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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

From Your Kitchen to Mine: Recipes 11-15

If you remember, last week I mentioned that this week would be all slow-cooker recipes.  I love slow-cooker recipes because you can carry on with other activities while your meal is cooking and you don't have to worry about your house burning to the ground.  Of course, you should always take precaution. 

My mom reminds me all of the time about how I used to poke fun at her for using a crock pot when I was younger--what can I say? I was young!  I survived long days at work and getting home late while I was in the Army thanks to my crock pot!

I'm really excited to share this week's recipes with you.  I used a couple of recipes this weekend as we entertained guests, and everything we've tried has been a huge hit so far. 

Oh, and if you decide to try any of them, let me and/or the person supplying the recipe know how you like it.  If you have to choose me or them, choose them-- remember, they're the ones who supplied these tasty recipes!

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Crock Pot Ranch Potatoes


I found this recipe at Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner. One thing I love about potatoes is that there are about a million and one ways to cook them.  These potatoes turned out to be really creamy and very delicious.  They were easy to make and even easier to eat!  I thought we may have a few leftovers after dinner, but the leftovers disappeared quickly the next day.  We loved them.  Thank you, Dresden, for sharing this recipe!

Click here for the recipe.


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Asian Pepper Steak

I found this recipe on my husband's aunt's blog, Karla's Kitchen. Her blog was actually one of the first I started following when I started blogging last year.  For months and months I would drool over her recipes.  They all sounded so good.  I kept telling her that I needed/wanted to try them, but I never got around to it.  Well, this past weekend I did!  I made this dish for a few friends we had over for dinner and it was a hit.  Karla said it makes a lot, and it really did.  It fed 6 adults and we had plenty for about 3 days of leftovers.  If you make this, it may be a good idea to freeze some and save it for later.  Also, Karla gives a little recipe for a topper.  It was so delicious.  My husband was really sad when it ran out, and so was I..it ran out before I could get a picture of it on top of the dish!  Check out Karla's Kitchen, it shows a picture of the topper!  Thanks, Karla!
Click here for the recipe.


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Angel Chicken...slow cooker
I found this recipe at Cleverly Inspired.  I was excited to use this dish because after reading the ingredients list, it sounded like it would have a lot of flavor.  And man, did it!  There was so much flavor in this dish!  It was 'lick-your-plate good!"  Ahem..yes, I liked my plate...moving on.  I didn't use rice or angel hair pasta to accompany the dish as Tracie recommended, but I used some whole wheat penne pasta and it turned out great.  Oh, you can learn from my mistake:  remember to turn the crock pot to "low" and not "warm."  Yes, I put it on warm and Scott and I moped around together with empty bellies while we smelled the deliciousness as it finished cooking.  Lesson learned.  Thanks for sharing this, Tracie!
Click here for the recipe.


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Chicken Tikka Masala
 
This recipe came from Meal Planning 101.  It's actually one that I pinned a while back on pinterest and I'm finally making.  We love Indian food.  As I mentioned before, we love flavor!  This meal had a lot of flavor and wasn't too difficult to put together.  It calls for chicken thighs and I accidentally purchased extra chicken breast instead of thighs.  I know if I had thighs, it would've been a little juicier and more tender.  But the slow cooker helped soften up the chicken breast quite a bit. Also, I made a side of quinoa instead of rice.  All-in-all, it think it tasted wonderful--Scott practically begged me to pack some of the leftovers for his lunch the next day.  Next time, I'll be sure to grab the chicken thighs though.  Thank you so much, Kindra!

Click here for the recipe.


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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

This recipe came from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  I know there are a lot of breakfast recipes you can use for slow cookers, I just hadn't used any until this one.  I couldn't believe something this easy could turn out tasting so good! I put everything together before church on Sunday and then we invited friends over for brunch after. By the time we got home, it had just finished cooking and we happily consumed it.  I'll definitely be making this again when we have company.  Thank you, Sandra!

Click here for the recipe.

