Monday, December 15, 2014

Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Applesauce Cookies
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, Softened
1 cup (packed) Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Applesauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use ungreased cookie sheets (can line with parchment paper). In medium sized bowl, whisk flours, spices, baking soda, and salt until well-blended. In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed. Then, beat in egg and applesauce. Gradually, stir in flour mixture until well combined. Drop dough in rounded spoonfuls about 2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack. Let cool completely before adding frosting. 

Caramel Frosting

1/2 cup Butter 
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Powdered Sugar

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in brown sugar. Constantly stir until boiling. Add milk and resume to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (~30 minutes). Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Flip cookies over and dip. Place single layer on cookie sheet or plate and let frosting harden. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nerdy Wedding Ceremony

As you can tell from my previous posts, I had a pretty nerdy wedding. We didn't hire a videographer knowing how awkward we are, but now everyone wants a video of our ceremony. Since, we wrote the whole thing out, a blog post is the best that I can do.

We had two ushers whose purpose was to tell our guests to, "pick a seat, not a side as two families become one." To help them out we used three recycled window panes (for my tree hugger theme) as our program and seating signs. This is the only one I have a picture of:

Instrumental classical music was played as guests were being seated. Feel free to visit my other blog post about my wedding music.

Pre-Ceremony Introduction
We had our officiant (our friend who got ordained online), the groom, and best man enter separately and stand up front.

[Officiant] Before we get started, Let me introduce myself and explain a little about the ceremony.
My name is Officiant ------. and I have the privilege of performing this marriage ceremony today.
You are not here to simply hear words uttered in ceremony, or just to witness the first kiss between husband and wife. Your participation in this ceremony is as important as your participation in their lives. As Barney from HIMYM says, “Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.” And with that said, let us begin…. (music starts)

The Processional
Music (All I ask of you-POTO ~4min) 

Processional Order: 
The groomsmen and bridesmaids walk down in pairs, starting with the two who will stand farthest from the bride and groom, and ending with the matron of honor.
Music (A Thousand Years- The Piano Guys ~4min)
The bride escorted by her father. The bride walks on the left side. If the bride's escort is her father, he leads her to the front of the aisle, then takes his seat.
When they reach the end of the aisle, the father hugs her, shakes mikes hand. No words are said.

[Officiant] Everyone, please be seated. “There are two big days in any love story: the day you meet the girl of your dreams and the day you marry her” (Ted, HIMYM). Well, Bride, Groom, You’re gettin’ married!
Before we start, take a breath and take a look around you.
Your family, your friends, have come from all over to share in this with you.
We have friends from childhood, high school, and college. We have brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and dearest of all, your parents.
Thank you all for coming.

The Readings
[Officiant] To start us off, _____ and _____ will do a reading from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Reading #1:
Calvin: What’s it like to fall in love?
Hobbes: Well… say the object of your affection walks by…
Calvin: Yeah?
Hobbes: First, your heart falls into your stomach and splashes your innards. All the moisture makes you sweat profusely. This condensation shorts the circuits to your brain and you get all woozy. When your brain burns out altogether, your mouth disengages and you babble like a cretin until she leaves.
Calvin: THAT’S LOVE?!?
Hobbes: Medically speaking.
Calvin: Heck, that happened to me once, but I figured it was cooties!!

[Officiant] Now, a scene by ____ from Love Actually by (You can decide to play Silent Night/keep the Christmas themed cards or it still works without them. We are movie purist so we kept them).

Reading #2:

[Officiant] For our final reading, _____ and _____ will do a reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Reading #3
Arthur: Just wait a sodding minute! You want a question that goes with the answer for 42? Well, how about "What's six times seven?" Or "How many Vogons does it take to change a lightbulb?" Here's one! "How many roads must a man walk down?"
Lunkwill: Hey, that's not bad!
Arthur: Fine. Fine, take it. Because my head is filled with questions. And I can assure you, no answer to any one of them has ever brought me one iota of happiness. Except for one. The one. The only question I've ever wanted an answer to - "Is she the one?" And the answer bloody well isn't "42", it's "yes"! Undoubtedly, unequivocally, unabashedly yes! And for one week, one week in my sad little blip of an existence, it made me happy.
Trillian: That's a good answer...

[Officiant] This is the part, in a traditional ceremony, where the holy man offers advice and words of wisdom. Well, I’m no holy man. And I don’t consider myself particularly wise. But, I am your friend. And as your friend, there are a few things I’d like to say to you both. First, I know there will be challenges. But, I said before, I am no wisened, holy man. And for these future challenges, I can offer you no solutions, no particular advice. But what I can offer you is something perhaps more valuable: a promise. I am here for you. Look around you. Many have come from far and wide, not just for a great party, which we’ll have, but to pledge their support for you, to say not only “yes, I am here for your wedding”, but also “yes, I am here for your marriage”. I am your parent, your brother, our sister, your dear friend. I’m here for the both of you. If you need my advice, a different perspective, or just someone to listen. We are all here for you. And, let me speak for everyone here today, when I say, I love you both. [pause] And now that we have pledged our support to you, it is time for you to declare your love and promise to each other.

