A sexy weekend getaway

Thursday, March 21, 2013

As you read this I am most likely on my way to a weekend full of delicious food, Chianti, and some quality time with my husband.
Yes, we are off to the Tuscan countryside for a sexy little getaway.
I mean honestly, there are very few places as romantic as Tuscany.

In a few weeks we will be separated for about a month and a half, so a relaxing and stress-free vacation together is a must.

Follow our wine tasting, yummy meals, and exploration of the Chianti region on Instagram!

*Yes, I did give up wine for Lent. 
Yes, it was definitely way more difficult than I thought. 
Jacob leaves right after Easter, so postponing this trip until then wasn't an option. 
And I'm ok with that. 

Wordless Wednesday: Photo of the Day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Venice, Italy
Merchandising in the canals

"First things first" blog link-up

I normally don't participate in a lot of blog link-ups, but this one sounded like fun.
Also, one of my "real-life" BFFs, Kristyn over at Carolina Fireflies, is co-hosting!

This "First Things First" link-up is all blog related this week.

1. First ever blog post

My very first blog post was aptly named "My First Blog." 
Creative right?
It was about the venue for my wedding, and the low-quality pictures crack me up.
My how times have changed!
I started this blog in September of 2009 as a way to share wedding plans with friends and family.
My husband (then fiancĂ©) was about to leave for his first deployment, and blogging about wedding plans helped to distract me. I was nervous about the rules regarding the internet and the military, so you won't see me mention anything about the deployment during that time. 
After we were married is when I really got into blogging, and discovered the wonderful community of military spouse bloggers. 
Since I didn't know anyone else in my position, that community really saved me. Adjusting to married life can be a challenge in itself, but throw in the military on top of that and a girl can feel really lost!

2. First ever comment on your blog

The first handful of comments I received on my blog were all from "real-life" friends.
Thanks guys!
It wasn't until almost a year after I started my blog that I began receiving comments from fellow bloggers that I did not personally know.
I still get excited every time I receive a new comment, and I don't think that will ever change. 

3. First blog-friend or friends

When I first found out we had received orders to Aviano AFB in Italy, I immediately started searching for fellow bloggers currently stationed there. Amanda from Adventures in Italia was super nice, and answered all the questions about life in Italia that I threw her way. Once I arrived at Aviano, we got a chance to meet up in real life. It was fantastic to already have a friend upon arriving somewhere so foreign. 
I absolutely LOVE meeting blog friends in real-life.
The first blog friend I got the chance to meet was Jessica from Jessica Lynn Writes.
She was stationed at Robins AFB in Georgia with me, and had just learned she was going to be moving to Italy as well. Small world huh? We immediately met for coffee and talked excitedly about moving overseas. 
If you are moving or traveling to somewhere new, I highly recommend finding bloggers who live there and stalking them :)
(And by "them" I mean their blogs of course).

I hope everyone's Tuesday is going fantastic!
I'm already dreaming about this weekend, but more on that later. 

Weekend Ramblings

Monday, March 18, 2013

This is what we woke up to unexpectedly Saturday morning.
I thought we were heading towards Spring, but evidently I was wrong!
As far as weekends go, this one was fairly uneventful. The hubs played in a golf tournament (yes, even though it was freezing) while I didn't do anything particularly exciting. 
We ventured out to the nearby town of Spilimbergo for a violet festival, but that was a bit of a bust. 

There really wasn't much of anything going on (where's all the violets?), and after a quick walk through the town center we decided we didn't want to stick around.

It seems as though most of the blog world has been freaking out about the news of Google Reader coming to an end. 
I'm not a huge fan of change, and from what I've been reading it seems like most bloggers feel the same!
I'm trying to adjust to Bloglovin' and I hope that I can grow to like it. 

In case you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, you can continue to follow Pearls & Prosecco through Bloglovin' here.

Happy Monday!

A sunny day in the Prosecco region

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What do you do on a sunny day when the frigid temperatures of winter finally start to thaw, and your husband doesn't have to work?

