeliHubby and I started our Friday morning with a late Breakfast at The Boon Fly Cafe. Wow y’all! Talk about good eats! You’ve got to make a stop if you’re in the area and start with their “Bakers Dozen Donuts.” So not healthy, but oh so yummy! They are mini cinnamon/sugar donuts served with a variety of jellys to dip the in. Yum! Yum!

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Adam had a omelet and I ate the Poppa Joe’s Egg in a Hole…so so good! Really, can you tell how much we enjoyed it? I can’t wait to go back!

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Our first Winery of the day, was Bouchaine Vineyards.

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They are the oldest winery in the region and are now a locally owned boutique style winery. We can not say enough wonderful things about this tasting.  Our tasting guides Alli and Tyler were the best we had our entire trip- they could not have provided a better experience! Both were extremely knowledgable about the wine and the wine making process. We loved that we could tell they both genuinely loved their job. We found another delicious sweet wine here too! We can’t wait to return!

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After our tasting at Bouchaine we stopped by Etude for another quick tasting. Their tasting cost is a bit more expensive than most wineries in the area, however, we were able to taste very high end bottles. (Wines that Adam and I would never buy-way too pricey for us!) A great experience though!

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From Etude we went to Artesa Winery.

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The tasting room is very unique, it’s built into a hill- you’d never know it was there!

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Artesa has a large outdoor tasting area- awesome views of the grounds and the valley area. On a beautiful sunny day, it is the perfect spot to sit, relax, take in the views and taste the wines!

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Artesa had the “youngest crowd” and was the most busy out of all the wineries we visited. It actually felt like we were at a club fighting to get to the bar for a drink. While there we met an older couple that was part of their wine club and they could not even get service. The views were awesome, but not worth going back to and fighting the crowds. We each had one glass of champagne and left. Disappointing.

Our final tasting of our trip was at Domaine Carneros. {You can see the grounds of Domaine Carneros from the observation deck of Artesa.}

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We planned to visit this vineyard midday, because they are one of the very few that serves food alongside their tastings. (at an additional cost) It is definitely worth paying a little more though! Reservations are required, we planned about an hour at each winery tasting prior in order to make it in time for our reservation. Again, another site with gorgeous views and a large outdoor tasting area.

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Adam and I each did the Grande Champagne tasting with the Charcuterie Plate. (A selection of artisan meats served with sliced baguette.) Our host was an older French gentleman- he just loved Adam and I! He brought us out an additional dessert Champagne to try along with some dark chocolate to top off our visit! It was another favorite spot added to our list!

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We loved our time in Napa and can not wait to start planning a trip back. We could literally spend weeks out there and not see everything! Have you done a wine tasting trip out to Napa or Sonoma? We’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite vineyards to tour? Wines to taste?

Watch for another Newly Newlywed Tuesday Travels post next week! We’ll be sharing our trip down to San Francisco through the Muir Woods and over the Golden Gate Bridge, plus all the things we did in the city!

Don’t forget to follow these spots on @twitter too!

@MeritageResort 

@BoonFlyCafe

@BouchaineWines

@EtudeWines

@Artesa

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So sad to see our Napa Valley trip come to an end, but we will be visiting again soon! Now to continue Adam’s birthday celebration in the city! We will share all the details soon!

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Hope you are 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!