Wedding Details: Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I don’t intend for this to become a wedding blog, but by and large, Foodologie is about me.  So because I’m getting married next year, wedding business is going to come up.

We have a wedding date.  We have a venue.  Next, I needed bridesmaids.

For a long time, I knew my bridesmaids would be Jesse’s three sisters and my sister.  While I’d love to have all my girl friends be bridesmaids, the reality is I can’t (and it’s expensive for them!). 4 is a wonderful number for bridesmaids, and sisters will always be sisters.  I value their opinions, I want to get to know Jesse’s sisters better and most importantly, I want them to be there with us.

I also didn’t want to just call them up and ask them to be bridesmaids.  Maybe I’ve spent too much time on Pinterest, but I wanted to do something a little more special since I know all the work that goes in to being a bridesmaid.

I hoping for something nice, thoughtful and simple.  So of course, that had to include champagne, because who doesn’t love bubblies?

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I found little bottles of champagne at Target and some chocolate, because we all need something sweet in our lives.

I included some EOS chapsticks, because they come in cute colors (I was going for the whole pink and gold thing, even though those aren’t necessarily the wedding colors) and lip hydration is important.  I don’t know about you but I manage to lose 8 out of 10 chapsticks I buy.

I put it all into a little bag with gold tissue paper along with a cute card I found on Etsy

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These cards are awesome! You write in your personalized message (i.e. Will you be my bridesmaid?) then cover it up with a scratch off sticker like such:

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The cards are blank so you can personalize your message as you see fit.  Then your gift is complete!

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I love giving gifts, but honestly, the best part of this was their reaction.  Their excitement made me a little bit more excited about the big day.

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Having some ladies by my side to help with the process makes me feel better about life.

Have you been a bridesmaid before? How did you ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding?

 

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Chronicles of the Busiest Weekend Ever

This weekend I averaged about 4 hours of sleep, with the exception of Sunday night where I slept like a goddess for 11-12 hours.    You see, this was my EPIC weekend.  Let me tell you about it.

It all started on Thursday night.  Jesse and I drove to LA for a concert at the House of Blues on Sunset.  In case you’re wondering, we saw Bajofondo, here’s one of their songs:

That got us home at about 1:00AM, at which point I was dying (because I had been up since 5:30am).  After getting home at 1:00am ish, I was up at 5:00am to take my sister to the airport.  I skipped crossfit and came home and napped for another half hour, then headed to work.

After work I braved traffic and made it to Downtown Disney to pick up my race number for the Disney 10k the next morning.  This is where it starts to get good.

I picked up my number, met up with a friend, had dinner and went to sleep around 9:30.  All was well in the world.

The next morning we were up at 4:30am for the race!

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Oh hey look it’s me running and looking like a hot mess.  Why yes that’s the previous night’s make up.  How could you tell? Cute, I know.

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Oh hey there I am checking the time…

Overall, it was super fun! Disney races aren’t really the type of races you do for speed.  They’re more fun.  And luckily I had some awesome running buddies with me!

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While we all didn’t run together the whole time, it was fun to know that someone else was doing it with you.

After the race, I rushed home and took a shower and headed to LA to photograph a wedding.

You heard that right: photograph a wedding.  Remember way back when I wanted to try out something new?  Well it’s photographing people, not just food.

Let me tell you… photographing a wedding is hard.  It looks easy, but it’s stressful and long.  And for God’s sake, when you get married, walk slowly down the aisle!

So after a long day of photographing (I’ll show you some pics once I get them edited), I got home around 12:30pm (luckily this wedding didn’t run too late).  I crashed into my bed, only to wake up at 7:00am for work the next morning.

I told you I got a second job to pay for crossfit and my camera, right?  Well, that involves me waking up early on the weekends.  It’s all good.

I left work at 3:00 ish and was pretty much starving.  I should also mention that this is probably the weekend I ate the least I’ve eaten in a long time, just on a count of being busy.

