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the haas machine: Wednesday's "What We Ate June 24-30, 2013"

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday's "What We Ate June 24-30, 2013"

This past weekend, John & I had the pleasure of officiating at a wedding for some friends of ours. It was quite the gorgeous day- the rain stopped just long enough for a lovely ceremony & then just sprinkled a little bit over dinner. Every little detail from the succulents in the bride's bouquet to the thoughtfully-made guest book were all so them. It was also at one of the area's most gorgeous getaways, so it was quite the treat all around.
Of course, at almost every wedding we attend, we are drawn back into reflecting on our wedding. All of the crazy amounts of questions that need answering, decisions that need to be made, & energy that goes into every detail is enough to give someone a serious anxiety attack.

John & I were only engaged for 5 months & we planned our wedding while living almost 5 hours apart from each other. At the time of planning our wedding, I was also trying to sell my house in Duluth & John had just bought our house in La Crosse & was furiously working on it so that it could be ready for when I moved in. So when it comes to weddings, believe be, I know anxiety.
I distinctively remember the days & weeks after our wedding... wait, we could just watch movies & go on long walks & make dinner... together?? Whaaaat? It was like something straight out of a fairytale. It was crazy amazing awesome, to say the least & I'm hoping that wherever you are right now, Dave & Meagan, that you are enjoying every little moment of your honeymoon!

One of the most important details of a wedding, of course, is what's being served for the meal. At our wedding, we had originally planned to serve a traditional Thanksgiving-type meal, complete with turkeys on the grill, garlic mashed potatoes, & homemade stuffing. About 6 weeks before the wedding, our caterer became unavailable, so that left us in a panic, to say the least. We needed something delicious & something that fit into our ridiculous budget!

Enter Famous Daves. Yep, we had Famous Daves cater at our wedding & it was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions we were forced into making. You should have heard the oogles & moans at the reception. And there was so much food left over that my parents had pulled pork sandwiches, literally for weeks.We had a handful of family & friends chip in to make our desserts-- homemade apple & pumpkin pies, two of our favorites. So in the end we did still get a touch of our Thanksgiving meal.
At the wedding this past weekend, Gracie's catered. They have, hands down, the best Greek food in La Crosse & we weren't disappointed one bit. There were mounds of hummus, spinach pie, pita bread, feta, olives, chicken kabobs, roasted potatoes, Greek salad.... it was incredible. We ate until we were full, & left quite satisfied by the whole day. It was gorgeous, God was so in it, & we were the pleasant kind of exhausted.

To celebrate all the happened over the weekend, we made ourselves some steak tacos with homemade pico de gallo for dinner on Sunday & I made a batch of peanut butter chocolate pudding with homemade whipped cream for dessert. We try not to treat ourselves with food for every celebration, but this weekend really called for a bit of luxury.

What was the best food you've ever eaten at a wedding?
Sunday's dinner: steak tacos (grilled steak, corn tortillas, cheese, & homemade pico- tomatoes, red pepper, cilantro, & onions)

What We Ate June 24-30, 2013
Monday: Chicken Caesar pitas with strawberries
Tuesday: Cauliflower Alfredo lasagna with carrots, cucumbers, & hummus
Wednesday: Grilled hamburgers with whole wheat buns & maple glazed carrots
Thursday: We ate at the Waterfront for happy hour with the bridal party & family
Friday: We ate with the bridal party & family for the rehearsal dinner
Saturday: We ate at the wedding (catered by Gracie's!!)
Sunday: Steak tacos (grilled steak, corn tortillas, cheese, & homemade pico- tomatoes, red pepper, cilantro, & onions) with homemade peanut butter chocolate pudding for dessert

I also made a few batches of bread & nutty chocolate chip granola bars this week.



At July 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Angela said...

I have such good memories of your wedding. It was the first wedding Ella attended and our first pseudo-date after she had been born. Everyone passed her around the entire night, so it really did feel like we were there on our own. And seriously, can you ever go wrong with Famous Dave's? That's what we would have had if our venue allowed it. Instead, we had the caterer make an identical menu to Famous Dave's. So I have to say that the food at our wedding was my fave (is that cheating?). I definitely prefer more unique choices to the traditional stuff. My brother had really good food in May. Mostly hors d'oeuvres, but they were delish! Mac & cheese and fruit pizza. Yum!

At July 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM , Blogger Gillian @ thehaasmachine said...

Thanks Ang! I totally remember you guys bringing little Ella too! What an honor to be her first wedding :) Mac 'n' cheese sounds amaaazing for a wedding meal!


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