Friday, September 19, 2014

The Man Behind The Blog

My husband is a huge part of this blog! Although his job is more behind the scenes, Adam is my biggest supporter and go-to builder. Today, I'm giving him a moment in the spotlight to answer some blog-related questions.

So, without further adieu, I would like to introduce you to my husband.

What is the name of my blog?
Your blog is, I mean, but the name is Melanie Gets Married. I know your blog.

What was your first thought when I told you I was going to start a blog?
...long pause... "ahh crap, more craft projects!"

How often do you read my blog?
3-4 times a week

What do I typically write about?
Craft projects, OR recipes.

How much time do I spend blogging in an average week?
 Ha, a lot... I don't know, a couple hours. I thought this was suppose to be a about me?

What do you like to do while I am blogging?
 Play video games or watch football.

What are some of your favorite posts I have written?
Hmmm.... that's a hard one. Anyone where I am mentioned. No don't say that, that's rude. But I know you will put it anyways. Ummm... whenever we gets to build things. I like reading about when we build things.

Any projects you would like to take credit for?
:::Laughs::: Where do I begin? I'm just kidding. I don't think I wouldn't take credit for any of them. I helped you with a lot of them, but I would not take full credit for any of them.

What is your favorite part about being married to a blogger?
The projects. I don't know, the projects add to our house. You do the hard work coming up with the ideas, I just help you execute them.

What is your least favorite part about being married to a blogger?
Starts saying something sappy... and tells me I have to quote him.
Finishes with: I don't think there is one. It's your hobby.  

Are you ever going to let me feature you on the blog again?

Anything else you would like to add?
Are there more questions after this? Add in there I got something to say, people need to hear it.

I hope to follow this post up with a few more Man Behind the Blog posts in the future, if Adam will allow it. I hope you enjoyed hearing from him!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gold Ribbon Wreath

Why yes, I did make another wreath! You didn't think I'd leave that bright summer one up forever did you? Since the weather is acting more like Fall, and it is mid-September, I figured it was time to take down my Fabric Covered End of Summer Wreath. I think the wreath I replaced it with is pretty sweet, too!

I am seriously loving gold right now, just in time for Fall. Give me gold everything and I will be one happy girl. I saw this ribbon at Hobby Lobby on the infamous day I spent an hour in the ribbon aisle. The second I saw it, I snagged it up quick. I knew it would make the perfect wreath!

I love the chevron and polka dots together, and the metallic gold is not too shabby either.

It won't be much longer before I am making a Halloween wreath! At this rate, I might as well make a new wreath every month :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fire Up Chips!

This past weekend, we got to spend some time at the old stomping grounds, and it was wonderful.

Adam's work was very generous and gave us some free tickets to the CMU football game this past Saturday! It had been a while since we had been to a game, and had talked about how we just had to make time to go to a game this year. I was beyond excited when Adam called me Monday morning and told me he was getting tickets, it felt like it was Christmas! 

We got up very early Saturday morning and headed to Mount Pleasant for tailgating. Although we were somewhat prepared for the chilly weather, I think we all under estimated just how cold, and windy, and cloudy it was Saturday morning. We may have froze our butts off for the first hour or so, but once the sun came out, it was a great day for a football game! 

Unfortunately, the Chippewas didn't really agree. Chips lost, 40-3 against Syracuse. Okay... so they got creamed. Although we were hoping for a win (especially after they beat Purdue!) it was still so much fun to be in Mount Pleasant for a football game!

I even got to see these sweet sisters!

After the game, we headed to the book store for some new CMU apparel. I was like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to buy everything! When I was finally dragged out of the book store, we went to The Cabin. I got my Thunderbird and Cabin Sticks, so I was one happy girl!

Our Sunday was much more uneventful. Adam had some real estate stuff to do. Homework, crocheting, and laundry is what my day looked like.

What fun things did you do this weekend? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Top 5 Previous Fall Posts

Fall is finally here, and I am loving it! In honor of my favorite season (don't I say that about all seasons?) I would like to share with you some of my previous fall inspired posts. 

This Apple Cider Sangria is such a perfect drink for fall! Mix it up before tailgating, take it to a football party, or sip it at home while cuddled up on the couch! Any way you like it, it's guaranteed to be delicious! 

I love burlap and lace together! I made glass hurricanes for our wedding and try to use them any chance I get! Wrap some burlap and lace around them an BOOM! Instant fall candles holders!

Fall is the perfect time for anything pumpkin! I love all the wood projects that have been so popular the past few years, so I thought I'd make some wood pumpkins. I added the polka dots and chevron to give it a little something extra.

Once again, burlap! Nothing screams fall like burlap. I love all bunting and banners, but never feel like I have a good place for them in our home. This was the exception though! I loved the look of the burlap hanging from our shelf in the dinette area.

These glitter pumpkins were the perfect decoration for our coffee table last fall. I like all the different colors and how the glitter just sparkles! 

Well there you have it! My top give favorite posts from Falls past. I hope this gave you a little inspiration to start decorating, or at the very least a new drink to try!

Happy Friday friends! We have tickets to the CMU football game tomorrow, so we're heading back to the old aim ping grounds. Fire Up Chips!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Homemade Garden Salsa

As I mentioned in my recent garden update, I have vegetables coming out my ears! When I planted the garden, my plan was to make homemade salsa with all the fresh vegetables from our garden. I had no idea how many batches of salsa I would be making, but the count is currently up to eight. 
Eight batches of salsa, folks! 

With those eight batches of salsa, I have had plenty of time to perfect my recipe.
Today, I decided to share my recipe with you, in case you have vegetables coming out your ears too!

