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Two Years – Part 2 – Cotton Anniversary

Do you remember the jingle from back in the day “The look, the feel of Cotton.  The fabric of our lives.”?  I always think that the materials they assign to wedding anniversaries come from left field. Except that jingle helps cotton make a little sense.

cotton anniversary

Perhaps the thing about cotton that pertains to marriage the most is how woven into every part of our lives it is.  Only two years in and it’s already hard to remember our lives without the other person.  Our habits, mannerisms, idioms, even our personalities have changed, have been colored and strengthened by the other person.  It’s true that marriage is God’s main tool of sanctification – but that is what takes it from a fresh puff of cotton to a beautiful, storytelling piece of fabric.

Anniversaries are a moment to intentionally celebrate the story that God is telling with our lives.  This year we knew we would be celebrating the official start of our friends’ Jared and Ruthann’s story just a few days after our anniversary, so we opted to string our celebrating out into “Anniversary Week” (like how we celebrate Birthday Week) rather than go on a vacation to specifically celebrate it like we did last year.

We kicked it off with an awesome trip to the Newport Aquarium where we reminisced snorkeling and swimming with the stingrays on our honeymoon.

Newport Aquarium  Please notice the HUGE gator behind Will's head.

For our actual anniversary, I made gluten free lemon berry sweet rolls for breakfast that we ate while we read last year’s entry in our special anniversary journal, reminisced, and started this year’s.

Will had flowers, a card, and Reese’s waiting for me when I got home from work, and he had planned a picnic.   Chick-Fil-A at the pond at our church.  It was a perfect evening!  Both of us love being outside, so it was a perfect relaxing way to slow down in the middle of a couple crazy weeks.

On our Picnic.   I always try to wear white (my shirt was white) and wear my head band and shoes from our wedding.

Here are some of the presents we gave each other.  That journal in the top right - the pages are 100% cotton; that was Will being clever.

When we headed to Virginia Beach/Norfolk for our friends’ wedding we had planned to spend a little extra on hotels because it was still our anniversary week, and this was our vacation.  We got a hotel near the beach one night and hotel downtown on the bay the next.  Which meant we got to see the beach at sunrise and have some fun breakfast excursions.

the beach at Sunrise

best Gluten Free Waffle ever!   Check out Sunnyside Cafe if you're ever in VA Beach!

That is the USS Wisconsin.   There were all kinds of jellyfish in that water.

Will scored some crazy doughnuts in downtown Norfolk

Fancied up for the Rehearsal and the Wedding

On the way home, we arranged our flights so that we would have an 11 hour layover enabling us to go walk around in NYC.  I had never been to New York City before, and it has been a goal of ours to get there.  We want to go back for a weekend, but those 15 miles we walked and all that we did see was great!  The perfect adventure to end our second year and kick off our third year of the everyday adventures of marriage.

Grand Central Station ...where you can't store bags because of bombs.

Time Square

Central Park

these shoes have seen me through a lot of adventures in the last two years.  And they'll see me through even more as I follow Will wherever our adventures take us!

Two Years

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Two years.    We use years to describe our past and future, but never the present, and anything that you describe with the unit of years is an accomplishment.  Two years of marriage is an accomplishment.

wedding day

How do you summarize a year?!  Devra and I decided to reminisce today, about the past year of our lives together, and to sum it up… this is what we came up with.  A lot has happened, a lot has stayed the same, and there is still a lot we wish to do.

That was a Rookie Move

Since our one year anniversary there has not been a lot that has changed on the outside of our lives… that is to say that for the most part, not much has changed from the perspective of those outside of thePomeroyLife.  But that’s not to say that much has not changed for Devra and me.  A lot of decisions were made this year, decisions that will likely define the next couple of years of our lives. So here are a few headlines from year two:

1)      Will finished all of his class work for his master’s degree

2)      Will started working at Home Depot

3)      We got plugged into a strong community of friends

4)      We got more involved in ministry… we serve together

5)      Devra started working towards a degree in Dietetics

6)      We decided against buying a home (a couple of times)

7)      Celebrated the life of Will’s Grandpa

8)      Embraced a more thankful lifestyle

9)      Adopted a healthier lifestyle (mostly our diets)

10)   Spent more time investing in our family

Through all of those items (and several others over the last 365 days) we grew.  We always knew that we are opposites, but through all those decisions, accomplishments, and memories we learned exactly how opposite we are.  But hey, opposites attract!  Still, this last year really required Devra and I to communicate, and to grow/challenge each other.  I (Will) am so thankful to have a partner in this life… someone who helps me become the “me I want to be.”   And I (Devra) am beyond grateful for a teammate who has the grace and patience necessary to help polish my rough spots and make my best spots shine.

