Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Recap....Beers, Bras & Showers

Hey Girls-

Happy Monday!

Anybody else feeling like this today?!?

I had a super busy, fun filled weekend so now I need another couple days to rest :)  What did you guys get into? 

Friday night I was supposed to be going to the 'I Love the 90's' concert but in light of all the things that are currently going on in my city, the concert was cancelled.  Which actually turned out to be a good thing because I got to go to one of my favorite gals bachelorette party at a local brewery that I have been dying to try.

Carey Ann is one of my besties and seriously is one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  I met her at church when she started coming to the Life Group that I was hosting at my house.  She has a heart of gold, a super cute son and is getting married this coming Saturday to an amazing man named Curtis.  Oh and let me also mention that she is a freaking Crossfit powerhouse!  She and her soon to be husband run a Crossfit gym locally so if I am ever in a street fight, I hope she's part of my gang. 

Anywhoodle, Carey Ann's bachelorette party was held at Cabarrus Brewing Company which I was super psyched about.  When I started my weight loss journey back in April, I completely cut out beer because of the carbs and no, Michelob Ultra will not do for me--I'm a beer snob.  But because I've been doing so well and because I had worked out super hard that day, I figured I could indulge in a beer or two (and really that's all I had--pinky swear).  This place was amazing!  It was all open space, you can bring in your own food (they have food trucks if you don't), live music and the atmosphere was just great.  The best part was that we could dote on our girl for a Beers & Bras Bash! 
This is the gorgeous bride-to-be!  Seriously, I have the hottest friends ever!

So, funny story about this gal!  This is my sweet friend Courtney who I just adore!  Like totes adore!  She's that girl who will seriously speak the truth about everything--and I do mean everything!  I love having a friend who will tell you the truth even if you don't want to hear it.  Anyway, Court and I have been friends for about a year and a half and she said that you really aren't friends unless you have selfies together and claim one another---so we took a lot that night.  I am soooo blessed to have the girlfriends I do!
Oh, and my beer of choice for the night was the Vanilla Coffee Blonde.  It was amazing and literally smelled like a cup of coffee.  Hey, I said I was a snob!

Saturday, I was up early for a waxing appointment for my lady bits.  I may not shave my legs religiously but I try not to look like Chaka Khan downstairs.  OK, so yes probably TMI but we're all girlfriends here, right?

The rest of my day was spent going to 4 different grocery stores, placing bakery orders online, picking up tons of flowers from Trader Joe's (insert lovey eyes emoji), making Fall Sangria and getting my house ready for Carey Ann's bridal shower that my other bestie Jenna and I were throwing for her Sunday night.  I did take a wee bit of a sabbatical to go to my other bestie's house Pamela to get my mind off of life and watch a little football.  Who ever would have thought I would utter those words?
I love TJ's flowers!!!!
Oh but before I move on to Sunday, let me tell y'all about the greatest Fall Sangria I have ever had.  I'm not a huge Sangria fan, although I am a huge wine fan.  I've just never found one that was perfect for my palette.  Now after a few glasses of anything, everything is perfect for my palette, but y'all, this Sangria recipe is THE BEST I have ever had and it is perfect for this time of year. 

So, here's the recipe (I tripled it for the party):
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 orange, thinly slice
  • 1 (750ml) bottle red wine (I used a cheap Cabernet)
  • 1 and 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brandy (I bought apple brandy)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Club Soda to taste (we poured this directly into the Sangria right before we served it to our guests but this is all personal preference)
Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher.  Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice and lemon juice.  Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours (I let mine sit close to 24 hours).  Taste; if you'd like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar, honey or agave. 

If you want to get all fancy, you can Cinnamon Sugar rim all of your glasses which I think would be super cute and use a cinnamon stick as a garnish but I just ran out of time. 

And wouldn't you know that I didn't take not a single solitary picture of the final product but believe me girls, it was amazing and I will definitely be making it again. 

Another fun Fall recipe I made last year was for this yummy adult version of hot apple cider.  I haven't made it yet this Fall season (hey, we're less than a week in) but here's a quick snapshot of the recipe from Pinterest.  I usually make a crockpot full of it so that my friends can have it at their discretion.  So, so good!

Sunday was super busy as well, but so worth it to love on our girl even more with some other friends, drink Fall sangria, eat lots of cupcakes, tasty snacks, open presents, play games and love on our girl some more.

Jenna and I did a 'Cupcakes & Cocktails' theme and here was our menu:
  • Cupcakes (and lots of them).  Although I consider myself a fantastic baker, I had Publix do all the baking for me and it was perfect.  I also added specialty cupcakes in the form of Apple Pie, Caramel Iced Mocha, Chocolate Strawberry, Italian Wedding Cake and Lemon
  • Decadent brownie bites (again, thank you Publix)
  • Chocolate pound cake trifles with whipped topping and strawberries (I actually made this)
  • Petit Fours (yes, again thank you Publix but don't y'all love these little cakes)
  • Pumpkin spiced cookies
  • Pumpkin macaroons
  • Pumpkin cheese ball served with vanilla wafers
  • Fruit Salsa served with Cinnamon pita chips
  • Meatballs
  • Sausage wonton stars (y'all, so good and so easy--I bake them at every party)
  • Ham & Swiss cheese rolls
  • Zoe's Chicken Salad (best chicken salad ever) served with pita bread and cucumbers
  • Palmetto Cheese pimento cheese (best out there I think)
  • Crescent roll wrapped brie with raspberry jam, maple syrup and brown sugar
  • Veggies with ranch dip, dill veggie dip and spinach dip
  • Pineapple/Turkey Kielbasa bites in a teriyaki glaze
  • Boars Head Meat/Cheese Platter (yes, again, thank you Publix)
Here are a few of the photos.
Shameless selfie-I bought this dress from my favorite local boutique 2 years ago and have never been able to fit into it.  Yes, even two years ago when I bought it.  But yesterday it fit with extra room I might add!

Pic of the dessert buffet.  My sister made the banner.

Bride to Be with the hostesses with the mostesses :)

Gosh y'all, isn't she just gorgeous!!!!  OK, so my sister made this sign.  She is the craftiest person ever and the majority of my home d├ęcor has been made by her.  Carey Ann's favorite movie is 'Princess Bride' so I had my sister create the "Mawwiage..." speech.  It turned out perfect and Carey Ann loved it!  You can check out my sister's other creations on her IG page (smalltowngirldesign) or here for her Etsy shop.

It was such a fun shower and she got lots of great gifts but even more importantly, Carey Ann got to feel the love from everybody that was there to celebrate with her.

OK, gals that was my fun weekend!  I'm going to tell you to come back tomorrow but honestly, I have no idea what I'll be dishing about but I'm sure it will be good.