Monthly Archives: April 2011
|Duponi Silk Bouquet by HairbowsWonderWorld|
|Bridal Hat by PowderBlueBijoux|
|Chiffon Bridal Clutch by BellesandCrystals|
|Grey Diamond Bow engagement ring by Laurie Sarah|
So until pie is worn out as the dessert of choice it is still offbeat if you are going to have it for your wedding.
One of our Offbeat team members, Dionne, from Dionnesimone, made a great chocolate pecan pie for her daughter’s reception. The pies were star shaped. She says pecan pie lasts well and freezes great. You could make them well ahead of time to save yourself the stress of last minute preparation.
Here is the recipe and a few comments from Dionne:
1/2 bag of chocolate chips
2 tbs butter
1 c corn syrup
1/3 c granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
prepared graham cracker pie crust
Heat oven to 350
Microwave chocolate and butter in a large bowl (using short intervals – you don’t want to scorch the chocolate) Stir.
Stir in corn syrup, sugar, vanilla and eggs (make sure that eggs are last – you want the corn syrup and sugar mixture to cool the chocolate a little so you don’t cook them on contact)
Stir in pecans & nutmeg.
Pour into pie shell.
Bake for 55 min or until knife inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For mini pies simply use the mini pie crusts and cook for aprox 40 min or until the knife comes out clean.
This recipe doubles and triples beautifully.
Package each mini pie in celophane bags purchased at craft store. Add a pretty thank you tag to the top. Use your imagination and accent with ribbon, stamps or flowers. The mini scrapbooking brads make wonderful attachments for the flower petals.
Of course you can’t go wrong with good ol’ apple pie. Here is a recipe from Better Homes and Garden Cook Book for
Apple Crumb Pie
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp grated lemon peel
6 cups thinly sliced apples (2 lbs)
3 tbs lemon juice
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp mace
1/4 cup softened butter
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tbs flour,and lemon peel. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice, add sugar mixture and toss to coat. fill pastry with apple mixture. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour and spices in a seperate bowl. Cut in butter till crumbly, sprinkle on top of apples. Cover crust edges with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake for 30 min more or until topping is golden.
Makes 8 servings.
> Offbeat weddings are becoming more of a trend. More and more brides choose to celebrate their weddings in very unique ways. However, Offbeat weddings are not for the fainthearted. The majority of brides still choose traditional weddings because they think it’s less risky and therefore less “disaster prone”. In traditional wedding, there is certain pattern you should follow and a tradition to comply with. Thus some brides try to play it safe by choosing a traditional wedding instead. Offbeat does not necessarily translate to a risky wedding. It is just simply different. Here are just some reasons why you should not be daunted by an offbeat wedding:
1. It’s unique. Perhaps some women chose an offbeat wedding because it offers them the chance to express their style and personalities. You can choose a theme in a traditional wedding but it limits you because you have to comply with certain tradition. When you choose an offbeat wedding you can express yourself better. You can have a theme of your choice. You can choose an eccentric veil, gothic fascinators and accessories, even a black wedding dress, or whatever unusual theme you want!
2. It’s affordable. An offbeat kind of wedding gives you more freedom to choose what to or not to include in your wedding celebration. It’s up to you if you want to have an expensive long white gown or an affordable funky vintage dress. You can also choose not to have an entourage so you do not need to rent their dresses. You can also skip the fancy big reception and choose a private intimate dinner with your loved ones instead. You can even use recycled materials for your wedding. If you really take a look at it, an offbeat wedding can better help you cost-cut than a traditional one.
Vintage wedding dress by Amanda Rose Bridal
3. It’s fun. Offbeat wedding is really cool! It’s something you will enjoy planning and having. It will be less stressful than a traditional wedding where you need to plan so many things. In offbeat wedding YOU choose everything. It will ignite your creativity and allow you to do your own thing on your special day.
>It turns out that a white wedding dress is a relatively new tradition and Queen Victoria wore one in 1840 being the first bride to wear white at a time when any color was acceptable except black.
Trends changed in many ways from color to style. From fabrics like lace,embroidery and real stones to tafetan,silk,crystals ,rhinestones and beads.
Great and small budgets, private cozy ceremony to monumental crowded affairs.
Gowns are always at the center stage and the generators of a gigantic business that used to be in the past only the ownership of a good seamstress ,mostly friend of the family.
This collection of gowns starts from simple white and very monarchic to my favorite and last Peacock wedding dress made entirely out of peacock feathers. This unique dress was featured March 28, 2009, the dress is adorned with 60 Hetian jades and costs an estimated $1.4 million USD. The dress is composed of 2009 peacock feathers and required 8 craftsmen 2 months to finish!
>Okay if you have been reading this blog for a little while you already know that I don’t really do a ton of fashion. Definitely a pony tail and jeans kind of gal. But…and it is a big but (kind of like mine) I am really loving the 1930’s styles that are becoming more popular!!! Remember we here at Offbeat Etsy Weddings are the enforcers of being true to yourself, so if you hate the 1930’s resurgence Do Not add these touches to your wedding. If on the other hand, you find you like these as much as I do well, then keep reading and get ready to oooohhh and ahhhhhh.
|Deco Wedding Dress|
|1930’s Engagement Ring|
|Petite Vintage inspired jeweled headband by ClayBouquetShop|
|Headdress by Liaison|
|Headband by MoonshineBaby|
|Cocktail hat by LoveCharlie|
>The classic limo with dark tinted windows may be a first choice for many wedding couples but I urge you to travel in unexpected ways. Mainly for the memories only unique choices give. Here are a few of my favorites from the big ol’ internet. Don’t forget that your personal vehicle is always an option but MAKE SURE you dress it up in some fun and funky way.
|His and Hers?|
|1949 Chevy Stylin’|
|Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips|