Throwback Thursday: Not even newlyweds take on New York

Are we just dating? Are we “together”? Did Adam or I know each other’s middle names, favorite colors or board games as a child? All questions we might not of known the answers to when we took our first BIG trip together.

As Adam and I prepare to take-off on our next adventure to the BIG APPLE I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a Throwback Thursday post about our first trip together.

We began dating in 2012… do you know our story? We were set up on a blind date by a coworker of Adam’s and the Mother of the family I was nannying for at the time. Long story short-ish….Adrienne spent months trying to set us up. We finally gave in and I, yes you read that correctly, I (Holly) got the nerve to call him on fall football Saturday afternoon. {After a TCU victory of course!}

We spent a couple of weeks texting regularly, chatting daily and agreed to not look each other up on Social Media or send photos of one another.  If/when we decided to meet it would truly be a “blind date.” We tackled all the touchy subjects before our first date. Yes…kids, religion, politics…we covered it all.

Two weeks after our first date was Christmas and my birthday…poor Adam.

As a {one time only} joint gift he surprised me with a trip to NYC and so comes our Throwback Thursday post!

We flew into LGA on a brisk January 4th afternoon.

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As this was Adam’s first time to the Big Apple I played the part of tour guide. Our hotel was just a few blocks from Times Square. Shortly after landing and settling into out hotel we put on our walking shoes and started acting like tourists! We saw the lights of Times Square, the Toys R Us, Hershey and Lego Store. Strolled by Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Ice Rink and Christmas Tree, where we took our first photo together after Adam got conned into buying a FDNY Beanie from a street vendor. {That’s a story for another post.}

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That night Adam took me to see The Newsies on Broadway…it was fantastic! His first Broadway show was a success! {Little did he know how much I love the theater and how many times he would be going to the Fox Theatre from there on out.} If you get a chance to see it live, do it! If not, watch the movie!

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Our second day in the city was spent roaming around like locals. Trying hole-in-the-wall restaurants, getting off the train on random spots, and doing a little shopping.

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That night we grabbed some Starbucks and went on a Horse-and-Carriage ride through Central Park. Not to get all mushy, but it was oh-so romantic.

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Our final day in the city was spent strolling through Central Park where I snapped one of my favorite photos of us. Until today, Adam didn’t know this photo existed. New York may not be known as “The City of Love,” but it will always be that to me. A magical city where my heart made room for Adam and a true love began to develop…oh lordy! Who am I being all sappy?

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We can hardly wait for our next BIG CITY adventure! Are you a native New Yorker or just love to visit? We’d love to know your favorite, non-touristy spots as we get ready to embark on our trip.

Stay tuned for trip details!

We 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 Favorite: VINO Edition

Well, as you may or may not of heard, yesterday was apparently National Drink Wine Day. Hello? Could you have a better reason for a celebration? Especially on a Thursday!

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Our weekly Friday Favorite could not have come at a better time. During our engagement Adam and I had such a fun time turning nights of registering into Date Nights. The first place we went to register was Pottery Barn. They offer items that work with all of your guest’s budgets- and have a fantastic policy for Newly Newlyweds!

The very first item we put on our register was this super, fancy-dancy, wine opener. I mean, we jokingly put it on the registry because we loved it and said to ourselves, “We will never get it, but lets just do it anyways! Ha! Ha!” Well low and behold if we didn’t get it and the story of how we got it is even better!

The June before our wedding my Mom, Dad and I took a little Road Trip to the GREAT State of Texas to visit my Aunt Tina. She had just had her kitchen redone and a fire pit build in her back yard, so of course we had to go see it in person! A trip to the GREAT State just wouldn’t be the same without a gathering with Aunt Tina’s oh-so-fun friends! What better reason to have a party than having family in town and a newly renovated kitchen? Almost as good of a reason as National Wine Drinking Day! Aunt Tina has some of the MOST fun friends! Everytime we plan a visit to Texas seeing her “family” is a must!

Mom and I spent the day helping Aunt Tina pick up the house and making fun appetizers before her friends arrived. I was (of course) the last to finish getting ready. Once ready I was told to go outside with my Dad and all the husbands…I knew something was up! Much to my surprise Aunt Tina, Mom, all her girl-friends and my cousin, Ashley, came outside wearing crowns and ringing wedding bells! They had planned the whole night for ME and Adam! I was so surprised and didn’t know if I should laugh or cry! A surprise wedding shower and one of my favorites! Each friend brought their favorite bottle of wine and one of their favorite recipes so Adam and I could start our life together with a stocked wine fridge and plenty of recipes! Smart ladies!

