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wine-ing and dining with judy juice

This summer, Dane and I went to a wine tasting at Oeno Winemaking here in Hawaii and had THE BEST time! Seriously, the owners were so friendly and accommodating--the type of atmosphere where you'd want to go and hang out for hours just chatting, sipping and snacking.

Well, fast forward two months and it was time to bottle the barrel of wine we purchased during our tasting! Seriously for all my Hawaii friends, it's worth every penny! We got to pick what barrel we wanted, design our custom labels and then see the packaging process from start to finish. We barreled a Chianti and a Spanish Temperanillo--both very bold reds with delicious flavor.

Truth be told, we also spent a lot of time eating this weekend. We found a really tasty Mexican restaurant, which is always a huge plus in our book (All you can eat queso--WIN!) and hosted a dinner party on Saturday night AND Sunday night. Like I said, a lot of eating.
dinner party


How was everyone else's weekend?

summer pasta [recipe]

I'm a full believer in eating certain foods year-round if I like them, so don't let the title fool you. Summer pasta when it's fall--let me at it!

I made this dish from my new favorite cookbook and paired it with lightly breaded chicken cutlets. The chicken is optional, of course, but then again, so is making this meal altogether I suppose.

You Will Need:
10 oz. gluten free spaghetti
10-12 small tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 basil leaves, chopped
dash salt

1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, tomatoes, garlic and salt in a bowl large enough to hold the pasta later on. Set aside.
2. Cook pasta to al dente.
*this is kind of tricky with GF pasta. It takes a bit longer to reach al dente than a regular pasta might. My best advice is to just keep tasting it until it tastes right to you.
3. When pasta is ready, spoon it directly from pot into the olive oil mixture bowl.
4. Add in basil and stir everything up.
5. Serve immediately while everything is still warm :)

I think my favorite thing about this dish is that it doesn't feel heavy like a traditional pasta and sauce meal, but it certainly fills you up and is full of fresh flavor!

wedding wednesday--where do I go from here?

So, I've been posting A LOT about our wedding and I'm sure that so many of you are like...okay, she got married in August, when the HELL is she going to shut up about it?!?!?!

Probably never. In fact, I want to wear my wedding dress all day every day. Is that weird? There's a pin floating around Pinterest that shows a woman's wedding dress in a pretty glass case displayed in her closet. Dreams, lady friends, dreams. But alas, everyone knows that lace crumbles after a certain amount of years, so I suppose it's best I keep that puppy wrapped up and in a safe place so it can crumble in private so it lasts forever.

I guess what I'm getting at here is, what haven't I covered and what do you want to know more about?! I don't want to bore you, but at the same time, I don't know what I haven't covered well enough.

Sadly we don't have our professional pictures back yet, but obviously as soon as I have those, I'll be more than happy to share. Our photogs rocked!