4 tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion
1/2  cup green pepper
2 jalapeno peppers
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cilantro and Parsley to taste

***NOTE: I like my salsa pretty spicy so this salsa is pretty hot! If you like yours more mild, I would use only 1 jalapeno pepper and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. 

1. Place all ingredients in blender and chop,
2. Depending on the consistency you like, you can also use the puree option. 
3. Enjoy with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican dish!


Eat Drink & Be Mary

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gold Glitter Ribbon Garland

Football season is here, and finally so is the cooler weather! And since it is finally starting to feel like Fall around here, I felt it was only appropriate to get some of my fall projects going. 
Since we stayed at home and watched college football (FIRE UP CHIPS!) all afternoon, evening, and night on Saturday, I had a lot of time work on some things. Mostly, I crocheted (cooler weather=crochet season), but I did manage to squeeze in a few other projects as well. 

I found this gold glitter ribbon at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. I fell in love and just had to have it. I wish they had a brown though, that would have been the icing on the cake. Anyways, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it when I bought it, but yesterday I decided to make some ribbon garland. I am loving ribbon garland lately, I just can't get enough of it. Such a simple, elegant look and it pretty much looks good anywhere! Who's with me?

I had twine already on hand, so it was a pretty inexpensive project. 

I cut each piece of ribbon to be one foot long and knotted it on the twine. Sixty pieces of ribbon later, this is what I ended up with! 

So quick, so easy, and such a fun look when it's all finished! 
If I did it all over again, I probably would have made my ribbon strips longer to cover more of the mirror. Oh well, there's always next time right? 

Who is looking forward to the cooler weather? Has anyone else started getting out their Fall decorations?

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Garden Update Part Two: 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, we have vegetables! Lots and lots and lots of vegetables!

The past few weeks, our garden has been giving us so many delicious fresh veggies, and we couldn't be more excited about it! At the beginning of August, we decided the tomato plants were getting too tall and the cages weren't able to support their height. A good problem to have, but still we needed a fix. We got creative with supplies we had on hand and ended up using zip ties to tie the to tall posts in the center of the plants.

Remember when I said I was excited for a salsa garden? Well, a salsa garden I got! I whipped up three batches of salsa last week, and I am planing to make even more this weekend. 

Not too much difference in August, at least not much that you can see from a distant picture. But if you look closer, there is a whole lot of growing going on in there.

It seemed to take forever for our tomatoes to redden, but now that they have, we have tomatoes growing out of our ears!

Our cucumbers are also doing great! One day I was saying how sad I was that none were growing, and then all of a sudden 8 were ready to pick. We have not been able to keep up with the cucumbers at all. For a while, every time we ate one, we picked two more!

Our peppers are also doing really well, but I decided I may need to double the green pepper plants for next year. We have had a decent amount of them, I just feel like if we have more, we would definitely eat them right up. 

We also planted red onions, and they grew, but they are very tiny. I just purchased them at a nursery and transferred them to the ground, but I am thinking they just didn't have enough room to grow. I haven't decided if I will plant onions again, but if I do I will be sure to spread them out. 

As our first garden, we are very pleasantly surprised with how well everything grew! 
We will most definitely be planting another vegetable garden next year!

How are your gardens doing?
Does anyone else have vegetables coming out their ears? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend: A Trip To Mackinaw

WOW! Where in the world did this three day weekend go? We had been looking forward to this weekend for months. I hadn't been to Mackinaw in about 5 years and I was so excited to finally go back. We had a long list of things we wanted to see and do, As the weekend approached and the weather forecast got worse by the day, it was debateable if we would be doing anything other than sitting in my in-laws camper playing cards. Luckily, this wasn't the case. 

We arrived in Mackinaw late Friday night, just in time for the rain to start. It was early to bed for us since we were tired from the drive and a camp fire was not an option. When we woke up Saturday, the rain had still not let up. It proceeded to rain alllll morning. When the rain finally cleared early afternoon, it was so hot and humid I decided it was time for a swim in the lake. That night, we went in to Mackinaw City to do some shopping. We took Lucy and were pleasantly surprised at how many shops she was allowed in. After all of our shopping, we walked down to the bridge to see it all lit up once it got dark.

Sunday morning, we woke up and headed to the island. If I only did one thing the entire weekend, I had my mind set on riding a tandem bike around the island with my husband. And that is just what I did. We also had lunch, walked through the shops, and of course bought fudge while we were there.

When we got back from the island, we went to check out the campgrounds putt-putt course. It was the first time I had seen a course that was just cement. It screwed us both up, but it was a lot of fun.

We made sure to get back in time to watch the sunset. As it turns out, we couldn't actually see the sun, but the color of the sky near the bridge was amazing anyways.

Sunday night, we also finally got our first good night for a camp fire.

Monday morning came very early. By 7am we were on our way to St. Ignace to walk the Mackinaw Bridge. If you have never heard of the Labor Day Mackinaw Bridge Walk, it is the one day a year anyone is allowed to walk on the bridge. They close down one entire side of the bridge for walkers to make the 5 mile trek from the upper peninsula to the lower peninsula. This year, there was an estimated 40,000 people who walked across.

  After crossing the finish line, we headed back to camp to pack up and head home.
The rest of our day consisted of driving in thunderstorms, bathing the dog, and doing laundry. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Our trip to Mackinaw was action packed and it sure flew by, but it was such a fun trip! If you have never been to Mackinaw City or Mackinaw Island, I highly recommend planning a trip next summer (and inviting me). It is such a fun place to visit!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
Anyone else do anything fun? I'd love to hear about it!

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