Friday, September 30, 2011

Swiss Pumpkin Patch

Whenever I leave home I always come back with a new set of eyes.  I notice just how gorgeous it is here. I am struck by Florida's beauty.  
Last year, I quoted a fave on a post about coming home and it's still rings true.
  Life is very different here but beautiful nonetheless.
and can someone tell me how tomorrow is October?!
It's one of my favorite months in Florida.
The tourists aren't here yet but the weather is starting to get glorious.  
In the spirit of Fall, before I left Switzerland we made sure to visit the pumpkin patch.
The same one we visited last year.
Happy almost October y'all!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fribourg, Switzerland

I'm back home and missing my handsome husband and the swiss life.
But I am loving being home at the same time.  
There's no place like home.  
Dorothy was right.  
Here's a few pictures from a trip we took to Fribourg.
This is a little swiss-french town located right on a rocky hill by the Sarine river.  
Like all swiss towns, Fribourg is stunningly beautiful.

Happy Thursday!! 
10 days till my best friends wedding - I am toooo excited.

:::Congrats to the Winners!  
Shine Giveaway winner is Bres Baubles
 AFC Photography Giveaway winner is Tabatha:::

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

eat yourself skinny

Kelly Hunt is simply the smartest/cutest girl out there.
She lives by the best motto, and one I believe in wholeheartedly:
"eat yourself skinny"! 
Enjoy this nutri-liscious recipe as I travel across the atlantic (:

Well hello there lovely readers of Fairy Tales are True!  I’m Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny and I’m SO excited to be sharing with you all today!  Sarah’s blog is one of my absolute favorites and one that I pretty much stalk read daily.  When Sarah first asked me to guest post, I jumped with joy and without any hesitation answered “YES!”  Then panic sunk in…what in the world could I share on her uber-fabulous blog that would even remotely intrigue you all just as much as her gorgeous posts??  
{Uh oh} 
Well unfortunately I really haven’t traveled anywhere, I’m not the best photographer and I don’t look half at ALL as beautiful as Miss Sarah…sigh.  BUT, I can cook!  Shall we start there??

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE fruit.  I mean let’s be honest, I’m borderline obsessed with the stuff so any recipe where I can incorporate those delicious goodies I jump at the chance!  Even though summer has sadly come to an end, I wanted to make one last dish to remind you of sundresses, flip flops and sunshine…oh and maybe even a mojito or two.

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Folks, I give you my Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint.  You will LOVE this!  It’s the perfect summer recipe that requires absolutely no cooking and is deliciously healthy.  Vegans and vegetarians alike can enjoy this as well!  I made this slaw for a cookout we recently had last weekend and everyone really enjoyed it.  I paired it with yummy turkey burgers and sweet sangria, but this would taste fantastic on its own as a salad!  I mean how can you go wrong with a recipe that calls for mangoes, lime, red pepper, mint...{ahem} shall I go on? 
Yeah didn’t think so. 
But alas, I’m missing summer already.  I mean don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing better than falling leaves, spiced lattes, and the occasional scarf, but there is just something about summer that can make even your worst days something to celebrate.  A bit over dramatic?  Maybe.  Completely true? 

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I really hope you all enjoy this salad!  In case you aren’t familiar, the best kinds of mangoes are the ones that are just slightly firm to the touch and have a great red coloring.  This means they are nice and sweet, but feel free to try a more ripened mango if you enjoy more of a sour flavor.  The choice is yours and either one would taste great in this dish! 
Cheers friends!   
Mango Slaw with Cashews and Mint

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Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
2 mangoes, peeled, pitted and julienned
1 to 1 1/4 pounds Napa cabbage, halved and sliced very thinly
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
6 Tbsp of fresh lime juice, from about two limes
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp oil of your choice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup toasted cashews, coarsely chopped

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Toss mangoes, cabbage, red pepper and onion in a large bowl.  Whisk lime juice, vinegar, oil, salt and red pepper flakes in a smaller bowl and pour over slaw.  You can either serve this immediately or leave the flavors to muddle for an hour in the fridge.  Before serving, toss with mint leaves and sprinkle with toasted cashews.   
This yields about 6 servings so feel free to halve the recipe if you’re making this for just the two of you.  Enjoy!  

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    Thank you again Sarah for inviting me over to Fairy Tales are True!  Feel free to stop by my little blog any ol’ time to check out more healthy recipes or even to just say hi! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lago Di Como, Italia

I am seriously running around like a craaay-zeee person today getting ready for my voyage back across the pond.  And of course mixing in a little last minute swiss fun too.  Here's a few pictures from heaven... errr, i mean lago di como  ...
Oh and it occurred to me that you may have a hard time living vicariously through me now, so I think it's time I introduce you to Marshalls Abroad!
seriously the sweetest, cutest couple living abroad in asia... enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

C&C's Lake Como Wedding

The day we first flew over to Basel in 2010 I was seriously bummed.
My heart is always hanging out on my sleeve and I kept switching from tears to puppy dog eyes.
  I'm absolutely terrible with changes, I want to hold onto every stage in life and need someone to gently tell me that what is ahead could be even better.  
 Everyone remembers how sad I was.  JB and I laugh about that a lot now.  We were eating with my in-laws at the airport just before we took off, and my mother in law kept reassuring me that we're going on a great adventure, that I was going to love it ... But at that moment I wasn't buying it.
I remember her telling me vividly 
"you're going to make great friends ... ones you will have all of your life"
i probably looked at her as if she had three eyes. 
{sorry diane!}
But she was right!
I was in a state of perpetual happy tears this weekend as I watched our two friends pledge forever to one another.
We both feel incredibly blessed that we were able to get to know them well while over here.
 { annnnd chris and crissy - we're friends for life.  you can't get rid of us. we willlll find youuuu. (:   }

anyway, the wedding!
holy smokes folks.
the beautiful bride, handsome groom, that dress, lake como, the toasts, italian food -
 it was absolutely LOVELY.
 and so much fun.  of course, because everything with them is fun!

{they exited the ceremony to the glee version of "don't stop believing"}

{cocktail hour included so many delicious treats... my fave - an entire wheel of parm}
{the tables had grapes, wild flowers, baguettes, butterflies, and a bottle of limoncello for the guests}
{cuban cigars & an olive tree with butterfly wishes from the guests}

Do you see why I want to pinch myself?
too good to be true, right?

Congrats C&C - we love y'all!  
the tuck-tucks

location- villa capressi; planner - allesandra fabi; photographers-will find out - they were incredible!;
dress is anna maier ulla-maija "bianca"