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One Step At A Time

Today I wanted to share my favorite recipe that I have come across since we’ve started our wedding diet. It’s absolutely delicious and moderately healthy! (And Jimmy likes them, so that’s saying something!) What could be better?! 🙂

Baked Mexican Arancini (Rice Balls)
They are so delicious!


4 c. cooked white rice
2 eggs
1/4 lb. shredded cooked chicken breast
1/4 c. Rotel*
1/4 c. Greek Yogurt
3/4 c. shredded cheese*
Pinch of cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 c. breadcrumbs

Arancini Ingredients

Arancini Ingredients

Combine rice, 1/2 c. shredded cheese, and 1 egg. (I do this the night before and let the rice chill in the refrigerator over night. In my experience chilled rice is easier to work with.) Set aside.

Combine chicken breast, Rotel, Greek yogurt, 1/4 c. shredded cheese, cumin, and chili powder.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Form each arancini by scooping 1/2 c. rice mixture into palm and then smashing it flat. Place 1 tbls of chicken mixture in center of rice. Fold rice around chicken mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat this process until all rice has been used. You should have 8-10 arancini.

Whisk remaining egg. Dip each arancini into the egg and then in breadcrumbs.


Bake arancini on a well oiled baking sheet for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

* I used Mexican Lime & Cilantro Rotel and reduced fat monterey jack & cheddar shredded cheese.

This recipe is a little messy but very delicious! Just a tip: As I am forming the arancini into balls, I try to keep my hands damp so the rice doesn’t stick. It helps out a lot!

If these didn’t have so much cheese I would eat them every day. Oh well! Wedding body, here we come!


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Back On Track

Hello again!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I intended to purchase a paper flower punch. Well it finally arrived!…Along with my paper heart punch. 🙂

When I went shopping for the flower punch I came across a heart punch and had yet another wedding decor idea. I’m full of DIY travel themed wedding ideas lately! I stay awake all night thinking about it! Haha!

Anyways, Jimmy and I have decided to make paper heart map garland to string up at our reception and this is how I did it.

My tools
Along with the flower punch I picked up some self-laminating paper to make the hearts a little thicker. They are now also water proof (just in case it rains…I am crossing my fingers that it doesn’t!). After laminating the map, I used the punch to make the hearts.

Punch out the hearts

The hearts are two inches in diameter so I hope they are big enough. These pics will give you an idea of what it will look like.

My map hearts!

My map hearts!

After all of the hearts are punched out I will string them up with heavy hemp twine, which I haven’t had a chance to purchase yet. I’ve also thought about adding burlap flowers to the garland. We’ll see how it goes!

As always, I will post pics of the garland once it is finished! I believe we are well on our way to having a very travel themed wedding! So excited! 🙂


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We’ll See You There

Dear readers,

We have been trying to come up with a way to incorporate all of our past and upcoming couples into our big day. After all, if it weren’t for all of you we wouldn’t have such great wedding ideas!

So, without further ado, here is our plan!

Something like this!

I saw this on Pinterest the other day (Yeah, even we Pinterest!) and asked Jimmy what he thought about this idea for our wedding. He said he liked it.

“Awesome! That’s great!” I thought.

Then I went into the studio, I don’t remember what for now, but I came across these….

The seating cards I found.

I walked out of the studio, and said, “Jimmy, what if we used the seating cards from our couples weddings?”

I explained my idea of combining the seating cards we get from our couples along with the idea of pictures of us on the clothes lines. Then in the center I will put our names, Jimmy + Stephanie Wilderman (Ahhh! I can’t wait to change my last name! :)), signifying our marriage.

He immediately loved it!

So, as a thank you to all of our wonderful couples, we will be using (literally!) a little part of your big day, as a little part of our own. We are so happy to have found a creative and unique way to include all of you!

Thank you, each and everyone of you, for being so amazing! And I promise I will post pictures when it is finished!

Much love,


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