Throwback Thursday: Charleston Overnight

Vacations come and go. As fun as it is to go, see and do, it is always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed. Now, we throwback. Reminisce on our travels, sort through pictures and start planning our next get-a-way.

July was a full month of traveling for your favorite Newly Newlyweds. Together we conquered Myrtle Beach, Orlando, New York and a quick overnight stay in Charleston, South Carolina. One of our favorite cities y’all!

While we were only there for a night, Adam and I made sure to make the most of our time. Charleston is less than a 5 hour drive from Atlanta and got there just in time for HAPPY HOUR!

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Watch out Charleston, here WE come! 

We checked into our hotel, the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place. It is stunning y’all! Right off of Market Street – within walking distance to all of our favorite spots! {Not to mention it is attached to a shopping mall…poor Adam.}

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Belmond Place 

After checking into the hotel we were off to hit HAPPY HOUR! First Stop? Amen Street Fish & Rawbar.  This was a favorite spot of ours from our last trip to Charleston and they have a fantastic HAPPY HOUR Menu!

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Fresh Oysters at Amen Street’s Happy Hour

From Amen Street we popped over to High Cotton Charleston– a new spot for us. They have a great bar/lounge area with live music. They don’t have a Happy Hour Menu. We stopped in for a cocktail and their Truffle Popcorn- OMG y’all….I could eat it everyday!

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Cocktails at High Cotton Charleston

From Cocktails and Popcorn at High Cotton we moved to Poogan’s Smokehouse. New to the Charleston Food Scene and for those of you that love their sister restaurant, Poogan’s Porch, you’re sure to love this spot too!

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Southern Sangria at Poogan’s Smokehouse

We shared their “Southern Sangria” and snacked on their Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Tomato Jam…oh y’all. They are a MUST when you visit..melt in your mouth, ooey goodness. Craving them now! 

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 Pimento Cheese Fritters at Poogan’s Smokehouse- so delicious!  

Next on our list to see was 5 Church Street. We are not quite sure on the story of the restaurant, but being that Charleston is known as the “City of Churches” we would not be surprised if this newer spot was once a church.

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Photo Credits 5 Church Street

The ambiance was unlike any other, however the service and variety offered was subpar. We sipped on an {overpriced} cocktail and hopped to our final spot of the night.

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Farmhouse Lemonade and Rosemary Gin Fizz

The Watch sits on the top of The Restoration Hotel in Charleston. It has some of the best views of the city and the BEST service we experienced during our stay.

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Hugo’s Punch at The Watch

We had one last cocktail, shared their  Lobster Mac & Cheese and Hushpuppies with house pimento cheese & pepper jelly. Oh y’all. Heaven on a plate. The Mac & Cheese had just the right amount of gooey cheese, pasta and fresh lobster pieces. We will definitely be back!

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Are you stuffed? We are just thinking about our night in Charleston and can’t wait to plan our next visit! Throwbacks are so much fun thinking about how much enjoyed out short time in Charleston! We packed our bags, hopped in the car and drove onto Myrtle Beach where we met up with our friends David and Ann Marie. Stay tuned to our Tuesday Travels and see what we got into there!

Do you have a favorite spot in Charleston or Myrtle Beach? Share them with us! We’d love to give them a try on our next visit!

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!

Our Story: The Ceremony & The Music

Adam and I have received multiple messages from followers wanting more details about our October 2014 Wedding, so why not do a little Throwback Thursday  and relive our big day by sharing the sounds of our ceremony.

Everything was perfect. Beyond any expectation I had and more than I could ever imagine. Our wedding was us. We tried to make it as personalized as we could- from the venue to the food – every little detail was a piece of each of us.

If you’ve not seen our previous wedding posts, Adam and I said “I Do” at an airport hanger in Peachtree City, GA. Guests had a view of the runway and the beautiful sunset behind our rustic alter. While guests arrived we had a few tunes playing in the background. I can’t remember all that we had on loop and who knows where the iPod, but here’s a little sampling!

You & Me- Dave Mathews Band 

Fallin’ For You- Colbie Caillat 

Only You- Joshua Radin 

Johnny And June- Heidi Newfield 

Bubbly- Colbie Caillat 

Better Together- Jack Johnson 

Joey, my younger Brother helped to seat our Mom, while Adam escorted his parents to their seats. As the rest of our family was seated and our Bridal Party arrived “Bella’s Lullaby” by Carter Burwell was playing in the background.

