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Happy Monday, y’all!  I am on my way back to Omaha this morning, but for right now let’s recap the Fourth of July weekend.  I had an amazing, productive, fun, and relaxing weekend.  I hope yours was just as great!

Fourth of July Weekend Happenings

banana_and_eggsI had Friday off from work, but it still started out nice and early because my mom, Jeremy, and I had a long list of things to accomplish in a small amount of time.  We (mostly my mom!) set up five appointments to look at ceremony venues, reception venues, and a photographer for my upcoming wedding (eee!)  Since I was in a bit of a rush to make it to the first morning appointment, I ate breakfast in the car while my mom drove.  I munched on fried eggs with mustard and a banana with almond butter.  Don’t you love my festive plate?

wedding contractsI am happy to say that we booked the ceremony and reception venues, chose a photographer and set up our engagement photo session, and most importantly… picked a date!  We will be getting married in April of 2016 (yes, that is about nine months away), so I am happy to have a lot of the “big things” set up.

Jeremy and I will also not be unhappy if it rains on our big day.  It turns out when he bought the ring that there was a special promotion going where he can potentially win a big chunk of change if it rains 1 inch the day of the wedding during the time-frame that we specify.  Is this highly unlikely?  Yes!  But, I think it will help me not freak out if rain is in the forecast.

girls giftsAfter the big commitments were made, I got to work wrapping some gifts for several important people in my life.  I think what is inside is pretty darn cute!

jeremy and hannahOn Friday evening, I was so excited to be able to spend time with one of my best friends and her husband at her family’s cabin and quarry.  Jeremy and I took our classic picture at my house before we headed that way.

stacys quarryThe quarry has the most beautiful location and atmosphere.  I love it there… just not the bugs.  I’m not much of an “outdoor girl!” 😉

omission lagerWe got right to drinking and chilling almost immediately after we arrived.  I brought along gluten-reduced beer from Omission.  These are pretty decent as far as GF beers go.

stacy hannahI asked this girl to be my matron of honor and, luckily, she said yes!

hannah jeremy 4It is crazy to think that our wedding is only about nine months away, but we are pretty darn excited about it!

barbecue foodOnce we were a couple of drinks in, we sat down to a delicious dinner of grilled pork chops, baked beans, coleslaw, and baked potatoes.  It was perfection, and I was so excited that everything was gluten-free.  Friend time, delicious food, and refreshing drinks = the perfect summer night.

angry_orchard_hop_ciderSaturday morning was pretty lazy for me.  I went on a morning walk with my mom and spent the morning working on the blog, researching wedding ideas, and catching up on TV shows.  In the afternoon, I stopped by the grocery store for some grilling food and went over to my friends’ house for a 4th of July cookout.  I brought along a couple of gluten-free beers and a new-to-me cider.  I have been wanting to try this hopped cider for at least a month now, and was so glad I was able to.  It is definitely less sweet than most ciders, which is exactly what I was hoping for.  I would buy it again for a refreshing grain-free alcohol option.

4th of July cookoutI do not have a ton of pictures from the evening because we were busy cooking, drinking, playing washers, and just hanging out.  It can also be pretty refreshing to just leave the camera alone every now and then.  But I was sure to snag a photo of my delicious dinner plate.  I ate a burger topped with pickles and mustard, veggies with dip, coleslaw, fruit, and corn on the cob.  I also ate plenty of handfuls of tortilla chips dipped in a sweet and spicy salsa dip.  Everything was so delicious!

snacks for lunchSunday was just how I like them: lazy.  I did plenty of blog work, stalked Pinterest for more wedding ideas, and visited Jeremy on his break at work.  I also made sure to fit in a snacky lunch.  I ate gluten-free crackers topped with colby jack cheese, mixed veggies, and grapes.  Random?  Yes.  But it was exactly what I was craving.

grilled foodSummertime = grilling time, so it was more grilled food for our Sunday night dinner.  I went with a plain burger topped with onions and mustard, a baked potato, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus, and fresh blackberries.  I was stuffed at the end, but ate every last bite because it was that good.

blue_bunny_dairy_free_ice_creamJeremy and I ended the weekend in a sweet way by sharing this new dairy-free mocha fudge ice cream from Blue Bunny.  It is made with almond milk, but you would never guess that.  We loved it!  And since I am starting the Whole 30 today, it sounded like the perfect last sugary treat.

