Monday, January 26, 2015

Money Monday: Our Elopement



Happy Monday! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a Money Monday post, so I thought I’d take the time to post about the cost of our elopement, considering we got married right in the middle of paying off our debt. 

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When we started the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt back in 2011, we thought for sure that we wouldn’t be able to get married until our debt was completely paid off. But, odd numbers aren’t my thing, so we had no intention of getting married in the year 2015—that’s right, we will be debt-free THIS year—and we also didn’t want to wait until 2016. So, a year ago, in January 2014, we decided that we’d get married in October 2014. We’d always wanted an October wedding and it just so happened to be the perfect date for us too—10.12.14, to be exact. Allll even numbers! :)

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But, before we get to the nitty gritty, let me mention that I’ve already written a post about Planning Our Elopement as well as a post all about Our Intimate Elopement at Showalter’s Orchard in the Shenandoah Valley, so I won’t repeat any of those details here. However, missing from both of those posts is the money aspect of our elopement, which was done on purpose, because I wanted to save those details for this post. You see, I’m always planning ahead!

Okay. On to the cost of our elopement!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Taco Fiesta Potato Crisps



I kind of couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you. These gorgeous little bites make for a fabulous appetizer or side dish and would be the perfect addition to your dinner party or Super Bowl menu. They taste just like a taco and are incredibly scrumptious. There’s no way you’re eating just a few of these babies—we polished them off in no time!

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This recipe is from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, which means it’s 100% vegan and 1000% delicious. These crisps are super easy to make, which you probably wouldn’t expect considering how stunning they are. BUT, it’s true!

Each crisp has 4 layers of wow-your-taste-buds goodness. The potato crisp, followed by a layer of cashew sour cream (yes!), then you top that with walnut taco meat and a dollop of salsa + a few small rounds of green onion. Simple & elegant!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Personal Goals: An Update



Did you have a good 3-day weekend? They’re never long enough, I know. For me, at least the last few days were quiet and peaceful, even gloomy, which was just perfect. I’m a simple girl, so no complaints from me. You know what makes a gloomy day even better? Coffee, of course. I’ve had my fair share lately and am loving it—a little more on this in a bit.  

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So, I wanted to take some time and talk about goals for this year. About 3 weeks ago, I posted about my personal goals for the year, which is a first for me. I don’t typically set strict goals, but that all changed with this New Year. I’m actually quite happy that I shared my goals with you because it helps hold me accountable. I couldn’t write goals for the world to see and then never follow-up, could I?  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Berry-Kale Almond Butter Smoothie



Are you in the yay or nay category when it comes to greens in your smoothie? Up until a month or so ago, I wasn’t quite sure, but I had some extra kale on-hand so I tossed it into my morning smoothie. Verdict? It was good, no complaints from me or the hubby. The kale doesn’t alter the flavor as much as you might think. I mean, you can see the little green flecks in your smoothie, but it’s the berries and other goodies that take center stage here.


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I used a combination of orange juice and almond milk for this smoothie, but you can use one or the other.  If you choose all almond milk, increase the amount just a bit or add some extra water, since almond milk is quite thick (and luscious!). You don’t want a smoothie so thick you can barely drink it. Then again, I’ve been seeing smoothie bowls pop up left and right, so maybe you want a thick smoothie to eat with a spoon? Well then, by all means, make it thick and stick a spoon it in! Sounds alright by me.