Wedding Day 2

Our first year of marriage seemed like it was all sunshine and rainbows, but this year didn’t have quite as much of that feel.  We’re not saying that things were rocky; there was just less time to celebrate and slow down.  We did not get to vacation (just the two of us) this past year, something we really want and need to do in year 3.

All things considered… we love each other very much.  Love is still a choice, and we continue to learn how to best show that love to each other.  We’ve made great strides in not going to sleep angry and being kind to one another… just like my grandpa taught us.

Wedding Day 4

Love is a choice, Divorce is not an option, and our love is a reflection of Christ’s love for the church.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a post about how we celebrated our Cotton Anniversary!

National Doughnut Day: Mini S’Mores Doughnuts

Happy Hour Friday/Happy National Doughnut Day everyone!

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When I discovered (thanks to facebook) that it was national doughnut day I just had to tell Will.  He happens to LOVE doughnuts.  Sometimes I think that He is about to go into depression about the fact that he can’t eat as many Krispy Kreme’s in one setting without getting nauseous as he used to be able to. But I know he was happy when he saw this spread in the break room at work today:

How do they expect you to focus with those sitting there? Sorry for the bad quality picture.  I figured cropped and a little blurry was better than including the rest of the break room.

I thought it was just him, but to my surprise both my father and my sister texted me telling me to go eat a doughnut today!  Now for most people, that’s easy. Walk to the gas station down the block or stop by your local Krispy Kreme while the free doughnut light is on (did you know there’s an app for that?!) For me however, not so much.  Dang Gluten.

Will's manly sized doughnut with contraband graham cracker bits.

For me to be able to celebrate, I had to do some homemade doughnut making. Which I don’t mind at all!  And thanks to my awesome mother-in-law I have a regular and a mini doughnut pan! I love using them when I have extra batter from things.  Like when I have too much muffin batter.

yeah.... those were amazing little muffin bites.

Or when we have chili, I make “corn holes.”  It’s cornbread, but dunkable!

Dunkable Cornbread for our Spicy Chili!

I was unaware that it was National Doughnut day till I was already at work – blogger fail.  I feel like bloggers are supposed to know about these weird “holidays” so that we can have the perfect post ready ahead of time.  Not me!  So I am making doughnuts for dessert tonight!  These babies are fresh out of the oven and this recipe is hot off the presses!

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I decided that I wanted to make s’mores doughnuts because it is s’mores time of year.  I mean the evening weather is that perfect temperature where it’s not too hot for a fire and not too cold to sleep outside, which means I want to go camping, which means I want s’mores…..

….to be honest, I don’t care what time of year it is.  I will ALWAYS eat a s’more.  BUT same dang gluten issue.  I don’t always have Gluten Free Graham Crackers so I opted to make a sort of warm-cinnamon flavored doughnut as the base to make up for the lack of graham crackers.  I used a recipe I have tried before from Pinch of Yum as my go by.

Mini S’Mores Doughnuts

 These are easy, but fancy. They satisfy your every desire for the campfire classic. They aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. The ratio of marshmallow to chocolate to doughnut is pretty good too!

Ingredients

Doughnuts
  • 1⅓ cup Flour (I used ⅔ cup oat flour, ⅓ cup white rice flour, ⅙ cup brown rice flour, ⅙ cup tapioca startch + 1 tsp guar gum)
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger
  • ¼ cup Sugar (I think brown sugar would work even better)
  • 1 Egg
  • ⅓ cup Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 taspoon Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons melted Butter
Chocolate Ganache
  • 4 oz (2/3 cup) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Syrup
Other Toppings:
  • Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Toasted Marshmallows
Instructions
Doughnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients.
  3. To the dry ingredients add the egg, applesauce, milk, and butter. Batter will be very thick
  4. Spoon or pope the batter into your doughnut pans. You want them to be about ½ way full.
  5. Bake for about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Remove the doughnuts from the pan.
Ganache:
  1. Place the chocolate, cream, and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate chips slowly in the microwave.
  2. Dip your doughnuts in the ganache and give them a little twist as you pull them out.
  3. For the rest of the topping I sprinkled crushed graham crackers on Will’s and toasted marshmallows in the broiler to put on top as well. For the mini doughnuts I had the marshmallows cut in half so that they would be more proportional, but I think there wouldn’t be anything wrong with leaving them whole! There is a picture of the marshmallows on a cookie sheet fresh out of the broiler below.

here's the marshmallows fresh from the oven! they are just the way hubster likes them. =)

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Other Doughnut Recipes on the Blog:

Refined Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Vegan.... and still so good!

Easy as opening a can of Pillsbury biscuits! (these would make good S'Mores Doughnuts too!)