I figured I would give my lovely readers an update on where JP and I are at on planning our July nuptials. Well, not much progress has been made. I feel like the complete opposite of a Bridezilla…consider me Carefreezilla. I have this crazy image that everything will get completed in time … but I can also be a big procrastinator at times too … so yeah.
We have made some progress:
Booked all major vendors (caterer, venue, DJ, photographer)
Selected our dinner menu
Booked our rehearsal dinner space
Booked a room block at a preferred hotel
Purchased wine (tons of it)
Created our guest list
Created and mailed our Save the Dates
Created our verbiage for our invitations
Purchased our paper stock for the invitations (and envelopes)
Selected our color scheme
Selected our bridal party
Contacted a linen company
Contacted a bartender (even though our first one fell through)
We haven’t made much hedge-way through the decoration process and we will have lots to create since we want to do a lot of DIY elements. I’m hoping as the weather gets warmer and we can leverage our nice big patio, that we will get working on that. We still need to work on the actual invitations and have them packaged and mailed (my early May), select our outfits for the big day, book hair/make up, create other paper materials (dinner menu, program, placecards), purchase the rest of our alcohol, purchase our wedding bands and much much more. Sheesh, even listing that out made me want to throw up … I know we have a TON to do still. Somedays, I really wish we had a planner so she can stay on top of it for ME. But that’s just the “lazy” talking.
I see inspiration everywhere and love going onto Pinterest to find things that we could use to decorate for our reception. We just really haven’t dove into the actual purchase/creation aspect of everything. I’m hoping we get there soon though … we do only have 5 months left. Yikes! I have found some cute ideas on Pinterest, that I thought I’d share with any DIY brides out there:
I think I’m spending too much time on Pinterest lately, because the urge to cook seems to be bubbling right on up through me! I spotted a recipe for creamy lemon bars awhile back and decided to give them a go earlier this week. The recipe was fairly simple and I had a taste for a sweet treat! I’ve seen this recipe in other places too, which have slightly different instructions – so do what works best for you!
There are some learning points that I found out during the process, as my try at the bars didn’t come out perfect, but they were pretty darn tasty. Please excuse my terrible iPhone pictures – ah, the life of a blogger!
Coat an 8×8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray (make sure you use this size – I used a larger size and my bars didn’t come out as thick as I had hoped!)
Grate 3 lemons into small bowl
While oven is preheating, mix milk, lemon zest and lemon juice into a medium bowl until thickened – then set it aside
Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl until crumbly
Press half of the mixture into the pan and back for about 10 minutes or until set – I believe I actually baked it for about 15 minutes
Spread lemon milk mixture over baked crust and spread evenly
Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over lemon milk mixture and press down gently
Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set but soft
Cool completely and then cut into 4×4 rows
1. Lemon milk mixture | 2. Oat and butter mixture | 3. First layer of oat mixture in pan | 4. Final layer of oat mixture and lemon milk mixture
The bars came out delicious but not as picture perfect as the Pinterest recipe. Some things I would note is to make sure you use an 8×8 pan. I believe I used a 8×12 pan and it was too big. I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough oat mixture to cover it but really spread it out thinly. I also didn’t let the butter soften enough and it was hard to mix with the oats. You really need the butter to seal everything together – so make sure its really softened and mix well! Or, use more butter when baking – not going to lie – I added it throughout the baking process when it looked like spots were still “dry.” It was still super good and I’d definitely try to make these again – super easy peasy too!
I’ve also noticed I’m getting obsessed with fall fashion…warm sweaters, jeans, cute scarves. Maybe I’m over the 90+ degree heat that we’ve had here in the midwest the past few weeks. Summer used to be my favorite season overall…Chicago summers are pretty awesome. But now that I’m getting a bit older, I think that I’m finding the fall suits me better. I love the Indian summers, the changing colors on the trees, hot coffee, etc.
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