Friday, November 16, 2012

Recipe: Mexican Cebollas Curidas

As the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, I've become more and more in denial that winter is approaching.  I've been craving the warmth in the air and the light fresh fare of summertime.

 I've especially been craving some of the foods we enjoyed on our honeymoon to Mexico in September. One of my favorite Mexican condiments is cebollas curidas, or pickled onions.

I could put them on anything, especially tacos. 

our fish tacos earlier this week

I searched around for some recipes online and took bits and pieces from each to come up with this recipe: 

  • 1 beet (trimmed peeled and coarsely grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 lb red onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2/3 cup grapefruit juice
  • salt 
  • 1 jalapeno or habanero roughly chopped (optional)

 1. Put beets in medium saucepan and add garlic, bay leaves, jalapeno (or habanero), vinegar and 4 cups water.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 10 minutes.
3. Put onions in a medium bowl. Strain hot beet cooking liquid over onions and set aside to rest until onions soften slightly, about 5 minutes.
4. Drain onions and return to bowl. Add sour orange juice (or lime juice, lime zest and grapefruit juice) and salt to taste and toss well.
5. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours before serving.

These will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

They are so good, you've got to try them!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wedding Recap: What I Wore

I've had difficulty deciding what I'd share with you first about our wedding, but I guess it makes the most sense to start at the very beginning with what I wore.  My search for a wedding dress was not an easy task.  I was one of those girls who knew exactly what I wanted, which actually  made it even more difficult on me.  About 100 dresses later I finally found it- well the main part of it.  

I had my heart set on a lace dress with cap sleeves and a keyhole back, but could not find one that was flattering on me.  So, we found a strapless dress that I loved, ordered extra lace, and had a jacket made to give it the effect of what I wanted.  

Dress: Allure

I really wanted a special hanger for wedding dress pictures, but really didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a customized hanger I'd only use once.  I got this one from Etsy for $5.00, and I'll be able to pass it down or lend it to friends in the future.

 As for my shoes, I wore ones that I already had. I thought about splurging for some really expensive or crazy colored shoes, but I'm so glad I wore ones that I had already.  They were broken in and saved me a lot of money.  While they were originally quite expensive, I found them 85% off at the end of the summer the week we got engaged.

For my getaway dress, I chose this white scalloped peplum dress from Urban Outfitters.  It was very bridal looking, but casual enough to wear on the honeymoon, too.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wedding Pictures Are In!

The time has finally come!  My wedding pictures are in!  I'm planning on sharing them with you gradually so I can focus on different aspects of our wedding day, but I'm so pleased with the ones I've gotten so far that I wanted to share! 

Beautiful Bridesmaids

First Look


Sister In Law

First Look with Dad


Thank you Courtney Dox Photography for such amazing pictures!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Swamp Rabbit Saturday

This weekend was the second weekend Mr. T and I have had free since we got married.  The past two months have been filled with football games, family gatherings, and who knows what else.  It was so nice to have a weekend to spend with each other and do exactly what we wanted to to.  Saturday morning we woke up early and headed downtown to pick up bikes that we rented through Reedy Rides.  We have done this once before and loved it.  See my post about that day here.  This time we decided to go a little further, and go all the way to Traveler's Rest. 

The Swamp Rabbit Trail  is 14.5 mile former rail line that has been paved for walking, running, and biking. It connects the quaint town of Traveler's Rest to downtown Greenville.  It's about 10 miles from downtown Greenville to TR, and it took us about an hour and a half to get there.  We arrived around lunch time and saw several great places to eat along the way.  After some Googling of good places to go, Siri led us to the Barker Bar.  

 The Barker Bar is a dog friendly pub on Main Street.  They used to only be open in the evenings, but just started opening at noon on Saturdays.  They have great microbrews on draught and in the bottle and offer a small lunch menu.  I'm not kidding here, it's really small.  There's actually not even a menu.  We got BBQ sandwiches with slaw and baked beans.  And I'm pretty sure that's your only option.  BUT, I think they've got something great going on here.  The food was amazing!  So amazing I forgot to take a picture. They have a porch out back complete with hooks for dog leashes and a large pen outside where you can let your dogs play with others.  At night they have bands and you can bring your own food in from other restaurants. We were the only patrons in the restaurant, but I'm hoping this is something that catches on soon.  I think once all the people that use the Swamp Rabbit Trail hear about this place, there will be a line out of the door.

After our yummy lunch and stroll around downtown TR, we hopped back on our bikes and rode the 10 miles back to Greenville.  My legs were Jell-O by the time we finished our trip, but it was so worth it.  

Thanks again Reedy Rides!

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