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Yum-m-m - Planning a Wedding? Trying to Be Frugal?


By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists



You probably have attended many weddings this summer or maybe your invitations will start coming in the mail for fall weddings. I love the fall colors for decorating my home and it is a great time of year for decorating for a wedding as well.

My oldest granddaughter got married two years ago. She and her fiance graduated from college in the spring, he with a degree in Chemical Engineering and she with a degree in Psychology. Then he was offered a five year post graduate program for a doctorate at a college in Massachusetts. He couldn’t pass it up as it was a full ride with a monthly stipend.

They decided they didn’t want to be apart for five years and began to plan a summer wedding. Of course their churches were already booked for the summer weekends. They decided to have the wedding in a local park and proceeded to plan other aspects of the wedding. The bride’s church has a “Bridal Dress Ministry.” Members donate their wedding dress to the church and then members can pick out a dress to use and even alter it to fit and return it after the wedding. It does not cost the bride any money. Flowers were purchased from the store and arranged by the bride’s mother in vases at the alter area where the background was beautiful flowerbeds at this park by a lake.

The groom’s best friend’s father is a pastor and agreed to conduct the wedding. A four piece string quartet played lovely music for the ceremony and chairs were rented for the families attendance. The ushers rolled out the white aisle carpet just before the bride came down the aisle. A friend was the photographer and the lake, gazebo and flowers made a wonderful back drop for pictures.

The reception was held at the bride’s family home in the backyard. It has beautiful grass, trees, a brick fire pit and a brick water feature with water fall and pond that her parents designed and built the previous summer. It was a lovely, warm, sunshine afternoon. There was a large white tent with round tables with tablecloths hanging to the ground and white formal dishes with stemware, silverware and beautiful centerpieces.

Our son and his family had voluntarily helped serve many banquets at church in the past. Because their church is large, they have two chefs on staff. When these two men learned of the wedding, they told our son they would make the food for the wedding (for free) and then three couples from their adult .....
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Becky's Food Tales - A Taste of Changing Seasons

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Leeks and carrots arrived in the CSA box today. These lovely vegetables were accompanied by equally lovely warm weather chili peppers and tomatoes, but leeks and carrots are... fall vegetables. Fall vegetables? Is it really that time of year alrea ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Why Garden?

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
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Most mornings I grab a small bowl and walk out to the little ever-bearing strawberry patch I started last year. I make my way around the edges of the bed, plucking red berries that apparently like our hot and humid summer just fine. Pushing the co ..... 
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Yum-m-m - September 9, 2013

By Katie Van Sickle

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
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This dessert recipe is over 30 years old, but a great one to fix ahead. I got it from my sister-in-law (I have five) while we were living in Bismark, North Dakota. The most I ever made at one time was eight. Our youngest son was a senior in high sc ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - September 2, 2013

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
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Tomato Season - A Tale of Irrational Gardening Tomatoes are easily my favorite thing to grow in the garden. Every year I have to try new heirloom varieties in my quest for ‘The Perfect Tomato.’ This year I have no less than 11 varieties plant ..... 
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The Working Mom - What’s Your Definition of Camping?

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
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I will apologize up front for concentrating a column strictly to camping but, hey, who doesn’t love it? Now, when I say camping, that does not include a tent. It also avoids dewy air mattresses, your food along with grass and dirt floating in da ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Doing Summer

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Hi, Readers. Well, we’re reaching the point in the summer when even the most nonchalant among us will soon be forced to reckon with The Question: what have you done this summer? For some I know, this question doesn’t seem to cause much stre ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Uno, dos, etc. Yes, I did take Spanish in high school long before Taco Bell became a restaurant chain. Mrs. Worley, our Spanish teacher, wanted us to learn not only the language but also about the culture of Spain and Mexico. So we had a Spanish par ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Art in the City

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week, I found myself on the train once again, tumbling into downtown Chicago. Beautiful Saturday afternoon, plans in the city, what more could you want? Art. And people to share it with, of course. My trip downtown a few w ..... 
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