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Hot Cocoa Cake


The picture above serves as evidence of the first time I've ever made dessert in a crock pot.  I got this recipe from Sandra Lee's book:  Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Recipes. I have to admit that the reason I chose this recipe was because of the picture next to it.  I've tried almost all of the dinner meals in the book, but I've been wondering (for the 5 years that I've owned this book) how that dessert would taste.  Now I know--it's delicious!  Here's how you do it: 

Ingredients: 
  • Butter-Flavor cooking spray
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 box chocolate cook-and-serve pudding mix
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate flavored syrup
     Steps: 
    1. Coat 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside.  In a small saucepan, over high heat, heat milk until almost boiling.  Remove from heat; set aside
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs, and canola oil.  Using a handheld electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping down side of bowl. 
    3. Transfer batter to prepared slow cooker.  Sprinkle pudding mix over cake batter.  Slowly pour in hot milk.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 4 hours.  (Don't lift the lid for first 3 hours of cooking)
    5. Turn off slow cooker.  Sprinkle cake with 1 cup of marshmallows.  Cover; let stand for 5 minutes to allow marshmallows to melt slightly. 
    6. Serve warm by scooping out cake.  Top with additional marshmallows and chocolate-flavored syrup (optional).
    7. ENJOY!


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      Monday, January 30, 2012

      Tell Your Story

      Over the last couple of months, I've had a lot of conversations with others who are interested in starting blogs to share their stories, but they aren't confident enough in their writing abilities to start their own.  If you're reading this post or if you've read any post I've written, you've probably come across a few typos here and there.  A year or two ago, I would've spent hours pouring over one post to ensure it was completely error free and all of my punctuation marks were used and placed properly.  Today, however, I just don't have enough time for that and I've accepted the fact that I'm not perfect and I won't ever be perfect.  Don't get me wrong, I care about what I write and how it comes across.  I guess what I'm trying to say is, life it too short and days go by too quickly to try to appear to be superhuman.
       
      I believe there's a way to shift from not writing something because you lack confidence in writing to writing something because you enjoy writing.  In high school, I used to whine to my mom about how I just wish there was a formula for writing a paper the way there were formulas to solve math and science problems.  Over time, I learned that the more you write and the more you develop your voice in your writing, the more you enjoy it.  Some of that comes right down to education.

      I've come across some online resources that could help and one of these was this website that provides writing tutoring.  Has anyone heard of this? They offer online tutoring for elementary-level writing all the way up to to college-level writing and beyond.

      One thing I love about blogging is reading the stories.  We all have stories--each and every one of us (including those without a blog).  Some stories tug more at your heartstrings while others make you laugh, and some are a little more interesting than others.  I think mine is one of the less interesting ones, but I try to spin it in a way that sounds interesting...is it working?  I suppose it has a few parts that don't need a whole lot of spinning.

      Oh, if you haven't entered the free photo session giveaway yet, make sure you check that out here.  And come back tomorrow to see the next batch of recipes!

      Friday, January 27, 2012

      Happy Friday! Funnies, Fancies, and Furniture?

      Okay, when I was looking at awkward wedding photos last Friday, I found this awkward wedding photo and couldn't stop laughing.  Creepy, right?  But so 80s early 90s! 

      Source

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      For Friday's Fancies this week, we were supposed create an outfit for the theme:  Winter Wonderland.  As you can see, I chose a lot of neutral colors and strayed away from the blues and whites.  I love the tweed cape-coat.  I definitely know I don't have--or may not ever have enough money saved up for those earrings.  Aside from the earrings (because of the $), I would totally wear this outfit in a *Winter Wonderland*.  The only thing is, it feels like Spring here now.
      What do you think?
      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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      Okay, it's been way too long since my last craft project and I'm itching to do another one soon.  While Scott and I were in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for New Years, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law took us to a little Amish town nearby.  My husband was so excited to purchase this awesome shelf, but I've been trying to think of things I could do to/with it.


      Do I stain it or paint it? What color do I paint it? I just don't know yet.  Any thoughts or ideas?  I'm open to any and all that you may be able to offer!


      HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!




      Thursday, January 26, 2012

      Parapet Photography: Free Photo Session Giveaway

      Happy Thursday, Everybody!  I hope you're all having wonderful weeks so far!

      I told you all in yesterday's post that was going to host my first giveaway.  I also told you that the giveaway was going to be a photo session with Parapet Photography.  Amazing, right??  Well, I didn't tell you that Parapet Photography is now, officially, joining forces with The Foreign Domestic as a sponsor.  Very happy to share that good news and to share more about their photography!

      {Parapet Photography}
      If you've been following me for a while, you know that I've bragged about Parapet Photography on numerous occasions.  If you're a new reader/follower or you missed my bragging sprees, you can read a couple of them here and here.   

