Half Way

We are officially half way through Fall 2012 season at Cross Creek Ranch, which only means we have completed half of the weddings that start in September and finish at the end of December.  However, we go straight into Spring Season 2013 starting January with not much of a break at all in between.  Spring season goes from January until the end of May, and then we don’t have any weddings in the summer.

But I celebrate the half way mark, because it’s the little milestones that get me through the crazy busy times.

This past weekend we had 3 weddings.  Friday’s wedding was purple and orange:

I thought this was the cutest thing! The bride and groom were high school sweethearts and they did a mock wedding in high school, and the date was one day off from their actual wedding!! Amazing!!

Friday night was an easy meal of sloppy joes and roasted carrots, potatoes, and onions.

Saturday’s wedding was a deep shade of purple, apple green, and peach, and we used long banquet tables:

Saturday night we enjoyed dinner out at Roy’s.  We both ordered off the prix fixe menu.  I ordered the shrimp wonton appetizer and they brought out some complimentary edamame.  Since it was our first time there, they also brought out a sample of their sushi and somehow those pictures have gone missing. For dinner, I ordered the salmon:

It was just okay, appetizers were excellent, but the salmon was on the salty side. For dessert I ordered the molten chocolate cake:

That was delicious!  All 3 courses for $34.95.  Pretty expensive, especially the pineapple martinis we got, yikes! Probably will not go back, there are so many other special occasion restaurants I want to try.

Sunday’s wedding was deep purple, mauve, orange, and peach with a splash of fall in the form of pumpkins and pinecones:

By Sunday evening I was wiped out! Somehow I dragged myself into the shower, got half way presentable and went out to eat at Sweet Tomatoes for my usual monstrous salad, multiple soups, blueberry muffin, and chocolate chip cookies.

It’s already Tuesday at this point and I’m looking forward to my first day off in 10 days tomorrow.  On the agenda: Run 10 miles, finish Halloween costume and trick or treat with my twinkies.  Stay tuned for pictures of our costumes 🙂

Whirlwind Weekend

Can I just say yipeeeeeeeee!!!! ? This morning was the perfect weather for an 8 mile run!! It feels like fall is starting to make its sloooow appearance here in Tampa.  The run was awesome!! I felt great the whole time.

I’m not quite sure how it happened that I even had the motivation to roll out of bed and go after my whirlwind weekend, but it did and I am grateful.

This past weekend, we had 3 weddings at Cross Creek Ranch and sweet man’s mom and step dad were in town visiting, so we had some fun evenings together. Starting Thursday for a night out at the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City. We had reservations for dinner and the Flamenco dancing show.

For dinner I ordered the 1905 salad, which came with fresh Cuban bread, the Marilyn & Joe Salteado which is a yummy mix of chicken, pork, beef and veggies with a side of yellow rice:

After dinner we strolled the streets of Ybor for a while then headed back to our place to relax.

Friday I was up early to set up a wedding. It was a Tuscan inspired wedding:

I loved their olive oil favors! Such a great idea!

Such a beautiful wedding!!!!

Friday evening we picked up the parents and went to Soho Sushi.  I was really happy with this restaurant.  I had been falling out of love with sushi and this sushi renewed my love.  But the real star was the vegetable fried rice.  It was the best fried rice I have ever had!!! We all split a variety of sushi rolls and 2 fried rices:

The fried rice came with a salad with ginger dressing and miso soup, and I surprised myself by loving the soup.  It had a savory smoky flavor:

Saturday morning I was up bright and early for another wedding set up.  I got a little camera happy capturing all the great details:

Lori and I had a little fun in their photo booth:

Balloon fingerprint guest book.  This is the first time I have seen this and I love it!!! The bride did a great job on her fun details!

I made it through the wedding set up, but it was downhill from there.  Cramps hit me hard and I had to miss a night out with the rents 😦 I was in bed with a heating pad after a hot bath and that was all she wrote.  Good thing I rested up and was feeling much better for Sunday’s wedding set up.

A pretty vintage palette with a fun photo booth back drop and guinea fowl feather accents in the centerpieces:

After work, I needed a pick me up so thanks to a generous tip of a Starbuck’s gift card  from a sweet bride’s mom, I had a skinny pumpkin latte:

Sunday evening we had another great meal out at Kona Grill. They have terrific deals in the bar area and outside patio.  Half price apps, we split a bunch of them: Fish tacos, sliders, potstickers, and bbq chicken flatbread.


I tasted a couple of bites of bread pudding:

And then more dessert at Yogurtology:

It must have been all that yummy food that powered me through those 8 miles this morning.  The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, cleaning, and a little napping, lounging, magazine reading and cooking.  I made a big batch of quinoa, chicken and salads for the week as well as an easy ravioli bake for dinner.

I sautéed some chopped mushrooms, added a can of cannellini beans and a jar of vodka sauce.  Then I layered 2 layers of frozen whole wheat spinach and cheese ravioli with the sauce and Asiago cheese, then baked for 30 minutes.

Now I’m vegging on the couch with my honey and all is good.  Tomorrow I’ll gear up for another 3 weddings this weekend 🙂