The Wedding of The Year

MandM

Yesterday was The Wedding of the Year and my dear friends threw a wonderful party.

Everywhere you looked were flowers, different fabrics (I loved the burlap) and their personal touch – like this handmade banner where the ceremony took place:

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The flowers were beautiful:

Did I mention there were flowers everywhere?
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And there was cake from Buttercream (my favorite!!):
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The Husband was especially impressed by the beer selection:
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And how about some cake?
cake

And delicious food (so many veggie choices too!):
food

And cake:
cake

There was so much revelry, the joy was palpable:
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And more cake:
cake

I loved their favors, little seed bombs in muslin bags:
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Did I mention there was cake?
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Cheers to my dear friends, here’s to another 20+ years together!toast

** And for those of you that have been following along, the Wedding Shrug was finished just in the nick of time (9:30pm the night before the wedding):
wedding shrug

The Food You Grew Up With and Craft Beer Tasting

There is something luxurious about having a weekday off. It’s even more luxurious when The Husband says that we should go out to breakfast. This man knows the way to my heart.

We went to an old favorite, Keys Café (the original location). As you can see, it’s Minnesota’s most awarded family restaurant:

keys-cafe-menu

Some breakfasts deserve an appetizer, and if you go to Key’s, you need to get a cinnamon roll:

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Hello, Lover.

The Husband was in heaven with all the bacon that came with his Ranch Special:

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Two eggs, hash browns, toast, and choice of sausage, ham, or bacon.

And my Veggie Scramble was a cheesy delight:

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Eggs scrambled in mixed vegetables and hashbrowns topped with cheese (with toast).

After breakfast, The Husband headed to work and I enjoyed a few hours getting ready for Thanksgiving. I should have been working on the shrug for the Wedding of the Year (which is Friday – eek!), but I didn’t.

Before long, I had to pick up The Best-Good Friend and head to Fulton Brewing to sample The Husband’s beer. Fulton is doing a taproom “Brewers Series” and The Husband is calling his Robust Smoked Porter “London’s Burning.” It was the first time his beer has been available in the taproom and he was stoked.

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And now, I really must get to that shrug.

Cheers!

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Weekend Delights: Local Theater, Food and Winter Farmers Markets

Another whirlwind weekend that was filled to the brim in all the right ways. The Husband and I started things off at Hot Plate in south Minneapolis for an early breakfast on Saturday. I love the “paint by numbers” art all over the walls, we always wonder who painted them. This time I got the Greek Scramble but my favorite is the “BLT Omelet” (minus the ‘B’ for this vegetarian, of course):

Greek Scramble
My Greek Scramble with feta cheese, spinach and kalamata olives. Served with fried potatoes and toast, I ate mine with orange marmalade. (vegetarian)
Breakfast Sandwich
The Husband’s Drive-Thru Sandwich: Biscuit with sausage pattie, fried egg, American cheese, and a side of fried potatoes.

From there we headed to the Mill City Museum where the Mill City Winter Farmer’s Market was being held. I had never been there before and it was really cool, we’re going to go back to tour the museum another day when we have more time.

The Mill City Museum is on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and is adjacent to St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. The building is built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill:

Indoors at the market, there were 40 farmers market and craft vendors, including the whole reason I had to go Singing Hills Goat Dairy. She talked me into a sample of the Dilly Garlic Goat Cheese Curds at the Kingfield/Fulton Winter Market a few weeks ago and they were so amazing, I had to stock up:

Five bags of Dilly Garlic Goat Curds later, I was a happy woman. We also bought some Olsen’s Naturals Healing Lip Balm, Triple Crown BBQ Sauce made in NE Minneapolis (a three-time Minnesota State Fair Blue Premium winner – that’s serious), and some salsa verde from a cool organization I wasn’t familiar with, Urban Roots. I can’t wait to taste it!

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Our winter market goodies.

Thanks to our early start, there was time to take Danny on a walk. It was a balmy 15 degrees, but we did a little bird watching while we walked along Minnehaha Creek:

And then The Husband and I were off again. We were heading back downtown, this time with The Mother and The Brother to see A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie Theater. It was bitterly cold outside, so the views from the Endless Bridge were short and sweet:

I have a new favorite meal and you can find it at Brasa. Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the creole cooking traditions of the Americas and Caribbean, and my Black Bean Fritter Sandwich was SO GOOD. I love that they use 100% natural, locally produced organic producers. Their meats are slow cooked featuring rotisserie, braises and roasts – I can’t speak to that (and my bad photos prove it) – but The Brother and The Husband were both members of the Clean Plate Club:

By that point in the day, I was ready to put my feet up and we finally watched Cloud Atlas. I thought that was one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen, what a story. The book is on my reading list now, will I be disappointed?

Sunday I decided to tackle things around the house. First up, a batch of The Regret of Sharing Banana Bread. I added some chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and some Hershey bars this time. YUM. While it was in the oven, I started filtering the grape vodka for bottling. 16 cups of vodka later, I only have one more jar to go. What a mess:

vodka infusion filtering
I filter my vodka infusions through coffee filters. Is there a better way?

Since I couldn’t make a bigger mess of myself now that I was covered in grape infused vodka, I decided to tackle Danny’s Thanksgiving bath. I usually end up wetter than he does:

Danny Bath Time
Such a sad face. What did he do to deserve this??

After I toweled myself off, I thought Cleo was trying to tell me that she forgave me for putting Soft Claws on her this morning:

Cleo

Turns out she was making a move on my tea time treat:

Cleo and treats
Fancy banana bread and Orange Blossom Special TeaSource tea.

She didn’t get any of that either, I better sleep with one eye open for awhile….