Congratulations to my husband, Eddie, on graduating from the University of Minnesota as a Mechanical Engineer!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t be more proud of you!!!!! These few short years have been a whirlwind to say the least… we entered college as two newly adult teenagers, and these 4 years have seen us engaged, married, reunited with Eddie’s incredible father, happily working, completely independent, and wonderfully grateful!!!
Those are the highs and with the highs come lows- great sadness & strife, endless semesters of no sleep, and hardly any dating.
Him earning his college degree is a HUGE accomplishment on his part in and of itself!
Freshman Year at High School Homecoming when we were literally babies
I also feel that it’s no small feat of ours as a couple: we went in fresh-faced and passionate, and we’re leaving hand in hand, battle-worn yet battle won, a little (or a lot) less fresh-faced but with no less inner zeal!
We couldn’t have come out the other side without the people that reminded us of the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, made us laugh amidst our hopelessness, and most importantly supported us and treated us like the adults that we had to figure out how to become: my mom and dad, Eddie’s father, Y, my grandparents, Jack & Elsa & family, Vicky, Darnell, Mark & Lynnette, M.A, and Jim, Angie & family, the Noble family, Father John & our church community, and all our beautiful friends!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! (*^-^*) :’)
I had to throw a fun family grad bash with some of Eddie’s favorite dishes. Here are the recipes (most of them being my mom’s, who is the best cook ever!) complete with pictures!
(we don’t really measure anything so no measurements in the recipes)
Grilled Flank Steak Sandwiches with Baby Arugula
sliced garlic cloves
finely chopped onion
30 whole black peppercorns
marinate overnight, then grill to medium rare, and slice thin
serve on toasted baguette & top with fresh baby Arugula (lightly dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper) & thinly sliced red onions
Bistro Potato Salad
red potatoes, cut in 1 inch pieces
and oven roasted so they are crisp
homemade garlic aoli
salt & pepper
a pinch of Montreal Steak Seasoning
toss together and viola! no vintage yellow mush in sight!!
Acini de Pepe Cold Salad
acini de pepe pasta (tiny round balls), lightly toast in a skillet
then boil in water til fully cooked
Lea & Perrin’s White Worcestershire Sauce
toss together and chill
Melon Ball Skewers
cantaloupe, honeydew, made into balls and put on skewers
lemon or lime juice
fresh mint leaves
My Grandma’s Lemon-Lime Fridge Cake
yellow cake mix
lime jell-o, diluted with water
Cool Whip, mixed with dry lemon pudding mix
when cake is cool, poke holes all over cake with the end of a wooden spoon handle
pour diluted lime jell-o mix over cake
frost with Cool Whip & pudding mix and chill in fridge
Noble Family Bootleg
of which I will not divulge the recipe since it is not mine to divulge
but it is mine to ENJOY!!
Nothing incredibly complicated. Just a good ol’ slice of Americana: the family picnic<3
CONGRATULATIONS, EDDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!
xoxo chloe ella & family