Monday, August 1, 2011


This past weekend was my first weekend to be in birmingham without any traveling since in april. I was so excited to be able to wake up both saturday and sunday mornings in my our bed and enjoy home. My parents came to town Friday night to take us to dinner and bring wedding presents we had not opened yet. Saturday, i woke up early (after staying up super late for me trying to get organized with all of our new gifts!) and ate breakfast while watching the food network in my pajamas {sigh}. Doesn't get much better than that. Justin and I geared up for an afternoon of returning duplicates and gift-card purchases. Although I'm really not big on running errands, having Justin with me made it so much more fun. To top off a great (married) saturday afternoon, we went to see a movie - one of our favorite things to do - Cowboys & Aliens. Which was great by the way!

Sunday, we tried out a new church, and as our luck would have it, heard the pastor's farewell sermon. Justin's birthday is wednesday so since we have a jam-packed week of things to do at night, I cooked a special birthday meal for him Sunday night: Panko Encrusted Rack of Lamb. One of our favs.
It sounds fancy and looks fancy but is actually so easy! I need to stop blogging from work so I can include the recipes. More to follow!

Friday, July 29, 2011


As a newlywed I am getting used to a new name and that involves spelling it for people a whole lot.  Married life is amazing - so cliche but true. After dating for 5 years, it's amazing how natural and easy sharing our lives together feels already. After a honeymoon to NYC we are back in the hometown getting back to the daily grind. That - on the other hand - has not felt natural or easy. But it had to come at some point and it is nice to figure out our routine together.

As part of being a newlywed couple, we are starting a supper club with 2 of our other newlywed couple friends. We will each take turns hosting the other 2 couples on a weekly basis - or at least that's the plan for now. So next thursday night we begin the Supper Club and Justin and I will host the first round. I am so excited to use my new everyday china and serve ware. I love to entertain. The challenging part will be in our shoebox of an apartment!

And as part of being a new wife, I have been cooking dinner as many nights as I can. I am LOVING that I actually have someone to cook for other than myself. We've had pork chops, chicken tetrazzini (recipe coming soon!), spaghetti and blackened tilapia greek salad. I also made a chicken salad with apples, walnuts and greek yogurt which has been amazing for lunch the past few days.

As best as I can tell, married life is absolutely wonderful. I have an amazing husband who loves me and supports me and we have an absolute blast together.

First Dance - "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Home stretch

That's right, 16 more days until I become Mrs. Palmore. I could not be more excited that it is finally within arm's reach. That's a picture of the inside of the church where we will be married. I love the stained glass! I have 5 more days of work until I am off for the wedding and the honeymoon. Needless to say, it's a little hard to focus.

Mom, Dad and I drove to check out the sunflowers we are hoping will bloom just in time for the wedding. It was so pretty and I think I could have sat under a tree for hours just admiring them. And I say under a tree because it was about 1,000 degrees and there are bees everywhere. So a little distance and shade would be necessary for sure. Mom felt it would be wrong not to "rescue" the ones that had been blown over and uprooted by the wind, so she hauled them back to the car where we had to fold down the seats they are so tall!

We are going to check on them again this weekend and hoping they will be right on schedule!

In other news, Justin moved back to Birmingham for good last weekend and it is ridiculous how much easier a relationship is when you are living in the same city. We've been able to grab lunch together and cook dinner, take Bear to the park... probably very normal things that we've only been able to do on weekends we were together. BUT, as nice as it is, it makes me realize how wonderful it will be when we are married and living together. It's no fun having to tell him bye every night. Only 16 more days! Have I mentioned I can't wait??!

Thursday, June 16, 2011