What an amazing weekend it was.  Now it is time for me to begin the countdown for when I will see Jeremy again.  Only 16 more days to go 😉

A little disclaimer: I promise this will not become a wedding planning blog.  BUT this blog is a great way for me to document important times in my life, and this is definitely one of them.  I’ll try to keep the wedding posts to a minimum and still plan to hook you up with plenty of delicious food-related posts!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 5, 2015, 10:10 pm
    What a fun weekend!! Did you love the Blue Bunny? It was crazy how much it tasted like dairy to me!! And that is such a fun idea to have a pray for rain promotion! That definitely makes it better if something happens on your big day! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend SnapshotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:42 pm
      I did love the ice cream! I LOVE almond milk and coconut milk ice creams. You really don't even need the real thing :)
  • Jordan S July 5, 2015, 10:17 pm
    All of your weekend eats look deicious and I can't wait to see all of your whole 30 meals! I'm so so excited that you got so much accomplished this weekend!! I can't wait to hear all about it!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:44 pm
      I am so glad too!! I feel a lot less stressed after getting some things booked!
  • Erin July 5, 2015, 10:21 pm
    Congratulations on your engagement! If you need someone to taste cakes... I'm very available :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:47 pm
      Thank you!! And honestly.. we might only have a small cake to cut into and then just do desserts. So there may not be any cake tasting at all ;)
      • Erin July 6, 2015, 12:50 pm
        Uh... you should still TASTE all the cakes. Just to be sure.
        • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:50 pm
          Haha! Touche!
  • Jessie July 6, 2015, 2:54 am
    I've never even met you or Jeremy, but i'm over the moon ecstatic for the two of you. Maybe I'm just an emotional person, but reading about how you've already booked the venue, reception & engagement session had me tear up. I honestly wish you two the best of luck with wedding planning. There will be times where things may seem a bit stressful, but just have fun :).
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:49 pm
      Aw, thanks so much Jessie!! We so appreciate it :)
  • Lisa C July 6, 2015, 6:50 am
    I personally can't wait to read all the wedding stuff! It brings back memories of planning our wedding. We will be celebrating 15 years in October! Enjoy this special time!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:50 pm
      Oh wow, congratulations!! Thank you so much for your kind words!
  • Kate July 6, 2015, 7:48 am
    Fun times! I'm so glad I had my mom's help to plan our wedding- it was definitely her time so showcase all her momma skills. Kate recently posted...Independence Day WeekendMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:52 pm
      I am SO glad my mom is helping me. It makes it a lot more fun and way less stressful!
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 6, 2015, 10:01 am
    Yay for a wedding date and venue! I'm sure the time will probably fly by (I'm still wondering where the first part of 2015 went...). I need to try that Blue Bunny almond milk ice cream. I've been searching for a good dairy free ice cream, but haven't had much success yet. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Weekend Recap: Fourth of July, Family and FireworksMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:53 pm
      I KNOW it is going to fly by.. which is kind of scary! ;) You should definitely try out the Blue Bunny almond milk ice cream. I also love any of the brands made with coconut milk!
  • Sounds like you had a great weekend, Hannah! Congrats on your engagement and wedding planning--it's an exciting time! I didn't realize that the Blue Bunny vegan ice cream was already out! Can we expect a full-blown review sometime soon? ;) I'm so eager to try it! Nichole Kraft, Food Writing Copyeditor recently posted...Freeing Yourself to Grow: Why Effort Is More Important Than AccomplishmentMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:54 pm
      Thank you so much!! And nope.. no review on the ice cream. It is not sponsored and is just something I bought myself. It is definitely worth a try!
  • meredith@ Cookie ChRUNicles July 6, 2015, 11:00 am
    How could I have missed an engagement post or something to that effect? OMG, I am so excited for you!! Such a wonderful time in your life, it really is, enjoy every second :) I do a lot of work with AllSeated, which is awesome for managing your guest list and handling your seating charts so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! meredith@ Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...July 4th weekend/workout recapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:55 pm
      Don't feel too bad. I did not do an entire engagement post, it was just kind of snuck in! ;) Thanks for the heads up on AllSeated. I will absolutely check that out. I love organization!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 6, 2015, 11:30 am
    You guys are booking it on the planning! Wow, speedy! My mom likes Redbridge GF beer (she says Omission sucks, hahaha!)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:56 pm
      We sure are! And that's funny because I HATE Redbridge. It is way too sweet for my tastes!
