Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

I have had a really amazing 6 day streak of happiness. Ever since Wednesday night I’ve been over the moon. Since I’m in such a good mood I wanted to give an update about the thing that makes me the happiest girl in the world: getting married to Bobby, the most amazing man I have ever met! (The engagement post is here.) I am also excited about a product review that I’m going to do for a company that sells bar stools – stay tuned :) Maybe I will get some bar stools for my wedding, hehe.

We have picked a place for the ceremony – the meetinghouse I grew up going to in Yardley, PA. Here is a nice picture (this is in the winter):

They are so sweet – when my dad told them I was getting married they blocked off every weekend in July for us (we still haven’t picked the exact date).

Now for the reception! We have a few options. We may be able to have it at the meetinghouse, if we can get them to let us have wine and beer (Quakers typically do not drink, myself included). If that doesn’t work out, we will likely have it at my parents’ house in New Jersey. My really sweet Auntie Jo and Uncle Morris (remember our gingerbread houses?) offered their house (in Flushing) for the reception as well – they have a great backyard. I think we will have a party there this summer anyway even if we don’t hold the reception there.

Speaking of Auntie Jo, we took a really awesome cooking class last week… I must update about that. Soon, I promise. It was called “Eat Local, Drink Global” and the focus was fish. The very talented Peter Berley was the teacher. I think Bobby is jealous of my celebrity crush on him.

Onto the food! Here are some yummy things I have eaten recently: frozen yogurt from Berrywild – The Art of Yogurt.

Berrywild has two kinds of yogurt – “berry smooth” and “kinda icy”. Bobby and I both got “kinda icy”. So good! I will definitely go back. Bobby always gets toppings but I am too cheap for them.

I like to switch up my morning breakfast grains (when I go for grains). This is grits with lots of cinnamon (that’s why it’s kind of brown and looks like oat bran). I topped it with agave nectar and coconut oil.

I don’t understand what the difference is between coconut oil and coconut butter. The oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s kind of buttery. The butter melts really easily just like the oil. Are they the same?

I went through a phase once where I did not eat much oil or any fats in general, and I was miserable. I couldn’t get full not matter how much I ate, I was cold, my skin was dry, and I was cranky as hell. Healthy fats can be revitalizing for your skin, hair, hormones, etc… Fats are so necessary in a healthy diet! I would even go so far as to say that eating more fat will help you lose weight, provided that you don’t overdo it. When I eat more carbs and less fats, I gain weight; when I do the opposite, I lose (or maintain, if I want to).

What’s your favorite healthy fat? I think mine is coconut oil or butter. Love them both.

16 Comments on Walking the Happy Walk & the Aisle

  1. Sara @ ActiveGal
    8 March, 2010 at 9:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the engagement! Looks like the wedding planning is going well! You are torturing me with that frozen yogurt. My kitchen is supposed to be off limits after 9 pm but that is making me hungry again!

  2. Christina
    8 March, 2010 at 10:07 pm (5 years ago)

    Love hearing about the wedding plans! That place looks adorable!

  3. clare
    8 March, 2010 at 11:07 pm (5 years ago)

    hmmm im totally into cashews right now, but i just ordered a batch of futters nut butters so…

    you are just oozing happiness and its making me giddy reading you maggie! im so excited for your excitement! looking forward to hearing your allbarstools.com review! i bought nathan a garage stool from them for christmas, very happy with it!

  4. kendall
    8 March, 2010 at 11:13 pm (5 years ago)

    i took a seasonal+local vegetarian cooking class from peter berley last year at ICE, and i loved him too!

  5. Amber
    8 March, 2010 at 11:57 pm (5 years ago)

    congrats on the wedding planning Maggie!! Glad to see happy thoughts!

  6. coco
    9 March, 2010 at 6:08 am (5 years ago)

    you know… I had the same doubt about the difference between coconut oil and butter, I even google it online and couldn’t find the answer. hahaha… so funny that we have the same doubt.
    yes. my ideal food/snack is anything high in fat low in sugar, because I don’t have sweet tooth and fat satisfy me more. I almost want to track my food few days to see how much fat I’m eating now. Recently I’ve been eating more tahini, nut butter, nuts as main source of fat. I’m finishing the tahini and almond butter bottle soon, so I’m thinking about making something with black sesame seed. ;)

  7. Kristina
    9 March, 2010 at 6:08 am (5 years ago)

    Have fun with the wedding planning!
    So, I happen to really enjoy the less-than-healthy fats, such as butter (I use the real stuff, if I’m going to use it at all) and when we have bacon grease, I’ll throw that in. Last year we cooked some duck and had duck fat left over, and that was just heavenly!
    Most of the time, however, I stick to the boring but useful olive oil.

  8. coco
    9 March, 2010 at 6:09 am (5 years ago)

    oh oh….. Star is the best man ever for me too!!! It’s so funny that we both got married and are planning for the wedding (I might do the ceremony in the summer as well) ;)

  9. Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life
    9 March, 2010 at 7:40 am (5 years ago)

    ahh all the wedding planning is so exciting! that’s such a pretty place for the ceremony. :) my favorite healthy fat is avocado, with olive oil for stir frying not too far behind. i have never had coconut oil before, but i’m sure if i did try it, it would soon become my favorite!

  10. April
    9 March, 2010 at 7:44 am (5 years ago)

    Coconut oil and macadamia nut oil YUM!

  11. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    9 March, 2010 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

    Maggie,
    You ARE going to look beautiful in your wedding gown. :)

    I like to tell people that the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter is like the difference between almond oil and almond butter. The coconut butter contains coconut meat and is therefore slightly sweet…and very addictive! :)

  12. Kim
    9 March, 2010 at 12:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Aw, that’s so wonderful that you’re excited about the upcoming wedding :) It is such a fun time! Enjoy it :)

    I love my fats now! There was a time when I severely restricted fat, and I don’t know how I did it. I love fat now — almonds, cashews, avocado, canola oil, olive oil, salmon, butter, full-fat cheese, full-fat mayo. Love it all. I don’t really use any substitutes anymore. I use PAM spray sometimes when cooking, but that’s about it.

  13. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    10 March, 2010 at 1:35 am (5 years ago)

    Hmmm… I think my favorite healthy fats would have to be coconut oil and nuts/nut butter. Oh, gosh – there’s avocado, too! LOL I could go on and on. ;-)

    And congrats on the upcoming wedding!!!

    Hugs,
    Michele

  14. Melissa
    12 March, 2010 at 12:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Ahhhhh I love the Meeting House…and Yardley, PA. Your wedding is going to be beautiful, I’m sure! I’m coming back East for a week this summer in June for my sister’s wedding and to visit some people…I’d love to see you! :)

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