Throwback Thursday: Girls Weekend in the Great State

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Unless your a resident of the Lone Star State, I have a inkling you’ve not. Fun Fact! Fredericksburg is the 5th largest wine producer in the US! Cheers y’all!

Last weekend Aunt Tina and I surprised Mom with {another} 60th Birthday Celebration! She knew she was heading to the GREAT STATE with two of her favorite people, but little did she know all the surprises we had in store!

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We told her to pack her bags- we were heading to Texas! Friday morning we were wheels up for Texas, flying from Atlanta to San Antonio. We picked up our rental car and I played Uber driver for our 57 mile commute to our VRBO rental in Kerrville. (About 25 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.) Mom just couldn’t wrap her head around WHY we had to rent a house if it was just the three of us. Even though we told her it was cheaper than staying in town and probably a lot nicer than the local Holiday Express Motel.

This home was stunning y’all and Erin, the owner, was fantastic to work with. The house was updated and the views were spectacular- the rolling Texas hills made us feel like we were up in the hills of Hollywood. The Master Bathroom had a walk-in shower with three, yes THREE, shower heads! Don’t get me started on the backyard with the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and  infinity pool- absolutely breathtaking y’all! Highly recommend this property if you’re heading to Fredericksburg for any occasion! Wish we could have spent more time there!

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The real reason we needed a larger house? It was not going to be just the three of us spending the weekend together hopping around tasting wine. We were spending the weekend with a few of our favorite Texas women- sorority sisters, family, friends from fifth grade and friends that are like family! SURPRISE TG!

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Friday Night was spent with guests arriving sporadically surprising Mom. Catching up, laughing like school girls and of course cheers-ing to our Birthday Girl!

Saturday we got up bright and early to hit the Texas Wine Trail! We used The 290 Wine Shuttle Company, which was fantastic! They charter guests around to 13 local wineries for a very reasonable fee. It was so nice not having to worry about calling an Uber or having a one of the girls miss the fun and play Designated Driver.

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We started at Barons Creek for a quick tasting of five or six varieties.

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They have a huge tasting room, complete with multiple private rooms, a lovely back garden space and gift shop. The Viognier was one of our favorites from the tasting- it has ripe apricot and delicate lemon zest flavors combination in this delicious Texas Viognier. This wine has a long, creamy finish. It’s a fantastic companion for shrimp or lobster with butter sauce.

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Mom also really enjoyed their Muscat Canelli, a deliciously sweet and balanced wine bursting with flavors of peach, honeydew and a hint of grapefruit. It is a perfect aperitif on a warm day but you can also pair it with fruit salad or Thai cuisine. That has her name all over it!

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From Barons Creek we had a short wait for the 290 Bus and headed to Grape Creek: The Tuscany of the South.

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Grape Creek is a local favorite. The property was beautiful! You really did feel like you were in Tuscany! The tasting area was VERY crowded and on weekends they do limit the number of guests per tasting groups. This vineyard was highly recommend, so we broke into small groups for tasting prior to our arrival. Our tasting experience was ok. Our guide was not full of that Southern Texas hospitality until I decide to sign up for their Wine Club. We had to wait over an over an our for a tasting, their restaurant was packed and the check-in station seemed a little frazzled and not able to give us real information the wait time, availability, etc. I wish the customer service experience as a little different because the wine was quite good. We ended up finding a spot to sit and share a bottle and a stunningly delicious charcuterie board together before heading to our final stop of the day.

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Our third winery was Fat Ass.

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Our favorite for the atmosphere! {With a name like Fat Ass, how could it not?}  It was such fun y’all! Very laid back, low key environment with a live band. So, so much fun! Their wine supply was down when we were there, but they make a wine slushy that went down way too easily! A perfect drink for Summer days. Definitely plan to stop by Fat Ass when you head to the Texas Wine Country! We had the best time!

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Whew! Feeling wined-up yet? Hang on and pop over next week for our Travel Tuesday series when we wrap up our weekend in the Wine Country!

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!

Tuesday Travels: Spring Training

Well most of y’all know Adam and I can’t stay in Atlanta too long without getting the “itch” to travel. With just a few days until the Braves Home Opener we wanted to share our Spring Training Tuesday Travels.

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Adam and I share a love for sports- hence scheduling our wedding around Michigan Football. {Man! Did he luck out or what?} The last 3 years we’ve made the 7 hour road trip down to Orlando to take in a little Spring Training action- a tradition I grew up on- now an annual trip for us. We typically take in a Braves vs Tigers game or two. Nothing like a House Divided competition!

Braves vs Tigers Game 2014
Braves vs Tigers Game 2014

This year, while we were in Orlando, both of our families were visiting the area as well. We met my Dad, Adam’s cute little Grandpa (picture the cute man from Disney’s UP), 3 of Adam’s Uncles and his Aunt in Celebration at the Market Street Cafe for Breakfast before heading to Disney’s ESPN Wide World Of Sports to cheer on the Braves and Tigers. Out come? Tigers slaughtered the Braves…and I have yet to hear the end of it!

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This March we had the opportunity to make a trip out to Arizona to visit Adam’s Parents, where they spend the winter season. No trip would be complete without planning an outing to a ball park!

I am my fathers daughter.

 There’s nothing like the aroma of hotdogs smothered in mustard, sunscreen filling the air and the sound of bats cracking as the crowd cheers in the background to bring in Baseball’s Regular Season. We had a great time cheering on the Royals, visiting a new ballpark and even ran into one of my college friends, Nicki and her family.

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Whether it is traveling and exploring a new city or traveling to cheer on our favorite teams with Family and Friends, Adam and I will always have a passion for both as Newly Newlyweds or Nearly Newweds. We hope you too have a passion that you can share with your significant other and experience together.

Cheers to a great Baseball {winning Braves} Season and safe travels to all! Stay tuned for details on our next Big Adventure!

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

Cheers!

Adam&Holly

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.

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

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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