Our day started nice and early!
After a quick breakfast and a super-fast blog post, Ryan and I were out the door to meet with our pastor to discuss our wedding ceremony.
We drove to Dunedin, which is about 40 minutes from my parents’ house, and discussed everything from our vows to special readings and personalized segments we created ourselves. We are personalizing a lot of our ceremony and I’m excited with how it seems to be coming together! I hope it’s full o’ love!
By the time we were done chatting with our pastor and his wife, it was lunchtime.
We headed over to 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, where we are holding our rehearsal dinner, and enjoyed a quick bite to eat.
Can you spot Ryan?
We started by sharing the seafood chili, which was full of beans, lentils, shrimp and fish.
While waiting for our main course to come out, we perused meal and drink package options for our rehearsal dinner and have some decisions to make. Luckily the restaurant let us take a packet detailing the various options home with us, so we are able to crunch some numbers and think about it in more detail.
After all the food talk, I was ready for my grilled grouper sandwich!
It was served on a fresh bun with tomato, onion and lettuce and a side of the most delicious steak fries.
With full bellies, we left the restaurant and headed home to watch the University of Florida game with my mom and dad. We assumed my sister would be at the game, but we got a text from her saying that it was “too hot,” after we spent the first two quarters searching for her blonde hair in the crowd.
I remember the first several games of football season when I was a student at UCF. It was always unbearably hot. The only salvation from the heat was beer… and lots of it.
About halfway through the UF game, I got a little bored and my mom and I headed into the kitchen to do some baking. Blog reader Andrea won my one-year blogging anniversary giveaway and requested the chocolate chip cookies she saw on Jenna’s blog as her prize, so we had an assignment!
Initially I figured the recipe would be like any other chocolate chip cookie recipe, but it required a few extra steps, like melting butter on the stove top and rotating the cookies as they baked in the oven.
While baking in the oven, the smell of the cookies was unreal. The combination of butter and sugar sure does yield one heck of a delectable aroma!
Within 10 minutes of popping the balls of dough in the oven, we had big, buttery cookies!
Sadie wanted to be the taste tester.
Chocolate + Dogs = Big No-No
We made sure to make plenty of cookies for Andrea, but had a few leftover to enjoy ourselves.
I had two cookies the size of my hand, plus inordinate amounts of dough.
I am seriously stuffed. Cookie coma.
I’m off to lay around with Ryan and my family and digest because I clearly cannot control myself around baked goods. We also have a couple of wedding crafts to work on, so I’ll try to be a little productive, too.