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So The Candyman and I have been together for FIVE YEARS. In those FIVE YEARS I have been denying myself Brussels sprouts because His Majesty said he didn’t like them. I told him he’d never had MY Brussels sprouts, yet he continued to poo-poo any sprout discussion.

So this weekend I was in Trader Joe’s and they were selling Brussels sprouts by the stalk and I couldn’t resist the sprouts any longer, The Candyman be damned. I’d eat the effin’ sprouts and he could go blow.

So if you have a husband or husband-to-be who says no to Brussels sprouts, cook them this way and he’ll be sure to gobble them up. The Candyman did.

Did I mention FIVE YEARS sans sprouts?


  • Fresh Brussels sprouts, about a pound. Cleaned and halved.
  • Three slices prosciutto, bacon or pancetta, chopped.
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced.
  • 3 TSP Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt/Pepper





If you’ve got fresh sprouts on the stalk, just twist them off. If you’ve got them in a bag, then just slice off the very tough end part and cut in half. This is after you’ve rinsed them clean.


Put them in a bowl.

Chop up whatever pork you’re using and toss that into the bowl too. Add the diced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.


I opted to do mine on the grill tonight. I put them on a grill pan, but you can do this in the oven too using a regular ol’ cookie sheet.


If you’re going to cook them on the grill, do it on low for about 20 minutes, tossing half way through to cook evenly on all sides. Do the same in the oven on broil.


If shit happens to you when you’re cooking like it does to me…in this case I forgot to turn the grill down to low, all hope is not lost. Peel off the burned leaves and go to town. They taste good a little on the over-done side anyway.

And The Candyman gobbled them up.



Black Friday! Crazy-Ass Sale, Happening NOW!

Get ye to yonder Etsy shop and start saving the crazy-mad. EVERYTHING has been discounted, some things up to 60%! Here's a taste of what's going on! 

This one is 50% off! it's a mere $22.50 (plus S&H, natch).

This one is 25% off and is $67.50 (plus S&H, blah, blah, blah).

This GORGEOUS veil (seriously, total love) is 33% off - $250 (you know what else...):


So go tell all your friends. Go on....you know you should. Head on over to TruLu Coutureand get ye yors!



Happy Thanksgiving!


Wherever you are and whatever you do, be thankful. It’s humbling and makes those around you feel loved.

Our thanks to you on this wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving!


Too Many Choices

I’m starting to feel a lot like I did when I was wedding planning. Letterpress? Etsy? DIY? Fondant? Buttercream? Pie? Vintage? Modern? Strapless? Open bar? Beer and Wine? There is such a thing as too many goddamn choices.

I reminisced a little tonight with a Nashvillian about the wedding between me and The Candyman.It was fun to talk to someone about my old town, someone who was familiar with our church and our reception venue.

We talked about vendors and why I absolutely adored my photographer and the bakery who made our scrumptious cakes.

After the lovely trip down memory lane, I started to get that little tingle of anxiety; the anxiety that comes from making the right decision, decisions that seem impossible to make. At some point, you just gotta choose and make it work.

I’m kind of that way with our house right now. There are so many decisions to make and too many choices. Sometimes there aren’t enough choices, but most times there are too many.

Case and point? Mirror frames. I have a bathroom mirror that is 77-7/8” long and 24 “ high. To get it framed as one would a picture would be psychotically expensive. So, I found this website called Mirror Mates. It’s a much cheaper and easier alternative to framing a mirror than actually framing it.

I ordered some samples and when they arrived, I realized they were a local company! I wanted more samples so swung by to pick them up. More samples = more choices. Probably not a good thing at this point.

I did find out that Mirror Mates is having a Black Monday sale – 25% off! So if you need a custom bathroom mirror, then hop to.

Me? I’m still trying to figure out what the hell I’m going to do.


That’s right. NINE different frame options. Seven different shapes and six different color options. The Candyman narrowed it down to two in less than thirty seconds. Me? I’m still trying to figure it out.

Not surprising. I only tried on over 100 wedding dresses.


P.S. Don't forget that I'm going to have a BLACK FRIDAY sale at my Etsy shop!


Black Friday at TruLu Couture!

I think I’m gonna have myself a Black Friday sale. I think it’s time. I’m kinda sick at looking at some of my merchandise. It’s time for it to go and go at good prices. Probably at cost.

What do you think about that?

I think it will make room both in my studio, which is still in a state of total disorganization, and make room in my mind for creativity to flow. You feel me?

These are some of the things I want to sell, fo sho.

The Delilah Capelet          Beaded Wedding Headband, The Shirley Headband

Velvet Wedding Fascinator, The Beatrice Fascinator

Flower Wedding Sash, The Adelaide Sash

Bridal Pouf - The Peony Pouf      The Penelope Bandeau Birdcage Veil

Or maybe I should auction them off one by one here?

Nah. Lame idea.

Let me know what you think. Check out some of the prices at TruLu Couture and let me know what pieces you want to see on sale the most!

Maybe someone might win something! I  mean it’s been like, forever since I’ve done a giveaway.

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