Go to the Prosecco vineyards of course!
Did you know the northern part of Italy is known for having the best Prosecco in the WORLD?
It's true. There really is no better place to buy Prosecco.
A mere hour away from where we live is where you can find the Strada del Prosecco, a street that is home to numerous Prosecco vineyards. It's in a gorgeous town called Refrontolo, near Conegliano.

If you didn't know any better, you might think you've found your way to Tuscany with the amount of vineyards that surround this area. 
Our first stop was the Toffoli vineyard, which is where some of my favorite Prosecco comes from.

Toffoli makes a fantastic Prosecco Superiore, an extra dry millesimato.  It was given a DOCG rating, which means it's basically the best of the best. What's even more fantastic is that when you buy it from the vineyard it's a mere 6 euro a bottle! They also make some of the best RosĂ© I've ever had.

We tasted some delicious bottles of bubbly, and stocked up on our favorites. After loading up the car we drove around the area and took in the sites.

Also in Refrontolo is the Molinetto della Croda, an old mill which is perfect for stopping to grab a few pics.

We enjoyed lunch at Ristorante Da Brun, where we dined upon a fixed menu of pasta, chicken, and veggies. The highlight of Da Brun is it's location, secluded at the top of a hill with a fantastic view. 

The Prosecco region made for a perfect day date, with beautiful sites and great wine to taste. 

After all, there's a reason why Prosecco is in the title of this blog. 

I have also recently learned that Toffoli now distributes to the USA, so if you aren't planning a trip to Italy anytime soon you can still enjoy their wines.


*I was in no way asked to endorse or feature the Toffoli vineyard on this blog. I just really love their Prosecco :)

Pinspiration: Pistachio Chai Muffins

Monday, March 11, 2013

I currently love anything pistachio and I always love chai.
So when I came across this recipe for Pistachio Chai muffins on Pinterest, I had to try it.
Although muffins aren't really my go-to breakfast, they make a perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack with a cup of tea. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Pour milk into a medium bowl and drizzle with lemon juice. Let sit for 3 minutes without moving or stirring.
Whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and tea in another bowl.
Stir oil, vanilla, and egg into bowl with milk and lemon.
Stir wet ingredients into dry all at once.
Scoop batter into muffin trays and sprinkle top with pistachios. 
Bake for 16-18 minutes. 

Mix together glaze ingredients and drizzle over muffins 
(I used very little, which is why you can't see the glaze in the picture)

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

*Original recipe here 

Wordless Wednesday: Photo of the Day

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zenith Vineyard. Salem, Oregon.
The morning of our wedding.

This weeks photo seems fitting, as I am missing my other half while he is off playing Air Force for the week.

*Photo by Holland Studios Photography. Portland, Oregon.

A snowy getaway to Innsbruck Austria

Monday, March 4, 2013

I can say with quite certainty that Jacob and I love Austria.

The fact that it's so convenient for us to travel to might make us a bit biased, but Austria is an extremely beautiful country.

Our most recent Austrian trip was to Innsbruck, a town that is most commonly known for hosting the winter olympics a few times.

With it's colorful buildings and picturesque views, this whimsical town surrounded by both the Alps and the Dolomites makes for a wonderful weekend getaway.

As you head towards the main center of town the Triumphpforte (large arch) lets know know that you have arrived in Altstadt von Innsbruck, or "Old Town."

Old town full of various shops, numerous restaurants, cafes, and a few bars.

The best part about Innsbruck is the landscape. 
You cannot make a trip out here without going to the top of the mountains.

The Nordkettenbahnen will take you all the way up the mountains, making two stops before arriving at the Hafelekar.
The Hafelekar is the highest point, standing at 2,300 meters.
It's also one of the steepest ski runs in Europe.

This was my first time at the top of a mountain, and it was spectacular.

There aren't a lot of "sites" to be seen, which makes for a nice, relaxing trip. 

Since Innsbruck is conveniently located by the German boarder, we took a day trip to the Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria that you can read about here.
It was only a mere hour and a half away, making it an ideal adventure for the day.

If you ever find yourself visiting Austria, or simply passing through, Innsbruck is a beautiful place to stop and take in the scenery.