Monthly Archives: May 2013

Recipe of the Week

From Heather’s kitchen of HeatherBoyd

GET YOUR SUSHI ON…

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Sushi is always a huge hit at receptions, showers and gatherings. The preparation takes a bit of time, but so much fun to make with friends. Prepare it the night before and cut slices just before the event to insure freshness and save time the day of.

SUSHI RECIPE
Rice:
6 cups water
3 cups of Italian Arborio or Sushi rice
1/3 cup Seasoned Rice vinegar (or 1/3 cup white vinegar plus 1 Tablespoon sugar)

Filling:
Use a variety of these ingredients (about 4) in each sushi roll; all cut in julienne slices
1 package Alaska crab flavored Pollock
1 cucumber, peeled
1 red pepper (or yellow or orange peppers)
1 package cream cheese
1 avocado
1 mango, peeled
grated carrots
coriander leaves (or other fresh herbs)

Base:
1 package (30 grams) Nori dried seaweed sheets
Bamboo sushi mat
plastic wrap to protect mat (optional)

Dipping Sauce:
Combine:
1/8 to 1/4 cup soya sauce or tamari
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Garnish:
Pickled ginger slices
Wasabi (Japanese horseradish…very hot)

METHOD:
Cook rice. Remove from heat. Add vinegar and stir to combine.
Cover sushi mat with plastic wrap (optional). Lay one Nori sheet on mat. Spread 2 heaping spoonfuls of cooked rice onto Nori, leaving about 1 inch bare at the top. Place a few rolls of filling ingredients on the rice, about 1/3 way up from the bottom. Roll sushi as per this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swGJ2dIu9XE. Cover rolls in plastic wrap until ready to cut. Cut each roll into 1 inch slices. Discard messy ends or save in a bowl.
To serve, place sushi on a large platter. Put dipping sauce in a small bowl and drained ginger slices in another small bowl. Guests dip the sushi in the sauce and top with a ginger slices. A small dab of wasabi can be added by guests if they dare!

A Sports Theme Wedding

By BagSecrets

As sisters sometimes do, my sister and I fantasized about her future wedding one day. All the things she did and didn’t want to do. My sister is a diehard San Francisco Giants fan so it didn’t surprise me when she said her theme would be based on her favorite team. We began tossing around ideas on how to incorporate black and orange into her wedding without going too over the top with her baseball theme.

I would guess most brides would die if their fiancé requested a sports theme wedding. Are you one of those brides? Or would you embrace the sports theme and run with it?

Nails – I thought I would start with the basics. Something my sister has 365 days a year anyway, why would her wedding day be any different? I always love seeing what her nail artists comes up with.

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Shoes – I love adding a little bit of color under your dress with these stunning orange shoes by Design Your Pedestal

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Garter – This SF Giants garter by Garters By Kristi is perfect!

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Bridesmaids – Not everyone looks great in orange (including me!) So consider putting the bridesmaids in a black dress with a simple orange accent

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Flowers – You could even have your bridesmaids carry a beautiful orange bouquet

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Flower Girl – Adorable, need I say anymore

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Table Setting – I love the idea of incorporating white into the table settings with accents of orange in an effort to stay away from it looking “Halloweenish”

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There are so many ways incorporate orange, black and a little SF Giants pride into your wedding. The question is would you do it?

I would love your feedback. Please share your comments below!

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WedEclectic Q&A

Q&A

We ask the WedEclectic team a question, and post their answers each week…providing some advice, inspiration and insight into the person behind our shops. We hope you enjoy them!

Please reply with your own answer!  : )

Save the date cards ~ are they necessary? Did you opt to send them out?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

I think it helps family and friends in terms of scheduling time off of work, especially if they are sent far in advance. (Ours were sent out a full year ahead of time.)
It can also be a great way to announce your website (for RSVPs, date, venue, menu options, hotels, area information, etc.).
And since they are sent out early, they don’t have to match your invites. : ) I created ours on Vistaprint for fairly cheap, so it was well worth it. : )

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Karen from BlingForTheTable

I love the idea of receiving Save The Date cards. In a time where we are so busy it helps to give people a heads up on the upcoming wedding. It also provides the bride to be the opportunity to introduce herself and her fiance with a special photo. I guess if my budget was tight I might forgo but I personally love to receive them.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

I ❤ Save the Dates!

