I’ve said this over and over recently but fall truly is my favourite time of the year—I’ve literally been counting down the days until apple picking season. Last weekend the time was finally here, after moving our outing from Saturday to Sunday due to bad weather, we ventured out with friends to Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwick, NJ. Last year we visited several farms and struggled to find any apples to pick but at Melick’s we had no problem. From Golden Delicious to Joanagold, there was certainly no shortage. This plus the incredible weather—pure sunshine with a fall chill in the air—it was the perfect afternoon.
Being from England, eating foods with pumpkin as an ingredient is still a very new thing to me. Growing up we only ever had pumpkins in our house once a year – for carving at Halloween. After trying my first (gluten free!) pumpkin pie last October I was instantly hooked – it was incredible. So this weekend I decided to try out Against All Grain‘s spiced pumpkin muffin recipe. Both gluten free and paleo, these delicious treats use almond flour with a hint of coconut flour as a base and maple syrup as a natural sweetener. Paired with a cup of coffee and a good book, these muffins are the perfect Saturday afternoon sweet for the beginning of fall. The full recipe can be found in ‘Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great‘.
How incredible are these new Imperial Cheese Knives from Anthropolgie? Finished in smooth molten gold and presented in a rolled cork case, these knives are the epitome of decadence for any cheese lover. At €198 they are slightly on the ‘steep’ end of the price scale but are definitely on my wish list! I can dream right?
The theme of this wedding is very much traditional and romantic, focusing on simplicity with a DIY rustic touch. Since Melissa and Gary met and currently live in Ireland, they wanted to ensure that this was reflected in their wedding. We brainstormed for several weeks, looking in to different features, colours and designs, that would fit the theme perfectly. Taking inspiration from a number of areas, we decided on incorporating elements such as burlap, kraft paper for menus / programmes, twine and raffia, keeping in theme with the Irish earthy tones of the stunning grounds mixed with the elegant and traditional features such as candelabras and dark wood of the Manor.
As I’ve mentioned before, I work full time as an Event Manager in Dublin, Ireland. An exciting and busy job, I have found over the years that the planning and organisation skills that my job entails are becoming increasingly embedded in to my personal life – whether it’s creating shopping lists, organising my apartment or planning a friend’s party, I absolutely love it. So when one of my closest friends became engaged to her husband to be and the concept of planning a wedding was put on the table, my response was of course yes! One year and six months later since we danced the night away at their engagement party, the wedding is now four months away and I am the lucky one known to the couple as ‘The Wedding Planner’.
So who are the couple that will be walking down the aisle? Melissa and I met three and a half years ago on the first day of orientation at the UCD Smurfit Business School. This quirky American originally from Baltimore had moved to Dublin to study her Masters in Marketing after spending five years living and working in New York. We bonded over neither originally being from Ireland, she spent the day chatting my ear off and we have been friends ever since. Four months in to the programme she met Gary, an Irish man from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. They went on a date one cold January evening and the rest is history.
Over the next four months, I am going to document the final stages of planning of this wedding, which will be taking place in May at the incredible Adare Manor Limerick. I’ll be including the weekends spent DIYing, the time spent designing the menus and programmes and the of course the planning of the all anticipated ‘Hen Do’.