Friday, February 21, 2014

The Friday Five

1. This weekend, the husband and I are going to celebrate Valentine's Day! Yes, we are a week late, but that was on purpose. I actually hate going out on actual Valentine's Day, it's jut too crowded, I would much rather wait a week. So this weekend, we're going to one of those fancy movie theaters that also serves dinner. We're going to see The Monuments Men, I hope it's good (but can you really go wrong when you have Clooney, Damon, and Murray?).

2. I love this free printable from Jones Design Company. Such a great reminder, not just for how I want to serve my husband, but for how I want to serve others.


3. For my job, I plan all work-related travel for the people in my department. Next week a couple of people are attending a conference at a DisneyWorld resort in Orlando. I had to call the resort to verify something and while I was on hold, they were playing Disney songs. It made me want to go to Disney SO BAD!!! I told my husband that I want to go there for my birthday next year (yes, like a 10 year old kid).

4. I'm making this for dinner tonight. I hope it tastes as good as it looks. And FYI, that recipe is from my absolute favorite cooking blog. The recipe's are always yummy and her writing is hysterical. (But I might be biased because she is obsessed with Dawson's Creek as much as I am #PaceyandJoey4ever)

20-Minute Turkey Taco Nachos I

5. I had to go into Loft earlier this week to return something I had ordered online. I try and stay out of Loft as much as possible because when I go in there I want to buy everything! Seriously, how cute is this sweater? Those aren't polka dots, they're little stars! 

Five on Friday

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Tea & Rehearsal

In my last Wedding Wednesday post, I talked about my Bachelorette Party/Lingerie Shower that I had on the Thursday before our wedding. The next day, Friday, was jam-packed with wedding preparations, a bridal tea, and our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

Friday morning, a couple of my bridesmaids, a few local girlfriends and myself, headed over to the church to get everything set up for the wedding and reception. To save on money, we did not have a wedding planner (we just had a day-off coordinator), so all of the preparation and planning fell on me. I will admit that it was rather stressful trying to get everything prepared and set up that morning, but fortunately, all of the important stuff got done. I absolutely could not have gotten it done without the help of my friends.

That afternoon, my bridesmaids and I headed to the O'Henry Hotel for tea. My Mom met us there as well as my cousin and my remaining bridesmaids who were just getting into town. It was a great time for us to just relax and enjoy each other's company (especially since we don't get to be together often). I also used this time to give them their gifts, a pashmina for them to use the next day at the reception and some heart-shaped sunglasses :)

The food was excellent. We all got the Light Afternoon Tea which included a scone with clotted cream and jam, cucumber sandwiches, assorted sweets, and of course tea. If you are in the Greensboro area, I can't recommend the O'Henry enough, the food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the hotel itself is beautiful.

That's me on the right, as you can tell by my expression, I was super excited about the food.

L-R: My cousin, Melanie; my Mom; Me; my sister and bridesmaid, Grace; my bridesmaid, Natalie; my Maid of Honor, Katie; my bridesmaid, Heidi; and my bridesmaid, Becca.

After tea, my bridesmaids and I went and got our nails done; again, just a fun time to relax and catch-up. Then we headed back to the church for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. 

The rehearsal was quick and easy, our day-of coordinator and pastor kept everyone in line and we were done in no time.

I love this picture that my Maid of Honor caught of us as we left the church.

For our rehearsal dinner, we wanted to keep things pretty casual and laid-back (we're casual people). We had the dinner at the church Fellowship Hall and we decided to invite not only the wedding party and our immediate families, but our extended families as well. All of my family and a good many of Geoff's family were coming in from out of town, so we thought it would be nice to invite them since they were coming all that way just for us. 

We served NC Barbeque from our favorite local Barbeque place with all of the fixin's (cole slaw, baked beans, mac & cheese, and my favorite, hushpuppies). For dessert we had peach cobbler and I surprised Geoff with his Groom's cake. I thought the rehearsal dinner would be the perfect time to have it since we were already having a dessert buffet at the reception. He had no idea what it was going to be, but he was pleased with what I chose. He's a graduate and die-hard fan of NC State University, so I had the baker make the cake in the shape of the NC State emblem.

At the end of the dinner, my Mom and sister surprised us by putting together a little slideshow of the two of us, I loved it! (The YouTube video is below, but it won't hurt my feelings if you don't watch it. It's 12 minutes of pictures of us. But I have to say, that picture of my husband as a 3 year old in front of the General Lee is adorable!)

So the day before our wedding was crazy with activity, but we had such a good time spending time with our family and friends and catching up with them. We felt so loved to have them all there to celebrate with us. 

Love Always, Nancy J

Wedding Wednesday

Monday, February 17, 2014

What I Liked Last Week

Crunch wrap supreme

When I was in college, we used to go on midnight runs to Taco Bell at least one night a week. I always got a crunch wrap supreme with a large Mountain Dew (no surprise that I gained 25 pounds in college). After graduation and working hard to lose that college weight, I swore off crunch wrap supremes. But I don't think I would feel bad for eating this lightened up, vegetarian version from Elsie and Emma. It looks delish!

