Friday Things

wedding day rainbow

1. I’m back from Florida and MARRIED! I’ll be sharing more wedding details in a separate post, but to sum it all up, it was absolutely perfect and everything we had hoped it would be. We got married last Thursday evening right before sunset, standing barefoot in the sand.

2. The photo above was taken about 30 minutes before our ceremony began. It was storming up until that point, and started up again right as we were finishing up our photographs; we somehow managed to get a perfect window of weather!

3. Aside from actually getting married, our vacation was wonderful. A trip to the beach always feels so relaxing and rejuvenating. Toes in the sand, water lapping at your feet, the warm sun on your face. It just doesn’t get much better. I’m already anxious to go back!

4. Needless to say, it has been slow-going getting back into a routine this week. I’m still in vacation mode!

5. We aren’t wasting any time adding to our little family… today we are picking up a little brother for Einstein! A furry one, of course :) I promise to inundate you with pictures of a fluffy little Golden Retriever puppy :)

6. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for some of my favorite fall shows to get started! Do you watch Homeland? If so, you have to check out the Season 3 Trailer. I can’t wait!

7. I have been on a short ribs tear since having Mac & Short Ribs back in the spring. The best meal I ate while on vacation was, hands-down, braised short rib with smoked cheesy corn grits. I plan on making these slow cooker short rib tacos by Jessica as soon as possible!

8. There was just a hint of fall in the air yesterday and it made me immediately crave Friday night high school football games (even though I never go, but I could always hear them from my old house), my favorite hoodie, nachos and hot apple cider. In no particular order. What are your favorite things about fall?

9. Speaking of fall, I am counting the days until hockey starts back up again. I am more than ready to start planning my schedule around Penguins games again :) It’s almost here!

10. TGIF! Have a relaxing weekend!

Golden Love


63 Responses to “Friday Things”

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  1. cde on August 23, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Congrats! on your nuptials. I’ve wanted a Golden since I was like 6 years old…do you have any advice.


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you!! What type of advice are you looking for? I am obviously a big fan of Golden Retrievers, so I highly recommend getting one (along with a very powerful vacuum cleaner) :)


  2. anisa on August 23, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Congratulations to you and your hubby! Looking forward to seeing puppy and wedding pics :)


  3. Lainey on August 23, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Your blog and posts are so inspiring,as a novice but learning fast baker I can say that so far all your recipies have worked! Congratulations on your wedding and best wishes for the future.
    The thing that I love about autumn, as we Brits call it, is the smokiness in the air especially on an October evening.


  4. Pieliekamais on August 23, 2013 at 4:16 am

    So glad you enjoyed your wedding! Congratulations!
    Awwww about Einsteins little “brother” :) Can’t wait to see.


  5. LJ Dubois on August 23, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Congrats on the nuptials and the new puppy! We think Einstein will be a terrific big brother. *_* Looking forward to hearing more about all the new things in your life as well as some great new autumn recipes!




  6. Lori on August 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful picture :) Can’t wait to see the new pup! I am making your macaroni & cheese casserole this weekend to bring to a family dinner. Your recipes never let me down :)


  7. Linda on August 23, 2013 at 6:31 am

    years of joy , happiness & magical moments!!


  8. Rose Marie on August 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Love the photo above with the rainbow, that is good luck. Congratulation and Best Wishes on getting married.
    I have a Golden that I rescued. He is the best, Out of all the dogs I have had (even raised collies for the ranchers) he has the most character and is very smart, and was easy to train. Although he is nearly 9 yrs old now he is still very playful. He travels with me all over and is my protector. Don’t have to ask him twice to get in the car, just open the door and he is ready to go.


