Thursday, October 9, 2008

A few engagement shots....

Here's just a few of our engagement photos, more will be posted soon! =)

So sweet!
I LOVELOVELOVE leg & foot shots!
Another fav....
LOVE IT!!!!!!!
One of the angels on the Bass Hall, the place we got engaged! Most beautiful building!
Stephen says this one looks like an Armani ad. hmm..We could be models.
Oh! So! Classic!
At The Vault, where the glorious evening of August 23rd began =)
Had so much fun taking these! Can't you tell? =)
WOW. 114 days until I'm a Mrs!
-The excited Mrs-to-be =)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Engagement pictures!

Our pictures are done! I LOVE how they turned out- they're SO vintage! =) It is so late, I'll post this one, just a teaser!...

You can see a few more on Kari's blog.... I will post some more later when it's not 1:30 in the morning =)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Officially Engaged!

This is Stephen & I before eating at The Vault- FABULOUS Mediterranean cuisine!!! We had a lovely 4-course meal, and the people who worked there, who knew what was going to happen, treated me like royalty!

All four of us after dinner...

Stephen & I in the Richardson Room of the Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall after the Symphony...after the big question came out! And the big answer was YES!

Here again is the lovely painting of us, I am still amazed by it!!!!!!

Us with the man behind the scenes! Tim was sneaking around getting everything ready during the symphony.

Oh I love this one!!!! This is us at The King's house afterward, our families were there waiting on us with a celebration!!! By the neck- that's the Audrey Hepburn pose ;o)

Everyone just visiting for awhile..... and me holding Benjamin! :o)

Daniella....our entertainment for the night! her! :o)

Well as promised..there are the pictures of the engagement & all....This week we will be deciding alot of things, so I will inform you all of a date! I need to go for now...don't have too much time for blogging today....with a wedding to plan, I have other things to tend to :o)

Blessings to everyone!

-Future Mrs. Rivers!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the title says it all....:o)

This is the AMAZING painting Stephen had done....I am blown away!

Since it is so late, I will update and add pictures of our grand event, and our engagement celebration, I will probably add them tomorrow or Monday!!!! I KNOW a ton of you asked me dates and details, but I will inform everyone soon! We may even make a wedding website.

Okay....I will put up the rest later! I'm so excited and tired and wired (at the same time ha!!!) check back later for details ;o)



Friday, August 22, 2008

Shanghai Pasta

For those who don't know- and those who do ;-) - I LOVE LOVE LOVE cooking! I had this recipe for nearly 2 years and tried it for the first time last night. That's what happens when you have as many cookbooks, recipies, email subscriptions and such like, as I have. Takes you years to get around to cooking some stuff ;-) I made this for dinner last night and had Stephen over, and it was amazing- I couldn't believe it took me so long to get around to making something SO GOOD! And I had nearly all the ingredients! So Here's the recipe- I must share it with you! I made it with Fusilli pasta, I tried to find Fusilli Lunghi- which is pictured, but Target was out. I also prepared a salad of mixed greens- cabbage, iceburg, purple and celery cabbages & carrots- with a homemade oriental dressing. Simply fabulous!

Plum sauce and Chili paste MAY be hard to find- I found them at an Asian grocery store.

8 ounces dried Fusilli Lunghi, or plain Fusulli
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon bottled plum sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon red chili paste (optional- but I used it! It's GREAT!)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 medium red and/or green sweet pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces or 1 cup pea pods, trimmed
12 ounces frozen peeled and deveined large shrimp without tails, thawed (26 to 30 shrimp per lb. count)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 green onions, bias sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Set aside. Keep warm. For sauce, stir together soy sauce, plum sauce, sesame oil, and chili paste (if using). Set aside.
2. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (If necessary, add more oil during cooking.) Cook and stir sweet pepper and beans in hot oil for 5 minutes. Push from center of wok. Add shrimp, garlic, ginger, and black pepper to center of wok. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Stir in sauce and pea pods. Stir in pasta; heat through. To serve, top with onions and sesame seeds. Makes 4 main-dish servings.


Happy Cooking!

Friday, July 18, 2008


I read this the other day and had to share.

"The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it."

Not sure who or what it's from, but what an astounding truth! And trust me- I don't want to change this person's words of wisdom, but if I could, I would say "to let others know they are the cause of it." Either is fine.....but letting someone know they are the cause of your happiness is what you have to actually do. Put some lovingkindness into your relationships (or add to it!). Think about how much you appreciate someone, let them know! They will believe it!!!

Let someone know how happy you are to have them in your life. Not only that, make them believe it! :-)