Kale & Quinoa Salad

Kale & Quinoa SaladRecently I had a kale and quinoa salad at Hugo’s and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  I wanted to make it at home but with a few tweaks to make it just the way I’d like.  When Andrew asked what I was making for dinner I first told him to beware and that it’s uber healthy–kale and quinoa.  He likes eating healthy, but kale and quinoa together?  and making up the majority of meal?  Let’s just say he was skeptical.  Along with the super healthy salad I served grilled chicken.  And guess what! Andrew loved the salad.  He was shocked that he actually liked it.  He said he didn’t even taste the kale and that he would definitely have it again.  It’s a winner!   The next day I had the leftovers for lunch and it kept me full all the way till dinner.  Usually around 4 I binge eat everything in sight.  I think this is my new go to lunch.

Kale & Quinoa Salad
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked tricolor quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
3 cups kale, chopped
5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup walnuts, chopped
5 oz goat cheese
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and let cool a little. Combine the quinoa, kale, balsamic, oil, cranberries, walnuts, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl. Crumble the goat cheese over top. Serve & enjoy!

Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salad

Lemon Raspberry Cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake Last week was our 1 year anniversary (our wedding: look, details, moments). To celebrate our anniversary I wanted to recreate our wedding cake. The day of the wedding I only had a bite or tow and had a little left over the next day, but wasn’t able to fully enjoy and devour the cake. Jana’s Creative Cakes made 2 cakes for our wedding. One was chocolate cake filled with caramel Swiss meringue buttercream and sliced almonds and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. The cake that I recreated was a lemon cake filled with lemon curd and raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. Both were equally decadent and delicious. My mom planned on ordering our wedding cake for our first anniversary, but sadly Jana’s is closed until 2015. We were all heartbroken, but I knew I’d have to attempt the cake for myself.

I followed this Lemon Cake recipe (but not the frosting recipe). I made this Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. I put a third into a bowl and added raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. After the cake cooled I sliced it in half and spread the insides of the cake with lemon curd. I spread the Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the lemon curd in between the cake rounds. I sandwiched the cake together and spread the plain Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the top and all around the cake. Finally I topped the cake with a ring of raspberries.

Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake

Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

Happy Bastille Day! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Andrew and I spent the weekend in the Colorado Rockies breathing. It was such a fun trip exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park. We’re back home and to the real world. Here are a few links to start the week of right.

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1.  23 summery French recipes for Bastille Day.

2.  When I studied in Paris I was constantly in awe of the simple chic fashion of French women. Love this: How to Dress Like a French Girl.

3.  10 ways to be more French.

4.  Yes please: Snickers pop.

5.  Gorgeous outdoor flower markets I would love to visit!

6.  After seeing Anthropologie’s new bridal line I want to get married all over again.

Favorite Wedding Moments

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Our wedding was unforgettable. When reminiscing on our big day there are several moments that come to mind that fill me with warm fuzzys.

Our First Look– Andrew was very hesitant about doing a first look, thinking it would take away from watching me come down the aisle. I was a little persistent about doing a first look because I wanted to make our wedding day and my time with Andrew as long as possible. The first look gave us that time to be alone together and be in awe that we were getting married in a few short hours.
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Life a la Mode Wedding

Walking Down the Aisle with my Dad– I was calm, cool and collected all day. I was ready and excited to marry my best friend. The day had been a bit of a whirlwind getting ready and taking pictures so I didn’t really have a chance to get emotional. Before the ceremony, my family and bridesmaids lined up to walk down the aisle. From afar I could see my mom walking down the aisle with my grandpa and then things got real. It was just my dad and I left. My dad linked arms with me and was ready to go. Reality set it and so did my emotions . I was about to marry the man of my dreams. I couldn’t start crying yet! I wasn’t even walking down the aisle. I fanned myself off and held in my tears as much as a could.

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A Moment to Take it All In– Everyone says that your wedding day goes to fast and that you try to take it all in. So that’s just what we did. In the middle of the ceremony out family friends sang a song and we got a chance to take it all in. We looked out at our family and friends. We whispered to each other. We cried. That moment together is my fondest memory from my wedding day.

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Reading Our Vows– Andrew and I decided to write our own vows. We wanted the wedding to be as personalized as possible. It was so special to declare our love to each other in front of all our family and friends. We now have our vows framed side by side in our office. :)

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The Speeches– My dad, sisters and brother and law all don’t like giving speeches (who really does?). They were all nervous as could be, but all gave the most wonderful and meaningful speeches. They were filled with love and laughter. I don’t think I’ve laughed or smiled more in my life than on our wedding day.

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The Dancing– The only part that my dad cared about was the dancing. He LOVES to dance and wanted everyone to be out on the dance floor. Before the wedding he gave me a huge list of songs that he thought should be played. He biggest request was Shout, which packed the dance floor.

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The Sunglasses– As a party favor we gave out colorful sunglasses to all our guests. The idea for this was to encourage people to get out on the dance floor. People are typically nervous to get out on the dance floor. The sunglasses gave people a mask to hide behind and gave them an extra boost of confidence to dance the night away.

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Photographs by: Gavin Wade Photography