      {Parapet Photography}

      As on-location photographers serving the greater Fayetteville, North Carolina area, Parapet specializes in family photography including weddings, couples, senior portraits, maternity & newborn, and children of all ages.  They offer a lot of discounts, especially for military families and families of special needs children.

      Oh, and how could I neglect their social causes?  I can't!  While they have a passion for photography, part of the reason Parapet Photography came into existence was so that it could be used as a tool to bless others.  There are two causes, in particular, that this business supports with a percentage of all profits:  The Wounded Warrior Project and  Stop Child Trafficking Now.
      {Parapet Photography}

      If you haven't been tempted to click on the link to their website yet, I highly recommend you do, especially if you like the photos you see in this post.  When you do, you'll soon understand why I brag about them so much.  

      After looking at their photos, I'm sure you're all itching to learn how you can win a FREE photo session with Parapet Photography.  So, let's get down to it!


      What's up for Grabs

      A Free 1-2 Hour Photo Session
      (Choice of Couple's Session, Individual Session, or Family Session)
      20-25 Professionally Processed Photos
      An Online Gallery For You, Family/Friends to View and Order PrintsA CD With High Resolution Files
      • Full Copyright Release So You Can Reprint Photos
      • A $50.00 Print Card For Prints, Canvases, or Albums

      Total Value is Over $275.00

      How to Enter: 

      This step is mandatory to enter:  
      • Leave a comment on this post telling us which photo session you would want with Parapet: Couple's, Individual, or Family. (This is mostly for planning purposes).

      For additional entries complete any or all of the following steps:

      *You can click “I did this!” on each item you complete below and follow the directions of each task for your entry to be complete. Remember, only the first task is required but you can complete all the tasks for additional entries.

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      Wednesday, January 25, 2012

      Photo Challenge #19, #20 & #21: B&W, Faceless Self-Portrait & Something Orange...and Edit Me Challenge

      ***Before I begin, I want to encourage you to read to the bottom for news on a really sweet deal***

      Hello, my name is Kirsten and I'm addicted to taking pictures.  Seriously, I am. I made a partial confession the other day, but I didn't come right out and admit it.  So here I am, confessing my "addiction".

      I love to take pictures of people, places, things...anything.  Just ask my husband or any of my family members.  Every now and then, I'll make Scott pull off on the side of the road so I can snap a picture of something interesting, cool, or pretty.  And a lot of the times, I make him stand in front of whatever it is.  Sorry, Scott, I know I torture you with this.  But I, mostly, enjoy taking pictures so I can keep them as a remnant of adventures we experience.  My picture-taking has evolved over the years from disposables, to digital point-and-shoots, and now to a nicer camera.  While quality may have improved (significantly), my love of taking pictures hasn't wavered.

      I look forward to Wednesdays because they're best days to connect with and learn from photographers with blogs.  I know there's still a lot for me to learn and I'm open to any and all feedback.  If you think there's something I should change or a new method I should try to get a better shot, please don't hesitate to provide feedback/critiques!  After all, it was only a few years ago I was using disposable cameras to capture shots! 

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      A couple of my friends asked if I could photograph their wedding.  This is something I've never done before on the 'professional level'.  Remember, I'm addicted to taking pictures so every wedding I attend, I tend snap lots of shots.  Anyway, I obliged their request but I was a little nervous to be the one in charge of capturing shots of their big day.  They had a beautiful wedding, and they are such a fun couple to photograph, it turned out to be a really fun experience!

      Here is one of my favorites from the wedding and my Black & White photo challenge: 
      Photo Challenge #19: Black & White

       Alright, I thought this one was a little awkward.  To be honest, I tried to put this particular challenge off for as long as possible in an attempt to avoid the awkwardness!  I didn't know what I was going to do for it or how I was going to capture it.  I decided to use my tripod and camera remote and get a shot of me drinking my hot tea (a daily ritual) looking out of the window. Clarification, it's not a ritual for me to stare out of the window while drinking tea, it's just a ritual to drink it.  Hmm, I guess you can still see some of my face--oh well!

      Here's my faceless self-portrait:  
      Photo Challenge #20: Faceless Self-Portrait
       Last week I received a request from my friend, Denise, to complete the 'Something Orange' photo challenge.  I tried so hard to be creative and find something fun and different that's orange.  I asked my husband what he thought and he responded with what was already in my head:  "take a picture of oranges."  So one morning, before devouring my orange for breakfast, I took a picture.

