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My boyfriend is a big fat liar - AKA The Proposal - Outside The Box

My boyfriend is a big fat liar – AKA The Proposal

  • 17th July 2012

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Four years (and a couple of months) ago my boyfriend started acting a little strange.  It wasn’t unusual for one of us to call the other at some point during the day while we were at work but we were already living together so for the most part there wasn’t a whole lot of urgent issues that we needed to talk about during the day.  But, all of a sudden he was calling at least two often three times during the work day.  I found it a bit odd but didn’t exactly lose any sleep over it.  I just figured he was feeling a little bit insecure for one reason or another – perhaps because his girlfriend of three years was wondering if he was ever going to get on with business of popping the question.

I had devoted one lovely spring Saturday to working in my yard.  There were weeds that needed to be pulled, and plants that needed to be planted.  I had make it very clear that I had my plan for the day and that was that.  My husband informed me that his brother and his family were at the park and wanted us to join them.  Well, I seldom passed up an opportunity to spend time with our wickedly adorable niece (see Black Magic Baby ) so I hung up my garden gloves and agreed to take a short break to go play in the park.

I fired up my quirky little 1960 Beetle and off we went for the short jaunt to the park.  I can’t recall if he was driving or I was driving and he was giving me directions to precisely where the family was (it’s a large park) but I do know that where we were going wasn’t making a lot of sense.  Why on earth would they be playing, with a toddler, on top of a large hill covered mainly in gravel? I didn’t get it but I went along for the ride.  And, wait, what is that?  That is a 1960’s era 15 Window Deluxe Volkswagen bus.  What the hell?  My boyfriend and I were very active in the VW community, in fact I think he may have been president of the club at the time, and knew every vintage VW in town.  I did not know this bus.  It was a looker.  We both excitedly got out of the car and went to check it out.  It looked to be original (or an exceptional restoration) and was in unbelievable condition.

My boyfriend told me to get in.  What?  No way, I’m not getting into someone stranger’s bus.  That’s just not right.  Suddenly my boyfriend has a key in the lock and he’s opening the door. I am absolutely dazed and confused by now.  Where did this bus come from and why on earth did my husband have a key to it? I think I was in alien abduction mode at this point, like there was a laser beam on me directing me where to go and what to do.  I stopped asking questions and just got in the bus as I was told.  I climbed into the drivers seat and my boyfriend walked around and got into the passenger side.  As I sat there wondering what the hell was going on my boyfriend began to talk.    Loving words, personal words that I don’t need to blog about, and then he told me to open the ash tray.  Ok, I now what you’re thinking – the ash tray?  But the ash tray on a vintage VW bus sits right in the middle of the dash and is covered with a shiny little chrome plate.  I opened it, it was lined with velvet with something sparkly in it, then I realized, I was sitting in a giant ring box.

This bus, a 1961 original (not restored after all) was an engagement present.  There was much excitement, of course, it was a pretty exciting occasion!  But I also had to many questions?  Where did this bus come from? How did you get it here?  How did I not know about it? As the details began to unfold I suddenly realized what a darn good liar my future husband was!  He had been working on this surprise for months and had a whole group of people involved.  He had even taken a 12 hour road trip to pick it up one day when I thought he was just working late.  And all of those sudden phone calls I was getting during the day?  Well at that point that bus was in town and being worked on at various locations.  My boyfriend knew that I often had to run around town for various business tasks during my work day so he was keeping tabs on me so I wouldn’t inadvertently see the bus and ruin the whole surprise.

To this day I still cannot believe that his secret was not spilled.  There were so many people in on this plan, most of them friends and family, and some of them not known for their ability to keep a secret.  But everyone pulled together and managed to keep me completely in the dark.

On July 18th of the following year we were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony with all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us.  My maid of honour and I arrived at the wedding in my beautiful bus (which my father in law had very lovingly polished to a dazzling shine).

Photo taken by my sister in law
Happy 3 year anniversary to my sneaky, yet wonderful, husband!

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This article has 7 comments

  1. What a sweet engagement story! I love that he spent months planning and had many hands involved in the whole thing. I also love your vintage style wedding! That is the cutest short wedding dress I've seen! Everything works together so well!Thanks for commenting on my feature at The Fruitful Home!~ FerlyGifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  2. What a unique proposal! Congratulations on marrying such a sweet liar. ^.^

  3. How absolutely darling! I love it! I literally said, "aww" out loud, your husband is a sweetie!

  4. How incredibly sweet and sneaky! Your husband is such a sweetie, what a lucky woman you are! It made my night reading that! Congratulations and Happy (late) Anniversary!

  5. What a great story! And I LOVE the pic! 🙂

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Caramel Carrot Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Carrot Cheesecake Bars

It’s September. And everyone is talking pumpkin. Trust me I love a good pumpkin recipe. I have several on the blog. But I don’t know why we aren’t talking about carrots. They are, in my opinion, THE best thing to come out of the garden, and especially late summer, early fall when the cooler weather has allowed them to sweeten up. You just can’t beat a sweet garden carrot. And the great thing about growing carrots is you don’t need a green thumb to do it. It’s almost impossible to not grow a bumper crop of carrots. So what do you do with all those carrots. Well, you make carrot cake of course. In fact a couple of weeks ago I put together an awesome three tiered semi nude carrot cake for my mother in law’s wedding.

carrot cake

After hours and hours of baking and putting this beauty together I swore it would be a long time before I made another carrot cake. I was wrong. Sort of. See I still have a ton of carrots to use up. And an office full of people that love sweet treats. So last night I whipped up a pan of these Caramel Carrot Cheesecake Bars. It’s a bit of a twist on the classic carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Not too sweet and a good “comfort food” feel with the oatmeal crumble topping. And by using a spice cake mix in the base it’s pretty easy and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. I didn’t put raisins in this recipe because nope, raisins don’t belong in carrot cake. But if that’s your thing feel free to add some to the base/topping part of the recipe.

Caramel Carrot Cheesecake Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
A yummy twist on classic carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
Crust & Topping
  • 1 box of Spice Cake Mix
  • 1½ cups of quick oats
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter - room temperature
  • 1 cup of finely shredded carrots (about 2 good sized carrots)
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • ½ cup of Skor Toffee bits (you could use mini butterscotch chips)
  • Coarse Salt
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese - room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom and side of a 9x13 pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  3. Mix the cake mix, oats and brown sugar together in a large bowl.
  4. Break the butter into small pieces and into the bowl with the cake mixture.
  5. Use a pastry chopper to blend the butter into the cake mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
  6. Mix in the shredded carrots and pecans.
  7. Set aside two cups of the mixture.
  8. Turn the rest into your prepared pan, spread evenly and press firmly on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Place pan on wire rack to cool slightly while you prepare the filling.
  1. Beat the cream cheese with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and light. Add the eggs, vanilla and sugar and continue to beat until smooth.
  2. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pan with the crust.
  1. Sprinkle the remaining cake mixture evenly on top of the cream cheese filling.
  2. Sprinkle the toffee bits over the crumb mixture.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.
  4. Return the pan to the oven and cook 30-40 minutes until the cheesecake filling is set and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Remove cake from pan by the foil lining. Peel away foil, cut and serve


carrot cheesecake bars

carrot cheesecake bars

This article has 2 comments

  1. Carrots are a family favorrite and we incorporate them into breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    The cake is beautiful and as for the bars, you had me at cheesecake.

    Besos Sarah.
    My recent post Donate to the @BostonPizzaFdn and Get 5 FREE Kids Meals! #BPKidsCards

  2. I'm going to try it it looks delicious. However, of course I MUST add raisins. lol.

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