  9. Anita at Hungry Couple on August 23, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Congratulations! Love to see photos…and puppy photos, of course. :)


  10. Amy K on August 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading/seeing about your new life events!


  11. Jenn on August 23, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Congratulations on your marriage! :)

    I love dogs, but while I have a Pug I’m more of a cat lover. And obviously the strays and abandoned cats around here (Lancaster, PA – a bad area in terms of how many stray/abandoned/unwanted cats and kittens there are) have figured that out, because we’ve taken in five in the past 13 months. Three were re-homed, one was put to sleep (he had FIV and got sick), and the other is still with us. Fingers crossed that no more show up on our doorstep for a while…

    Anyway, sorry to hijack your post. :) Once again, congratulations!


  12. Jodi Pavlik on August 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    WOW! That picture is incredible! I am so happy for you and your growing family, furry friends and all! During fall I look forward to apple-everything!!


  13. nancy k on August 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Gorgeous picture and I am looking forward to the wedding and new puppy pictues too. You and Hubby are going to have such a fun weekend getting to know your new fur baby!


  14. Christine Bielawa on August 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Congratulations and best wishes! Happiness always!


  15. Melanie on August 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Congratulations! Super excited to see photos of the new puppy (and whatever recipes you have coming next)!

    I first tried braised short ribs in a risotto recipe, where the braising liquid (mostly a bottle of red wine, with some stock to make it slightly less expensive) became the liquid for the risotto. To date it’s still my favorite, but it takes like 3 hours to make!

    A question–have you ever tackled a Cherpumple/Monster Pie-Cake? My boyfriend is requesting one for his birthday and I’m trying to figure out if going 100% homemade will be an insane effort or an achievable one.


    • Michelle on August 23rd, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Melanie, Thank you! Oooh, I would love that braised short rib risotto recipe if you’re up for sharing! I am not familiar with Cherpumple/Monster Pie-Cake. Do you have a link for a reference?


      • Melanie on August 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Short rib risotto (sorry, just my own recipe, so no concise link)–
        Sear bone-in chuck short ribs (about 4) on all sides in dutch oven, then throw in half an onion (roughly chopped) and deglaze with a cup of a hearty red wine. Move to a 250 degree oven and cook covered for about an hour and a half. Then heat roughly equal parts wine and beef stock (I used bouillon/water), about 6 cups total, with fresh/dried thyme and any other red meat spices. In separate pot, toast about 2 cups of rice in 1 Tbl oil over medium-low heat. Add first cup of wine-stock mixture and stir frequently. Remove meat from oven and separate from bones (cutting off the membrane thing). Add bones and remaining liquid to wine-stock mixture. Add wine-stock mixture gradually to rice as you would for risotto (waiting until you can see the bottom of the pan, then adding next scoop) until rice is al dente. Then microwave a pound of frozen spinach to thaw (or use fresh chopped spinach), and stir into risotto. Stir in a quarter cup of grated Pecorino Romano if desired (makes it creamier), or a couple tablespoons of butter. Shred remaining beef and stir through risotto.

        The Cherpumple in all its glory:


  16. Marlene on August 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Congratulations! Many years of happiness.
    I am so happy for you!


  17. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent on August 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I want pictures of the new addition :)


  18. Kristie taylor on August 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Congrats on the wedding!!! Can. Not wait to see pics! And a new puppy…., how exciting!!!!


  19. Navar on August 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Congrats on the wedding and big congrats on the new puppy! Einstein`s life is about to change!


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  21. Dorothy on August 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations to you and your hubby! Wishing you both many years of happiness,



  22. Barb on August 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Congratulations on your wedding! Maybe that was your Dad sending that rainbow and nice weather to you on your wedding day :) Can’t wait to see pictures and also pics of the new puppy! My favorite things about fall are wearing my jean jacket, baking with pumpkin and the changing of the leaves.


  23. mommabean on August 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Congratulations on your wedding and the new furbaby! Coming back to reality from vacation is always difficult, and even more so when it was your wedding celebration!


  24. Robin Christensen on August 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations on your wedding! That puppy will add years to Einstein’s life – how exciting for all of you!

    My favorite fall things are putting on my white socks and white tennies, jeans and a long sleeved shirts and going for a long ride in the country in my hubby’s pickup with the windows rolled down – stopping for a picnic lunch and enjoying the fall air!


