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Wear Your Wedding Dress….Again!

Sometimes, you get an idea in your head and it just won’t go away. This was one of them because I really loved my wedding dress and really wanted to wear it more than just on my wedding day. I read about people dying and shortening their dresses to make them like formal gowns, but when do I ever wear a formal gown?? So, my next idea was throwing a “wear your wedding dress” party. I wanted to do it last year, in the fall and earlier this spring, but things got hectic (5 trips to MN!!) and I also wanted to wait until a few of my friends got married – so they could come to.

Yesterday, it finally happened. I had grand plans to decorate, have candles, flowers and all the typical wedding shower/wedding look, but that didn’t really happen. My friend offered to host the party after my first idea of a riverwalk hotel suite and dinner with our husbands was nixed by Fiesta. Some of my friends were also embarrassed to have any one see them in their dresses (wierd…yes!). But either way, it worked out great. We were able to have a relaxing day getting made up and dressed up and then taking fun pictures.

My friend has an awesome party house with an open floor plan, great breakfast nook for the food table and lots of big windows with natural lighting.

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We had a chocolate fountain with fruit and pretzels to dip, some veggies, bread and cheese spread, some champagne punch, and of course wedding cake! I pre-iced the cake at work and then finished decorating it while chatting with my friends. I wasn’t super happy with it, but had fun using royal icing and trying out different icing techniques.
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Everyone got their dress out and ready for the hanging dress picture.

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It was funny to see that the tallest person in our group had the shortest train on her dress!

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Most of us had our garters, so we all took a picture wearing them again.

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When a bride has to take pictures of her fellow brides, it get’s a little complicated but makes for funny pictures!

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Here is what she was taking pictures of:

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My friend has these awesome stairs, so naturally we all took pictures there.

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The Final Product: 5 beautiful brides!!

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This was a very fun day and I can’t wait to do it again! When was the last time you wore your wedding dress??

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in When in Texas...

 

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My First Wedding Cake

Oh my goodness, this was so exciting, challenging and nerve-racking all at the same time. About three weeks before I made the cake, the bakery got call about someone wanting a simple wedding cake. They were part of the family who got the eggless Mickey Mouse cake and the grandma insisted they get their wedding cake from our bakery.

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At the consultation, I sat with the bride after she had picked her flavor, filling and frosting with my boss, and talked to her about what decoration she would like. She wanted completely simple, almost to the point of no borders, but we decided a pearl border with a few small pearls on the edges would be a good combo. She was going to use fresh roses as the cake topper. Baking the vanilla cakes was no problem, and they came out of the pans beautifully, so I didn’t have to worry about fixing messy edges. I also had to make the raspberry filling (great choice bride!!) for the cake. I have made a few fillings at work and I can’t believe how easy it is to make. Literally you add 1 1/2 cups of fruit, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a pan and bring to a boil until the fruit breaks down and the sauce becomes “clear.” On Saturday I finished all of my other work and began working on the wedding cake. The first step was to level the cakes, as close to perfect as I could.

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I was already nervous and a little shaky at this point and this coffee cup totally summed up what I was feeling! I mean, I am in charge of making someone’s wedding cake, which they are expecting to be perfect on their day. You don’t want to be the detail that didn’t turn out right for a wedding!

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Next step, place first layer perfectly centered on the cake board, pipe the frosting wall in the middle and add the amazingly tasty raspberry filling.

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Carefully place top layer and finish pre-icing your cake. I repeated these steps for the top tier of the cake and placed both tiers in the freezer to set the filling and frosting.

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After they had set, I put the final icing on the bottom tier and got it as perfectly smooth as I could. Then I had to put a few dowel rods into the cake to support the top tier. Push the dowel all the way to the cake board, mark where it meets the top of the cake, remove from cake and cut on your mark. At this point, finish icing the top tier.

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The scariest step comes next – placing the top tier on the bottom tier. Did I mention this was my first tiered cake as well?? Oh yeah, my nerves were going crazy! Deep breath, deep breath and set cake. Thanks be to God that I was able to place the top tier almost perfectly centered on the first try.

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Take a few deep breaths, say thank you prayers and finish icing your cake.

