Friday, February 26, 2010

The M word.

It's official. James and myself have started to pool our money together with long-term goals in mind.

AKA - We've started a marriage savings account.

Well, that's what I'm calling it. I'm sure he'll have another name for it without the M word in it.

My big brother, who's a newlywed has this to say: "That's a big step. Man. You'll need to go ahead and stock that thing as much as you can." (In referring to the savings account).

Thanks, big bro.

So much to think about in the actual planning of a wedding. (Which, to be clear, is not yet happening.) But there have been discussions.

I know why planning a wedding makes people NUTS.

Big wedding..
Small wedding..
No church..
No Beach..
Whom to walk me down aisle..
Color of my dress..
Color of bridesmaid dresses..
Style of my dress..
Type of flowers..
Invitation type..
Sit down dinner.. or buffet..
Hair up or down..

To elope or not?

Yes that non-stressful path is very much an option in my mind. The ONLY think keeping from that, is the constant regret I know I would live my whole life with.

I don't like the idea of everyone's eyes being on me for any given moment, but..

I do want to wear the big white dress.
I do want to dance with family and friends whom I never get to see.
I do want the tradition of it all.

I want to come up with little quirks.. find unique things. I want to pick the perfect date. I want to pick the perfect location. I want to do it the Jaimie way. I think If I hop a plane to Vegas, that won't happen.

I think the only thing I do know: where we want to honeymoon. Europe. Italy, France or Ireland. Just somewhere.. over there.

But we'll probably end up at a beach somewhere... sharing a Tecate.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Day at Midnight

Here's my Valentine's Day present that Jimmy hid.. in the bathroom. But when I found it, I was oh so excited! Then I immediately unpacked my little table top jewerly box and found out that I need more things to fill this beauty.

My mom said I need a ring to put in it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Think I'm going to make a batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine's Day.


Prep time
15 min
total time
1 hr 10 min
24 servings

What You Need:

1 pkg. (2-layer size) red velvet cake mix
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
1 cup thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 square White Chocolate, shaved into curls

PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, blending dry pudding mix into batter before spooning into prepared muffin cups. Cool.

MEANWHILE, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Whisk in COOL WHIP. Spoon 1-1/2 cups into small freezer-weight resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small corner off bottom of bag. Insert tip of bag into top of each cupcake to pipe about 1 Tbsp. frosting into center of cupcake. FROST cupcakes with remaining frosting. Top with chocolate curls. Keep refrigerated.

Got this one from


I claim there ain't
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.

~Ogden Nash

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Green Grass

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on.

~Amar Dave