Wednesday, July 31, 2013

NO Crust Zucchini Quiche !

It's Zucchini Season!


TO DIE FOR. . .

Ingredients

- 6 eggs
- 1 lb grated zucchini (drained)
- 1 medium diced onion
- 1 medium diced red pepper
- 1 cup grated cheddar (or preferred cheese)
- 1/2 cup of cream or whole milk
- 2 tbsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. oregano
- 1 tbsp. parsley
- 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (I use Italian seasoned)

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350° (F)

-Brown onions and red peppers (with a spoonful of butter), add grated zucchini to cook for a few minutes

-In a bowl, mix 6 beaten eggs, milk/cream salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and bread crumbs

-Mix in 1/2 cup cheddar

-Let onions, red peppers and grated zucchini cool before mixing in with rest of ingredients

-Grease a baking pan (I used a round cake pan)

-Mix all ingredients together in bowl, pour in pan, sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar over top

-Bake for 35 minutes (or until it's settle throughout)

Buon Appetito! 

xo

Anna

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bootie + ful !


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6


Confession; it's just about my 20th year going back to [grad] school this Fall, which is ok because now I have an excuse to buy new school clothes and most importantly, new school shoes! My favorite Fall shoes are 'booties'. They keep my feet warm, and I can dress them up when I have to teach and dress them down when I'm just being a student!

XO

Anna

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Things that get me through. . .

Do you ever have moments (or even phases) where you feel completely ungrateful and selfish, and the worst part is that you are totally aware of it? I mean, it's ok to be a little selfish every once in a while, after all, if you want to be the best YOU possible, then you need to be. But I'm talking about moments where you are so far removed from reality and what's TRULY important, that you seem to be living in a completely different world. I'll admit, it happens, but then I step back and remember what life is actually about. I'll stop and think about people and things that mean the most and forget the things that mean the least! I guess I don't recognize what I should be grateful for (like the little things) as often as I'd like to (like everyday!), but I'm working on it. You'll never catch me being ungrateful for a gift or nice gesture, that's not my style. Just ungrateful (to myself) about the blessings I have in my life, daily. I am a lot better than I was as a teenager, and even way better than I was as a child. I thought about this last night when we celebrated my younger brother and sister's birthday. Do you notice that twins run in my family? I looked around and just felt a sense of gratefulness while around my family and being ABLE to be with them. Not everyone is blessed with seeing their families often and having them all together. There's also the realization that I have a family, and some don't. In fact, now I have TWO amazing families in my life.

Things that get me through (aka, bring me back to reality). . . 

My siblings. We fight, we don't always get along, but we will always have each others back. I have 5 siblings, and I don't see all of them, all the time, but they will always be my brothers and sisters, and I love them all.


My parents. 


My twin sister. 


My parents-in-law. Most people find real faults in their in-laws, but I would have to disagree. I'm completely blessed to have a close relationship with mine.


My niece & nephew, Tyler & Isabella. My cousins, Jack & Lily.







My best friends.


My little angel, Daisy.


My health.

My entire (huge) family, including the best GMA in the world.


My education.

My faith. Our God, our Savior!

Finally. . .

My soulmate. Having a husband is one thing, but having a soulmate is a completely different story. People question the existence of soulmates, but I beg to differ. They are real, I'll defend that until the day I die. Being with someone you were intended to connect with since before you were even born, I can't even explain how it feels. We've been together for almost nine years (with minor hiccups in between, that I'm not ashamed of). That's practically a decade of being with my soulmate, and some never even get the pleasure of meeting theirs. [Grateful]. If anything brings me back to reality, that does. It's not always butterflies and roses, but it shouldn't be. You need one emotion to recognize the importance of another. I love him like there's no tomorrow, thank you Jesus that you have allowed him in my life.


Whew! I feel a lot better now reminding myself what's most important.

What gets you through & brings you back to reality?

xo

Anna







Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Top 15 Wedding Photos

Are you tired of hearing about the wedding yet? I know it was two months ago (and even I am having a hard time believing it has come and gone), but I wanted to share with you my top 15 favorite photos from the wedding day. Of course you remember that Kelly Lester from Kelly Lester Photography was our photographer, and she did an amazing job. We haven't even picked out the photos we want in our album yet! Over 500 photographs, it's going to be tough to choose. Good thing I have the entire summer to deliberate!