So I got myself to Baja Fish Taco (seriously I love this place. If you’re in OC, try it), got a Baja Bowl with grilled fish and headed to my sister’s house (where I was house-sitting) to sit in AC and be a sloth with her cat who doesn’t bother to come near me.  I ate, watched Julie and Julia (which by the way I’m still not a fan of, but I was too tired to ever search through the channels) and took a nap.

Later, Jesse came over as I was mid way through A Walk to Remember.  It was really a day of gems for me (I had completely forgotten how bad that movie is).  I fell asleep at about 9pm and didn’t open my eyes until about 8:30 or 9 the next morning.  It was fantastic.

Thank goodness for Labor Day.  I’m not sure how I would have made it without this holiday.

Labor Day was spent doing some much needed cleaning, watching Catfish (I’m obsessed), grilling burgers and drinking beer.  Jesse and I also saw Elysium, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

And now, after a day of crossfit at 6:00am and work.  I just enjoyed an egg sandwich on leftover hamburger buns and a few dates with peanut butter.

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I’m excited for this week.  I have a potentially awesome treat planned to share with you later this week, and hopefully the cooking/baking can get back into full swing.

How was your Labor Day weekend??  Tell me what exciting things you did!

 

Arugula Salad with Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

I have to tell you, I’m really itching to bake something.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve kept it healthy as of recent…

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash = Local carb, quick and easy.

Black Bean Enchiladas= Delicious, quick, vegetarian and good for you.

Eggplant Rolls with Goat Cheese = light and divine.

The last thing I made was an epic chocolate raspberry truffle cake and a bluberry-rhubarb crisp (to die for! Must remake!) for my friend Sara’s wedding rehearsal

IMG_3828The wedding and the rehearsal were in this barn… on a flower farm.  Isn’t that the cutest?!  Ok back to food…

I love making healthy things to eat, but let’s be honest.  Making pie is just plain fun.  I’m starting to miss it.  Fourth of July is next week, you bet your buns I’ll be making a pie (Remember when I made Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a touch of bourbon last year?).

But before we get all patriotic and start playing with butter, let’s do a little more green and talk about a super tasty salad.  This salad is guaranteed to satisfy.  It’s light but has enough fat in it to keep you satisfied.  We all hate the word fat, but when was the last time you were hungry after eating a few spoonfuls of peanut butter?

Fat keeps you full.  Enjoy it.  In moderation.

But really, prosciutto is probably not the kind of fat that’s good for you, but luckily it’s so intense that a little bit goes a long way.

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Arugula Salad with Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

2 cups Arugula
1-2 oz prosciutto (I used 1)
2 oz fresh mozzarella
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp capers
2 tsp fresh chopped oregano
pinch of black pepper

Lay arugula on a plate.  Top with prosciutto and mozzarella.  In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, capers, oregano and pepper.  Drizzle dressing over salad and serve.

ArugulaProsciuttoMozzarella3I am completely in love with this salad.  It’s pretty much perfect for one person or two.  I’ve made it at least 4 times (probably because I bought a 4 oz pack of prosciutto), shared it twice and it’s delicious.    You know what else I’m in love with? Showing you pictures of this wedding.

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It was also pretty much perfect.   Ok ok, you’re probably over it right?  I’ll keep my wedding obsession on my pinterest board and try to stick to food.

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4th of July and Pie is coming up.  What are you excited about?

Eggplant Rolls with Goat Cheese

In the past week, I flew to New Jersey, drove to New York, prepared for a wedding, went to a wedding, drove back to New Jersey, took a plane back to California with a stop in Chicago, then drove from Orange county to Riverside for a graduation.

On Sunday, I was in 4 different states all in one day.  It was amazingly busy but totally worth it.   The wedding I went to was fantastic.

saragabecar2It was my friend Sara’s wedding.  You might know her as the Biscotti Queen.  She’s the lady who taught me to make biscotti, so clearly it was a wedding I couldn’t miss.   Their wedding was one of the most fun and unique weddings I’ve ever been to.

There was no assigned seating (or even enough tables for everyone to sit at), instead you mingled around, stood at cocktail tables, sat around fire pits, in adirondack chairs and generally enjoyed the company of great people.