Even if the notice isn’t a formal card or mailing, a simple email really helps!
Our calendar includes several weddings this summer in at least three different states!

Many friends and families are really busy in the summer months, especially, so giving as much notice as possible is preferred. We’ve received ‘Save the Date’ cards, emails – one even included a YouTube link with pictures of the couple with a favorite song!

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Kristin from BagSecrets

Save the date cards are not only fun to receive but I think they are necessary these days with our other responsibilities and commitments. I am so glad that my husband and I decided to send them out nearly 6 months in advance as we had several guests mention they already had trips planned but decided to reschedule so they could attend our wedding! As Dalynda mentioned above there are a few ways to send out Save the Dates for free, they don’t need to expensive. I too have received a Save the Date by email with a photo of the couple which actually linked back to their wedding website where you could even RSVP for their wedding!

Recipe of the Week

From Julie’s kitchen of OddLotEmporium

~APPLE PIE BAKED IN APPLE~

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I received this recipe on facebook and I tried it with my daughter as a fun mom & daughter project. They are perfect size for 1 serving and the kids loved them!

5-6 Granny Smith apples (make sure they can stand on their own)
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
pie crust (homemade or pre-made)

1) Preheat oven to 375F.

2) Cut off the top of 4 apples off and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully, as to not puncture the peel.

If you’re a skilled interior apple excavator, salvage as much as you can so you can use it for Step 2. I, on the other hand, am not skilled so I just had to throw my interior apples away and chop up additional apples for filling.

3) Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking.

Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired. Same goes for the sugar.

Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.

4) Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie.

Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.

5) Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan.

Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.

Makes 4 baked apple pies (in the apple).

Wedding Cakes: The Cup Cake Wedding Tower

By ABridalTouch

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My father was a master baker and so I gravitated towards the various options for today’s wedding cake. The traditional wedding cake that my father baked and decorated in the 1950s and 1960s was a yellow batter cake close to a pound cake texture, filled and iced with white buttercream icing and roses. I could watch him for hours making those roses. Then taking his creation to where the reception was being held and putting it all together(I remember one time when it was a seven layer one-we were all holding our breaths on that one!)
A bridal couple can still decide to get a traditional cake like my father used to make or they can elect to choose something completely different.

One wedding cake option available is the Cupcake Wedding Cake. What is great about the cupcake wedding cake idea is that not only is it trendy but it is also easier on your budget. If you have dietary contraints/choices such as vegan, gluten free, diabetic, etc., making cupcakes is very doable and makes everyone happy.

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Just looking online you can find the recipes, various ideas for the stands(many have a small cake on top with the topper and the other tiers are the cupcakes. The option of the small cake on top means that you can still have the traditional “cutting of the cake” photographs).
There are cupcake decorations, cupcake boxes for the guests to take the cupcakes home, real flowers, photographs…wide open choices here. So many options for the towers and they can be rented, bought, or made.
A fun option for today’s wedding!

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WedEclectic Q&A

Q&A

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Please reply with your own answer!  : )

Bridesmaids dresses ~ should you let them pick their own? Or choose the dress for them?

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Jennifer from ClayBouquetShop

I am all for letting the bridal party wear what they want…whether it be formalwear in variations of style or informal dresses that match the theme.
I wanted non-formal gowns, but was shouted down by everyone, so I picked a color (under duress), and we found gowns in David’s Bridal apple red to fit everyone’s style and budget. One found hers in the shop on the clearance rack, one was bought used from craigslist, and the last was given to me by a local person on Freecycle for my sister. : )

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Karen from BlingForTheTable

With some boundaries, I think it is nice to let the bridesmaids pick their dress, trusting they will know what looks best on them. You want them to feel comfortable in what they are wearing. It is so easy now to get dresses in different styles and use color to uniform the look. Places like David’s Bridal is a great place to try on. Make a day of it, if possible.

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Dalynda from SteampunkWedding

The answer to this depends on how formal the wedding. Most friends don’t mind the expense, especially if it is a dress they can use again.
I’ve been in a few weddings and the bride gave us choices! One wedding we could pick the color, but the style was set.

