• Food
  • Eating at your Wedding

    Don’t kid yourself and think you will eat at your Wedding.

    If you have the chance to put any sort of food in your mouth at your Wedding, you are one of the lucky few.

    Mr. Knight and I always said that no matter what, we would eat at our Wedding. Because after all, that shiz is expensive and we were getting our… I mean, my parents… money worth. Leading up to our Wedding we were so sure of ourselves. We were going to tell people they need to chill so we could enjoy our fabulous stuffed chicken and spring salad, along with maybe a slice of cake or two.

    Yeah, that didn’t happen.

    What we did end up eating, we scarfed down like two wild hyenas who haven’t eaten in days. Right after the speeches, our salads were set in front of us and we had a race as to which one of us could eat our salad the fastest. We probably looked crazy. I didn’t even get to finish my salad, because Mr. Knight won and we had to start making the rounds and saying hi to our guests (who had traveled far to celebrate with us). Okay, we didn’t HAVE to say hi to our guests, but we really really wanted to. We actually couldn’t wait to go table by table and see everyone.

    And that little bit of salad is pretty much what I ate all night. Major sads, but I didn’t notice. We were so busy that we didn’t even feel/notice our hunger pains and tummy growls. We just wanted to make sure that everyone was having a good time, and that our guests were happy.

    In fact, looking back, Mr. Knight and I wish we hadn’t ate our salads, because we missed saying hello to a whole table that got up and LEFT OUR WEDDING before we even had a chance to say hi to them. I mean… the cake wasn’t even cut! Who leaves before the cake has been cut?! The table is still a sore subject for Mr. Knight and I. And it wasn’t like they were friends that left… they were family! We don’t feel bad anymore about that table, because we watched a few of them do the same thing at another family wedding we attended. So we know it wasn’t just us, they are just early birds. But, still. Not even say hi to the Bride and Groom?

    Anyways, back to the FOOD. Besides the bit of salad and one bite of cake, we didn’t eat a thing. By the time we got to our bridal condo we were STARVING. We took off our shoes and crawled around the floor (we were in that much pain) and looked around the condo for the packed up food our coordinator was supposed to leave for us. Where the heck was that food?!? Yeah… she totally forgot to pack it. So, poor Mr. Knight, so hungry, tired and sore, had to drive back to the clubhouse and pick up some food for us.

    We ate that stuffed chicken up. Even cold, it was DELICIOUS.

    Mr. Knight scarfing down his wedding dinner. Later we wish we had picked up 2 dinners a piece because we were starvvvving.

    Yeah, I was totally in a robe at this point. The corset under my dress had left bursted blood vessels on my back and small bruises. No one tells you that will happen when the alterations lady INSISTS you have to wear one so your dress will stay up. Oh yeah, and totally on my iPhone. I’m ridiculous and felt the need to check my e-mail and Facebook. The next day their were TONS of pictures of our wedding up on Facebook. I was so happy our guests posted them because I was dying to see them! :)

    Oh… and the coordinator didn’t even pack us a piece of cake! We were livid at this point. We wanted out dang cake. After all, it was our splurge item, coming in at about the same price as my Wedding dress. Yeah, we totally ordered it without knowing the price. We are so bad, but it was the most delicious cake I’ve ever tasted in my life. Worth it.

    So what did we do the rest of our wedding night, after inhaling our dinner? Turned on “Family Guy” and fell asleep 5 minutes later. Yeah… we’re wild ones!

    So, I REALLY want to know. Do you have special plans to get to eat at your Wedding? And if you DID get to eat at your Wedding, how did you do it?!

    Looking back, I think if our wedding was earlier in the day, I wouldn’t have felt rushed to see everyone and I think I could have eaten something. I think that really is how I felt for most of our Wedding… rushed. Time flies faster than you can ever imagine.

  • Food
  • ♥ Date Night at the Paramount Grill

    Every few weeks* Mr. Knight and I have what we like to call “date night.” We usually go out to a nice restaurant (like Bonefish, Stonewood, etc.), have wine, talk, laugh, come home and snuggle up on the couch watching a movie via Netflix.

    *We also have mini date nights where we cook up a yummy meal at home, chat it up, make a tasty dessert and watch a movie. :)

    Anyways, this Valentine’s Day we decided to celebrate early (on Friday) with a date night at the fabulous (and delicious) Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville. If you have an anniversary coming up or a birthday dinner, PLEASE EAT HERE. It was BEYOND delicious. I’m already dreaming of the next opportunity we will have to eat there. Yums.

    Mr. Knight wondering whether his shrimp and gouda fondue will taste good. It was AMAZING. We ate that shiz up.
    Mr. Knight must not of liked this picture with his beard, because the very next day he shaved it off! It’s getting to be in the 50s-70s here in G-ville, so I guess it was time for Mr. Knight to shed his winter coat. ;)

    Mr. Knight has been working super long hours lately for one of his research jobs. Apparently his boss thought he should take his wife out for a nice dinner (dang STRAIGHT he should!) and gifted us a gift certificate to the Paramount Grill. We got all dressed up, him in a tie and I in my editor pants and gold heels, and headed out for some yummy eats.

    We had…

    Rosemary and smoked gouda fondue with shrimp, roasted root vegetables and ciabatta bread.
    This appetizer puts the Melting Pot to shame.

    Macadamia and plantain encrusted crab cakes, guava – basil vinaigrette and lime créme fraiche.
    On our honeymoon I got super sick eating crab cakes at Mama’s Fish House in Maui (the rich-ness killed my tummy). But these crab cakes were PERFECT.

    And our main course (we shared, because we’re cheap like that… and this place was super EXPENSIVE)…

    Yeah… it looked so good we forgot to take a picture. Our waiter dropped the plate on the table and we attacked the chicken. It was the evening’s special – a bacon wrapped chicken in a marsala-type sauce with potatoes (cut super cool) and green beans.

    It was the perfect amount of food. For 2 glasses of wine, 2 appetizers and 1 entree, our total was $70. Expensive, yes. Totally worth it as a once-a-year-special-occasion-dinner, HECK YES.

    Spending the evening with your husband, fine wine, a romantic atmosphere, good stories, tear-inducing laughs, hand holding, delicious eats, and no laptop/iphone/tv/kitties in sight? Priceless.

  • Food
  • Easy and Yummy Peppermint Bark

    Now, I’m not a big cook. Just ask anyone in my family. Mr. Knight does the bulk of the cooking while I do the baking. I love making yummy holiday treats to share with our friends and family. When I saw this easy recipe for Peppermint Bark over on Shannon’s blog, Shannanigans, I knew I had to try it. Just look at those results! Yum Yum!

    Mine didn’t turn out looking exactly like Shannon’s bark. My bottom layer blended a little too much with my top layer of white chocolate (I was a little hasty and didn’t wait till the bottom layer was completely solid). Either way, super pretty or not, it all goes to the same place and tastes amazing going down. :)

    Here’s her recipe:

    What you’ll need –

    • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 bag white chocolate chips
    • 1 bag of Starlight peppermint candies (you really need only 20 pieces)

    Directions –

    1. Lay a piece of parchment (or wax, as we did) paper on a cookie sheet.
    2. Melt the chocolate chips. I did as she mentioned, doing a double boiler with a bowl over boiled water.
    3. Spread the melted chocolate on the parchment/wax paper in the cookie sheet. Place in fridge.
    4. Place 20 unwrapped peppermint candies in a ziploc bag and smash those babies into little pieces. We didn’t have a meat cleaver so I used a metal orange squeezer (is that what they’re called?).
    5. Melt the white chocolate chips.
    6. Sift the mints to separate the small pieces from the dust and mix the dust into the melted white chocolate (yum yum).
    7. Take the cookie sheet out of the fridge and spread the white chocolate on top and finish it off by sprinkling the small peppermint pieces on top.
    8. Throw that puppy in the fridge and wait 20 minutes. I might suggest waiting a bit longer, or even leaving them overnight, as ours took awhile to “set.”
    9. After waiting an excruciating long time to eat these treats, take them out of the fridge and break them into pieces.
    10. Feed to husband.

    What treats do you plan to make this holiday season?