our wedding: little bits and pieces, pt. 1

happy saturday! i woke up at 7:30 this morning and laid in bed for an hour before i decided to just get up and get the day started. i’ve had a bit of a hard time sleeping lately…i think there’s just so much going on in my head that i cant quite turn off. hopefully soon the thoughts and dreams and processing will settle down soon. so now, i’m drinking some coffee, and making a mental list of all the things i need to do before our new friends come over to talk about their wedding!! i love weddings and marriage, and i also love talking about them! so now i’m nostalgic and sentimental and want to share some sweet photos from our day.

our wedding day was really cloudy and rainy, and we got married in a school, so a lot of the photos from our ceremony did not turn out really well. i love natural lighting…like, i probably have an obsession with it…so i decided to get ready in the schools dance studio…with HUGE windows. it was the perfect place to take some pre-wedding shots.

i want to break up our wedding photos so i will have something to share on a different day! so today is dress detail day! hooray!! david and i both love family heirlooms. both of our rings were legacy (he has my grandpa’s wedding band, i have his great aunts’s), my mom let me wear the veil she was married in, and i wore a broach my mom, grandma (and great grandma?) all wore for their weddings. it was almost like having all of these people who couldn’t be there with us.  it was such a special day…

happy thursday!

is it really only thursday?! wow! we have had a whirlwind of a week so far! david and i took a quick road trip to his hometown in wisconsin to see a few friends and get away from the city for a few days. i think it’s time that we took an ACTUAL vacation, but in order to do that, we would have to make some free time. i think we both find that really hard to do! anyway, we left town on monday, so right now i kind of feel like it should be sunday or something. but that’s okay. it just means that i still have the whole weekend ahead of me!

on our way out of town, david and i decided to stop at the famous Mickey’s Diner for some lunch. it. was. AWESOME! i have a soft spot in my heart for old diners. so much history, delicious malts, and super greasy burgers and fries. diner food is probably one of my favorite little treats.

i hope you are having a happy happy thursday! if you ever venture to st. paul, you must go to Mickey’s. it is a swell eating establishment! do you have any diners that you like visiting?

happy monday!!!

so, last wednesday, david’s old band Backstories got back together. the show ran late, we didnt get home until 2 am, and it was amazing! it was such fun to see these guys back together, and hear the music the way it was supposed to be heard (at least in my opinion). i took a few photos to capture the night!

i hope you’re having a prettier day than we are here in minnesota! it actually snowed this morning! in APRIL!! but at least nothing stuck and the snow is over now. have a happy monday!!!!

a day in the life: terrific thursday

thursday was so much fun. we woke up and made breakfast, got ready, and headed out for an adventure! it was such a beautiful day that we drove down to the stone arch bridge to walk around. then, to celebrate national grilled cheese day, we fresh bread and cheese from local shops in our neighborhood! it was such a good day…and well documented!!

yes, we got treats at the bakery. and yes, they were delicious.

how to make: southern buttermilk biscuits

goodness. thursdays are all the rage over here. it might be my favorite day of the week. weird huh?

last night, david played a little show with his old band, Backstories. i went and was so proud of those guys…playing songs they havent played together in years. they seemed so happy to be back together, and i got some fun photos that i’ll share later. they didnt start playing until 12:15! 12:15!!!! i am usually home, in my pajamas, watching mad men or something by 9:00. i think i’m getting old. we didnt get home until super late, so this morning was a slow one for us. so, what did i do? i made biscuits!! delicious, warm, fresh biscuits. i pride myself on being a great biscuit maker, so i thought i would share my secrets with you. are you ready?!

how to make biscuits the southern way…

Dont these look so good? david loves cinnamon and sugar so i like to make him some cinnamon ones too!

first, measure your ingredients out. then, mix the dry ingredients. i like to sift my flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, but you dont have to.

next, mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients. this is what it should look like. i like using my hands to do it…makes it easier!

then, pour the milk it, and stir it all together.

 after you mix the dry and wet ingredients, lay some wax paper and flour out on your work area. the wax paper will help so much during clean up! also, grab something to cut the dough into rounds. a small cup works well. i have an amazing antique one my mom gave me!

pour the dough out onto the floured work area, and kneed it. if you want to add cinnamon and sugar to the dough, do it now. i usually make a couple of plain biscuits, and then kneed the cinnamon and sugar into the dough. i also like to sprinkle the cinnamon sugary goodness on the top, so we know which is which!

carefully pat the dough out, and cut out rounds! do not use a rolling pin, it makes the dough too flat.

after you cut them out, put the biscuits in a pan and through them in the oven! the oven should be pre-heated in 450, and the biscuits can stay in for about 10-15 minutes.

viola!! homemade buttermilk biscuits!! this recipe usually makes eight biscuits…or 6 if you like big ones! i hope you enjoy them! these are so good!

 we love this mayhaw jelly my parents brought us from mississippi. it’s perfect for biscuits!

ingredients:

    • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the board
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
    • 1 cup buttermilk ( approx)
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)


directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  5. If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  7. Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  9. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more
  10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet or in a roasting pan- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  11. If you like”crusty” sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  12. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.

a happy day…

hello friends!

i’m taking a quick break from working to do a fun little post. i am working on a children’s book, and after a recent meeting with a publisher, i decided to re-do a lot of the illustrations in it…i want to make it the best it can be!! i think i am creatively exhausted right now so a little break with Sucre and some photos from our wedding will do the trick!!

i think weddings are hard to plan, they are even HARDER when you have mono and both sets of parents live over 17 hours away! our day was the happiest day, and everything came together quite well despite the quick 4 month planning period. here are a few of my favorites from that day. i’ll do a more in depth wedding day post soon!!