Monthly Archives: September 2010

Photo Shoot

We decided to do a preliminary photo shoot with the happy couple because photos the day of the wedding are usually a hectic affair, and Joseph’s breath-taking scenery was too good a back-drop to pass up.  So the day before the … Continue reading

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The day before

Friday morning all the family and friends were arriving in town, but the work was still in full swing, for this hand made wedding. At my house, the bride whipped up cream cheese frosting for her almond wedding cake. The bridesmaids … Continue reading

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A week of elbow grease

We thought we would do some of Aileen and Jason’s wedding photos in instalments. So here is the week of set-up at Mount Joseph Ranch, where we held the reception. The weather was beautiful and the scenery was fantastic. Everyone … Continue reading

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Sweet Victory

I had a terrible fear of canning. All the equipment, messes, dishes, work, and possible waste if you did something wrong, made the 99 cent cans of beans at Winco look pretty darn good enough for me. But something about … Continue reading

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Mod Kitsche

  Found: An old cuckoo clock at a garage sale Inspiration: The colors in my door mat and Martha Stewart tea kettle End Result: Conversation piece in my kitchen entry

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No More Cats

The beautiful wedding is now a memory, all the Japanese lanterns are flattened, the white lights back in a tangle, the wine glasses washed, linens laundered and  Aileen  and Jason are sunning themselves in Maui. So, what do you suppose … Continue reading

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Tapenade

I just made fresh tapenade for the wedding: 38 garlic cloves 12 1/2 Cups pitted kalamata olives 4 cans black olives 1 1/2 Cups capers 1 Cup fresh Italian parsley (courtesy of Taite’s herb garden) 1 Cup curled parsley (courtesy … Continue reading

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Ready to Go!

Father of the bride

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She was clearly told but did not listen

I love Andrew’s toast to Zac and Cait.  It was such a short time ago that Andrew was toasting them and now here we are again.  He clearly told Aileen to stay in her laboratory but she didn’t listen. * … Continue reading

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Babies, babies everywhere!

I was totally bowled over.  Sitting with Matthias doing a jigsaw puzzle he got for his birthday and waiting to get Erin at the airport at 11 PM, we suddenly heard the back door open and around the corner comes … Continue reading

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Omnipotence at Home, Impotence Abroad

Andrew brought home this article (How Obama Thinks by Dinesh D’Souza) last night and said I should read it, it would explain President Obama, why he’s not  a socialist he’s just anti-American.  It just made so much sense which was a … Continue reading

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Light Reading After a Busy Day

Anyone who is familiar with Alexander McCall Smith will be glad to know he has another book coming out in October. I first came across this author through his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.  It is very light, easy reading … Continue reading

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Countdown is On!

Aileen has single handedly made all the desserts for her wedding including the wedding cake! It has taken five dozen- 60!! egg whites.  No yolks, just egg whites.  We have lately been having French toast, just yolks; scrambled eggs, just … Continue reading

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Pesto with a Twist

The pesto craze came in like gangbusters  years ago, and I still love it.  The freshness of the basil and garlic with the nuttiness of the pine nuts mixed into the pasta. Well, let me introduce you to a twist … Continue reading

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Hand wash only

Do you ever get an unexplainable bit of  happiness over something totally commonplace? I did last week when I tackled something that had been on my white board “to do” list for weeks: “Handwash vintage dresses”. I had  found these four vintage dresses (ranging … Continue reading

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Tormenting Myself… On Purpose.

There are certain blogs I go to every few days just to torment myself.  Please, please tell me Pinkpeppers isn’t your secret torment! One, for me, is decidedly Christian and the Christian part is  fine, in fact a great Christian … Continue reading

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Addictive Granola

Add this to your favorite yogurt and it will make you want to leap out of bed for the shear pleasure of this start to your day. One little, teeny, weeny promise you have to make though, is that you … Continue reading

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