You'll also notice a common theme below; candid & black and white. The candid shots, for me, are the ones that really captured the energy of the moment. The black and white just makes the picture seem crisp and unadulterated. I think that is why I prefer the pictures below; it is the level of artistic intention. I couldn't appreciate them any more than I already do. Hope you enjoy, and they aren't in any favorable order, just chronological.


The last wedding post I'll have is when our movie is complete!

Thanks so much for stopping by :o)

XO

Anna

PS :: Yesterday was our two month wedding anniversary, time is going by too fast!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bucket List

After two months of marriage, Zac and I decided to make a bucket list of things we want to accomplish in our future life together.



From merriam-webster.com;
 Definition of BUCKET LIST 
: a list of things that one has not done before but one wants to do before dying

Origin
: from the phrase kick the bucket (die)

I recognize that this post has some what of a morbid undertone, but in all earnestness, reflecting on your life by calculating the things you have done but mostly the things you have yet to do has created a void. When people say that life is so short, it truly is a blip in eternity. Even if we live until we are 100 years old, practically 1/4th of it we'll never get back. We've done a lot together. . . but not enough! A 'bucket list' has all the sudden given me (and Zac, of course) a direction of where and how we see our life developing.

Travel is a common theme on our list. We haven't gotten much travel under our belts, especially together. I've been to England & Canada, but that's about it in regards to foreign destinations. Zac has never left the country. We've both visited different states and cities, but nothing past the Mississippi River, and nothing really together!

I've also realized that while we both really enjoy REALLY nice things, materialism is far from on the paper we wrote our list on. Owning a home is surely something we want to accomplish, but that's it for physical purchases when we think of goals. I won't pretend that at this point in my early 20s I don't love my diamond rings, jewelry, purses and etc. but for the future with my husband, I am sure that happiness and memories are all that will matter in the end (yeah, sorry with morbidity again!). Now don't get me wrong, I am sure I will still like nice things, but it won't be what living is all about, which does mean a little selfishness while we only have each other is ok (IN MY OPINION). One thing making a bucket list together requires; compromise! There are things Z likes to do that I'm not completely interested in (and vice versa), but in order for it to be OUR bucket list, it's a lot more "give" than "take"!

Here it goes. . .

1. Graduate from grad school (of which, Zac has already done! Now it's my turn. . .)
2. Vacation in Mexico
3. Own a home.
4. Have three kids (closer to 30 & God willing!).
5. Go to different college football games (Clemson, LSU, Oregon, OK, UT, Michigan, FSU, Army- Navy, Tennessee, USC, PSU and Alabama). Zac played college football, and it's one of his passions, so although he won't be playing or coaching, it'll be nice to continue it by being a spectator!


6. Become an active member in the church and community.
7. Visit cities ; NYC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Napa/Sonoma/San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland
8. Go on an Alaskan Cruise!
9. Get all of our kids to college (what they do from there, is up to them).
10. Pay off student loans.
11. Lose weight/ be healthy/ stay healthy!
12. Visit countries; England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Croatia, France, South Africa, Egypt.
13. Visit all the major art museums in countries listed prior.
14. Have a garden (flowers / vegetables).
15. The less technology, the better.

As of now, that's what we have, and it'll surely change as we change and get older.
 It's evident that we have lots to accomplish, but I can't wait to get started.

What's something on your bucket list?

Thanks a million for reading!

XO

Anna


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Trend Report :: Fall 2013

Ok, I'm all for summer and the sun and such but in W. Pennsylvania we've had a very rainy summer as of late and I'm more of a Autumn kind of person anyway! While trying to figure out what to do on yet another rainy day, I decided to check out what will be trending for the fall!

Two trends I'm really looking forward to are gray palettes (sleek & street) and color blocking! I am and have always been a fan of grays, whites, and black color combinations during the colder months. 




Color-blocking isn't anything new, but for me, I think more [muted] color combinations in my wardrobe for the color months is something I am certainly willing to try. . .




A color I'm a little apprehensive about [but willing to try!] is the military style green. . .





 Patterns channeling the 60s also seem to be in the line-up (not so sure about me, though)!





I know it's only mid-July, but I can't help myself. . . I'm ready for the cool fall air :o)


Thanks for reading!

XO

Anna




images from www.harpersbazaar.com