Instead of a sit down dinner, the night was filled with amazing appetizers and desserts.  I thoroughly enjoyed the smores.

IMG_4297One of the many appetizers served was Eggplant Rollatini, perfect given Sara’s very Italian family.  As I was looking through my photos of the wedding mixed with some photos of foods I made before heading to New York, I realized that the day before I left I unknowingly made my own non-Italian version of Eggplant Rollatini.

I won’t call it Eggplant Rollatini, because it’s not exactly the same.  I’ll call it Eggplant Rolls with Goat Cheese

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Eggplant Rolls with Goat Cheese

1 eggplant
1/4 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
4-6 oz goat cheese
1 tbsp capers
4 tbsp fresh chopped herbs (I used basil, oregano and sage)
1 can diced tomatoes, with juices
1/3 red bell pepper
1/2 a small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil (plus more for brushing eggplant or use cooking spray)

Pre-heat oven to 400F.  Slice eggplant lengthwise into thin slices.  Lay on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray or brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt pepper, and paprika.  Bake for 7 minutes, flip then bake for another 7-8 minutes.  Remove from oven, turn oven down to 350F.

In the meantime, make your sauce.  In a blender, blend together tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion, garlic and 3 tbsp fresh herbs.  Add salt and pepper if you like (I only added pepper since I used canned tomatoes).

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet, add sauce.  Cook for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally while you prepare the rest of your eggplant.

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In a bowl, mix together goat cheese, capers, and 1 tbsp of herbs.  Once your eggplant is cool enough to handle, lay some of the goat cheese filling on the eggplant then roll and place seamside down into the sauce.  Repeat until you’ve rolled all your eggplant (you might have some left over filling which I like to sprinkle on top after baking).

Bake for another 10-15 minutes, sprinkle with remaining goat cheese/herb filling and serve.  One eggplant (depending on the size) should serve 2-3 as a main dish.

eggplantrolls2This eggplant was totally different from the one at the wedding, but in my opinion equally delicious.  Let’s be honest, anything with goat cheese is amazing and I love lightening up heavy dishes like this.   I should also note it passed the taste taste from Jesse and my co-worker from New Jersey.

That totally makes it legit, and now it has an amazing memory of an awesome wedding attached to it.

Overall, the travel and craziness of the weekend were totally worth it.  I got to visit an amazing friend, see a few others (although I missed a few friends I didn’t get to see), and was so happy to be a part of a wonderful couple’s special day.

I have so many other things to tell you about.  What do you want to hear about next? An AMAZING salad?  More about this wedding? Do you need a dessert in your life?  Tell me!

Wedding Favors: Pies in Jars

I have a strange love of weddings.  I’m not sure if it’s the romantic idea of being in love or the fact that they involve a big party, but regardless, I love weddings.

This weekend, I went to the wedding of two of the sweetest people I know.  Not only are they sugar, but they entrusted me with making their wedding favors.  Luckily, they didn’t hire me to be their wedding photographer (although that would have been fun and probably would have taken more pictures if that had been the case!), because I’m horrible and didn’t take a single picture of the bride and groom together.   I’m going to chalk that up to the fact that I was far away sitting in the middle of the row and I’m short.  I did manage to get a photo of the beautiful bride, Courtney.

Everything about their wedding was beautiful and totally fit their personalities.

I loved the flowers

and the cake

and the bridesmaids and their bouquets and dresses

and the table settings

oh my was I obsessed with the table settings…

But back to their wedding favors.

I made mini peach pies in jars.

The fabric on the jars matched each table setting.  Super cute idea!

Truth be told:  I had wayyyy too much fun making these.

I won’t lie, they’re not the quickest thing to make, but I think they added a great touch to this wedding.  I looked around as people sat at their tables and were pleasantly surprised to find a pie.  It made me smile and I think the bride and groom liked it too 🙂

Thanks Courtney and Andy for letting me contribute to your special day!  I wish you all the happiness in the world!

If you, or anyone you know, in the Los Angeles/Orange County area wants pies in jars at their wedding/baby shower/party/event, contact me at foodologie00@gmail.com!