1st Anniversary

My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary…woot, woot ,we made it! We decided to go back to Quonquont Farm where we got married to pick apples and enjoy the walk down memory lane! It is crazy how quickly a year can pass and we definitely felt like it was just yesterday that we were there for our special day! Here are some pictures from our morning apple picking:

 

As we were talking to one of the workers at the farm stand we mentioned that it was our first anniversary and asked if she would take our picture underneath the Quonquont sign…just like we had taken on our wedding day!

 

We hope to continue to take a picture in this same spot throughout our future anniversaries to document the changes that occur within our family!

We were also able to sneak a peak into the events barn where our reception was held and see Jenelle, head of events, who is just unbelievably amazing at her job!! {absolutely LOVED her}. The barn is a gorgeous 19th century dairy barn that has been restored complete with a spectacular stone patio for cocktail hour:

 

I highly recommend this wedding venue to anyone in western mass ( or anywhere willing to travel!). We absolutely loved it and loved our day here…our ceremony took place in the apple orchard and I mean just look at this setting….I know, I know, breathtaking!

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We relaxed for the remainder of the afternoon and then I started to prepare our stay at home anniversary dinner. We had gone to Maui, Hawaii for our honeymoon and thanks to Pinterest, I found an amazing recipe originally from Just a Taste that would remind us of that amazing trip! Not only was this recipe super easy and quick to make, but the presentation was on point…if I do say so myself  [insert pat on back].

 

Seriously the most tedious part was hollowing out the pineapple and for future dinners (because we will most definitely be making this again) we won’t serve it in the pineapple (or will we…tbd) so its super duper quick and easy if not! Here is the recipe:

Sticky Pineapple Chicken

   prep time: 15mins     cook time: 15mins      yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (optional)– we did not use
  • Rice, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the pineapple juice, soy sauce, chicken stock, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, garlic and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the mixture has reduced to about 1 cup and is the consistency of thick syrup. Set the sauce aside.

Add the olive oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and season it with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, stirring, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off any liquids then add the sauce to the pan and stir until combined. Add the pineapple and cashews and cook, stirring, for an additional 1 minute.

Serve the chicken atop a bed of rice.

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I used these amazing wooden serving dishes from Pottery Barn that we had received from our wedding shower and the pineapples fit perfectly in them…score!

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We paired this meal with a bottle of Maui Blanc Pineapple Wine from Maui Winery. We purchased this bottle on our honeymoon when we visited the winery, brought it back, and somehow were able to save it for this occasion!

 

 

We had such a perfectly perfect one year anniversary, it was calm and relaxed and exactly what we wanted! A great day to remind us of the events that took place a year ago ( & to make me eager to plan another visit to the magical isle of Maui…hubby says it may be awhile…boo).

Oh and we ate cake {let them eat cake…I just had to}. That’s right we saved our wedding cake (well my in-laws saved it in their freezer for a whole year- they love us!) and tried it out…not bad folks!

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How did everyone celebrate their first wedding anniversary!?

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