thedwarfandthegiant


How Ry popped the question
April 24, 2011, 7:07 pm
Filed under: engagement

I must start by saying Ryan is a very romantic guy. He leaves me love notes all the time, plans surprise scavenger hunts for me, and never ceases to amaze me with the thoughtful things he does. So knowing his track record I assumed he would propose in an extremely romantic way. We had been talking about marriage and  had gone ring shopping so I knew it was coming. We had a trip planned for Tahoe from Christmas day to New Year’s day with his sister, her husband, and several friends. Tahoe is a magical place around that time so I was thinking he may propose there. I would have NEVER expected him to propose the way he did.

It was Christmas Eve and we headed up to Los Angeles from Orange County. Ryan asked if we could go check out the lights on candy cane lane but I told him I didn’t think we had time. Then he suggested that we go ice skating since we were in the valley. I told him it wouldn’t be possible today. We had loads to do. We running errands and also had people to see. My cousin was in town from San Francisco, so we visited him. My old roommate was in a horrible car accident so we went to visit her and give her some new Miami J collars. I wasn’t feeling well and had cramps and I was in a bummed mood from seeing Stephanie broken and bruised. We had one of my best friend’s, Mark Gonzales, Christmas parties to go to. It’s a tradition that his family throws every year and all his family and friends attend.
Ryan and I stopped at a Ralph’s grocery store so I could get Midol and snag beer to bring to the party. Ryan chose a parking spot under a street light and to the side of the store. I teased him about parking far away from the entrance when there were tons of close parking spots. Ryan was acting strange but I didn’t think much about it. So we walked out of the store and to the car. Ryan opened my door like usual and I got in and put on my seat belt. He opened his trunk and just stood back there. I was wondering what was taking so long. Ryan came back to my door and opened it and got on one knee. I was completely shocked! I can’t remember exactly what he said. I do remember saying, “NOT IN THE RALPH’S PARKING LOT!!!!” Ryan said something to the effect that he wants to spend this and every Christmas together for the rest of our lives.   I said yes of course and tried to get out to hug him but I forgot I had my seat belt on. Good grief, this engagement was awkward, unexpected, and ridiculous. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I asked him why he chose the Ralph’s parking lot. Ryan said he wanted to surprise me and he knew if he did something romantic I would know. That’s why he parked under a light in a secluded area. He wanted me to be able to see the ring. Ryan said that he had the ring in his pocket all day and was waiting for the right time to really surprise me.  He added that I looked like I had been punched in the stomach. haha

We headed to Mark’s house and we told him the news. He kept saying,” No way, is this a joke!? Are you serious? Tell me the truth!” I was excited before but then to see Mark’s reaction made me get giddy. Mark was yelling and telling everyone there. It was a bit overwhelming and everyone was asking us the normal questions. It ended up being a Christmas/engagement party. Ryan’s Ralph’s parking lot engagement ended up being the perfect time because we got to immediately celebrate! I don’t think we will do an engagement party. I truly feel like we already had one. It was full of love, laughter, toasts, and the magic of Christmas.

Mark was a great host as usual and kept doing engagement toasts. We must have done a dozen champagne toasts.

We ended the night and went to Ryan’s parent’s house and we got to hang out with Ryan’s little sisters for a bit before ending our long Christmas Eve. I felt a bit groggy from all the champagne toasts but it was great to wake up Christmas morning as Ryan’s fiance. 🙂

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Cake pops! Me oh my
April 22, 2011, 2:20 pm
Filed under: wedding food and treats

So I’ve been seeing these adordable cake pops everywhere and love the idea of making them a departing treat or served at happy hour at our wedding.

I did a test run with an Easter theme for my co workers and lovely fiancé. They are the easiest lil’ suckers to make.

First get your supplies. You will need cake mix, eggs, oil, frosting, sticks, craft foam, melting candy, and any additional decorating tools.

Next bake your cake. Wait for your cake to cool. I’d give it at least an hour. Then crumble up the cake as fine as you can. Add one cup of frosting a bit at a time. This will make your cake feel like cookie dough. Roll out spheres and place on a baking pan. The size is bakers choice. Now put them in the fridge to harden. Other recipes suggest an hour but I left my cake balls overnight.

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Time to grab your melting chocolate. Throw several chips in a bowl and microwave them in 30 second intervals, stirring in between heating. Then dip your stick into the melting chocolate and insert into pop about half way to 3/4 of the way through. Next roll the cake ball in the melting chocolate. Stick the pops in craft foam to keep them upright. The melting candy will harden within minutes. So if you want to add sprinkles make sure to do it while the candy is soft still.

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I was having a hard time finding candy bags at my local craft stores. So I got snack ziplock bags and cut off the zip lock section. They were a perfect fit and then just tied up with ribbon.

I brought them to my office and they were gone in minutes. They were are a hit!

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