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Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Dear Friends

My red eye flight to Baltimore takes off tonight and I cannot wait to hug my family.  This will be Bill's first Baltimore Christmas and to say I am excited would be an understatement.  

I know a lot of my posts come way after the fact, and in 2014 I have not shared updates on a quick 30th birthday trip to Vegas for a dear friend, a wonderful Friendsgiving that made my heart happy and multiple recipes I intended to share.  You will just have to wait until 2015 and a little bit of late timing to see those posts.  I guess what I learned this year is priorities.  I have tried to prioritize friends, money, relationships, work, family and my marriage better than before and it will be a goal every year for the rest of my life.  This blog took a back seat in some ways, but in others I think that it just became what it should be.  Here when I needed it and wanted to share something and out of my mind when I didn't.

Bill and I will be in Baltimore until Sunday evening and I will be soaking up family time with my parents, all of my siblings and their significant others, my sweet little niece and so many friends and family you probably would not believe it.  

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and hope that you take the time over the next week or two to really be intentional about being with the people that you love. 

Merry Christmas dear friends.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Food I Ate Friday - Annette's Enchiladas

I stole this picture from this blog because the few I took were not cute :)

Ingredients

1 cup Sour Cream (8 ounces)
1 large can Green Enchilada Sauce (28 ounces, Las Palmas is the best)
2 8 Ounce cans Green Chilies, diced
3 cups cooked Chicken, shredded (a roasting chicken from grocery store works great)
2-3 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
12-15 Corn Tortillas
1 cup Chicken Broth
chopped Cilantro, for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Mix green sauce, canned chilies, and sour cream together in a bowl. Set aside.

Simmer chicken broth in a skillet. Have shredded chicken, cheese ready. Make yourself a little assembly line.

Assembly: Spread 1 ladle full of sauce mixture in bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Dip tortillas in broth and layer over sauce. Next a layer of chicken, then cheese, sauce, repeat…tortillas, chicken, cheese, sauce. Last layer is tortillas, sauce and cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until warmed through.  

Garnish with cilantro.


This recipe is super simple, but really delivers a great home cooked meal feeling that leaves you with a little warm and fuzzy :)  I blogged about the book Bread and Wine awhile back, and this is one of the many recipes from that book I have made since posting that blog.  

It's cozy and raining here today and I am looking forward to yummy food and Hot Chocolate with Baileys tonight before bed.  With only two weeks until Christmas my heart will be happy no matter what, this season is my favorite and I look forward to all the goodness it holds all year long.

Eat well this weekend friends :)  

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Dunstervilles Tie the Know - My Little Sister's Wonderful Wedding Part 2


This wedding was incredible. 

From the moment we arrived in Baltimore the love was truly tangible, and it never stopped flowing until the second we left. 

As these pictures show, the day of was simple beautiful.  Faith and Joshes unforgettable energy and style was displayed in all its glory with such a wonderful grace.  The few days before held the rehearsal dinner, which you can read about on my dear friend Ashley's blog and check out her wonderful pictures; and bachelor/bachelorette parties in the city, and we celebrated the only way the Wecker family knows how, with lots of drinks and lots of food.  


Faith and Josh glowed.  They are so beautiful together and so in love.  Faith was an over the top gorgeous bride.  I still can't even believe how breataking she was.  And Josh was her handsome groom all day long and treated her with such a perfect love.  Man, do I wish that day could have lasted forever.  Weddings are such a reflection of a couple and this wedding really showed who these two are.  They love their familes and their friends and they love to have a good time and show genuine love to those around them.

When I have permission to post the professional photos, I will share them with the world (the bride and groom have not even seen them yet), but until then these pictures compiled from lots of different phones will have to do.  It was such a perfect day and one I will remember forever.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Dunsterville!  We love you so!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pittsburgh and Candy Make Bill a Happy Man


Our trip to Pittsburgh really was a little magical.  It started with a road trip from New Jersey to Pittsburgh, which brought us to a middle point around Hershey, PA.  Bill is a candy addict, so we stopped to buy up as much candy as we could fit in our trunk, and he was in heaven :)  He found dark chocolate mini reeses cups and wanted to eat them all in the car.  It really is such a fun place to visit, and one I look forward to going to with him again in the future.


When we were 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh it started to pour down rain, and while that would normally get me down, I was so excited to see my twin, sister-in-law and niece it didn't even phase me.  We pulled up to a waving Ryleigh and Cristina and Christian returned home from work shortly after we arrived.  Ryleigh recognized us and said "Ry!" and "B-ll" when we walked up the front steps (She doesn't quite have Bill down yet, but she will get there).  That night we ate spaghetti and played Uno and tucked Ryleigh in and read her bedtime stories.  We laughed and relaxed and just enjoyed being around each other.  Honestly, it was so wonderful.


The next day we went to the zoo in the morning and saw Ryleigh in her element.  She LOVES animals.  Everything made her smile and laugh.  We spent the day chatting and walking and hanging at the house.  We sat in their back yard for awhile together while Ryleigh took a nap.  That evening we went to feed the ducks and eat Thai food in a wonderful little row home converted into a restaurant.  


When we pulled away from their house the following morning, I cried.  It had been such a perfect couple of days together.  We were all headed to the same place, and as you will hear the wedding really was the culmination of it all, but man this time together was really very special. 


Thank you for having us Christian and Cristina.  
To say we had a good time would be an understatement.  
We love you so much!