Thursday, September 26, 2013

Will you be my bridesmaid ideas

Will you be my bridesmaid? A little phrase every newly engaged lady looks forward to saying. If you are the type who has been planning your wedding since you were 5, I imagine you also have thought about your right hand ladies for a while. My bridesmaids live all across the South and I wanted to ask them in person and in a personal way.

I went to the store and bought each of my ladies favorite wine (and margarita for my bf who does not drink wine). I soaked the labels off and made a simple label on my computer. On the label I included words, phrases, verbs, adjectives, and inside jokes I have with each bridesmaid.

At the bottom I included the line "Will you be my bridesmaid?"

The ladies loved it! And it brought on the tears, hugs, and happy girl time!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake and Graham Cracker Ice Cream

This is a life changing ice cream!  This ice cream has real cheesecake chunks, fresh strawberries, and actual graham crackers pieces!

Ever since the first time we used the ice cream maker I got as a bridal shower gift we have been hooked on coming up with creative recipes. We had a friend coming over who does not eat chocolate (crazy! Who doesn't eat chocolate?); I usually make cheesecake when he comes over. However we wanted to use our ice cream maker. And just like that, we came up with a fresh strawberry ice cream with cheesecake and gram crackers. The recipe starts as a basic ice cream recipe, then we added the magic to it!

Warning: this is not for the dieter (even though I am dieting, I still could not resist it).

Strawberry Cheesecake and Graham Cracker Ice Cream Recipe
Makes  5 cups (serves 10 1/2 cup servings) 

I package of Edwards  frozen original cheesecake slice (comes with 2 slices), thawed
3 Graham cracker "sheets" crushed up as much as you like
1 1/2 cups of strawberries (we used one standard sized fresh package)
3/4 cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.) Put the strawberries into a food processor and pulse/chop strawberries until a desired consistency.
2.) In a medium bowl, whisk milk, sugar, and and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla. Stir in the strawberries (with juices). Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
3.) Turn on ice cream maker. Pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened. At the 15 minute mark, pour in the Graham crackers and the cheesecake by the spoonful. (If it over flows, just scoop some out and save for later, or eat now!). Transfer to an airtight container (we used mason jars) and place in freezer for 2 hours.

Of course you can eat it right away, it just will not be as firm.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall Engagement Photo Session in Atlanta

Fall engagement pictures in Atlanta, Georgia

We decided to have our engagement pictures taken in Georgia in the fall when the leaves are changing. Since our wedding will be on the beach, we thought it would be nice to have a change of scenery. My friend, Gina, was able to introduce me to her photographer friend who recently moved to Atlanta. We spent the entire day together exploring the north suburbs of Atlanta. We used Danielle, owner of DiBlasio Photography of Georgia

Here are some of our favorites...

First, Tyler and I love Scrabble so we got creative with the Scrabble tiles: 

We stumbled upon an old barn and had fun taking pictures around it:

And like any good engagement session, we used an abandoned field:

Next stop, a creek:

And our last stop, Roswell Mill: