It’s YOUR day, make it special!


This past Sunday, hubby and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We have had an incredibly blessed year of discovery and growth. Learning together and building a beautiful life that becomes more intertwined, in love and in sync every day. It’s had it’s fair share of hard times, but even they have their place and usefulness! 🙂

We wanted to do something special to celebrate, but we felt that spending money on each other just to get gifts was a little silly. We planned on going on a nice long bike ride and picnic, but the weather was unfortunately rainy and cancelled our plans. Regardless of our detours, we ended up having one incredible day.

First thing is first when celebrating. YOU GET TO SLEEP IN. It’s just a must, especially if it’s you you’re celebrating! Our sleeping in was until 10am, but I’ll take anything! Hubby was super sweet and awesome and ran to the grocery store once we did manage to get up and while he was gone I made a breakfast fit for a king (or perhaps several of them).

Before I go on, for all you food porn addicts, I am sorry to disappoint. I never had the foresight to take pictures, so you are just going to have to salivate to the images you conjure in your head. Next time 😉

Our anniversary breakfast included: gluten free cinnamon toast, herbed scrambled eggs, home made hash browns,  grape tomatoes, red grapes, cheddar cheese slices and fresh apple juice. Yummy yum yummerz!!

After breakfast I started to prepare dinner (what a weirdo!). Let me explain. Instead of going out to dinner and spending a bajillion dollars on a meal (I swear we are not stingy!), we decided to make a meal at home with our good friends. Brendan was really wanting some Italian cooking and I needed it to be gluten free. What was I going to do? THANK GOODNESS FOR PINTEREST –  I found this delicious, easy, and fabulous crock-pot recipe that fit the bill perfectly and because it cooks in the crock pot, it’s literally zero work for me. Score, YES, oh happy day!

With my gluten-free lasagna simmering away in the crock pot, I put together a vibrantly colorful salad and my friend and I made these gluten-free cheesy bread rolls. If that wasn’t enough, I also made King Arthur’s gluten free brownies, which I have to say are INSANELY yummy and chocolately and DO NOT taste gluten free at all. Our friends also had the fantastic idea of bringing dessert (can you have too much when you are celebrating?) so all together we had brownies, covered in chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream and raspberries. Who needs to eat out?

Dinner was wonderful and relaxing and topped off with a nice bottle of wine. Afterwards we played a really close game of Yatzee and enjoyed each other’s company. It really was the perfect way to spend an anniversary.

Do you have an anniversary story where you decided to forgo the “traditional” ideas and do something all your own? Please share below! I’d love to hear from you!

♥ xo


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