Thanksgiving For Two

by Kristin on November 18, 2013

After all of our days off recently with the wedding and all the events leading up to it, neither of us have (m)any days off left this year. Which means, we will both be working the Friday after Thanksgiving, and as we are hours away from our families we will be hosting a Thanksgiving for two on Turkey Day.

I (obviously) love to cook, so the chance to cook a fun Thanksgiving meal for just me and my new husband is getting me all excited.

Since we will be getting together with family on Saturday for a traditional meal, I’m going to shake things up with our menu and have a little fun trying out new recipes.

Here’s what’s on our menu for next week:

  1. Smoked Ham in the Slow Cooker: My mom makes a ham in the crock pot regularly for family get togethers, so I took this “recipe” from her. It’s delicious, melt in your mouth, easy to make, and a crowd pleaser. You’re looking for a smoked picnic bone-in ham, but if you can’t find a picnic a smoked boston butt or similar cut of meat will also work, you just have to make sure it is smoked and has a bone to get the amazing flavor you want. You basically just put the ham in the crockpot, add a small amount of water to the bottom, and set it and forget it! I usually add some sliced onions in for flavor. This is just a random image I found via Google, but this is what your ham will look like once you take it out of the slow cooker…it just shreds on its own! SO GOOD.
    Sweet Baked Ham

  2. Collard Green Gratin: This just looks too tasty NOT to try. The boy and I both love collards, so I’m excited for this one.
  3. Trisha Yearwood’s Grandma Lizzie’s Cornbread Dressing (using my Grandma’s cornbread recipe): I love watching Trisha’s Food Network show on Saturday mornings, and I caught one of her older Thanksgiving episodes this past weekend. This dressing intrigued me and looked pretty easy to make. My grandma makes a killer cornbread so I will be using her recipe. 
  4. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Parmesan: I don’t really have a recipe for this one, but while dining at Arcuri a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to order their roasted brussels as a side. Life changing!! I will be attempting a recreation for Turkey Day as even the husband was obsessed with this side dish. Side note: For local DC-ers, we love Arcuri! It’s a new Italian-American resto in our ‘hood of Glover Park. Good atmosphere and tasty food. (Image from Google Images and not my own)
  5. Easy Peasy Smashed Potatoes with Ham Gravy: Here’s how I make delicious mashed taters – boil the potatoes cut up with skin on in salted water, smash everything together once cooked, add a TON of butter, a sprinkling of sea salt, a few scoops of mayonnaise, a few turns of milk, and some freshly ground black pepper. Sometimes I add garlic and parm if I’m feeling naughty… (Again, random Google Image below and not my own.) 

  6. No Bake Pumpkin CheesecakeI’ve attempted real cheesecakes before and they are a) time-consuming, and b) very delicate. So for just the two of us, I think this no bake version should work well! Looks easy enough, can make ahead of time, and looks like a light and delicious dessert. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

I’m so excited to get started! I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving and really thinks about what they have to be thankful for this year and every year. 



We Got Hitched!

by Kristin on November 12, 2013

Okay, so it has been a LONG time since I posted anything. So here is a recap of the last six-ish months:

May 4, 2013 – Sullivan’s Island, SC – We Got Engaged!

During a mini-vacay to our second home, Charleston, SC, Matt surprised me with a sunrise engagement at Station 21 on Sullivan’s Island. Almost exactly 7 years to the day from when we met. It was definitely the greatest vacation of my life!

June 19, 2013 – We head to my best friend’s sister’s wedding in NC:


Saturday, August 31, 2013 – Matt’s family throws us an awesome engagement party in Kentucky:

September 14, 2013 – My Maid of Honor throws a most excellent bridal shower in NC:

September 21, 2013 – My Nana throws us an engagement party at her new place in Apex, NC:

(Horrible photo, but all I have from that day!)

October 11-14, 2013 – My Mama and I headed down to Charleston for some final wedding meetings and also the Kahn – Basile wedding! 

Mama, me and Katy G en route to the rehearsal dinner at McCrady’s

Me and Katy with the gorgeous bride, Sarah soon-to-be Mrs. Basile!

Mom and I brunching at Water’s Edge

Gorgeous bride!! Gorgeous wedding.

And possibly the most important thing ever to happen to me, on Sunday, November 3, 2013, after over 7 years together, Matt and I finally tied the knot! 

More photos to come :) We’re so very happy and enjoying our new titles!



Monday Musings

June 3, 2013

1. Most of us work in sedentary jobs that require us to sit for 8 hours plus a day. 2. Most of the country is obese and/or struggling with weight/diet related health problems. 3. Technology has made it extremely easy for us to live most of our lives without barely a movement. 4. Government subsides [...]

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Running, Racing, Baking & Vacay….The best of times.

March 22, 2013

I just sort of feel like I should be blogging, so here goes. It’s been a while since I have posted much of anything, and I wish that I could say I would do it on the regular, but I cannot promise that. I do feel like I have a lot to say most days, [...]

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Monday Morning Wanderlusting: European Vacay

February 4, 2013

Matt’s brother in law is currently stationed in Vilseck, Germany with the Army. Matt’s sister and nephew will soon be joining him overseas, which only means that now Matt and I are forced  to plan a European vacay to go visit. (The HORROR!) We’re certainly going to miss them being so close to us in the [...]

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Weekly Meal Planning for Real People.

January 29, 2013

  Let’s be honest here. Weekly menu planning sounds super intimidating. Also, I am fickle and often change my mind last minute about what I want for supper. Or, often I am running late in the mornings and don’t have time to put that “super easy” meal in the crock pot. Or, I am too lazy tired [...]

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For the Twenty-Something Women: My Thoughts On How to Get Your Life Together.

December 20, 2012

With the New Year coming up very soon, I thought I would go ahead and publish something that has been sitting in my drafts for a while. Recently, I have been working on what I dub in my head “getting my life together.” To me, this means getting my home the way I like it, [...]

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Marathon #4 Recap + NYC Marathon That Never Was

November 5, 2012

Been a little busy this last week, yanno, running a marathon and all. Me, Laney & Katy at the start – pretty excited to begin my second MCM! Little did I know… To jump right to the end, the marathon did NOT go well for me. At all. I ended up coming in at 5:03, [...]

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Marine Corps Marathon – Take Two

October 24, 2012

I know I haven’t posted in forever – I tend to go in waves with this blogging stuff. But I did want to pop in and let everyone know – narcissism at it’s best – that I will be running my 4th marathon this Sunday, the Marine Corps Marathon! It’s actually my second time running [...]

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Updating My Closet

August 29, 2012

I would not call myself a lover of fashion, as I’m not really into labels and can’t keep up with the latest trends. But I DO love clothes and the creative expression that they help us exude. I think our own personal style is ever evolving, but I am currently in a massive discover-my-own-style-and-fill-my-closet-with-lasting-pieces-that-reflect-it mode, [...]

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