Monday, June 15, 2009

The Rest Of June Happenings. . .

I haven't been actively writing as much as I would like and I miss blogging. So I've been trying to keep my thoughts collected and not forget anything I might like to share. I do have notes here and there but in light of my mind being so preoccupied I sometimes forget where I've placed them. Ha ha. If that isn't bad enough I've written many recipes and left them without names! I really am busy or maybe I just think I am - Lord only knows.

We had a wonderful time in CT for the wedding - we were very busy, but just to be away from here and somewhere else was such a blessing for us. We didn't want to return to the same. Have you ever felt like this?

I don't have more to say on the wedding or pictures to show - except to say it truly was beautiful. Dannielle you looked beautiful and Mat you looked handsome and happy just like the boy we once new. You guys did a great job, even though I know it was a stressful at times everything you planned came together.

We are happy for you and may God bless you all your days ahead. We're also happy that you had a wonderful Honeymoon and it was a blessing you could enjoy a couple weeks before having to get back to work.

Dannielle made little soaps for everyone at the reception, she went with a beach theme and the tables looked very pretty. I wished I had a picture! She also made candles using coconuts and had a bottle on the tables with a beautiful message; reminiscent of the message in a bottle that someone had cast into the sea. Each bottle had love poem in it. (If I'm correct.) I also made something for the bridemaids and one for Dannielle's mom, a little cloth pocket for a lipstick - or whatever you might like to use it for - that would fit something of that size; maybe a thin cell phone.

I idea of the pocket came from my best girl Monica. Before school was out she had a sewing class and they hand stitches them. So one day we got together and made some. But for the ones I made I lined and machine sewn except of the small opening when turning them right side out.

It all started with the little pink one on the right that Monica made.

I made the blue pocket (pouches) that day and for the wedding I used material from a dress I made years ago from Batik fabric with a bright topical print and on for the lining used a leftover cotton I had for a baby quilt; I used my photo printer to put their names and wedding date as you see above.

To do that all I did was cut the fabric to the size that would go through my printer and ironed to the back of the fabric freezer paper to make the fabric stiff enough to work. In word publisher I pick the font I liked and whala!

Lastly, but certainly something that couldn't be left out - is a fun filled party after we got back from CT.

I saw this awesome idea on another blog. It was having a movie night outdoors it is reminiscent of a drive in. There still are a few around but that's another story. Anyway - I mentioned it to my friend and neighbor Joan and thought it would be fun for Monica and her friends. We had the projector all we needed was a sheet and a DVD player and sound; Check - it all came together for her. It was a Done With School Party / Sleep Over. It started at 6pm with pizza and smores. Monica and her Aunt Rita also made cookies and a Oreo cake. Then when it was dark the movie picked was Mama Mia and was played in the garage so they could see and dance along. There was also a tent that was put up but collapsed before they could sleep there. My son Aaron put the tent up and we fear foul play! LOL! Then for breakfast I went over and did pancakes on the grill. I believe they all had a great time.
I was so happy that Monica had a fun time at her party. She and no kidding here, loves my pancakes and often puts in a request. You'll find the recipe here: Pancakes On The Grill!

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Bit Of Mystic~

I thought I'd share just a few pictures I was able to get of Mystic, CT. this past Monday. Of course the highlight of the trip was Mathew and Dannielle getting married - a very beautiful ceremony I'll share about a little later. Picture was taken with my phone I was without my camera at the wedding but, it was being used. I don't know if I'd do that again.

The trip started out with trying to leave Ohio Wednesday of last week - it seemed to be taking forever to leave the area - and boy we really had a time of it too! We had so much to do and load to take to the kids. We found out earlier that the rehearsal and dinner was going to take place Friday so I had to prepare the Chicken Tikka Masala and freeze it to take. I'm so thankful and happy I did too; for there was no way I could have pulled that off with making it there. I also made a wonderful Cocoa Apple Cake (new recipe) that traveled very well. If fact it road on top of the truck a short distance without us even knowing it wasn't latched down. . . The truck needed to have some work down and as with everything sometimes some things always seems to go wrong or take longer (though nothing real major) We borrowed a trailer from a friend also to haul the goods. LOL We also ended up having to take our dogs (but they're the best travelers and love to go) so I needed to make sure all there stuff was ready like food, I make it myself. We also were going to have another traveler coming along.

Tuesday Dannielle's friend Anna got a ride to the house, she was one of the beautiful bridesmaids in the wedding and a very lovely young lady we enjoyed her company and out look on things. Well, Wednesday came and gone - moving into Thursday. We finally started loading and there was threat of rain but Jim got everything wrapped up tight so when we did get some rain everything was fine. Now all loaded and finally off (leaving the house around 8 PM) we needed to make one stop before leaving the area but while we were in the parking lot at Giant Eagle, Aaron noticed the trailer lights were no longer working properly. Jim brought the right tools for everything so he was able to do some electrical work on it and finally we were officially on the road by 9PM. You could say stopping was a blessing ~ that's when we found the cake!

Aaron was a trooper driving straight through I stayed awake myself snoozing here and there once Jim was awake I think I might have had 30 minutes to and hour before pulling into Mat's.
So we unloaded everything and got it into the house. Aaron was able to get about 3 hours sleep at this point the rest of us worked around there while Mat ran errands. Not forgetting the rehearsal and dinner I started the rice and made a cucumber dish to go with the Masala for 6PM. All went well but I was happy to get back to sleep. Saturday was more to do and Sunday was the BIG Day.
There's so many more stories I could tell maybe later. I did tell Anna a few times that we do seem to always provide and adventure or some form of entrainment wherever we may go. HA Over all we all weather the trip well I wished we could have stayed longer. Monday was a more restful paced day being able to spend much of the day with the newlyweds and wonderful day for taking pictures. I hope you enjoy them.