      Here is the photo of something orange:

      Photo Challenge #21: Something Orange

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      Also, I enjoyed the Edit Me Challenge so much last week that I decided to participate again.  This week, the photo is of an adorable little guy and it was supplied by Ashley Sisk.

      Here's the photograph before:


      Here's the photograph after my edit:

      Here's what I did and my thought process behind it:

      Oh, before I begin, I received a few questions last time about what editing software I use--I use Lightroom 3 and I love it!

      • I was really tempted to turn this black & white or use sepia tones, but I decide not to.  He's an adorable little baby and I wanted to capture the baby freshness; I thought the best way to do that was to keep the color.
      • I cropped the picture some and angled it slightly to the left to get him a little more centered
      • I increased the brightness and exposure.  I also used a graduated filter on the left side (as you look at it) of his face so that when I brightened the photo, you could still see that side of his face.
      • I increased the vibrance, the temperature slightly, and the tint slightly.  
      • As I increased the fill light, I also increased the blacks & darks a bit as well. 
      What do you think?  What would you do differently?

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      SUPER SWEET DEAL:

      All photographed out?  Oh man, I really hope not!  Guess what?  Tomorrow I'm hosting my very first GIVEAWAY!!!  Yes, I said it! And, there's a BIG prize in store.  
       The prize??  

      A Free Photo Session With Parapet Photography!!! 

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      Tuesday, January 24, 2012

      From Your Kitchen To Mine: Recipes 6-10

      I'm really excited to share this week's recipes with you.  They were all so easy to make and they didn't take long at all.  Scott and I both enjoyed them.  Plus, most of the recipes made enough for leftovers which was great!  Enjoy! 

      Oh, and if you decide to try any of them, let me and/or the person supplying the recipe know how you like it.  If you have to choose me or them, choose them--they supplied these tasty recipes!

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      Chicken Parmesan
      Without the Parmesan or All of the Work


      I found this recipe at Grace Full Life.  I love chicken Parmesan but, honestly, I've never made it because it seems like it would take a long time to make (I know, lame excuse).  But, when I saw Kari's recipe title, especially the "without the Parmesan or all of the work" part, I knew I had to try it.  Along with that, there were only 4 ingredients!  When I made this for dinner, I added a little more seasoning (like oregano), and I also cooked some whole wheat penne pasta to accompany the chicken.  It was delicious!  I'm keeping this on my go-to list for easy dinners that don't take much time or effort to prepare!  Thanks, Kari!

      Click here for the recipe.


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      Beef Taco Bake 

      While exploring the world wide web of blogs last week, I came across this recipe over at Hello Yum!  Kristen has all sorts of amazing recipes that she shares and, if I weren't trying to find 100 unique blogs with recipes to try, I would spend a lot more time trying some of hers.  This was another easy and really tasty recipe that my husband and I really enjoyed.  It took 3 steps total--does it get any easier than that?? It's funny how the pictures make it look like a lasagna. I guess, in a way, it was like a taco lasagna.  Thanks so much, Kristen!
      Click here for the recipe.


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      Pan Seared Garlic Chicken Thighs


      My blog friend, Marilyn, from The Artsy Girl Connection sent me this recipe via email when she saw I was doing this series (which is highly encouraged, by the way).  This was a recipe that I just couldn't believe I made on my own.  Yes, it was that good.  There was so much flavor and it, too, was an easy dish to put together.  She walks you through the process and it makes everything so less daunting--especially for someone, like me, who has never pan seared chicken thighs.  I'll be using this again soon, perhaps, for a dinner party.  Thank you, Marilyn!

      Click here for the recipe.


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      Healthy Phyllo Rolls  

      This recipe came from Good Food Recipes. Wow, with a blog name like that, it's no wonder I have to force myself to look at other blogs to stop drooling over the recipes that are posted. There were so many recipes to choose from, it was really hard to decide.  I ended up choosing this recipe because I had extra phyllo sheets from a dish I shared last week. I used red cabbage in my rolls, which is why the filling looks a little darker.  DD said they could be served with tomato sauce or ketchup but that it's also great to eat them without sauce.  We decided to try them with some sweet and sour sauce and without anything; they were great both ways!  Thank you, DD!

