Sep 15, 2017

Vintage Storybook Wedding Sign

Every part of this breathtaking storybook wedding sign speaks to me in so many ways. First I can recreate this look without spending a dime. Above the garage is an attic full of weathered vintage books - once read and lingered over in a comfortable lawn chair on Sunday afternoons - worn pages now turning brown and collecting dust. There's every reason to believe I already have twine in the tool box and a trusty black marker to write this sweet and sentimental message. Or maybe I will use "I have found the one my soul loves" from the Song of Solomon, or better yet "You put your arms around me and I am home." Everyone of these so beautiful, maybe I'll just use all three.

Sep 5, 2017

Personalized Groomsmen Whiskey Glasses

What I love about these personalized whiskey glasses for groomsmen is at the time of this writing, they sell for less than ten dollars each. The bad news is, you'll pay more than that for shipping but there's a good reason for that. These affordable engraved whiskey glasses have straight sides and an extra thick bottom which minimizes the potential for breakage. With a chip-resistant rim by Libbey (making quality glassware since 1892), this glass is backed by a lifetime guarantee. All of the engravings are dishwasher safe with your choice of sixteen different trendy designs. Look for a discounted price on shipping at checkout when ordering a set of these stylish groomsmen glasses from The Engravery.

 
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Aug 27, 2017

Moisturizing Brown Sugar Scrub

What I love about this brown sugar scrub recipe (from Stephanie at Somewhat Simple) compared to so many others is the addition of Vitamin E oil - an amazing nutrient that fights off wrinkles, neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen production. What we all desire most - keeping our skin lovely that much longer. Vitamin E can be purchased in capsule form and punctured to release the incredible skin rejuvenating oil for topical application. (A pediatrician advised me this is also a very effective way to reduce scars.) Compare the price of one cup of this easy homemade sugar scrub (sugar is 40 cents per pound and coconut oil about fifty cents per ounce) to what you'll pay ($39.00) for a seven ounce jar of Brown Sugar Body Polish available at Sephora.

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Store in a small Mason jar or other airtight container.
 
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Aug 26, 2017

Irresistible Chocolate Wedding Dessert Idea

This breathtaking chocolate wedding dessert table will appeal to guests of all ages: mini chocolate cupcakes and whoopie pies for the kids, and chocolate cake and macarons for more sophisticated tastes. (I'm on the fence about caramel covered grapes - they seem a little out of place with these decadent chocolate themed desserts.) There's no mystery as to why this display works so well. Every mouthwatering piece of chocolate is presented on a variety of levels: buttercream cupcakes positioned on top of a vintage trunk, Rocky Road Squares on a weathered wooden box, and one and three-tiered cupcake stands in an eye catching variety of silver, metal and glass.

 
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Must See Bridal Shower Mimosa Bar

This amazing bridal shower Mimosa bar is begging me to fill my glass with ice cold champagne, freshly squeezed orange juice and a little dash of Grand Marnier or tasty Triple Sec. Let's do that before I have to wrap a total stranger in toilet paper - making a flattering sweetheart neckline, a fitted bodice and dramatic full skirt. The finished design of this ten minute wedding dress competition will only look better after a stiff cocktail or two. If you must, bring on the bridal shower Jeopardy, Bingo or "How well do you know the Bride?" But first, Mimosas served in tall champagne flutes with beautiful sliced berries on the rim of each glass.

 
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Aug 18, 2017

Unforgettable Apple Flavored Cocktail

My thanks to Dan whose blog ("fun food that's also crazy good") includes family dinner recipes, party food and cocktails - from a man's point of view, for sharing this easy apple flavored cocktail that is perfect for late summer or early fall. It's a cider based drink served cold, that will be more than welcome as these hot and humid days linger before and after the kids go back to school. His recipe is for one serving, so up the ingredients to suit your party needs. Smirnoff makes a Kissed Caramel vodka - visit their website for a collection of caramel vodka cocktail recipes. Dan's easy recipe calls for "apple liquor" but I think he means apple liqueur (a light fruit liqueur made with sun-ripened apples).

  • 1 1/2 oz. caramel vodka
  • 1/2 oz. apple liquor
  • 3 oz. cider
1. Put all three ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
2. Strain into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and thinly sliced apple.

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Aug 16, 2017

Bride Wears Late Grandma's Beautiful Beaded Gown

Just when I needed a bit of good news. Like Madison Kantzer, I never had a chance to meet my mother's parents or my father's, for that matter. But she had in her mother's possession, an exquisite hand beaded and embroidered dress that once belonged to the grandmother she never knew. She looked like a vision when she wore it to a bar mitzvah over fifty years ago. Amazingly, the three-quarter-sleeve gown needed no alterations at all, just repair to replace a few missing beads. Even the length appears picture perfect - only a slip was added to the mostly sheer ensemble. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story Madison, everyone who reads this will be touched by your tender devotion.