Friday Favorites No. 3

  1. I apologize in advance but there are so many weddings happening in my life that they are constantly on my mind and it is highly likely that there will be at least one wedding related item per week on my Friday Favorites from now till the end of next year (maybe longer?) This one is about my wedding. Yeah, I know that was a year ago, but I finally took the time to download all my pictures and sort through them and post my favorites (all 330 of them…). They are so wonderful. Our photographer, Nick Mitzenmacher did a fabulous job of catching all the details and the emotions of the day. It truly was the best day of my life. I know that sounds totally cliche but not only did I marry my best friend and the love of my life but I got to have my whole family, all my friends, and all the people I truly care about all in one place. And since we had a destination wedding, I had a lot of them for a whole weekend. Never again will I be able to gather all the same people together like that, even though I truly and deeply wish that I could.   
  2. This one is sort of connected with number 1. I was introduced to A. Jaffe Maps jewelry by Grace Atwood through her blog The Stripe (she is giving one away and you should definitely go enter). You can map any location or landmark and have the map engraved on a charm for a necklace or bracelet.     love the idea of having the map of a special place engraved on a necklace, with a special message on the back. I would love one that had Carmel Valley on it with a diamond over Holman Ranch and our wedding date enscribed on the back. (The small round one in yellow gold please in case anyone was looking for a {very generous} gift idea for me….). How sweet a gift would this be for a bride to be- her wedding venue and date on the back? If you have any bridal showers coming up then you are welcome for the great idea.
  3. I have a new favorite yogurt. Have you tried the Tillamook Farmhouse Greek Yogurt? I LOVE this stuff. It’s the fruit on the bottom kind and the fruit doesn’t taste artificial or overly sweet like so many do. It’s perfectly creamy, but still light, just the right amount of sweetness and thickness. My favorite flavor is the California Peach and I add a spoonful of vanilla maple granola on top. It is hard to find the Tillamook yogurt locally, so far the only store in my area that I have found it at is Winco. And also, do you shop the bulk section at your local grocer? OMG. I just discovered the bulk section at Winco and let me say it is nothing short of lifechanging. For someone who like an extreme amount of variety when it comes to cooking I often find myself with zillions of half used tubs and bags of foods because I needed 1/4 c for something but I can only stand to eat it once maybe twice a month…. Like if I eat brown rice tonight then we can’t have rice again for a week, and when we do I want jasmine or arborio or wild rice instead. It’s quite unbelievable how many kinds of rice I have in my pantry. But the amazing thing is that with bulk I can buy only what I am going to make for that one meal. I can buy 1/4 c of rice flour for those gluten free cookies I will probably only bake once because I don’t really bake much. Or I can get just a teaspoon of that one odd spice I don’t know if I’ll like and don’t want to spend $6.00 on a whole bottle of. It’s amazing. I’m addicted. I should have just made shopping in the bulk section it’s own point.

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