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!


Friday Favorites: Easter Edition

Yay for new blog ideas! Adam and I love sharing our Newly Newlywed World with y’all and thought….why not share some of our Favorite Things on Fridays? (Thank you KLG&Hoda for that swell idea!) Easter is in two days and I am so proud of our decorations!  We have friends that come over and say “Really? You would have Easter decorations!” While most of our decor is store bought, I have had a few crafty “Pinterest- Inspired” Moments. I love lantern trend. Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, and Micheals all seem to be on the bandwagon, but you can only look at a lantern filled with candles for so long.  To make an Easter inspired look- grab a little Easter Grass, a few plastic eggs, a candle, bunny, or like me a cute Easter Sign, fill up your lantern and bam! A unique mantel decoration that no one else will have.

Easter Lantern

It looks adorable with our mantle scarf from Pier One underneath.

Easter Mantle

On top of our dining room table I placed an “Easter Egg” table runner- can’t quite remember where it came from. The center piece of the table is the Southern Living at Home Circle Tray topped with a Carrot Tree I recently got from Zulily- my favorite shopping app!  Our table is ready for our Friends are Family Easter Sunday Funday!

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If you check out my Pinterest Board you’ll find where the inspiration for this coffee table center piece came from. My absolute, most favorite decoration we have for Easter. Its so easy to make too! I used a Hurricane from Southern Living at Home, but any large clear container will work. You can add more/less to make it your own.

Easter Decor

To make: Layer the bottom with Easter Grass. Then place a small, clear glass in the middle. Surround the glass with colored Jelly Beans. Next, place Easter Peeps on top of the jelly beans so that the glass could not be seen. Finally fill the glass with water and cut the flowers to height. Easy-peasy lemon squeezey! We’re loving these Easter inspired Friday Favorites! We’d love to see your creations too!

Hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly


Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking

This  Sunday, Adam and I are hosting an Easter Lunch. It is not going to be the traditional family lunch with ham, mashed potatoes and pie, as both of our families are out of town. Instead we are welcoming all of our friends who’s families are not in the Atlanta area over for a non-taditional Friends are Family Sunday Funday.

What’s on the menu you ask? PIZZA!

I started tinkering around with Pizza Dough Recipes last night and let me tell you…it is not photo worthy.What a mess I made! Who knows if they are going to turn out! Flour was everywhere! I called my Aunt Tina about 5 times during the process with questions:

“How much is 7/8 ounce?” “Does it roll into a ball pretty quickly? What do I do? I think its too runny!” “Now what?”

Tonight will be the ultimate test when we give Recipe #1 a taste. Poor Adam- he is sampling pizzas tonight, tomorrow with Recipe #2 and then again on Sunday. There is always Plan B of buying crust from the store if they don’t work out.

Want to give it a try? Let us know how it goes!

Quick Beer Bread Pizza Dough:

*Substitute unbleached all-purpose flour if you don’t have semolina. We were unable to find Semolina. Other posts may say to use Cornmeal, we found this was not a good idea.

1) Mix and knead together all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer or bread machine — until you’ve made a smooth, soft dough.
2) Cover the dough, and allow it to rise for 30 minutes, or for up to 2 hours.
3) Preheat the oven to 450°F with the pizza stone (if you’re using one) on a lower rack.
4) Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a 10″ to 12″ round.
5) Place the rounds on parchment paper, if you’re going to use a pizza stone. Or place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. For thin to medium crust, bake the pizzas immediately. For thicker crust, let them rise for 30 to 60 minutes.
6) Transfer the pizzas, parchment and all, to the baking stone. Or place the pans in the oven.
7) Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, top as desired, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until the bottom crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbly and browned.
8) Remove from the oven, and serve hot.

Cheers to trying new things and learning to be a little Susie-Homemaker! Hope y’all are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly


A Little of This and a Little of That.

Have you every had “just one of those days?”

Starving. You head home to cook supper, realize you forgot to take the meat out of the freezer and you are pretty much out of everything. Even as a newlywed, no children {just our dog, Samson} couple we still have those days.

After making a delicious and healthy meal earlier last week I was on a roll to keep going as both Adam and I transition to eat the Whole 30 way. I found a little of this and a little of that and nervously awaited Adam to taste my creation. A delicious smell filled our kitchen, but I wasn’t quite sure how my concoction was going to turn out. Surprising to us both, whatever I threw together tasted great! Super quick, easy and yummy meal for when you are in a pinch and want to eat {somewhat} healthy.

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Ingredients:

(2) Small Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

(1) Big Bunch of Asparagus

1/2 Bag of Maifun Rice Noodles

1tsp Beer Can Chick Seasoning  {Adam’s FAVORITE seasoning}

1/3tsp of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)

Salt/Pepper to taste

Coconut Oil Spray

In sauce pan, bring water to a boil and cook noodles according to package. In a small skillet, spray with cooking oil. Wash and cut asparagus into 1inch pieces. Spray with Coconut Oil and season with seasonings. Cook until softened. Spray pan with Oil. Sprinkle Beer Can Chicken Seasoning on both sides of the chicken and cook all the way through. Cut chicken into pieces. Add asparagus to pan and mix. Plate noodles in a bowl. Top with Asparagus/Chicken Mixture and Enjoy!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly or Nearly Newlywed Moments!

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.