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Five Dozen Roses and Five Years of Wedded Bliss... Mostly 
Oct. 30, 2009 7:57 pm 
Updated: Feb. 8, 2010 8:22 am
I was so bummed earlier. I had written my entire blog to have it disappear. (What I didn't realize then was that it was all for good reason)

I knew I wanted to wait until I had something special to share before starting to blog and what could be more special than my fifth anniversary with my wonderful DH? How about five dozen long stem multi-colored roses?

Yesterday about 2PM I heard a knock at my door. Of course Midas beat me to the door. I finally got all 130 lbs of him out of the way and peered out of the peephole to find DH standing there. I thought "he forgot his keys" so I opened the door for him. OMG! He was standing there holding the biggest most beautiful bouquet of roses that I have ever seen. I was in awe! I don't even think I said a word, but my expression was worth a thousand words. I could have literally picked my chin up off the floor. I have never seen, much less received that many flowers. I love flowers. All flowers, but roses are exceptionally beautiful and DH knows that if we had room in our garden I would have one of each and every variety. And when 60 of them show up it's kind of surreal!

I am a lucky girl... yes, I will toot my own horn and admit that, but I didn't realize how "extraordinary" he really thought I was. Don't get me wrong, we have an excellent life and we love each other as much as any two people possibly can, but somehow he reaches me more than anyone ever could. He and I have an unspoken language and we just "get" each other. It's not always bliss, but mostly.... so when I saw  the most handsome man I have ever laid eyes on standing there with the biggest most beautiful bouquet of flowers that I have ever seen I felt so loved and IN LOVE. After five years and nine together we aren't always the newlyweds that I ALWAYS want to be... but mostly we are.

He is a lucky guy too. (I know horn toot #2, but come on, he is!). We "get" each other. He makes a mess and I clean it up. I b*tch and he listens. He pleads the fifth and that's cool with me. I want to shop and he's cool staying home and watching football. And at 5 o'clock the two of us come together.... mostly every night. That is where we realized our magic happens. We love to cook together. We love nothing more than drinking a bottle (or two, Shhhhhhh) of wine together and hanging out, making a gourmet meal each and every night. We literally spend HOURS in the kitchen each evening. And if we don't I'm sad and missing it.

However, tonight for our fifth anniversary DH left the cooking (and cleaning) to someone else. We had dinner at Vintage 301. OMG! From the moment we walked through the door you would have thought we were celebrities. We had a whole room that was set  up just for us; complete with dining table, conversing table, and a couch. The staff was wonderful! We were (me, yet again) in awe. We sat. The first person to greet us at the table was the Chef. He said "I have been thinking about this all week; may I make a suggestion"? We replied "Of course". He recommended doing an off the menu "Chef's tasting menu" and we quickly agreed. He walked away and all we have to worry about is beverages, which is good for us because we could spend all day making a decision sometimes. The "normal" menu is seasonal right now. It's obviously based upon a fall menu. We were speculating over what to expect and so eager to indulge. Our first course arrives which are seared scallops, served over a ginger and soy type sauce (sorry I am so terrible with names; esp after wine) with sprouts. OMG! The sauce was lovely and the scallops (which are not my fave) were the most delicately cooked scallops that I have ever had. Perfect! Next, came a beef dish. This was a close fave. It was served with a chili paste and was the perfect "hotness". It was not a prime cut of beef, but it was some of the most tender beef I have ever received dining out. Totally Filet Mignon tenderness, but in a flank steak. OMG! Third was my fave which is crazy because I DON'T eat raw (not even medium) fish. It was a lightly seared tuna, with a pouched egg, green pepper relish, and crispy chorizo. Splendid! Next, was a pork dish served over polenta. Wow, both of us are overwhelmed by the creativity and uniqueness in each dish. We totally felt like judges on Top Chef. Lastly, came our dessert which was a chocolate cake, with Boston Cream and almond brulee sauce. We have never had this kind of attention. He created each dish for us and no one else dining had the same options. What an amazing experience. I will definitely be writing a good old fashioned "Thank You" card this week. And we will definitely be back to support this "best kept secret". Please if you are in the area, check out Chef Sullivan and Vintage 301 ( in downtown Greensboro. It will be the BEST experience you have treated yourself to... and you deserve it.