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One of my favorite parts of our wedding was walking down the isle. As a young girl it is something you think about all the time. How you’ll walk, what you will wear, will you cry or not. Once my Dad and I made it to the double antique doors draped in burlap my nerves really kicked in. I heard the crowd shuffling to stand up, which my Mom will forever say they stood up too early- she had strict instructions to stand at the 10 second mark.

I don’t remember much about the ceremony from that point on, but I remember looking up at my Dad, smiling at him, squeezing his arm and fighting to hold back tears. I looked over to my right-hand lady, Melissa and said, “Let’s go.”

“You Sure?” Melissa questioned.

“Yes.” I answered

Before my forever planned Grand Entrance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri could happen, Dad and I walked out together, towards Adam.

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It was all I could do to hold back my tears. I couldn’t look at anyone in the crowd, especially my Mom and Aunt Tina- I simply focused on Adam.

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Thankfully I met him with just being a little teary eyed. Something we both had in common. I am tearing up sharing it with you now. It was simply perfect.

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I’m so glad we chose an untraditional song to walk down the isle to. Now, each time I hear “A Thousand Years” tears start flowing. I relive that moment, our moment once again. The butterflies come back and I can’t help but smile.

Of course I am partial, but I absolutely loved our day. We’d love to hear the personal touches you added to your wedding. Did you pick out a unique song too? Stay tuned for more Throwback Thursday Wedding posts to come- we have many, many more details to share!

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!

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

@DomaineCarneros

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!

Tuesday Travels

@HeliHubby (are you following him on Twitter yet?) and I are packing our bags again!

This time we are off to the West Coast for a little R&R to celebrate Adam turning the BIG 3-0 in San Francisco! Oh who are we kidding? I highly doubt there will be much time for rest and relaxation with the schedule I have planned!

Have you visited the West Coast? We would love to know your favorite spots in San Francisco and Napa areas. We’ve gotten so many tips from friends old and new that we have recently met traveling, but are always looking for more ideas!

Take a look at our itinerary thus far- we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Day 1:

We arrive at SFO late in the evening and plan to make the hour drive North to Napa where we start the first part of our trip.

Day 2:

Our first full day in Napa starts bright and early- can’t miss an opportunity to try some new wine! We begin our day with a drive on CA-29 N to Castello di Amorosa for our first Vineyard Tour and Tasting. From The Castle (@thecastello on twitter) we head over to Sterling Vineyards for a Noon tasting and ride on their ariel gondola. After our tour at Sterling (@sterlingwines on twitter) we’re planning to hop around a few vineyards thru Yountville (we hear its a darling little town with lots of character and shopping) and back down towards the Meritage Resort. (@meritageresort on twitter)

*Were still looking for somewhere for Supper that night. We were not able to get a reservation at The French Laundry. *

Day 3:

The following day we’re heading back to San Francisco for the remainder of our trip. We’ll leave our hotel, head South through Novato and San Rafael toward the Muir Woods stopping at a few vineyards along the way, before finally reaching San Francisco.

Day 4:

Our first full day in San Francisco we’re planning to do all the “Touristy” things: crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf for some Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl, riding a cable car through town, swinging by the “Full House” House (duh!),  and driving down Lombard Street.

Do you think we are missing anything? Know of a fun night life spot? Fill us in!

Day 5:

Our final day in the West Coast begins with an 8:30am tour of Alcatraz– we’ve heard it is a fantastic tour! After the tour we’re heading to the ballpark to take in a  little baseball action and cheer on former Atlanta Brave, Tim Hudson and his San Francisco Giants (@sfgiants on twitter)! Adam and I are looking forward to checking another ballpark off of out list! Once the game ends, we have the entire day to site see (and have NOTHING planned) as we’re taking the Red Eye home.

We can’t wait for our next adventure! Don’t forget to leave a comment and share your favorite spots with us! Let the count down begin!

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!