The Vows
[Officiant] Do you, Groom, take Bride to be your wife and your partner in crime? Do you promise to love and trust her, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?
[Groom] “I do”

[Officiant] Do you, Bride, take Groom to be your husband and your partner in crime? Do you promise to love and trust him, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?
[Bride] “I do”

The Rings
[Officiant] May I have the rings please (Best man is holding onto the 2 wedding bands and the engagement ring)? Let these rings be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future

[Officiant] Bride, please take the ring, place it on Grooms’s finger and repeat after me:
“Groom, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my husband this day and forevermore...”

[Officiant] Groom, please take the ring, place it on Bride’s finger and repeat after me:
“Bride, I give you this ring to wear with love and joy. As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you. I choose you to be my wife this day and forevermore...”
(Officiant holds up engagement ring)

[Officiant] The engagement ring is a symbol of a promise and intention. Now today, the intention is realized and the promise is fulfilled. So Groom, would you please place the engagement ring on Bride’s finger over her wedding band, symbolizing that the love that brought you together will protect and sustain you.

[Officiant] By the power vested in me by the Internet, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride. I present to you Mr. and Mrs. _______. 

The Recessional
The guests stand and applaud, as the couple then lead the recessional out. 
Bride and Groom
Best man and Maid/Matron of Honor
The rest of the party in pairs
The officiant

Music (Something upbeat like I Believe in a Thing Called Love-The Darkness)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wedding Favors - Wildflower Seed Packets

Wildflower seeds
Coin Envelopes
Rubber Stamps and Ink
A friend to help

Movie Themed Wedding Seating

I always say that my hubby and I wouldn't be able to have a conversation if we couldn't quote a movie in it. So, we decided to have fun with our seating. So this is what we did:

Each table was given a movie title. For our table numbers we used a movie poster in a 5x7 frame. Here are a couple of the movies (we geared the movies towards who would be sitting at that table):

 For the escort cards, we played a game:

The guests were each given a quote, and had to guess the movie that it came from (we put the answer on the back to help them out). Here is one of the tables cards. I made these using Microsoft Word, then cut them with a heavy duty paper cutter. Quotes are easily found on IMDB.

To keep our rustic theme going, we bought little Adirondack chair place card holders.


If we had more time we would've added props to each table, oh well. 

Rustic Cake Stand

My dad made me this cake stand for our rustic wedding from a fallen pine tree. 

We had a few extra birch slices from the centerpieces to put more cupcakes on. 
They compliment each other nicely. 

Mason Jar Rustic Centerpieces

Materials Needed:
3 Different Size Mason Jars (You can get a ton of these at yard sales for dirt cheap instead of going to the craft store.
Twine (I picked mine up at a hardware store - again cheaper than the craft store and you can get a much larger roll)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue (10 bucks at a craft store for a little guy)
Assorted Wildflowers (Super cheap at the Farmer's Market and you get to support local businesses)
Wood Slices (My father  in law made these from a birch tree that fell on his property during a storm - tree hugging)

Jars: Start about one-third of the way down the mason jar and add a dab of glue. Attach the twine to the glue and start wrapping the jar. Add dabs of glue here and there. You're done when you are about two-thirds of the way down. Add glue to the end. 

Flowers: Cut flowers to fit each size jar. A few stems in each. For our wedding, we got 500 stems for $250. This filled all our tables (15) plus random jars throughout the reception hall. 

Wood Slices: Just naturally cut with a chain saw, no staining. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Jenga Guest Book

For our wedding, we decided to put an unconventional twist on yet another traditional thing..the Guest book. My hubby and I love playing board games, so we decided to have our guests sign Jenga blocks for us to use years from now. The guest got really into our movie-themed wedding and started putting quotes all over them! Let's just say SUCCESS!!!

Items you will need:
Unfinished Jenga-sized blocks
Cute Sign and 8x10 frame
Basket for guest to put them in
Sign bought on Etsy here
Blank unfinished wood pieces bought on Etsy here

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cute Lantern Card Box

I found this cute wooden lantern at the craft store, and since my wedding was very rustic themed I decided to you is as the card box. I used to work at a country club and cater a lot of weddings, so I do advise that you use a box with a lock on it. We had a very good wedding coordinator who kept and eye on the box for us, you'd be surprised how many random people will show up to a wedding and take off with the money.

I decided to paint the lantern with acrylic paint (titanium white). You can use masking tape to ensure you don't get paint all over the transparent part, I just free-styled it. Then, I made the banner using a brown paper bag, hemp, rubber stamps, black ink, and glue. Again, I free-styled it, but you could always follow this blog post and change the shape of the individual banners. Then, I topped it off with a bow.

Close up of the banner

Friday, September 26, 2014

Movie Inspired Wedding Playlist

Ceremony- Wedding Party Entrance
All I Ask of You (Instrumental)- Phantom of the Opera
Ceremony-Processional (aka Bride's Entrance)
A Thousand Years (Instrumental-Piano Guys)-Chrisina Perri
At our wedding we incorporated this scene into our ceremony instead of religious readings
Love Actually (song-Silent Night - Pre Teens)
Ceremony-Recessional (aka we exit)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Celebratory Welcome (aka Wedding Party Intros)
You Make My Dreams Come True (500 Days of Summer)- Hall and Oates
First Dance 
Island in the Sun (Out Cold)-Weezer (music video below)
How awesome is it that the music video is actually wedding themed
Cake Cutting Ceremony
The Sweetest Thing-U2
Parent-Child Dance
You'll Be in My Heart (Tarzan)- Phil Collins
Anniversary Dance
Unchained Melody (Ghost)- Righteous Brothers
Rick Roll of course
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Last Song
Closing Time (Friends With Benefits)- Semisonic

Other Movie-themed songs that we had play:

Cocktail Hour: Film Scores
Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, etc.

Reception (Had movie songs peppered into the usual)
Danger Zone (Top Gun)- Kenny Loggins
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Breakfast Club)- Simple Minds
Footloose (Footloose)-Kenny Loggins
Benny and the Jets (27 Dresses)- Elton John
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (HIMYM)-Proclaimers
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Old School)-Bonnie Tyler
Shipping Up to Boston (The Departed)-Dropkick Murphies

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Teal with Gunsmoke Accent Nails

Bachelorette Party Favors

Alcohol to get the party going
Hand Sanitizer
Band aid
Sweet snack
Tea for the next day
I made a cute tag (on Microsoft Word) to tie it all together :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY Bacchelorette Party T Shirts

One of the events of my bachelorette party was an adventure ropes course, so I thought it'd be nice to have shirts made for my bridal party.  I'm sort of a down to earth girl so I wanted my shirts to represent me (and I'm part Mohawk on top of Irish, English, German, Scottish, Welsh, and Thai).


Computer (Windows/Microsoft Office)
Iron-on Transfer Paper

First, I made my design using Microsoft Word. I found the images online and used Papyrus font.

Next, I used Windows Paint to flip the image (mirror image).


I did a test print on paper to size the image onto the shirts.

Then I printed the images on iron-on transfer paper and followed the paper instructions.

For better results wash the t shirts first (don't use fabric softener).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bachelorette Party Ideas


~Adventure Ropes Course~

~A night on the town~

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Graduation Pop Up Card

It's my soon to be sister-in-law's graduation, and I decided to make her a card! I Googled cards online and saw this one:
graduation pop up card

I did not have any of the materials for this tutorial, so I improvised - Glitter is better!

Good Luck with this card, and CONGRATS MAGGIE!!!

Date Jars

My fiance and I have a long list of things we want to do or movies we need/want to see, but we are very indecisive. So, to fix that I recycled some mason jars and decorated them with scrap paper, twine, and stickers. I made one for dates, one for rainy days, and a movie themed jar. Now, we just have to write our ideas on scrap paper. So, excited! Need some ideas on what to put in your jars? Check out this LIST!

Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Banners!

At my job we need to take all these exams to be deemed qualified in our field. Well, one of my co-workers has an exam today, and I thought I'd brighten her spirits and decorate her cubicle.

1. Banner Template
2. Cardstock paper
3. Colorful Paper
4. Scissors, Glue/Tape
5. String
1st I found a banner template on Fairy Tales. I am sure you can wing this without a template.
Next, I printed the template on card stock paper, cut it out, and used it as a pattern.

Then, I went through all my scrap papers (yay recycling!), and found patterns with similar bright colors.

Then, I opened up Microsoft Word, and typed out the message that I wanted to use.  For this pattern size, I used Monotype Corsiva Font 72 and put 4 spaces between each letter. 

Then, I took the cap off a juice container, cleaned it, and used it as a pattern for my letters. It worked out great because you could see through the cap to make sure your letter was centered. 

Next, I used double sided tape to adhere the letters to the banners (I ran out of glue thanks to my Pinata Project).

Then, I folded over the edge, and cut off any overhangs.

Then, I added my double sided tape.

Then, finished folding the flap over the string (I used Hemp).

Make sure all your letters are in the right order!
You can always assemble the banner then add the letters.

Voila! Good Luck!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dragonfly Painting

My grandmother loves dragonflies, so I decided to paint her a picture of one for Mother's Day. It took 2 weeks to complete. Here's the painting from start to finish. Enjoy!