Homemade Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing

My Grandmother has always made a salad dressing made purely of olive oil, red wine vinegar and salad supreme seasoning. I have tried time and time over and cannot seem to make it like she does. I always end up mixing too much of one of the ingredients and it ends up absolutely awful.

I subtracted from and added to a variety of recipes until I found the absolute perfect salad dressing. I love to use this dressing not only on salads, I use it on tuna (sometimes mixed in with a salad),  sandwiches, and pretty much anything else you can possibly think of because I could seriously drink this stuff! I love that it’s homemade, so I don’t have to worry about any ingredients being in there that I can’t pronounce. Being that I make it almost weekly, I know I’m putting something fresh into my body which is something I really value.

I have always absolutely loved ranch dressing and I have never found a dressing that compares to ranch until I started making this. I actually now prefer my homemade oil & vinegar dressing over ranch dressing any day.

Side Note: I realize this dressing does have sugar in it, not making it the healthiest thing in the world, but I have omitted the sugar and I honestly couldn’t tell a difference. If you try it out without the sugar, let me know what you think!


 

Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C of olive oil
  2. 1/3 C of vinegar (I like plain vinegar, you may prefer red wine vinegar)
  3. 1/2 C water
  4. 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  5. 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)
  6. 2 tsp. minced garlic
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1tsp. oregano
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, serve.
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Our Wedding | The Details

If I’m being honest, planning our wedding was not fun for me. I have a hard time taking a bunch of little details and placing them into a bigger picture. Shout out to my Mom, and our wedding planner, Tara, for making our wedding so special! I’m so ADD, I don’t think I could’ve pulled it together alone.

  Even though I didn’t love planning the wedding, looking back, I really love the little details of our special day. To me, the details of a wedding are what sets it apart from every other wedding. The little, special things are what you’ll look back on and really appreciate.

My parents got me a sixpence to place in my shoe. It comes from the old saying “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” It’s supposed to bring good luck, and it was a really sweet moment I had with my Dad when he brought it to me & placed it in my shoe. My Moms Dad did this for her on her wedding day, so it was nice to be able to carry on the tradition.

Speaking of shoes, my Mom picked them out and I LOVED them. They were the Kate Spade Sela heels. I love all of Kate Spade’s wedding shoe collection.

I was worried about the flowers because I had a vision in my head of what I wanted my flowers to look like and I had the hardest time relaying exactly what I wanted to our wedding planner! Pinterest helped me a ton when it came to flowers. I had a private board that only my Mom, the wedding planner, and I could see where I pinned all my flower inspiration pictures. This helped SO MUCH.

We got our guest book from Shutterfly! I was really pleased with how it turned out. We had a section for the traditional guest book where everyone signed their names, and we had a section where people could write little notes to us.

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Kate Spade Toasting Flutes

My Grandfather was one of the most, important, influential people in my life. He passed away five years ago, and I miss him every day. A dear family friend gave me this wedding bouquet photo charm that had my Grandpa’s Birthstone attached to it. This one of the most special gifts I received.
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I remember Grandpa always had a handkerchief with him, so I wrapped my bouquet in one of his handkerchiefs as another tribute to him. I wish he could have been there on our wedding day, but I know he was looking down on us.

We got these little Thank You cards to place at everyones place setting during dinner. I ordered these off Etsy from a shop called That Pretty Invitation as a PDF and my Mom printed them off for us.

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Wedding venue: The Mosteller Mansion
Wedding planner/florist: Tara Bland
Photographer: KRJ Photography, LLC
Makeup: Amber Houston at Strandz Salon and Spa
Hair: Rhonda Mabe at Headlines Salon
Getting ready Robes: The Fancy Pigeon on Etsy
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Formal Showcase
Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank

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First comes paint color. Right now the walls are white which is pretty, but it’s just kind of “blah.” I personally think paint makes the biggest difference in a room. I went back and forth between “Krypton,” and “Silvermist” for a while and I finally settled on “Krypton.” So far we’re loving it!

 

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