My top 5 wedding surprises

I took wedding preparations very seriously. It was a two year engagement, so I had a lot of time to plan for every teeny tiny thing. And I did. With the help of several significant people, the wedding was pulled off successfully.

Admittedly, towards the end I stopped caring about the minute details.

There was a noticeable crease on the guest stone sign – I did not reprint it. A jewel came off of the center of my dress – I let that roll off my back. I should have touched up the roots of my hair one more time before the big day – I couldn’t be bothered.

Of course, no amount of preparations can assure a completely surprise-free wedding.

Here are the top 5 things I wasn’t expecting. (This is separate from the major things that went wrong, which you can read about here.)

All photos in this post except the first one are courtesy of our fantastic photographer, Jim McLaughlin.

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Difference between: Golden Delicious and Granny Smith

For the month of September, I thought I’d try something a little different, and have all Difference Between and Food History posts be apple related.  

Let’s have some fun as we head into apple season!

We’re going to start off with two of the most well known green apples: Golden Delicious and Granny Smith.

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Sloppy Joe chili fries

This recipe is brought to us from the latest Food Network Magazine.

The reason I latched onto this one when I found it is because it specifically calls for “pickled jalapenos” – I had been looking for dishes to add mine to.

That being said, no worries if you don’t have any – regular will do just fine.

Also, as I mentioned in my last post, my oven is currently on the fritz, so this was put together in a Dutch oven instead. I simply turned the fries around every once in awhile so the ones on the bottom didn’t get burned.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp chili powder, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped mozzarella cheese
  • chopped cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  • chopped pickled jalapenos, for garnish

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