Great finds on Etsy

Now that I spend all my free time planning the wedding I spend tons of time online scouring blogs, websites, and online stores.  After spending countless hours online one site I became increasingly impressed with is Etsy.com.  This online community of artists allows people to sell and by handmade crafts of ALL types. It brings people from all over the world (150 countries to be exact) to exchange unique products.

Several ideas and ve ndors for my wedding I found through Etsy.  Here are a few of my favorite sellers and products:

1. Handmade Jewelry by MichMade

Pearl necklace with bird charm

Pearl necklace with bird charm

2. Handwritten Calligraphy by Barbara Kua (We used her and she was fabulous to work with!)

Handwritten Envelope Address Calligraphy - Olivia Style

Handwritten Envelope Address Calligraphy - Olivia Style

3. Cupcake Flags by Inkwinkdesign

Cupcake Flags

Cupcake Flags

4. Will you be my bridesmaid? by scribblemonkey

Notecard - Will you be my bridesmaid?

Notecard - Will you be my bridesmaid?

Invitation Assembly Party

Invitations are IN!!! While our fabulous calligrapher works her magic on our envelopes I will need to start assembling the invitations.

Pizza anyone?

I will be bribing family members with a pizza lunch or dinner tocome over and help me create 100 invitations within the next two weeks!

Any takers?

Muchas Gracias. 🙂

CasaMartinez: Favorite Reciepes

This summer Mike and I have become really obsessed with this delicious summer salad.

I was introduced to this salad when I went to a friend’s baby shower (thanks Gabi) and now I make this at home at least twice a week.  Mike couldn’t be happier since now I’m eating one of his favorite vegetables – SPINACH! Just call me “Popeye”!

Sweet and Crunchy Strawberry Salad

Sweet and Crunchy Strawberry Salad

Here’s how you can make this simple salad:

Baby Spinach Salad

Strawberries

Sliced Almonds

Crumbled Goat Cheese

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Delish! Enjoy!

Susan, yes, I’m actually making and EATING salad!!! Maybe I can make this for you next time we come over for dinner.

Engagement Pictures

We went on a great adventure today with our fabulous photographers, Marlyne and Alex. We met at the entrance to Key Biscayne at 10:30am and after waiting out the rain we started shooting at about 11:30am on Virginia Key. There’s HUGE potential for some really cool pictures, but before I give away too much here are some hints – couch, tall grass, bug spray, and sand.

The second half of our engagement session involved our new boat, the Miami River, and some rusty metal.

Hopefully Marlyne and Alex will give us a sneak peak this week which we will share with you all!

Check them out: http;//marlynealexander.com

Domesticated Diva – NOT!

So, I’m the type of girl who wants it all.  I want to be a career woman, a loyal friend, a grateful daughter, and now a fabulous wifey!  Taking a page from the 1950’s, pre-bra burning era a wifey takes care of the home, her husband, and her childern.  Although I firmly stand by some of my feminist thinking I do want to be good at all of those “domestic” duties.

Challenge #1 – Improve cooking skills.

Yesterday, I decided to surprise Mike and cook dinner for us. I pulled up a recipe titled “Easy Chicken Cutlet” – sounded like something right up my alley – and chose instant pasta as my side.

I started by pulling out a few different bowls – one for the eggs, one for the bread crumbs, and another for the washed chicken (apparently I’m overly paranoid about salmonella).  I rummaged through the cupboard for different spices to sprinkle on the chicken once I had breaded it and pulled out the frying pan.  Then poured a cap full of oil onto the pan and threw on my first cutlet.

I questioned myself on how long I should leave the chicken cooking on each side and so ran to ask Mike.  When I got back there was an unusual amount of smoke in the air. I flipped over the chicken per Mike’s instructions and realized I was a little too late.  The chicken was mostly black and crispy.  I finished cooking that piece and put the next cutlet on the pan. I did this 5 times…apparently I’m not a person who improves with trial and error (at least when it comes to cooking).

Needless to say, we didn’t really enjoy the Surprise Chicken Cutlet meal. BUT I did force us to eat it!

Smokey, messy kitchen

Smokey, messy kitchen

Yummy Burnt Chicken

Yummy Burnt Chicken

Mike showing me how it's done

Mike showing me how it's done