Marv + Kate | An Outdoor Finger Lakes Wedding

My oh my, it’s almost been a year since I last updated. Say what? But honestly I don’t feel bad about that. The flow of life is like seasons, a time for everything, and the past year has been one of the best seasons I’ve ever had yet. Let me catch you up a bit on what has happened since my last post last May.

I completed my 100 Day Project. I got engaged. I planned our wedding (in 4 months). My husband and I bought a house in Lancaster, PA. We got married. I moved from Upstate, NY to Lancaster, PA. I started a new job. I joined a new church. And I’m trying to settle into a new life, a new family, make new friends, and learn my way around a new area.

Did I say ‘new’ yet? Hello, change.

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It has been oh so good. I love married life. And though I miss my family and friends like crazy this changes has been good for me. In the uncomfortable, growing pains sort of way. All that said this season of life has been a break from my old, normal, routine and now I’m trying to find my new normal. Maybe the season of life is shifting or maybe it’s hints of Spring coming but I’m feeling a new inspiration to be creative again.

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I want to start blogging again. I’m hoping to have some content since I’ll be starting 2017’s the 100 day project again tomorrow (April 4th). I haven’t announced the details yet. I’ve also been working on making our new house a home lately so I want to update a bit about that as well. But until then here are few photos from our wedding.

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Our bridal party. How are we so blessed to have these beautiful people as our friends?

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My nephew Carson is always the flirt.

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Having a the amazing Sari Esh set up the Hors d’oeuvre table was such and win. Thanks for making my foodie dreams come true.

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My bridesmaid Ruth helped me create all of the concrete candle holders for the centerpieces. What was supposed to be a one day project turned into a 3 day affaire. But she helped until the end because she’s cool like that.

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The photos are dreamy. I could gush about David and Sarah for days. They played such a huge role in making our day peaceful and smooth. I will treasure these photos for years to come.

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What can I say? This was the most magical days of our lives. There was a ton of work to do in the month leading up to the wedding day and all the people closest to us stepped in and stepped up to make our wildest dreams come true.

Marv and I could never repay everyone enough for all that was done for us. The people in our lives are incredible. Thank you all.

I could have posted 400 more photos because I am in love with them all but for your sake I condensed it down to the highlights. Here’s a sneak peak into our wedding day.

And a few credits to the people who made our day.

Photo and Video: David and Sarah
Flowers: Anne Lapp
Hair: Patricia Stoltzfus
Make-Up: Beka Caitlin
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: Bev Weaver
Hors d’oeuvre: Sari Esh

FLX Wienery: Delicious in Dundee

As requested in this instagram post here is my review of the new FLX Wienery.

At my job we have this team building activity called Work Perk (which in my opinion sounds too much like ‘work twerk’ for me to be truly comfortable with it). It happens once in every quarter of the year. A certain amount of money is given to each team member then they have to collectively decide what they want to do with it. It often gets spent on lunch or dinner for the entire team which was the case this quarter for my team. We debated over a few different restaurants finally deciding to try out a brand new restaurant just down the road from us. It’s called the FLX Wienery and is located in the building that was formerly R.E.D.S. Hots (formerly Wixon’s). We did a little research before hand to make sure it wasn’t a total hole-in-the-wall. The menu seemed unique with interesting item so with our minds at ease we loaded up our vehicles and headed south.

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The location and exterior aren’t fabulous, although the giant metal pig sign out front made me smile (sorry, no picture). The interior was large and open with plenty of seating. The decor was nothing exciting but a coworker who had been there when it was still R.E.D.S. Hots said it had definitely improved. The Ronettes and Sam Cooke crooned over the speakers. Propped against the wall was a large window pane which served as the menu, the items neatly written across the glass in black paint. There long list included burgers, fries, poutine, shakes, malts and of course weiners.

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I wanted to try a weiner but didn’t feel like making that decision so I instead got the Blues Artist. It’s a burger topped with blues cheese, bacon, fried egg, and fried onions. The blue cheese (yum!) was plentiful and the fried onions tasted somewhat like buffalo chicken. All of this deliciousness was sandwiched between two very plain jane white bread burger buns, which was the only thing I didn’t like about the burger. I also ordered some lemon cilantro home fries (served in a terra cotta flower pot) and a ginger beer, which ended up being a lot of food. You could definitely split the fries with someone.

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I was feeling adventurous so for dessert I ordered, get this, fried Nutella. I love Nutella, I smear it on everything and eat it by the spoonful right along side my peanut butter so I had to try this. I don’t love deep fried foods so I had no idea what to expect. It came out as one giant fried ball with a toothpick jabbed into the side, somewhat resembling a fried Oreo cookie. I took a bit and at first all I got was a mouth full of fried dough, meh, but then out of it seeped warm, rich, sweet, creamy, comforting, calorie laden Nutella. It was good in the unhealthy kind of way. I don’t know if I’ll ever crave it again but it was interesting to try.

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All in all it was a fun casual place and very impressive for being in Dundee (not to pick on Dundee but…yeah). It’s only a few weeks young so it’ll be fun to see where it goes. While you won’t leave here feeling healthy it a great place to grab a quick bite for lunch and try something interesting. Next time I’d like to try their poutine, quinoa + flax salad, and/or some caramel + bacon ice cream.

You can find their website here. They have strange hours so make sure you check them before you head over. Currently their hours are Thursday-Monday 11:30-6:30.

So tell me, do you think fried Nutella sounds appetizing?

FLX Wienery: Delicious in Dundee

As requested in this instagram post here is my review of the new FLX Wienery.

At my job we have this team building activity called Work Perk (which in my opinion sounds too much like ‘work twerk’ for me to be truly comfortable with it). It happens once in every quarter of the year. A certain amount of money is given to each team member then they have to collectively decide what they want to do with it. It often gets spent on lunch or dinner for the entire team which was the case this quarter for my team. We debated over a few different restaurants finally deciding to try out a brand new restaurant just down the road from us. It’s called the FLX Wienery and is located in the building that was formerly R.E.D.S. Hots (formerly Wixon’s). We did a little research before hand to make sure it wasn’t a total hole-in-the-wall. The menu seemed unique with interesting item so with our minds at ease we loaded up our vehicles and headed south.

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The location and exterior aren’t fabulous, although the giant metal pig sign out front made me smile (sorry, no picture). The interior was large and open with plenty of seating. The decor was nothing exciting but a coworker who had been there when it was still R.E.D.S. Hots said it had definitely improved. The Ronettes and Sam Cooke crooned over the speakers. Propped against the wall was a large window pane which served as the menu, the items neatly written across the glass in black paint. There long list included burgers, fries, poutine, shakes, malts and of course weiners.

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I wanted to try a weiner but didn’t feel like making that decision so I instead got the Blues Artist. It’s a burger topped with blues cheese, bacon, fried egg, and fried onions. The blue cheese (yum!) was plentiful and the fried onions tasted somewhat like buffalo chicken. All of this deliciousness was sandwiched between two very plain jane white bread burger buns, which was the only thing I didn’t like about the burger. I also ordered some lemon cilantro home fries (served in a terra cotta flower pot) and a ginger beer, which ended up being a lot of food. You could definitely split the fries with someone.

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I was feeling adventurous so for dessert I ordered, get this, fried Nutella. I love Nutella, I smear it on everything and eat it by the spoonful right along side my peanut butter so I had to try this. I don’t love deep fried foods so I had no idea what to expect. It came out as one giant fried ball with a toothpick jabbed into the side, somewhat resembling a fried Oreo cookie. I took a bit and at first all I got was a mouth full of fried dough, meh, but then out of it seeped warm, rich, sweet, creamy, comforting, calorie laden Nutella. It was good in the unhealthy kind of way. I don’t know if I’ll ever crave it again but it was interesting to try.

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All in all it was a fun casual place and very impressive for being in Dundee (not to pick on Dundee but…yeah). It’s only a few weeks young so it’ll be fun to see where it goes. While you won’t leave here feeling healthy it a great place to grab a quick bite for lunch and try something interesting. Next time I’d like to try their poutine, quinoa + flax salad, and/or some caramel + bacon ice cream.

You can find their website here. They have strange hours so make sure you check them before you head over. Currently their hours are Thursday-Monday 11:30-6:30.

So tell me, do you think fried Nutella sounds appetizing?