In a different wedding the dresses were all the same color, but we could pick the style!! This worked best, since we were all VERY different body types.

I picked my dresses, but I found a place in Denver that rented them! They saved the size needed for each woman and tailored them the day before the wedding. We paid for the rentals.

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Kristin from BagSecrets

I had two Bridesmaids, one being my sister. Since they lived in the Bay Area and I was in Las Vegas I decided to let them shop for their own dresses. I showed them the color I wanted and let them shop on their free time. My sister ended up finding a dress after prom season that was on super sale. They both felt comfortable in the dress and it didn’t bust their budget. It was a win win all around!

Recipe of the Week

From Brenda’s kitchen of SweetJonesin

Garlic Chicken Puffs

via TidyMom

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Yields 32 puffs (I made a double batch)

4 ounces cream cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken*

2 cans refrigerator crescent rolls

  1. Mix cream cheese, garlic and chicken until well blended.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls and cut each triangle into 2 triangles (when you unroll the crescent rolls, 2 triangles are attached making a big square, I just cut from there following the perforation for one cut and made another cut from the other corners = giving you 4 little triangles)
  3. Place 1 tsp of chicken mixture on the center of each triangle and fold the corners in over the creamy mixture.
  4. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 12-14 mins.

I used 2 cookie sheets at a time, and had to bake 3 batches to get all of mine baked (so allow for that time if you’re making a lot)

Also, mine were ready in about 11 mins, so watch for how your oven cooks.

*For cooked chicken, I buy those big bags of frozen chicken tenderloins; I just threw 6 of them on a cookie sheet and baked for about 25 mins.

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Vintage Simplicity

By SteampunkWedding

Brides and grooms are busy!  Careers, families, and schedules!  How can a couple plan a wedding that’s fun and relaxing?

Try a vintage wedding in classic grey with Victorian flair!  A steampunk theme is easy to do and fun for guests of all ages.  In fact, the pictures of the guests at this steampunk wedding are fantastic.  I wish my wedding was captured this well, especially the kids and the grandparents, see more below!

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The place to start with industrial chic style is with a wonderful set of vintage silver lace stationery! These keepsakes will set the tone and mood for all the special days ahead.  Rustic notes highlight Victorian lace, but also are reminiscent of a time gone by.  This is how the bride and groom can inspire their guests to dress in steampunk style!

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Next! A beautiful location! Pick something with options for good and bad weather.  The featured couple chose a Victorian era home serving as a fine restaurant with a large gorgeous wooden gazebo. Top priority for a fun wedding is a great location!  A train museum or a historic train station is ideal.  However, most outdoor locations put visitors at ease.  This boat dock sits aside a small pond in a country setting.

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Gifts and inspired trinkets for the bridesmaids and groomsmen will help them with costs.  Starting with the beaus, they can all wear comfortable shoes or boots – they’ll LOVE this!  In their ‘dress’ clothes they can select a vest and a family heirloom pocket watch.  A vintage hat or goggles are also nice.  Regular flowers won’t last long outdoors, so I recommend metal creations instead!

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For the bride and her entourage, we’ve found beautiful hair extensions in to recreate turn-of-the-century braids.  The glamour from past makes all the sci-fi or western touches to the steampunk fashion more feminine.  Fascinators crown your ladies perfectly! I know opt hats are all the rage, but they are very hot for summer weddings.  So, choose a mini- top hat or a feather fascinator for your bridesmaids, they’ll thank you for it!

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Gifts for the bridesmaids and of course, the maid of honor can also follow a this vintage Victorian theme.  Choose a necklace, like this one-of-a-kind cameo for any special lady.  In fact, this one is resin and reasonably priced, so your flower girl could wear it!

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This grey satin clutch with ivory lace is a gift your bridesmaid and maid of honor can carry for many other occasions.  I really like the dark grey lining!  This will forgive an ink pen or other spills and still look fabulous!

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Saving the best for last, we recommend handcrafted rings in hammered silver with conflict-free diamonds in three different colors: champagne, white, and black.  This eclectic alternative for traditional wedding bands is easy on the budget, leaving lots for the honeymoon!

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Acknowledgements:

All photos are used with permission of photographer: Ian Danziger http://www.ibd-designs.com/

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