  • Heather @Fit n Cookies July 6, 2015, 11:41 am
    Oh my gosh I was off my blog reading game last week but congratulations on the engagement!! I am going to go scope out Instagram and see if you put up a pic. The ring looks gorgeous from far away! ha I'm so so excited for you!!! Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted...Fourth of July 2015My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 12:57 pm
      I did not... kind of wanted to try to keep that somewhat personal and private. But I'm sure if you pay attention it is bound to end up in a picture or two by accident ;) haha
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola July 6, 2015, 1:42 pm
    Congratulations on all of the wedding stuff! That is exciting :) P.S. I know we have been exchanging knee stories... I wanted to let you know that dry needling has helped me SO much. I have been getting it done every 6th days with more intense leg strengthening exercises in between there. It has been the only thing so far that has improved my knee pain. Have you tried it before? Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola recently posted...July 4th WeekendMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 2:17 pm
      Wow, that is so awesome to hear! I will definitely look into that. Thanks so much :)
  • Ashley July 6, 2015, 2:02 pm
    Yay for booking all that big wedding stuff! I felt so much better once we had gotten those big things booked back when I was planning ours! And it sounds like you had such a great weekend. PS love that star tank top! Ashley recently posted...Fresh Corn, Zucchini and Black Bean EnchiladasMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 2:18 pm
      Yes, I feel so much less stressed now that a lot of the big things are taken care of!!
  • Emily July 6, 2015, 4:24 pm
    Aaah! That's so exciting. I can't imagine the feeling of anticipation that comes along with preparing for a wedding. I hope the planning goes well. That dairy free icecream looks really good! Did it taste good? I've had some really good dairy free products and very so-so products. Emily recently posted...Guest Post: Challenging Foods While in RecoveryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 6, 2015, 7:29 pm
      It is definitely super exciting. I am enjoying it so far! I did like the dairy-free ice cream. I think coconut milk ice cream is my favorite, but I would definitely buy this one again!
  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen July 7, 2015, 6:31 am
    Yay for getting wedding to-do's crossed off the list!! :) Tara | Treble in the Kitchen recently posted...Fourth of July and 2nd Anniversary Weekend AdventuresMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 7, 2015, 2:51 pm
      It is SO exciting and each thing that I get done makes me slightly less stressed ;)
  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon July 7, 2015, 11:47 am
    So excited for you guys that you picked a date and have lots of logistics out of the way already! You are rocking it already. And that rainy day thing is such a fun idea... no stress either way :D So sad we didn't get the chance to get together when you were in CO - it's been a crazy summer for both of us so far! xo Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted...Grilled Tofu Banh Mi Salad with Sriracha Greek Yogurt DressingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 7, 2015, 2:56 pm
      Yes, I am feeling a lot more relieved since we have some stuff planned! And I am so sad we didn't get to hang out. We were both seriously on the go non-stop that week. Someday we WILL meet!!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate July 7, 2015, 1:48 pm
    Woohoo! Sounds like you got a lot of the big wedding stuff planned and checked off which I remember felt so good! Nine months will be here before you know it ;) And I just tried that Omission GF beer the other day for the heck of it and actually really enjoyed it! Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted...Fourth of July Weekend RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 7, 2015, 4:52 pm
      It is really good! Their IPA version is my favorite!
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks July 7, 2015, 10:02 pm
    Congratulations on getting all of that wedding stuff together! That must be SO much fun. Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...July 4th Weekend in NYC!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 8, 2015, 7:26 am
      It is so much fun! It's a little stressful, but it's all coming together :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien July 7, 2015, 10:35 pm
    Only nine months away?! So crazy but SO exciting! I'm loling over that rain story. Too funny. Oh and that dairy-free ice cream is calling my name. Need immediately!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 8, 2015, 7:27 am
      Yes... it is going to be here before we know it! But that excites me :) And yes.. you need some of that ice cream. It was delicious!
  • Joanna @Makingmine July 9, 2015, 7:45 am
    We missed you, but it looks like you had the most productive weekend EVER!! Yay weddings!!! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...my favorite “mom hacks”My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 9, 2015, 1:57 pm
      Yes it was definitely VERY productive. I'm excited to finally see everyone tonight!

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