      Click here for the recipe.


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      Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake


      This recipe came from Cindy at This And That.  And, boy, was this tasty.  In her instructions, Cindy warned that this would make a lot of food, and it did!  But that was alright with us--we love leftovers. The recipe called for 4 cups of cooked brown rice, but I reduced that to 2 cups and I think that worked out well.  Cindy gives some tips about what you can do before making this meal to make it a little easier and much quicker to prepare.  Thanks so much, Cindy!

      Click here for the recipe.

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      Blueberry Dump Cake


      The first time I ever tried this dessert was when a friend made it for me while I was stationed in Kansas.  It was so good, I thought it must've taken her all day to prepare.  When she told me how to make it, I was floored--there's no way something that tastes so good could be that easy.  But it was, and it is.  Actually, the name says it all, you literally dump all of the ingredients in there!  This is my go-to dessert recipe when we have company and I don't have a ton of time to throw an intricate dessert together.  The best part is, you can use all sorts of pie fillings for this.  I used blueberry this time, but I've used cherry and apple before.  I also like to eat mine warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

      Ingredients: 
      • 1 16 oz. can crushed pineapple
      • 1 20 oz.can  blueberry (or any type) pie filling
      • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
      • 1 stick of butter (sometimes I use less)
       Steps:
      1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. 
      2. Dump in the pineapple and juice & spreading evenly. 
      3. Pour cherry pie filling over the pineapple & spreading evenly. 
      4. Add dry cake mix evenly over the fruit. 
      5. Slice butter and lay across the top. Do not mix!
      6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
      7. Enjoy!

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      Monday, January 23, 2012

      10 Tips for Planning or Not Planning An Amazing First Anniversary

      Hey All!  I hope you all had wonderful weekends!  Thank you for all of the anniversary wishes!  I was seriously overwhelmed by all of the messages; I shared them with Scott too!

      So, I told you all in my last post I would share more of the highlights and learning points from our first married year today.  But after this weekend, I thought it would be more fun to share what we learned from celebrating our first anniversary.  Hence, the title of this post and this little graphic I put together!

      Okay, obviously, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate a day that's special for you and your significant other; we're all different.  Also note that I didn't say every anniversary, because I'm not a subject matter expert on anything after the first.  Alright, who am I kidding??  I'm not a subject matter expert on anything related to marriage...at all! These are just fun tips based on how we celebrated this year and I'm very glad we did because we had a blast!!
      10 Tips for 
      Planning 
      or Not Planning 
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      First Anniversary:
       
      Tip 1:  Don't be afraid to tell people it's your first anniversary!  This tip is huge and your implementation of this tip can determine how much fun you have the rest of the day.  Okay, don't be obnoxious about it, but share it as it comes up in conversation. We weren't shy about it and we got the royal treatment and lots of free stuff (i.e. free movie tickets, money for popcorn, free adult beverages, and even legitimate job offers--seriously).  You're also bound to get sound and hilarious marriage advice from well-meaning strangers.

      Tip 2:  Explore a new place or try something new.  It's always fun to get off the beaten trail and find ways spice up your marriage dating life--especially on your anniversary.  We got out to do some exploring in our city and came across this amazing wine tasting venue.  While talking with one of the guys who worked there, it came up casually that we were celebrating our first anniversary (remember Tip 1?), and we got free samples of wine! 

      Tip 3:  Commemorate your special day, somehow.  It's a big day, you should try to remember it.  I, personally, enjoy taking pictures.  After the thousands of pictures I took while we were dating and continue to take now that we're married, Scott understands my desires to snap photos-- or at least he's starting to.  While I normally get a little push-back from him, I got zero push-back on our anniversary--amazing!!  So I grabbed the camera, the tripod, and the camera remote and we took off to our backyard to grab some shots to help commemorate our first anniversary. 

