celebrations of one year {and the love of french toast}

good morning, friends! i hope you enjoyed reading all about the story of brandon and me. missed it? loved it so much you want to read it again? perfection. you can find it here. we had a great weekend celebrating that we have officially tolerated each other for one whole year, just kidding… but seriously. :) here is how we celebrated the occasion…

cheers to one year


saturday evening we went to spill the wine in uptown for dinner. we have an extensive list of restaurants to go to in our wunderlist and so it’s really exciting when we get to cross one off the list. (not familiar with wunderlist? highly recommend for all my fellow list making fanatics out there. can be used as an app as well as a desktop application. and you can share lists. boom.) brandon had been to spill the wine when it was located it downtown, and i am a fan of any place with wine in the title plus i had just gotten a new little black dress and wanted to have a reason to wear it. it’s a very modern/ trendy place. lots of re-purposed wood and eclectic light fixtures. very fun.

spill the wine

in proper spill the wine fashion, we started the evening off with a bottle of wine. the menu is family style where you order lots of small plates to share . it was really hard to decide because everything looked delectable. we just started picking things from the menu and i’m not ashamed to admit that one of the first things we decided on was cheese curds. our first dishes that came were sweet potato sopes with chicken, salsa verde, crema & cotija; cheddar polenta with spicy lamb sausage, onions & peppers; and gnocchi with roasted chicken, gorgonzola cream, spinach & marsala. i had no idea what about 60% of the items in the sweet potato sopes were; let alone what a sope was (it’s like a flat bread) but whatever it was, it was amazing. the spicy lamb sausage in the polenta was super delish. my favorite of the 3 was hands down the gnocchi. it was the bomb{dot}com. we added hoisen pork belly with stick rice & picked egg; and the cheese curds with truffles. both were super delish, but my number one vote still goes to the gnocchi. since we were celebrating we finished the meal with a piece of flourless chocolate cake. #delish.

spill the wine

it was a wonderfully lovely night spent reminiscing about all that has happened throughout the past year. it’s crazy because it really feels like it’s been more than a year. not only that, but that just over a year ago i didn’t know him at all, and now i couldn’t imagine life without him (and starks) in it. good wine, yummy food, sassy new dress and the love of my life. what’s not great about all of that? nothing.

recreating our first meeting

one year, original pancake house

on sunday, our official anniversary date, all i wanted to do was exactly what we did one year ago on that day. we did ride together, not meet there, but i think that was about the only change. we drove to caribou and got our yummy pumpkin goodness and drove back over to OPH. we had been deliberating all morning about what we were going to order and decided that i would get the infamous caramel banana cinnamon french toast, and brandon would get pumpkin pancakes with pecans and we would share… just a little. my mom even called me to make sure things were going ok. and i didn’t get in any more cars with strangers. :)


now that we were officially in food coma, we went back home to lounge around and watch football all day. i couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful weekend spent celebrating one year of love. of finding everything i never knew i always wanted. i simply couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to see what year 2 has in store.

love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.

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