Monday’s Menu: Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Need an easy and yummy idea for Supper tonight? I found inspiration for this recipe on Pinterest and tried making it last week, even though Adam is not a fan of vinegar. You can easily subsitute a meat of your choice if you are not a fan of pork.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boneless Pork Chops
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon Coconut Sugar

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Instructions:

  1. Season both sides of chops with garlic salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  2. Heat pan to medium heat, then add olive oil and heat.
  3. Add pork chops and cover pan. Cook over medium high heat until browned on both sides (about 5 minutes.)
  4. Place pork chops on plate. Lower heat, to make the reduction, add vinegar, sugar and cook until sauce thickens (about five minutes, sauce won’t get very thick but will become a little more like a syrup.)
  5. Place pork chops back in pan and cook an additional 2-4 minutes, rotating and turning over a few times to glaze the pork chops with the sauce.
  6. Serve by pouring sauce onto of pork chops.
*we served onto of Near East Couscous*

As soon as Adam walked in the house he smelt the vinegar and was immediately turned off. He was determined not to eat  the dish and order pizza. However, with a little convincing I got him to taste the syrup concoction and he was in! He even said he would eat it again!

Let us know if you give it a try! It really was delicious and VERY easy to make!

Hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts! Sorry no final picture! It smelt so good we started eating and forgot to take a picture! Whoops!

Tuesday Travels: Quaint Charleston

Don’t you love long weekend Get-A-Ways? Adam and I are very fortunate that Atlanta is central that we can hop in the car and within hours be in a beautiful, southern city.

This past weekend we ventured to Charleston, South Carolina. We loaded Adam’s car and started the 5 hour Road Trip down I-20 towards Augusta, GA. We jammed out to a CD made by yours truly {you know Adam loved listening to N’Sync and One Direction}, had a little Chick-fil-A breakfast, got our Starbucks Caffeine fix and we were ready to go!

Unfortunately,the weather did not cooperate with us for our first visit to Charleston. Rain. Drizzle. Rain. Drizzle was all we saw, but we did make the most of our trip! Charleston has some of the BEST shopping and restaurants in the South!

Upon our arrival we stopped by Fleets Landing, a local, hole-in-the-wall restaurant our friend Laurie told us about.Fleets is the only  restaurant directly over the water in Charleston. They even have a covered and heated outdoor dining area- perfect for our rainy day visit!

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If you visit you’ve got to try their “Stuffed Hush Puppies.” Oh my word- delicious!

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From Fleets we drove around downtown Charleston, down Rainbow Row, and came across the old Navy Base.

{Fun Fact: Adam’s Dad was in the Navy and his family lived in Charleston at one point. His older brother, Brian, was born on the Base too!}

We crossed the Arthur Raven Jr. Bridge onto Mt. Pleasant, drove through some of their neighborhoods and visited Sullivans Island. That evening we tried Pearlz, another restaurant on our ” Charleston List.”

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{Tip: When you start planning your trip work on getting dinning reservations or be prepared to wait! Happy Hour from 4-7pm had a 1.5 hour wait! Yikes!}

The food at Pearlz was delicious! We spilt Raw Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller (Oh my gosh! To-die-for!) and one of their special dishes of the night, a Seafood Risotto.

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We tired our first Oyster Shooter- it was delicious and started a “trend” for our trip! A spicy, Bloody Mary type concoction, but not too tomatoey as Adam nor myself like Bloody Marys.

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We had the opportunity to engage with one of the Managers, Tim. He was so welcoming, gave us a little history on the building and a few helpful tips for our upcoming trip to San Fran!

Friday morning, Adam had the pleasure of touring the Bluegreen Vacation Properties…that is it’s own blog post. There were quite a few “debacles” with that and needless to say, we will not be purchasing with their Vacation Club any time soon. After the tour we had a tasty breakfast from Caviar and Bananas, a local  Breakfast/Sandwich spot on our “Charleston List.” I had the egg, cheese and bacon croissant, while Adam had the same on a bagel and shared an Ice Coffee. We did the touristy thing and walked around the open air City Market where we picked up a few souvenirs for family and friends. We then headed over to the Palmetto Barn for a Horse drawn Carriage tour of Charleston.

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{We highly recommend doing a carriage tour during the first part of your stay. We learned so much about the city, history and made a list of places we wanted to go to on a walking tour for pictures. Our guide, Mike, was a History major and former History Teacher- he was fantastic!}

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Friday night, we (thankfully) changed hotels and moved to the Elliot House Inn. It is the most quaint  Inn I have ever been to. Just lovely! Our room over looked the community courtyard and had a private back porch.