Thanks again Chef Sullivan, Julia, and everyone one else at Vintage 301, you all made our anniversary SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO special and we cannot thank you enough!

Here's to Five Years! And many many more to come! Here's to good food, friends, love, and health. May you all have each.... always!

(I would have missed being able to share the best part... the food if it would have all worked out to begin with....I'm glad it didn't.)
Five Years and Five Dozen Roses
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Five Years Five Dozen Roses #2
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Oct. 30, 2009 8:39 pm
Congratulations and may you have many more wonderful anniversaries!
Oct. 31, 2009 12:38 am
Oh yay! Congrats again!
Oct. 31, 2009 12:43 am
Omgosh...tears! Keep going....10 years, 15 years...Best wishes and big hugs to Both of you! 25 years here(just) but sounds like us in the beginning!
Oct. 31, 2009 5:43 am
Happy Anniversary! I hope your 25th is as memorable as your 5th!
Oct. 31, 2009 8:36 am
Sounds wonderful!
Oct. 31, 2009 8:36 am
Good for you and congratulations on the beginning of a tradition!! My dear hubby tried something similar to this for our first few years then modified it a bit - a rose for a year - I LOVE LONG STEM BIG FAT YELLOW ROSES but our anniversary is in December. It became too $$$$ to maintain that tradition. So after 40 years - this one coming will be 41 - and since long stemmed yellows are rare in winter I have learned to look at my pictures of bunches of long stemmed yellow roses instead. It works ;O))
Oct. 31, 2009 4:42 pm
Happy Annivesary and many many many more to come....the celebration sounds like a great memory made.
Nov. 3, 2009 6:06 pm
You guys are all so awesome! Thank you so much for your good wishes and for reading my blog and sharing our special day! :D
Feb. 8, 2010 8:22 am
I see that you have not bloged in awhile. I tryed you orange chicken. That was good. Im going to try more of your recipes. Thank You
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About Me
My husband is really the chef in our late twenties/early thirties household where it is just the two of us (and our two pets). He is a great cook and loves to so I guess that gave me an excuse not to. After a couple of years with more time for enjoying being at home, I have discovered how much I enjoy cooking also. Now, I'm more than the "greatest sous chef" (according to DH). We really have a lot of fun cooking together and preparing meals for our friends and family. Our interest has become even more expansive since he is unable to tolerate gluten. We have someone over for dinner at least once a week, but most often two to three times a week. It's been a challenge adjusting almost 'everything' to be gluten free, but it's also been very rewarding too. I am southern born so I love southern foods and desserts, however, if you were to ask me my favorite food it would definitely be Mexican!
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Side Dishes, Pastas, Cakes, Cookies, Cheesecakes, Quick Breads; basically all desserts... I have a huge sweet tooth! I love discovering and making new recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My late, great "Granny" was a wonderful southern cook. I loved going "home" to Danville to spend time with her, as she always made sure to make me feel at home and she ALWAYS asked me what I wanted to eat when I got there. I will always miss her, but feel so close to her now when I'm in my own kitchen. Also growing up, the Holidays were always "special". They were full of great food, family and friends and because we had a large family there was always a lot of laughter. In fact, it is still this way now. It has also been wonderful adding the addition of my husbands family and being apart of their traditions as well, like Christmas breakfast at his parents house every year and a special birthday dinner for each family members birthday.
My cooking triumphs
I think when my Mom called to say that she would rather have us make her dinner (and it wasn't for sentimental reasons)rather than go to any restaurant of her choice, that was the greatest compliment!
My cooking tragedies
The first time that I actually made meringue, I made peppermint. Well the meringue turned out beautifully, however, the mint extract that I added (on top of the peppermint pieces) was so strong my husband says "it took your breath away". He was right and I still laugh about this one! I can make an awesome breath mint though :D
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