Wednesday, May 14, 2014

One Year Anniversary!

Two weekends ago we celebrated our one year anniversary (yea, yea....I'm a little behind on posting). It's hard to believe that it has been one year already- it literally flew by! We were blessed with the same beautiful weather that we had on our wedding weekend, and celebrated with a fancy dinner out.

On Saturday I had a hair appointment, and then decided to treat myself to some new make-up too. So I got home feeling all fresh and fancy, and changed into the new dress I bought just for our anniversary dinner (got to love a 50% Loft sale). Hank looked all handsome in a blazer and jeans, and we headed out for dinner at Jeffrey's. We had received a very generous gift card as a wedding gift, and had been holding on to it just for this occasion. We love a nice dinner here and there, but this restaurant is a little more than what we would ever spend for a dinner out. Since we weren't taking a trip or anything, we decided it was totally worth the splurge.

The Holland House: One Year Anniversary
I failed to get an actual anniversary picture, so this was from Mother's Day (with me wearing the same dress).

Thankfully, the dinner and experience did not disappoint. The service was impeccable, and the food absolutely divine. We started off with a cocktail and appetizer (Jeffrey's is knows for their fried oysters). Then we ordered a wonderful bottle of French red wine, and moved on to the salad course. Wedge for Hank, and a grilled kale caesar for me. Both were terrific, but the kale caesar with rye bread crumbs was the definite winner.

If you know anything about me, it's that I don't eat a ton of meat. I do love the occasional steak, and it's kind-of hard to pass up an opportunity for a quality tenderloin. So I ordered that for my entree and Hank ordered salmon. We also ordered sides of gnocchi and cheese and green beans almondine. I'll be honest...when you're stuffing your face with meat and cheesy pasta, it's really not worth taking up precious space with vegetables. I could have skipped the beans altogether!

The steak was heaven. I got the garlic/rosemary butter on top, and it took the already amazing meat to a whole new level. I was nice enough to share with Hank, as I knew he was kicking himself for not ordering the same thing. I savored every bite, knowing how long it will likely be before I eat something like that. But that was part of what made the meal so enjoyable. We took our time and really enjoyed each course.

Early that day I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a small Chantilly Cake- it's one of the cakes we had for our wedding and was so, so yummy! I also had a bottle of Veuve Clicquot chilling in the fridge, so we didn't have plans to order dessert at the restaurant. Some very sweet friends of ours had other plans though. They had called the restaurant and had two glasses of port and a chocolate soufflé delivered to the table. It was the perfect way to cap off a truly memorable meal!

We had exchanged gifts earlier that day, only because Hank was about to start a project that I knew he would want his brand new chainsaw for (so romantic). But he surprised me with 2 canvas prints of our wedding pictures, and I can't wait to get them hung up in our bedroom. The yellow shoe picture has been one of my favorites, and I know we'll love seeing it daily.

The Holland House: Yellow Shoes

Looking forward to all the wonderful years ahead, and so thankful that I have this awesome man to share my life with. He is the greatest gift there is.

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