Ten Reasons Why I Switched To Team Cricut

I have never used a Silhouette or a Cricut, but I have to say that Mandi makes an excellent argument for the new Cricut Explore. I think of all the things I could make with that awesome tool. (It cuts leather, wood, felt, essentially anything in the world you would ever want to cut!) It doesn't come out until March, but I think it might be something that I save up for and buy.

How To Decorate a Baby's Room

I'm not pregnant, but that doesn't stop me from looking at baby blogs in preparation for a baby of my own someday. This post has some great tips for decorating a nursery. 

Domestic Fashionista is one of my favorite blogs and every year Ashley hosts a Valentine's Day Tea for some special ladies in her life. I love seeing pictures from her Valentine's Day tea, everything is always so girly and feminine. Although I would have to wait a whole other year to host my own Valentine's Day tea, it gives me great inspiration for hosting a tea for any occasion or wedding shower or baby shower.


I talked on Friday about how I'm jumping on the White Faux Taxidermy love bandwagon. Right now I can think of 3 different places in my house where a faux deer head would look awesome. I don't know if I can get G on the love bandwagon with me, but I'm going to try :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Friday Five

Like many other girls linking-up with Five on Friday, I am displaying this photo to show support and raise awareness for little Teddy Fish who is suffering from a rare genetic disease. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. You can read more about Teddy here.

1. SNOW! We got a ton of snow here on Wednesday and Thursday, the most we've ever gotten in the 7 years I've lived here. The city has been shut down and G and I have both been home from work. It's been nice to have the days off and yesterday I was a complete bum and read and baked cupcakes, but this weekend I plan on being very productive and finishing up a couple of my February Goals.

2. We were worried that we would get some ice and possibly lose power. So in preparation for that possibility, I gathered flashlights, candles and blankets. I thought it appropriate for these two to be together.

3. Whenever we have snow days, I usually end up baking. Yesterday it was Red Velvet cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Today it's going to be these bad boys, Lemon Raspberry Pie Crust Hearts.

lemon raspberry pie crust hearts

4. One of the things I hope to work on this weekend is my kitchen gallery wall. I've been collecting some food-themed art for this space and I hope it turns out like I envision it. Although it won't be in our eating area, I'm totally inspired by this gallery wall.

Artistic Expression

5. Question: What is your opinion of faux taxidermy? Too much of a fad? Totally awesome? Personally, I go back and forth. But then I found this and think it might just be the best thing ever.

The Lydia | Stag Deer Head | Faux Taxidermy | White w/ Bronze Antlers

Happy Valentine's Day! And to my fellow Southerner's, stay safe and warm!

Five on Friday

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bachelorette Party/Lingerie Shower

Four out of my five bridesmaids lived out of state, so I didn't want to have a traditional bachelorette party weekend. I knew that would be too much to ask of my bridesmaids to travel all the way to NC for a weekend and then come back for the wedding a month or two later.

Instead, the Thursday before my wedding, my bridesmaids and some local girlfriends and I went out to dinner and my Maid of Honor threw me a lingerie shower afterwards. We had so much fun and it was definitely my idea of a good time!

These were the favors, Red Hot candies with this tag attached. So cute!

I had a great time with my friends, they made me feel so special and loved. And I got enough lingerie to last a lifetime! 

Love Always, Nancy J
Wedding Wednesday

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bacon Stuffed Potatoes

If you are planning on cooking a nice dinner for your man this Valentine's Day, I've got a tasty and easy side dish recipe for you. (It's actually one of my husband's favorite recipes that I make.) They take a little while to bake, so I don't make them for weeknight dinners, but they would be great for weekend meals. However, I usually reserve them for special occasions just because they look fancy :)

Bacon Stuffed Potatoes
Serves 2-3

Your ingredients: 
  • 12 Small Potatoes
  • 3 slices Bacon
  • 2 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. minced Rosemary (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt 

Boil potatoes until they are fork tender (about 15 minutes). While potatoes are boiling, combine oil, rosemary, salt and pepper in medium sized bowl. Once potatoes are fork tender, drain and allow to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, take each potato and cut off one end so they are able to stand upright. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out a small well in the other end of the potato.

Gently toss potatoes in oil mixture until coated and place, scooped-side up, in a shallow baking dish. Cut each bacon slice into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece and place in the scooped out well of the potato. If bacon piece will not stay in the well, use a tooth pick to secure it in there. 

Bake the potatoes in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until bacon appears crispy. 

Before serving, make sure to remove toothpicks. Serve with your main dish and vegetable and enjoy!

Monday, February 10, 2014

What I Liked Last Week

Camera strap DIY

I have a DSLR camera that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, but it still has the lame camera strap it came with that has NIKON emblazoned on it. This is a great tutorial for making a unique camera strap and you wouldn't necessarily have to use vintage ribbon.

I need to get some of these ASAP! Wouldn't they make the cutest spring centerpiece with some daffodils in them? 

Valentine's decorations

The Nester has some great, easy, last minute Valentine's Day decoration ideas.


I love this free printable from Jones Design Company. It's appropriate not only for Valentine's Day, but for all year round too. 

I love this chair make-over by Jen at I Heart Organizing, it got my creative juices flowing. I see chairs like these in thrift stores all the time!
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