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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Here is the recipe for the wedding “thank you” bread I made.

I’m not sure why it’s called “Downeast Maine” pumpkin bread, but it sure was good.

Just as an aside, this recipe called for three 7″x3″ pans. I had to use two 9″x5″ pans, and simply baked the bread for an additional 25 minutes.

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I am married! There just aren’t enough words in the English language to properly convey to you the beauty and perfection of our wedding day. I simply cannot stop replaying the memory of it all over and over again in my mind. It was extraordinary.

The day started out with a trip to the farmer’s market to pick up fresh bouquets of flowers for the centerpieces.

The flowers were stunning.

This mix of summer and fall flowers made for effortless and inexpensive centerpieces that didn’t look too contrived. I loved them…let’s not forget that they were fresh and local too!

Some delicious apples, and honey wheat bread also seemed to have made their way into my hands.

Anyways, I’m sure you’re all looking for a post of the wedding itself. You’ll have to be patient with me. I cannot do that post proper justice without photos, especially since nothing I could possibly say could come close to describing how amazing it was.

I am anxiously waiting for my family to post their photos of my wedding on Facebook so I can steal them. *wink wink* And of course, share them with you. We don’t want to wait 2-3 weeks for the photographer’s shots!

My sister Katie wins the prize. She was the first to post a couple. Here is the very first photo I came across (thanks Katie).

That’s it for now. I’m headed back into my heart and mind to relive the day a few more times before bed…until tomorrow.

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Short and Sweet

In the interest of time, since today is my wedding day and all, this post will be short and sweet. You’ll just have to keep coming back for more details of my wedding weekend.

The short:

The biggest wedding project yesterday was assembling the cake.

The sweet:

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Things are bustling around here. Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day working on little thank you projects for my loved ones. My family have put a tremendous amount of time and energy into making our wedding day possible, and I can’t tell them enough how much it means to me. So, I baked up a little pumpkin love.

Nothing says “thank you” like a loaf of homemade pumpkin bread, and a hand written note of gratitude.

Cursive writing does come in handy every one in a while.

Pumpkin love was freshly brewed this morning too.

I also put together these bags and had them put in my families’ hotel rooms before their arrival.

One of the many perks to having a small wedding is it’s very conducive to small details that are special and are actually memorable.

Every bag included a little note of thanks, Angela’s pumpkin-apple streusal muffins, a bottle of water, a piece of dark chocolate, 2 fresh apples with honey peanut butter, directions to the ceremony, and homemade granola.

This granola is my favorite recipe! It’s simple, yet so good.

Chunky Granola

2/3 C light brown sugar

1/3 C canola or soybean oil

1/3 C honey

3 C rolled or quick oats (I prefer the latter for this recipe)

1 C sliced almonds

1/3 C sunflower seeds

1/3 C sesame seeds

1/3 C pumpkin seeds

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet extremely well. In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar, oil, vanilla and honey. Cook over low heat until just warmed through. In a large bowl, stir the honey mixture into the rest of the ingredients until evenly distributed. Spread mixture into prepared sheet. Do not push down. Bake until golden brown about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack. Then invert onto a work surface and tap out the brittle. Break into chunks.

This morning I got a manicure and a pedicure! It was absolutely amazing.

Check out my gorgeous engagement ring. Evan couldn’t have picked out a more prefect one.

Stay tuned for updates on the wedding cake! My grandmother busy assembling, frosting, and decorating at this very moment and it’s looking fabulous.

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Monday night Evan had to rush me to the ER. After meeting with our photographer to go over some last minute wedding details I started having a serious case of cold feet.

Just kidding…I began experiencing horrendous abdominal and chest pain. Being a female and having irritable bowel syndrome I am VERY familiar with cramping. Give me enough dairy and I’ll keel over with cramps. Or it could just be that time of the month, but in all my days of cramping I’ve never experienced pain in my chest. It was scary to say the least.

Hospitals don’t mess around with chest pain. I was rushed in immediately so the techs could take my vitals and triage me accordingly. Apparently, my ticker was working properly (albeit very slow with an athlete’s resting heart rate somewhere around 38 bpm) ’cause I had to wait f-o-r-e-v-e-r to be seen.

To make a very very long story short, after seeing a slew of doctors including a rheumatologist, several cardiologists, an internal medicine doc, an infectious disease doc, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some…my symptoms were all deemed related to the Lyme, the antibiotics I’m taking for said illness, and existing conditions I’m often/occasionally tormented with like IBS and depression/anxiety.

My stay included two nights with a couple doses of pain meds including morphine, several anti-spasmic pills for the GI symptoms, IV antibiotics twice a day, a couple of EKG’s, an ultrasound of my chest and another of my abdomin, TONS of blood tests (my arms resemble those of a junky), oh, and even some cranberry juice to ward off a urinary tract infection that was coming on.
My amazing fiance stayed at my bedside as much as I’d let him. Anything I wanted he made sure I had–plenty of reading material, clean clothes, a toothbrush, deodorant…etc…breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He even made my oatmeal for breakfast and brought the entire jar of White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter for me to indulge in at my disposal. It’s obvious why I’m marrying this man!

All in all, I am back to feeling “normal,” which until I kick the Lyme is not 100%, but it sure feels good to be home.

With my wedding in three days I’m furiously trying to get back up to speed with the last minute details. My family will start arriving tomorrow afternoon! Things are getting pretty exciting around here. Hopefully, I’ll have more time for wedding updates tomorrow.

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$18 worth of fresh, local, in-season produce that I picked up today at the farmer’s market:

The colors and shapes of these peppers are gorgeous! I’m hoping to stuff a couple of them later this week for a yummy dinner. Any suggestions?

The leaves on this head of broccoli look like appendages!

European pear

Green leaf lettuce

Asian pears and plums

Kale…this was my most daring purchase. I’ve never had it before and have no idea how to prepare it! Hmmmmm….

Although, this might have been a pretty daring purchase as well. Doesn’t this cuke look like some sort of sea monster?

My crisper drawers are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

Well, folks…I’m headed to Bear Creek to catch the tail end of the final MASS series race festivities, and if my calculations are right, stand on the podium!!!

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