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After all the hugs and laughter Aunt Tina brought out another surprise! A rather heavy wrapped box. Everyone was asking, “Do you know what it is? Do you have any guesses?” Umm no y’all…I am pretty shocked at the moment!

I opened it up and much to my surprise it was the Fancy-Dancy Wine Opener!

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Oh-my-gosh y’all! I am still so excited about it! I wish I had pictures of my face! Talk about surprised! I immediately facetimed with Adam to tell him about the surprise party and show him our gift. He was just as surprised and grateful as I was.

It now proudly sits on our bar, in our living room at Casa de Fett. It’s quite the conversation piece and I have to say we do use it often! How? I am not quite sure…it’s so fancy I am scared I am going to break it. Adam is the Official Wine Opener.

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We can’t thank each of your Texas Babes enough  for our wonderful gift ! We absolutely love it and all of you! We’re so thankful to have each of you in our lives and my Aunt Tina is lucky to have you as “sister-friends!”

Do you have a favorite gift from your registry or a favorite bar accessory? Share your go-to’s with us! We’re always adding to our bar and love anything that has to do with wine!

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!

Friday Favorites: A Clean Kitchen

Are you like me? Do you like to clean house before leaving for vacation?

I think it is “a thing” I learned from my mom. Thinking back to living at home we always had to pick up and clean the house before we left for a trip. There is nothing like coming home to a clean house.

Dishwasher loaded and ran √
Upstairs/Downstairs dusted √
Bathrooms cleaned √
Clothes washed 
Bed made √
Kitchen cleaned √

Adam and I  have a gas stove with a glass/ceramic cook top. I hate when water boils out of the pot or grease splatters while we are cooking. There always seems to be something stuck in the creavese of the cooking surface- a horrible mess that is so difficult to remove. I have tried product after product, scrubbing and scrubbing to remove the “gunk” and not much of a difference was made…..until I came across this little beauty at HomeGoods.

Parker & Bailey Cooktop Cleaner– it is FANTASTIC and our Friday Favorite!

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Shake. Pour a little of the concoction on the dirty area and scrub. I used a Scotch Brite No Scratching Heavy Duty Sponge, but with a little scrubbing and not much effort on my part our cooktop surface was spick and span! I highly recommend giving it a try if you have trouble getting your cooktop area to look brand new too!

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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

Well little Miss Rachael Ray has been at it again y’all! I was quite the busy bee in the kitchen last week and thought I’d share one of our favorite (and easy) meals I recently made for Monday’s Menu.

Garlic Brased Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

While I was doing some shopping at Williams Sonoma recently, I came across their Meal Starters (aka: Life Savors)! Y’all I can only imagine how much busy Moms will love this product! We used their “40 Clove Garlic Chicken Braising Base” for this quick and easy Monday Supper.

Garlic Mix

To make the chicken using the Braising Base, season 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast with salt and pepper. Heat 1Tbsp of EVOO in a skillet and sear both sides of the chicken. Once seared place chicken in a pot (we used our favorite Le Creuset Pot), cover with the Braising Base and cook according to the label.

It was delicious over my homemade mashed potatoes, but it was very rich in garlic flavor. (Word to the Wise if you don’t like garlic, this dish is not for you.)

Our Garlic Mashed Potatoes were a mix of, Paula Dean and The Pioneer Woman recipes. I mashed my potatoes and then used my electric mixer making the potatoes smooth and creamy. Take a look at both recipes- I used half & half, garlic powder and cream cheese. (Oh my gosh y’all this was a brilliant idea!) I also added fresh chopped chives, bacon bits and cheese to the mixture. I served the Chicken on top of the Mashed Potatoes.

Ingediants

Throw some fresh green beans into boiling water. Cook about 10 minutes, until bright green and softened. Drain. Drizzle a little EVOO, add a dash of Garlic Powder, salt & pepper to taste. Yum!

Green Beans

I don’t know about y’all but thinking about this meal is making me hungry now! Guess it’s time to get into the kitchen and start playing Rachael Ray for supper tonight! On the menu? Prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin with an arugula salad. We will let you know how it goes! Off to cook!

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!