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January 8, 2015

Remember when I used to do “Monday Bites…?!” Me neither.

Thoughts, inquiries, and photos from The Bite-Sized Baker… about our holiday vacation.

I’m back in Italy and it’s slightly bittersweet; I’m delighted to cuddle with Louie every morning and eat a phenomenal panini for 5 euros, but my heart aches for my family back in California.







This was one of the most amazing years of my life and our holiday vacation was no exception; starting with our snowboarding trip in the Alps with our two best friends, Chelsea and Hunter (where they got engaged!), our trip to California, where we spent much needed time with my family and best friends, and a brief trip to Chicago, where we got to check in with our college friends and some of Tony’s family.






Oh, and Tony and I got ENGAGED! On Christmas Eve morning, Tony had an arch delivered to my house without my knowledge and while I was getting ready that evening, my dad and Tony decorated the backyard with candles and lights. My sisters asked me to grab a bottle of Prosecco from the cooler and when I walked outside, Tony turned on all the lights and proposed! It was very sweet and romantic and thankfully, my entire family was there to capture the moment!






Our holiday was a bit magical and I’m just so grateful that I was able to celebrate with all my loved ones at a “surprise” engagement party that weekend that my sisters, Judith (my future mother-in-law ;)), and Tony organized. Judith rented out a super cute space in downtown Los Gatos called The Lexington House, where the owners worked with my sisters to create a customized menu of various appetizers and themed drinks and even recommended a photographer so we could enjoy and capture the night without constantly whipping out our own cameras… The only downside is Tony and I don’t have a SINGLE photo together so I’m hoping the photographer has some good ones when we finally get to see them!

Our family and friends flew in from all over the United States to celebrate with us and it was truly the best engagement party I could ever ask for and the best part is, I didn’t have to plan a thing! Except for what I was wearing, of course!









Thank you to all of our friends and family that were able to celebrate with us! You made our holiday AMAZING! Now I’m homesick, dreaming, and pinning all things wedding… Also, since I’m sappy and our anniversary is coming up, I already wrote a little post about how Tony and I met so there’s that… I know you’re looking forward to it. There will also be some food in the mix, eventually.



5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2015 7:40 am

    Best wishes and congratulations to you both!

  2. rachel permalink
    January 8, 2015 9:14 am

    The bite-sized baker in a wedding gown!!

  3. Mary Dixon permalink
    January 8, 2015 10:56 am

    Congratulations and Best Wishes Claire! I ran into your mom one day at Safeway and she told me about the pending engagement so even I knew before you! Hahaha I am so very happy for you. And p.s. – so glad you are doing this blog again, I missed it!

  4. January 9, 2015 11:16 pm

    Congrats and try not to be too homesick honey! Natalie loves spending time with you and commented how much she lives your chats. Thanks for keeping the friendship alive , be well and enjoy dreaming of your wedding sweet pea. Tricia

  5. amikk1 permalink
    February 3, 2015 8:47 pm

    Congratulations Claire! very exciting. loved seeing the pix of you and your beautiful sisters.

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