I’m sorry- did you say something? I’m totally distracted this week. The wedding is all I have time to think about these days. We are T-minus 10 days until The Big Day. That sounds do-able, doesn’t it? Just today, I realized that the craziness actually begins three days earlier… and the checklist is now in high gear. I’m typing this while wearing Crest teeth-whitening strips for 20 minutes, for crying out loud.
A few years back, I remember having a feeling of annoyance at all of the weddings I had to go to. There were SO MANY of them, all in a cluster over a few summers. And then, I realized- weddings are awesome. There’s generally good food, plenty to drink, and cake. You get to wear a new dress and high heels and dance the night away. You’re usually surrounded by lots of friends, old and new. And it’s on someone else’s tab!
Party aside, I am a hopeless, sappy, fairy tale-loving romantic. I believe everyone has a shot at happily ever after, that true love can conquer all. To be able to witness that honest moment where two people commit their lives to each other is an honor. Cue the waterworks, folks. I fully expect to cry like a baby and dance on a table in ten days.
It’s a pretty special thing to know exactly when the best day of your life is going to come! (Did I mention that I love champagne…?)
John and I have been focusing on eating lots of veggies and protein and less breads and
all the good things other carbs lately. I had a totally delish lunch of roasted beets, arugula, fennel, and salmon yesterday. (I just love taking myself out for a date.) Later, we opened some wedding gift boxes and our guest room feels like Christmas morning!
For Meatless Monday, John made us a noodle-less version of his soba stir-fry. I played prep cook, chopping the glorious rainbow of veggies that would become dinner. Cholula, faithful kitchen assistant, loves the ribs of a bell pepper. She apparently is less than thrilled about shiitake mushroom stems (see it on the floor?).
Broccoli, orange bell pepper, red onion, mushroom, yellow squash, carrot, and celery. Beautiful! I came to a conclusion: I love celery in a stir-fry!
I wish I could tell you what John did, step by step, to create our tasty meal. But I was too busy examining multiple wedding magazines- not for ideas, but for photos that would assure me that I made good choices. (I love roses, but not THIS much.)
I do know that he cooked the shrimp first. He sauteed the veggies in batches, and added various sauces and seasonings to them. They all came together at the end. I shook some toasted sesame seeds on top for garnish.
Don’t you just LOVE a good row of condiments?
I was a tad worried about how filling our dinner would be sans rice. Truth? It filled me right up- and was delicious. Rice would have been too much. I feel so lucky to have such a
hot talented chef in the house!
Tonight, we went out for sushi. It was pretty cool to see what the chef could do instead of rice. Absolutely scrumptious!
The to-do list continues tomorrow. I’ll try on my wedding dress for the last time before I wear it to become a “Mrs.” The thought alone brings tingles behind my eyelids. Each item I cross off the list reminds me of just how lucky I am.
(Note to self: Pick up waterproof mascara.)
What are your healthy ‘cut-back’ diet tips? What about your best methods to handle a busy schedule? What are your pre-wedding and wedding day tips for a bride-to-be?