Happy Fourth of July!
Have a great Sunday!
I started watching a new reality show about newlyweds on my favorite channel Bravo. During one of the episodes there was a garden party in Georgia that included fabulous decor. It was a little bit Southern, a little bit preppy, and a whole lot of amazingness. I am pretty sure the color combo included navy and gold…but I could be making that up. Either way here is a little swanky navy and gold inspiration. My new favorite color combo!
Happy planning! xoxo
I can’t believe it. Today when I signed on to write a new blog post I was greeted with a message celebrating my blogging anniversary. It’s been three years since I started this blog. Which means I have been writing about wedded bliss, job searches and grad school drama for a really long time. Three years? Crazy.
Well, thanks for reading. I started The Undomestic Bride as a way to jot down my thoughts and inspirations. It’s been an interesting challenge and hopefully, you still enjoy reading. For the past few months I have been too busy to think about writing but plan on posting at least twice a week with pretty pictures and tips for brides-to-be and newlyweds.
Happy Anniversary little blog! Because of you I have met very interesting people, been offered writing opportunities and have a little piece of the web. It’s been an awesome ride and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Time flies! I can’t believe it has been a year since my wedding. And I can’t believe how crazy busy I have been. Hence the lack of posting. Sorry!
Without further ado….here is a post about our one year anniversary vacation. We stayed local. But our local happens to be a popular vacation destination.
We actually looked far and wide for a vacation spot. Everywhere from Dallas, Texas to Boston (We opted not to go to Boston with the current events that were going on when we were booking our trip) and decided to drive west – not California, we decided to go to Marco Island, Fl. We literally drove an hour west and ended up in a sleepy little town that lacked trendy restaurants and nightlife. But what the island lacked in fun it made up with its superior hospitality and luxurious resorts.
So, here’s the run down…
We stayed at the Marco Island Ocean Resort.
Received a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival.
We dined at the on site restaurant. That was amazing.
Relaxed on the beach.
Had Breakfast on the balcony. Visited the spa. the pool. and the beach again.
Watched the sunset….
while eating chocolate covered strawberries.
And enjoyed every minute.
All in all our trip was relaxing, the hotel was super clean and the staff was friendly. We didn’t have to leave the property because everything we needed was on site and if we did, a few restaurants and shopping plazas were near by.
We had a great stay and I am already planning our next vacation to the island. And I highly recommend looking into Marco Island Ocean Resort if you are thinking of planning a trip. The hotel is great for a weekend getaway, inexpensive honeymoon or anniversary trip.
Happy planning! xoxo
There is a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale called Tap42 that serves the best Waldorf Turkey Burger. I tried to make my own version of the recipe and although it’s not exactly the same, it is definitely worth trying.
- 2 lb ground turkey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/4 cup finely diced celery
- 1/4 cup finely chopped granny smith apples
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup chopped apples
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- Dijon mustard to taste
- 1/2 tsp salt
Combine all burger ingredients in a large bowl. Mix just until combined. Form into 12 patties. Grill about 5-6 minutes on each side for medium patties.
In medium bowl, combine topping ingredients.Stir until combined.
Place finished burgers on buns. Top with apple topping and garnish with romaine lettuce.
Sad. But very true.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a Guinness Cupcake!
Chocolate Guinness Cake
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
For the cake:
Butter for pan (or just make cupcakes)
1 cup Guinness stout
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups superfine sugar
3/8 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
For the topping:
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream.
1. For the cake: heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine Guinness and butter. Place over medium-low heat until butter melts, then remove from heat. Add cocoa and superfine sugar, and whisk to blend.
2. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add to Guinness mixture. Add flour and baking soda, and whisk again until smooth. Pour into buttered pan, and bake until risen and firm, 45 minutes to one hour. Place pan on a wire rack and cool completely in pan.
3. For the topping: Using a food processor or by hand, mix confectioners’ sugar to break up lumps. Add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Add heavy cream, and mix until smooth and spreadable.
4. Remove cake from pan and place on a platter or cake stand. Ice top of cake only, so that it resembles a frothy pint of Guinness.
Yield: One 9-inch cake or cupcake tray (12 servings).