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I have to give my boss a big thank you for trusting me to make this cake and I am very glad for the experience of creating a wedding cake and a tiered cake. Wishing the newly married couple a lifetime of happiness!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Baking, Cakes

 

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1st Anniversary Weekend

We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary over the New Year’s weekend. Ben did an amazing job of picking a cabin out in the country near Fredericksburg. After picking up the keys, we took about an hour detour the wrong way to find the cabin. When we finally arrived and we just ran around the little cabin, checking everything out and also the scenery. It was so beautiful and peaceful.  

When we got tired of running around, we unloaded the car and sat out on the back porch to enjoy the last of the afternoon.

Upon the recommendation of the guest sheet, we at dinner at a local German restaurant. My meal came with cabbage soup, which I thought was AWESOME!

For the main dish I chose the pork chop with red cabbage. It was one of the best pork chops that I have ever eaten and the red cabbage was ok. Pretty much like sauerkraut but red instead of white.

Ben had the sausage plate with German potatoes, and we decided that the Germans really know how to cook potatoes.

After dinner we went back to the cabin with the plan of sitting in the hot tub and enjoying the rest of the evening. I made the mistake of laying down on the bed and promptly fell asleep at 8:30 on New Years Eve. As my sister pointed out, this make two years in a row that I did not stay away until midnight. Ben was disappointed, but I really couldn’t help it, I was exhausted. The fireworks going off at midnight woke us up but we both fell right back asleep.

The next morning I grabbed my book and sat outside reading in the sun while enjoying the awesome quiet. I never realize how loud it really is in the city, but it was so refreshing to sit in quiet nature. When Ben woke up we made our way to town to eat breakfast at Rathskiller, another German restaurant in the basement of the old hospital. The food was great, so great that I didn’t even get a picture of Ben’s duck a la hollandaise sauce before he had eaten it all. I had eggs with ham, breakfast potatoes and a biscuit.

Next stop was Enchanted Rock. Ben had been planning and lobbying for us to go there since we moved to San Antonio, but we had never made the short drive up to the park. I was a little unimpressed when we got to the park, because the rock doesn’t look that big or tough to climb. We decided to take about a 4 mile hike around part of the park and ending up at the top of the rock. There were lots of fun things along the trail and until about halfway through it seemed as we were the only people in the park.

The picture doesn’t show it well, but when we got to the path through the middle of the two large enchanted rocks, it started to be a challenging trail. There wasn’t really a trail, just a lot of big stepping-stones. As we made our way up the middle we decided to cut back and go straight up the side of the rock. I thought it felt like walking on the stairsteping machine at the gym, and I was glad to get to the top. What a great view! I could finally see for miles and miles like we can in the Northern Plains of home.

A black-eyed pea celebration was going on and we planned to stop by after hiking, but I was tired and needed a nap, which I started in the car. We got home in time to relax a little and then jump into the hot tub with our wedding champagne and watch the sun go down. Leftovers were on the dinner menu along with our year old wedding cake, which was a surprise because I had forgotten what kind of cake I had even ordered! Someone had told me to eat it frozen, so that is what we did, but I found out the next morning the buttercream tasted much better fully thawed out.

I enjoyed another great morning reading in the sun on the front deck and sadly we had to pack up and turn our key in by 11am. The Sunset Grill was the only restaurant serving breakfast at this time, and it was a great choice. I had a great breakfast sandwich and Ben enjoyed some blueberry pancakes. We took the rest of the afternoon to walk around the shops in downtown Fredericksburg. Our favorite store was the sample one of everything store, that had jams, jellies, nut butters, hot sauces, pickled things, bbq sauce, and much, much more. We ended up buying a big jar of bbq sauce. The last thing we did was a wine tasting at D’Vine Wine, where we met a couple who had just gotten married the day before (January 1st)! We tried everything on their list and of course, our favorite wine was the Merlot. Ben liked one of the sparkling white wines, but I wasn’t too fond of them.

I don’t know how much we really reflected on our past year of marriage or our wedding, but I know we both thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary weekend. I was already making plans for “when we come back next year” and wondering if we could actually live in a little tiny cabin like we stayed in. God has blessed us beyond belief this year and I cannot wait to see what year two will bring.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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