splurge worthy

This month’s What I Ate Wednesday “theme” is supposed to revolve around veggies.  While it’s no secret that I LOVE me some vegetation, you’re  not going to find a lot of veg in this post.  That’s because I had The Wedding of the Year to attend, and it just so happened to be Valentine’s Day, so I took it as an opportunity to bypass my daily love of vegetables for some delicious V-Day and wedding treats.

Pre-Party Workout

I woke up extra early to get my run in on the treadmill and so I had time to actually straighten my hair.  (Best thing about having long hair = ponytails!) I did a 35 minute tempo run and covered 4.2 miles and felt amazing!

Pre-Party Eats

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Pre-Workout:  cashew cookie Larabar (unpictured)

Breakfast:  typical green smoothie-to-go

AM Snack:  granola with 2% milk

Lunch:  leftover fried rice + an apple (and an unpictured M&M cookie + teeny tiny itty bitty brownie triangle)

PM Snack:  delicious Valentine’s Day cupcake from one of my Kindergarteners, so yummy!  (I also had some Goldfish + Wheat Thins in the car to tide me over until dinner.)

Wedding Extravaganza!

Kolby + Melissa’s wedding was at the Magic House/St. Louis Children’s Museum in Kirkwood.  I honestly don’t think I’ve been here since I was a kid, probably 20 years ago.  It’s changed a ton and I can’t wait to come back this weekend with MacKenna and some of my other Mommy Blogger friends!  I absolutely LOVED it for a wedding ceremony and reception, and Melissa chose beautiful yellow + gray as her wedding colors.  So pretty!



This definitely was not your typical wedding since it was broadcast on local radio.  Several microphones set up, radio people giving signals and directions when to start, a commercial about the sponsors right in the middle of the wedding, and a local DJ officiating the ceremony.  It was definitely unique, but still a beautiful wedding!








With Guy Phillips of the Phillips & Company Morning Show on Y98, who officiated the wedding ceremony.  Bucket list:  meet a celebrity. Ha!


After the ceremony, we had a cocktail hour, where I sipped on some wine and had these delicious gorgonzola + pear puff pasteries.  Every time they came down with more, I down the gal to grab one.  They also had a duck + goat cheese crepe that I snuck a bite of (minus the duck) that was also delicious.



Dinner started with a small salad of apples and sliced almonds with a sweet dressing that I thought was wonderful!  Our main course was a stuffed pork (I gave mine to Matt) with asparagus and potato wedges.  Oh, how I love asparagus!  Can’t wait for it to be back in season!



Dessert was delicious cupcakes from Jilly’s Cupcake Bar (which has been featured TWICE on Cupcake Wars).  Melissa raved about them last week on her blog, so I had been looking forward to them all night long.  I really wanted the pink velvet, but ended up with the carrot cake cupcake, and let me tell you, I’m so glad I did!  For the first time ever, I think I enjoyed the cake just as much as the delicious cream cheese frosting!  The cake was moist + sweet with some nuts inside for the perfect texture complement.  Matt ended up with the pink velvet, which was very good as well, but the carrot cake took the cake!






It was a wonderful a wedding and again, I am so happy for Melissa + Kolby!  I totally indulged (obviously, from the amount of cupcakes I ate!) and am filling up on the veggies today!

Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?

  • I love this post! What a fun wedding to attend. I love attending weddings that are super classy…it makes me feel super classy. Jealous of all the awesome food you got to eat there! You’ve got an adorable little baby there! Look forward to reading more of your posts!
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  • Mary Kratochvil (Kristen’s great aunt)

    Roger and I had a very special Valentine’s Day. We attended a black tie optional event at an Effingham, Il. hotel for Eastern Illinois University to honor their long-time football coach, Bob Spoo, who retired after 25 years. The event was titled “The Heart of a Champion”, the Athletic Director’s Gala. The special guest ,besides the coach, was Tony Romo, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and his wife Candace, a former Miss Missouri. The evening began with cocktails and hor d’oeurves. I only tried two – bacon wrapped shrimp and a stuffed mushroom. There were a large variety of delicious things to eat. We met an Eastern Illinois student who appeared last week on Je0pardy last week during the college tournament. She told us some interesting things about the show, especially the difficulty of handling the buzzer. During that time we were allowed to have our picture taken with Tony and his wife, but we could not ask for autographs. Tony was always accompanied by an armed guard ( in fact there were three of them). After that we moved into a large beautifully decorated ballroom for the main part of the evening. As we sat down, I explained to Roger about the four forks, two spoons, and one knife. Not used to all of that silver. The dinner started off with an appetizer of creamed tortellini, second course, salad with cranberries and pecans, third course – a very tart lemon sorbet, main dish – tenderloin, stuffed pork, potatoes, green beans, and carrots. I remarked to the lady sitting beside me that I felt bad that I could not eat all of the food, because I always think about those who do not have enough to eat. Before dessert, the program took place. Coach Spoo was honored for his years of service, and Tony Romo, who played football at Eastern for Coach Spoo spoke about him also. A very interesting interview session was conducted with Tony, and many questions about playing football for the Cowboys was asked. At the conclusion of the program, the Eastern Illinois band marched in and played two rousing songs and then the alma mater. We then moved into another room for dessert and the autograph session. At each table each person recieved a picture of Tony which he autographed after the program. We were told not to ask him to autograph anything else except this picture or take any pictures. The dessert bar consisted of many delicious looking cakes pies, cheesecake, a chocolate fountain and other go0ey offerings. I chose a rich dark layer cake and some bread pudding. The evening ended with us spending the night at the hotel. It was a great evening!

    • Kristen

      Sounds wonderful Mary!

  • What a lovely wedding — and how beautiful are those cupcakes?! 🙂

  • I didn’t know you went to that wedding. I listened to it on the radio. Sounded fun! I love your pictures. I wish I could’ve talked to you more today. I would’ve loved to hear your take on all of this. Maybe another time?
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