  25. Maria on August 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yay! You are married! Congrats! I can’t wait to hear more! I am glad it was perfect!


  26. Jessica on August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Congrats! :)


  27. Rachel on August 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I jsut came to comment that I made your dog “carrot cake” for my golden’s first birthday yesterday and she LOVED it!
    Congratulations on your new addition to the family and your wedding!!


  28. Katherine Johnson on August 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Weddings, sunsets, puppies, and hockey. What a great post to wake up to! Congratulations on all fronts. And we’ll have to bet cupcakes on the Penquins vs. Bruins games…


  29. Cathy D on August 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Very happy congrats on your nuptials and new puppy! May God richly bless your life together.


  30. Emily on August 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Can’t wait for wedding pictures and new puppy with Einstein pics! I love hiking in the fall with all the changing leaves and baking pumpkin bread!


  31. jamie @ arugulaholic on August 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    If there’s such a thing as one good omen before a marriage, it’s a rainbow. Congrats on everything.


  32. Michele on August 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations, enjoy and have fun!


  33. Sam on August 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I hope the wedding post comes soon. I have been waiting for it since you got engaged!


  34. Ala'a on August 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations on your wedding:)) What an amazing picture and sweet words:)
    Wish you and your husband all the happiness and loads of such beautiful memories to come :) Can’t wait for the wedding pictures and more and more inspiring recipes:) ❤


  35. Cindi on August 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Congrats!!! The rainbow pic is beautiful AND a sign of good luck! Hope Einstein enjoys his little brother, lol. Love Golden puppies, they are just too cute! Enjoy your new life and can’t wait to see what culinary “yums” you have coming up!!!


  36. Barbara | Creative Culinary on August 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Congrats again…all my best!
    I must say I think Einstein looks sad; as if he knows his ‘being the only child’ days are numbered. Can’t wait to see the new pup myself even if your boy is a bit worried.


  37. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on August 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    That is so great about the wedding! Glad it was everything you hoped it to be!!


  38. Margaret on August 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Big congrats!! And many many many happy years!!!


  39. Marcie @ flavor the moments on August 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    What a beautiful picture — sounds like your wedding was wonderful. Gettin a puppy sounds so fun! I can’t wait for Homeland to start! Ray Donovan is definitely helping me pass the time quickly — it’s a phenomenal show.


  40. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction on August 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Congratulations! So glad your wedding was so nice. Wishing you many years of happiness.
    Can’t wait to see all the puppy pictures – I love dogs and puppies.


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  43. Rick K. on August 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Congratulations! It only gets better! Not always but mostly. I’ve been married 54yrs this week.


  44. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on August 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Super congrats!!

    And a hoodie, nachos and hot apple cider sounds like the most amazing Friday night ever in my opinion!


  45. Katy on August 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Congratulations!! What a stunning backdrop for a wedding!

    And fall is my FAVORITE. The leaves, the crisp air, the scents, the fall festivals, Halloween, scarecrows, pumpkins, hoodies, hot tea/cider/cocoa… oh, I could go on and on… so ready for it.


  46. Sue Parrish on August 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Congrat’s I was married in Florida as well at Sanibel Island. I made your snickers cake and while labor intensive, It turned out perfectly and was a huge success. I will make it for my office as we gear up for a busy season. Another congrat’s on your puppy, dogs are awesome as i am looking at my english bulldog sleeping. Sorry to say I now boycott the NFL (National Felons League when they reinsated Michal Vick.


  47. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on August 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Best wishes, Michelle! Can’t wait to see Einstein’s new, sweet companion. And, I am with you…bring on the hockey!


  48. Tieghan on August 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    So happy for you two! Congrats!! I cannot wait to hear more!


  49. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity on August 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Congratulations on the wedding and new Golden baby! The rainbow pic is utterly amazing!


  50. Marcia on August 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Congrats on your wedding and your new golden puppy! I hope Einstein loves the new addition! We have two goldens and have had three at one time, best dogs ever!


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