Throwback Thursday: West Coast Wanders {Part 4}

{Just joining us? Check our West Coast Adventures on our Tuesday Travels and Throw Back Thursday posts- we started our trip in Napa and spent Saturday in San Francisco.}

Sunday:

Our final day on the West Coast. We planned to take the red eye home to allow us more time in the city…that may or may not have been a good idea. We enjoyed our time in the city, but took us about 3 days to get over the jet lag.

Our first Sunday stop was a tour of Alcatraz.

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I am so glad we took the time to do this tour- it was our favorite thing about our time in San Francisco. We took the first ship out at 8:45am {if you can’t get tickets for the night tour, bite the bullet and take the first tour.}

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We’ve mastered the “selfie” don’t you think?

We were the only one on the island for a about 30-45minutes and were able to get most of the audio tour done without having to fight around people. They are prepared for a very large crowd- the line for headphones for the cell audio tour can easily be a 2 hour wait. The cell tour was about an hour long and is FREE! (Guess what? They have a Twitter too!)

{Travel Tip: We heard the best tour to do, if you’re not too chicken, is the night tour. It does book out months in advance, so if you can plan ahead go for it!}

From Alcatraz we headed to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves Game.

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BEST BALL FIELD EVER! I can’t say we saw much of the inside of the stadium, but we did find the best hidden gem! Alongside the far right field wall the Giants have a hidden viewing area for FREE! Thats right, you can literally get some free baseball! For 3-4 innings the staff allows 20-25 people in this viewing area to watch the game. Since we live in Atlanta we couldn’t justifying paying $75 to see the Braves play, but am so glad we found this secret spot. The area outside the stadium is so fun too! Boaters wade in the bay area outside the outfield, after each home run they all blow their horns- we even saw a few passengers jump ship to fetch balls! Such a fun time!

After the game we heading back to Fisherman’s Wharf for one last bowl of Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. This time we headed to The Franciscan Crab Restaurant– every table in the restaurant has a view of the water.

Their “menu” is a mix of a magazine and cookbook each item accompanied by a photo- wish we would have found this spot sooner! We both had a bread bowl with chowder and spilt a iron skillet of mussels- oh my gosh! Oh so good! I’d plan a trip back just to go there! (Don’t worry they have a Twitter too!)

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Whew! What a great, quick vacation! Adam and I had such a good time seeing the sites and trying new things! We’re really looking forward to going back especially to the Napa area. Now back to reality.

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed of Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts.

(Whoops- we forgot to tell y’all about our Trolley Car photo shoot- never made time to ride on a rail car, but we did get our picture with one!)

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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


Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Oh. My. Gosh.

This dish was so yummy! If you are looking for a healthy meal that doesn’t taste healthy- this is it!

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Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lbs of Shrimp, peels and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic (I added about 1/2 tablespoon extra)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
  • 1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 4-6 Zucchini, cut into noodles
  • Garnish with Parsley or Basil
Directions:

Cut Zucchini into noodles. {We used our Sharper Image Mandolin} Mince Garlic. {We use the Chef’n Garlic Roller– by far my FAVORITE kitchen gadget!}

Place a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add olive oil and heat. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes stir constantly until garlic browns.

Add shrimp. Cook until pink, about 3 minutes on each side. Season with Salt and Pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon. Leave all liquid in the pan.

Increase the heat to Medium. Add White Wine and Lemon Juice. Cook together about 2 minutes. Add Zucchini. Stir occasionally about 3-4 minutes, until desired softness. Return Shrimp to pan and combine. Garnish and serve.

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Hope you are enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments!

Cheers Y’all,

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!