December 2, 2013 · 7:08 am
As we gathered with part of our family on Thanksgiving Day, we not only gave thanks for God’s amazing provision for our lives…food, shelter, meaningful work…. but also in our lives…. re-celebrating weddings and a birth.
Tables were covered with the cloth used in July for the wedding aisle
we were surrounded by olive bushes from the reception, adorned with found bird’s nests from the orchard
herbs from the garden – parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, bay and garlic
were used to flavor a spatchcocked turkey
served with, dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, brussel sprouts, risotto, dill bread, corn bread, fresh cranberry sauce (as well as cranberry jelly complete with the markings of the can for a cranberry challenged family member), gravy (lots of it, even though the family member with gravy scarcity issues was not there) and pineapple custard
followed by apple custard pie
and pumpkin bourbon cheesecake
and a sing-along with Cousin Gail at the piano
food, love, laughter and song,
all nourishment for body and soul!
August 30, 2013 · 1:27 pm
multi-tiered wedding cakes are the norm, but multiple wedding cakes……….???
so difficult to decide which ones to sample – once chosen, stay away……..!!!
all prepared by the youngest sister of the bride – simply amazing, beautiful and delicious!!!
August 27, 2013 · 10:40 am
although wild fires are burning elsewhere in the state, we are greeted by shimmering water, clear light, and soft mountain air
a family cabin just yards from the lake
sparkling, clear water
blinding white thunderheads
and finally a full moon
to end a day of beauty and reunion!!!
August 19, 2013 · 9:13 pm
Off tomorrow for the second family wedding of the summer!
to Montana…..a study in contrasts:
Looking forward to sharing more of this amazing part of America and, of course, the wedding!!!
July 16, 2013 · 6:25 pm
As exterior preparations for the wedding have been taking place, I’ve been contemplating one task on my list for quite some time: how to fashion pillows from vintage hankies for the two 2 1/2 year-olds (one a nephew of the bride, one a nephew of the groom) who will be bearing the rings down the aisle between the lemon trees. Simple, small, traditional….
Should I stitch them up on my grandmother’s Featherweight Singer…..
the one she purchased a year after I was born, and used to make dresses for me when I was small
and passed on to me complete with original case, manual, tools and attachments.
-the groom had baby clothes sewn on this very machine-
or should I stitch them with needle and thread, using my grandmother’s scissors and thimble, taking time in the quietness to reflect on all that is at hand and all that has gone before…
…in the end I opted for the simplest of designs and a serene interlude to contemplate the blessings of a rich heritage, and to pray for the future.
p.s. don’t tell Sebastian and Curren that they won’t be carrying the real rings!!!!!
June 17, 2013 · 4:19 am
After the second delivery, the rock pile has diminished significantly,
the cocktail area has taken shape
the chandelier has been hung,
pathways have been mulched
and the aisle raked.
Many wedding details yet to see to, but the infrastructure is coming together,
and the hydrangeas are celebrating with us!!!
June 11, 2013 · 3:59 am
Spring has been a season filled with the anticipation of new beginnings for us……….two weddings, one in July and one in August will bring two amazing women into our family. Food, of course, is always an integral part of any festive occasion – especially dessert…………
meringues with berries and whipped cream
line two baking sheets with parchment paper
separate six eggs
beat the egg whites until frothy, add 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and a large pinch of kosher salt, beat until very stiff
whisk in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, then fold in additional 1/2 cup sugar
spoon onto baking sheets, bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees
turn off oven and leave meringues overnight
serve with your favorite berries
and whipped cream
a lovely ending to any celebration!!!
Thanks to Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris for the inspired recipe!!!
May 5, 2013 · 5:58 pm
Predictably, my head is filled with all things ‘wedding’! I’ve been thinking of the weddings of the past that have brought my youngest son to be in this time and place, readying for his own wedding.
Although I have no picture of my paternal grandparent’s wedding in 1909, I do have artifacts….my grandmother’s ensemble, complete with hat, her locket which now contains pictures of her husband and two surviving sons, and my grandfather’s pocket watch.
George Wallingford Downs, Sr. Lena Miller
In 2009 we dressed ‘scarecrows’ and set them in the lawn as guests, 100 years later, at their great-grandson’s wedding.
Do you think they should be in attendance at the upcoming wedding of another great-grandson as well???