Cookout Cookies

May 31, 2010

I love long weekends and of course that means I have to bake. Especially since we were having a cookout at our house on Memorial Day. I decided to make two different kinds of cookies.

The first were Strawberry Shortcake cookies. They were good but did not end up looking like the picture I saw. Everyone that came to the cookout said that they liked them so I will take the compliments.

The second were Double Chocolate cookies. These were quite yummy!!!

Guinness (as in beer) Cupcakes

May 23, 2010

This weekend was the East Atlanta Village Beer Festival. While I do not drink beer, my husband and some of our friends attended. Two of our friends decided to host a cookout afterward so of course I had to bake something to bring. I decided since it was for the beer fest I needed to theme the cupcakes appropriately with some Guinness beer chocolate cupcakes and cream cheese glaze. While you can not taste much of the Guinness in the cupcake, they are amazingly good and chocolatey by themselves. I will definitely be making them again (which makes my husband happy since that means he will get to buy Guinness).

Trusty Gal wedding: Stationery

May 13, 2010

I am finally getting around to start posting about my own wedding. I want to start with stationery since that is what most people see first when they are invited to a wedding.

Invitations
I loved doing things myself but when I thought about doing my own invitations, it hurt me. The designing, and the printing are fine but it is the cutting and gluing that would kill me. I found a company on-line (that is no longer around) that I could send my design to and they would do the printing and cutting and let me do the assembly to save some money. I was so happy for this but even the assembly was rough so I am glad that is all I had to do.

Here are some amateur shots of the invitations.



I used the scroll pattern on most everything else for the wedding. It appears on our table runners, announcements, programs and the printed cards we laid on the tables asking people for any pictures from the wedding.

Guest Book
For our guest book I did two things. One was rather than having a book with 20 pages that people only end up writing on the first 3, I did a photo book of pictures of Ben and I and had people sign around our pictures. I love it! I look at it all the time and read the sweet and funny things people said. My favorite is my aunt Ann's ("Ann was here.....and the rest of the family").

This is the guest book with one of my invitations.

Here is my aunt Pam and cousin Katie flipping through the guest book. I love how they also seemed to match my wedding colors. That is fitting since Katie was one of the readers.

This is the first page of our guest book.

The other thing is something that is pretty popular now, the signature mat. I found kits for these at stores and on-line but I wanted one a bit bigger so I made it myself. Unfortunately it is still at my moms house (along with a lot of my wedding things) but I plan to put it over our bed or somewhere in our bedroom eventually.


Programs
I wish I could say that there is more to show for programs but there is not much to see. I did not want to pour a lot of time and money into something that most people would just be throwing away an hour later so I did something very simple. I still think they turned out beautifully. I found a simple metallic paper that would match the other colors in my wedding and printed the text in black.

Here is a program with the guest book and our invitation.

Here is the guest book table at the entrance of the church. You can see our guestbook, the programs and in the left corner are maps to the reception. Notice the fabulous table runner, the glass hurricane and the flowers? We will get to those later on. Stay tuned!!!


All the photos (except the ones of the invitations) were taken by J Henderson Studios.

What to do on a motherless Mother's Day

May 9, 2010

Mother's Day is kind of a boring holiday when you do not live near your mothers and you have no children. I decided to make a Hummingbird Cake so I had some way to commemorate the holiday. It is basically a spice cake with bananas, pineapples, and pecans in it. The frosting is a basic cream cheese frosting but with lemon zest so it is very refreshing. It is quite yummy!!! I just wish I had my mothers (or at least one of the seven) to share it with.

Double birthday

May 6, 2010

In the craziness of the wedding last week I was not able to post a very happy birthday to my Dad and Mammaw. My dad happened to be born on his mothers birthday, 30 years apart. Last year was a milestone birthday but I am not going to say how old they were (although I am pretty sure you can figure it out). Here are the cakes that I made for their respective parties.

Dad's cake was my Chocoholic Cake


Mammaw's was my first ever Pink Velvet cake


(Sorry the pictures are kind of crummy. I was just starting to photograph my food)

Megan's wedding is over

May 3, 2010

I spent 15 months planning this wedding and it was over in just a few hours. I am so grateful that it went off without a hitch but so sad that it is over. I will be recapping the wedding, one element at a time once the pictures come in from the photographer, but here are just a few that we took.