Friday, July 25, 2014

This Week at CW: Reading and Cherries

This week I talk about "A Fault in our Stars", Cherries and "Married at First Sight"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Favorite Recipe: Fried Squash

Every family has favorite recipes.

My criteria for a family is that everyone loves it, or it has really good story behind it (someone almost burned their very first adult apartment down trying to make it.)  This definitely qualifies because it has both.  This goes fast when we are together and I even tricked my Hubs (who doesn't like squash) into loving it.  If I can convince him, you should be able to convince your kids to give it a try.

As with most of my recipes, it is super easy to make.

What you Need:

2 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
2 TBSP of flour
2-3 small to medium squash, sliced
1/2 cup of canola oil

How to do it:

I use my electric skillet (because if you hadn't figured it out it was my apartment and I feel like I control the frying better in my electric skillet), so I start by plugging that in and bring it up (I usually set the temp between 250 ~ 300) and then add the oil to get it really hot.

In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and flour.

Next, soak your squash so it has a nice batter.  Add it to the hot oil.  It will take about 3-4 mins on each side, turn to only flip it once, so that you keep the batter intake as much as possible.

Remove it from the oil and drain on paper towels before you transfer to a serving dish.  We serve this with everything and typically it is placed on the table with a plate of sliced tomatoes!  We especially like to serve them with hamburgers for a quick and tasty dinner.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What to Expect at your Wedding Rehearsal

The day before your wedding is when the nerves really start to kick in - once you see everything coming together and you can really visualize what could go wrong.  It is also a really fun time when all your out of town guests start showing up and you have a million to-do's running through your head.  All and all it's crazy!

That all being said you want to get through the actual Wedding Rehearsal as quickly and efficiently  as possible.

Who should be Invited

  • Parents (including Step Parents) & Grandparents 
  • Bridal Party (they should be allowed to bring a date)
  • Parents of the Ring Bearer and Flower Girls (if they are not in the Bridal Party)
  • Friends/Family who will be participating in the Wedding 
  • Officiant
  • Wedding Planner
Anyone invited to the rehearsal should be invited to the dinner following.  Siblings (including step) who are not part of the Wedding should be invited to meet up at dinner, as well as any Aunts and Uncles or close family members you would like to invite.  Keep in mind that children of the Bridal party and others participating should also be included in the dinner.   

When Should it Be

The ideal time is the late afternoon before the Wedding.  Schedule it for about 4:30 and give yourself 30-45 minutes at the venue, and then travel time to the restaurant.  Dinner should be schedule for 6:00, so if you have guests invited to dinner that will not be attending the rehearsal you can inform them when to be there.

One thing that could easily happen, is that there is another event schedule at your venue the night before.  If that is the case schedule it for the close time before the actual day of the Wedding (not in the morning before) and have as many people attend as possible.  The Officiant or the Wedding planner will discuss with the details and walk those who could not make it on the morning of the ceremony.

Who Should be in Charge

Ideally, the Bride and Groom have a enough going on they shouldn't have to be in charge of the rehearsal too.  This should be the responsibility of the Officiant.  No need to worry all of the details would have been worked out prior to the rehearsal so they will just helping your vision come to life.

Walk through the ceremony a few times at the rehearsal, this is not as important to those who have been in Weddings before, but for the children in the Bridal Party this will be important.

Have a little fun, and try to relax this is meant to help people really focus on making the ceremony go smoothly.

Happy Planning!