      A "blooper" shot.  You can see the remote in my hand.
      The plan is to do this every year and put our annual "anniversary photo" into an anniversary memory book that I created.  I'm not much of a scrapbooker (is that a word?) so it's a very basic-level scrapbook.  My dear friend, Jennifer, tried to get me interested in scrapping years ago; I think she'd be happy to hear that those seeds she planted all those years ago are finally sprouting..slowly.
      A couple of my "basic-level scrapbook" pages. Tip 3
      How we implemented Tip 4
      Tip 4:  Remember the past year but look ahead to the next one(s).  Sometimes recalling your prior experiences can help you better appreciate them and prepare for what lies ahead.  If you ask me, there's nothing better than a good old fashioned After Action Review (AAR)--all of you military folks will know what I'm talking about.  In essence, it's a way to reflect on what happened and figure out what should stay the same and what should change.  I'm a huge fan of Table Topics so I created our own personal version of anniversary topics (which I think they should totally create, by the way).  It was kind of a mix between Table Topics and an AAR.  I included fun and serious questions about the past year like: What was the best date we went on? What was the worst date we went on? What was the hardest thing we faced? What would be our theme song for the year?  I also had questions about the future like:  If we could relive something next year what would it be? What would you do differently next year? What month and year do you think we'll have our first child? How many children do you think we'll have? What do you think we'll be doing in 10 years?  I think it'll be fun to reread our answers each anniversary.  Anyway, we each had our own stack of cards that we filled out separately and then we talked about our answers over dinner.  I scrapped those too!  Not scrap as in 'I threw them away,' but scrapped as in 'I added those to anniversary memory book I talked about in Tip 3.'
        
      Tip 5:  Think outside of the traditional and modern anniversary gift boxes (pun slightly intended).  So, the traditional first anniversary gift is paper and the modern one is a clock.  But who says you're restricted to the literal translation of these.  We opted out of giving one another rolls of toilet paper or origami animals (there's nothing really wrong with those, one is pretty and the other is necessary--but they may not make for the best anniversary presents).  We also decided not to give each other clocks.  Actually, it's amazing how this worked since both of our gifts to one another were complete surprises.  As it turns out, we both gave each other items for fun/relaxing experiences we can enjoy together at another time (time = clock theme, get it? okay, maybe a stretch).  And, the way we announced the experience we'll share was on paper (I learned that from my mom)! And the best part is, our anniversary celebration will continue! 

      Tip 6:  Be flexible with your plans.  Things come up and life happens.  Don't let a change of plans spoil your fun.  After dinner, we were going to see a movie and then go to one of our favorite spots to grab desserts and drinks, but the movie we wanted to see was sold out at the time, so we grabbed desserts and drinks first, went to the movie later-- and then left the theater a little early anyway. We went with the flow and kept things light. 

      Tip 7:  Kiss a lot.  Why?  No, the real question should be: why not?? It's your first anniversary, you should be making out everywhere! Look, we do it too! 
      Implementing Tip 7
      Tip 8:  Don't limit your anniversary to just one day.  Why limit all of the fun to one day?  We got married in prime football season, and it's going to stay that way for as long as football is being played.  There was a big game being played on the actual day of our anniversary so my husband had a seriously brilliant plan to celebrate the day before and in a unique way (read: watching the football game) the day-of.  This goes along with Tip 6--stay flexible! Oh, and remember Tip 5?  Our anniversary gifts will extend this celebration even longer! 

      Tip 9:  Eat that wedding cake!  If you saved your wedding cake topper to eat it again on your first anniversary, have no fear, there's a good chance that, if it tasted good on your wedding day, it will probably still taste good.  And if it didn't taste good on your wedding day, well...don't save it or eat it.  I always wondered what year-later, frozen then thawed cake would taste like; Scott and I were a little nervous.  But now I know it = yummy!


      Our wedding cake before we implemented Tip 9
      Tip 10:  Read Song of Songs and replicate it.  This final tip ties in with Tip 7.  I'll give you a hint: practice making babies.  Yes, I said it.  You're married, and it's a natural part of life--enjoy!

      Our favorite conversation from our anniversary celebration:  

      Stranger:  "Is this your first date??"  
      Scott: "No, we just like to keep things fresh!"

      Here's to keeping it fresh for the next 70+ years!!

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      Oh, and this may be the last time I can share a load of wedding pictures with everyone before it becomes just plain obnoxious so here are some more.  Our photographer was Jonathan Lawton.  He's based out of Salem, Massachusetts and traveled down for our wedding; he did an amazing job.  You can see more of his wedding photography here and more of all of his photography here.  If you leave him a note (which would be cool if you did), tell him Kirsten sent you! No, I don't get anything free or any money, I just want to pass on the good word!

      Photos by Jonathan Lawton

      Questions:  What did you do on your first anniversary?  What do you want to do?  What tips would you give newlyweds?

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