THE Dress (?), Wicked and More

Yesterday was non stop! From the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed, the whole day was go, go, go!

My dad and I were the first ones awake (as usual) and we enjoyed some quiet time catching up over hot tea and honey Greek yogurt before it was time for a workout. Unfortunately we couldn’t go to spinning together as originally planned because my appointment at the wedding dress store overlapped with the class time. Boo!

I headed out to workout on my own. I kept my cardio session relatively easy because I wanted to flip through some of the bridal magazines my mom bought for me. Priorities… 😉

I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 10 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill.

As I pulled into our neighborhood on my way home, I saw the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen.


I only captured part of it on camera, but it was a full arch and the colors were brilliant. I came running inside and made my whole family come out to see it. Everyone was fully impressed.

Wedding Dress Shopping

After enjoying a quick breakfast smoothie and a hot shower, my mom, sister and I were ready to head out to Jon’s Bridal, a large bridal gown shop in Tampa.

The Girls

All Smiles

I made an appointment at Jon’s because they said they “likely had” the Justin Alexander dress I loved that I tried on last weekend in Orlando with my friends Merri and Laurel. I wanted my mom and sister to see it in person and weigh in.

This place was not what I expected. First of all, they didn’t have the dress the woman on the phone implied they would have, and then all the dresses were not my style. I like romantic, simple dresses and many of the dresses at Jon’s Bridal were bedazzled. Not my thing.

I was pretty bummed when we left, but I remembered that Cici’s Boutique in St. Pete carried the designer of the other dress I loved last weekend (I really liked two different dresses, if you remember). I called Cici’s to see if we could get a last minute appointment. They had an opening and my spirits rose immediately.

I was excited for my mom and sister to see this dress because it is a pretty dress. It is less “ballgown” and more classic and romantic. I am in love.

We were escorted upstairs and I slipped into the dress. It really is unbelievable. My mom and sister were both very enthusiastic and I really think this could be the one. (I’m sorry for the lack of pictures, but I can’t risk my groom-to-be seeing me in this dress!)

I have always been drawn toward lace and it has lace but is different than the other lace gowns I’ve seen. It seems like a dress I would still love 50 years from now. We made a follow up appointment for the first week of March for my dad to come see it. I really want a man’s opinion.

By the time the dress hunt was over, we were hungry. We headed home to meet up with my dad and Ryan for lunch. I made a delicious fish sandwich using the fish we had leftover from dinner on Friday night.

Fish Sandwich and Portobello Mushrooms

I also enjoyed a small bowl of chocolate marshmallow ice cream for dessert. So good!


Around 1 p.m., my mom, sister and I headed off to see Wicked at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center while my dad and Ryan enjoyed a guy’s day. 🙂

Our seats for the musical were amazing!


The show was fantastic! I loved every minute. The whole cast was extremely talented and the music was wonderful. It was really neat to see how the musical tied into the original Wizard of Oz story. I can’t wait to see it again with Ryan at the end of the month. 😀

The actress who played Glinda was actually an understudy and she did a tremendous job. I’m excited to see how the “real” Glinda handles the role.


Wicked started at 2 p.m. and when it was over, my sister told us to guess the time. I guessed 3:45 p.m. and boy was I off! It was a little after 5 p.m.! We hurried to the car and proceeded to sit in the parking lot for 20 minutes waiting for people to head out.

We started to feel a little anxious because we had 5:45 p.m. dinner reservations to meet with my dad and Ryan at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House in downtown St. Pete. Luckily the guys headed over there to save our table and we met them there a little before 6 p.m.

The guys were already a couple dirty martinis into the night and were quite the funny duo by the time we arrived.

The restaurant has a really neat feel and we are putting it in the running for a potential restaurant for our rehearsal dinner. I want Ryan’s family to come check it out, too.

Our food was delicious and the service was great, especially considering how crowded it was. My sister and I both ordered the seafood sampler.

Seafood Sampler

It was an appetizer and didn’t have too much food, though it was delicious. I ate a bunch of the cheese biscuits and several bites of Ryan’s braised short ribs and mashed potatoes. His meal tasted like homemade comfort food!

Cheese Biscuits

Braised Short Ribs

We took our time at dinner and had a great time. We headed home a little after 8 p.m. and made ice cream sundaes.

Ice Cream Sundae

Ryan and I shared this big bowl that included:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Butterscotch
  • Strawberry topping
  • Mini Oreo cookies
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherry

This further solidified the fact that ice cream truly is my favorite food. There’s nothin’ better!

I’m off to go make a big Sunday breakfast before Ryan and I head back to Orlando. I hope you’re enjoying the weekend! 🙂

I’m All Alone

As Donkey from Shrek would sing, “I’m all alone… there’s no one here beside me…”

(Sadie just gave me a nasty look for discounting her company.)

Ryan left around 6 p.m. for soccer game tonight, so I was on my own for dinner. You know what that means… Breakfast fo’ dinner!

Dippy Eggs!

Maybe I’m a sucker for good marketing, but I really do think Eggland’s Best eggs taste better… I don’t know how to describe it… I just like ’em! I can’t taste the “extra vitamins” they claim to have (nor would I want to), but I can taste deliciousness.

I made two dippy eggs and toasted a whole wheat Arnold sandwich thin for yolk dippin’.

On the side I enjoyed strawberry sorbet which I made by blending a couple large handfuls of frozen strawberries in the food processor. How’s that for a healthy dessert?

Strawberry Sorbet

Peanut Butter Fingers at Her Finest
Look what arrived in the mail for me today:

Hell's Kitchen Homemade Peanut Butter

PB Delight

Peanut Butter Fingers!

My friend Krystina sent me this amazing jar of deliciousness from Hell’s Kitchen in Minnesota. I honestly cannot express in words how good this tastes.
Obviously a lot of this (below) has occurred this evening… and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.

Peanut Butter Fingers in Action

As both a peanut butter lover and a texture fanatic, this little jar satisfies two of my favorites in every finger full!
Five Fun Foodie Facts

Ally from Sweet & Savory told me about a fun little foodie questionnaire yesterday, so I thought I’d give it a go!
When did you discover your love for cooking/baking?
Though I’ve always loved baking, I discovered my love for cooking about a year after I graduated college… There’s only so many Lean Cuisines, hot pockets and instant oatmeal packets a girl can handle. I slowly stared making homemade dinners and experimenting more and more. Turns out it’s pretty darn fun!
Favorite food to make?
Baked goods! I think homemade cookies (especially Christmas cookies) are my favorite thing to make. The fact that I get to enjoy lots of cookie dough may or may not be the reason behind this selection…
Top eat of all time?
Easiest decision ever: The hot fudge sundae from Houston’s restaurant in Winter Park, Florida. It’s unbelievale. The ice cream is the creamiest vanilla ice cream, and it’s topped with thick, decadent hot fudge, candied pecans and tons of whipped cream. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day… and become a whale.
Most disliked food?
Catfish. Never tried it, never will. It disgusts me. (My reasoning may be found here.)
Food you still haven’t tried to make but want to?
Bread. I’ve made biscuits and muffins, but I’ve never attempted to make a homemade loaf of bread. This is probably a good thing since I’d likely devour the entire thing in 1.5 minutes.
…And I’m off to cuddle with Sadie and read Wicked!
I’m not gonna lie, the first quarter of the book was pretty awful. Thankfully, I think it’s finally starting to pick up as I enter the second half. Phew! At least I’ve only heard fantastic things about the musical. I can’t wait to see it on Saturday!!!