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Each morning the Inn served breakfast either in the courtyard or upon your request, in the privacy of your room. Each room came with a journal- one of my favorite parts of our stay. Our journal had been kept since 2007 and each guest from that room shared stories of their Charleston experience and places they recommend. Every evening at 5pm the hotel hosted a Wine and Cheese tasting- you know Adam and I were all about it too! The hotel was located right in the middle of Downtown Charleston- off of King and Queen Streets.

Next door to the Elliot House Inn, was Husk, a restaurant we heard time and time again by friends that we had to try! Thankfully we booked lunch reservations when we did because they were booked for the day and supper reservations are booked 6-8 weeks out! Yikes! Everything was delicious. Definitely worth planning for if you’re heading to Charleston. We started with their “Husk” Puppies and their sweet bread rolls. Adam had their Charleston Dragon’s Punch- “Recipe from Charleston Preservation Society. California brandy, Jamaican rum, peach brandy, Black tea, lemon juice, raw sugar.” Both Adam and I had their Hamburger (what they are known for) and finished with a slice of Peanut Butter Pie- yum!!!

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Unfortunately, I got a lovely “Bug” the last two days of our trip and had to lay low, catching up on some reading and NCIS. Saturday night was slightly cool- we walked the city- by Battery Park, down Rainbow Row, the Waterfront and admired Historic Charleston Homes.

Charlerston12Although the weather wasn’t as we had hoped and we didn’t get to spend as much time out and about since I was sick, we still had a great time visiting Charleston and look forward to our next trip! Thanks so much to all of our friends that gave us  tips and suggestions for the trip! Wish we had more time to explore them all!

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Have you been to Charleston? Share your stories with us!

Hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Friday Favorites: Ferrero Rocher Pie

Oh my! This Pie is Heavenly.

I wish I could take credit for coming up with it, but I can’t. One of my most dearest friends, Kristy, recently made it for her husband’s 30th Birthday….and it was love at first bite. Thank you Kristy {and Pinterest} for this most delicious recipe and this weeks Friday Favorties!

Ferrero Pie

Ferrero Rocher Pie
Serves 8

Ingredients: 

Ingrediants

Crust

  • 28 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed – I used chocolate Oreos
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
{I used a store bought pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Crust}

Pie Filling

  • 3/4 cup hazelnut chocolate spread – I used Nutella
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar (Or Powder Sugar)
  • 3 ounces 60% cacao dark chocolate, chopped very fine
  • 10 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, coarsely chopped

Final Touches

  • 6 ounces Cool Whip
  • 4 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. To begin, prepare your cookies and chocolate.  Using a food processor, crush the cookies into a fine crumble.  Set aside. (Remember if you use a store bought crust you can skip this and step 3&4).
  2. Using a small pairing knife, gently run the knife along the dark chocolate bar, creating small shavings.  {I used a microplane– made it SO much easier and quicker} This is a bit time consuming but completely worth it.  Large chunks will not work in this filling.  Set chocolate aside.  Do the same with the Ferrero Rocher chocolates and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and combine with cookie until all the crumbs are saturated.
  4. Using a 9-inch pie plate, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pie plate, covering the entire surface and forming the crust.  Make sure the cookie mixture is evenly distributed.  Place in the freezer.  mixing
  5. With an electric hand or standing mixer, combine the cream cheese, shaved dark chocolate, sugar, and hazelnut chocolate spread.  In three to five minutes, the mixture should become light and fluffy.  Then, on a low setting, combine Cool Whip and 10 chopped Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  Combine well.
  6. Remove the crust from the freezer.  Using a spatula, spread the filling mixture over the crust, covering completely and smoothly. Return to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the filling to firm.
  7. Once the filling has grown semi-firm, remove from freezer.  Cover the filling with Cool Whip.  Then, sprinkle with remaining four Ferrero Rocher chocolate pieces.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credits: flourandfancy.com
Photo Credits: flourandfancy.com

Seriously y’all it is the best no bake pie. A Nutella lovers dream. Delicious! It was so good we forgot to take more photos!

Hope y’all are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly