Monday, March 11, 2013

Wedding Cake

Last night was the last pre-marriage class we've been leading. We've watched the dvd several times but something they said jumped out at me this last time. The couple talked about writing a list of priorities for your marriage so that making decisions about how you spend your time is easier. Their list in order of importance was; relationship with God, marriage, kids, family/friends, job and church.
 Witt and I need to do this. 



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Our list would look similar but lately I think we've been living out of order.
We've been so busy lately, with tons of commitments.
We need to recharge.
 I love the idea of putting our marriage first again, focusing on spending time together and doing fun things together. Simplify a little bit.


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Saturday night I made a little wedding cake for our class.
My Mom gave me her recipe and it turned out really well!
 The only problem was I made it right before we needed to leave to help out with the other Alpha marriage course and so it didn't have time to bake all the way. I had to remake it when we got back at 10pm, in the middle of making these mugs. And with the time change (I told you we need to simplify!)
Really hard to get that icing smooth but I love the candy pearls. 

 I have decided that I don't know how my Mom made my sister's and my huge wedding cakes.
So fun but a lot of work too.



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This Pinterest idea has been around a while but I wanted to try it and give as gifts for the couples in the class on their last day. I drew on my designs with permanent marker and then baked the dollar store mugs for 30 minutes on 350. They should be waterproof now. I was so happy with how they turned out.



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My parents were our interview couple for the last class and they came to church with us that morning. Everyone came back to our house for lunch. It was such a gorgeous day! 
We sat outside for the first time in a while and had a taco bar. I made that corn salsa I love and black bean tacos with guac and toppings. 
Oh Spring.


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Chocolate flourless cake.




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Then we headed to the class
 after swinging by the house that I love that we might make an offer on (!)

Kristin brought journals and wrapped up our gifts for each couple.



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My parents did an awesome job as our interview couple. 
They have been married 30 years this year and during the interview they said that once a year they spend some time re-evaluating their priorities and what they can do to make the marriage stronger. I thought that was a great idea. 
We might go away for the weekend soon, so perfect time to start that tradition.

We had a lot of fun doing the marriage course with Kristin and Jonathan!

Here is the recipe for the wedding cake. 
It makes such a moist rich cake and the icing is so easy. Not something I can eat (3 cups of sugar!) but perfect for a party.

Nancy's Wedding Cake and Bakery Icing
Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup crisco
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, crisco and sugar until the mixture turns white, about five minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Mix the flour and baking powder together. Add the dry mixture, alternating with milk and orange juice. Beat in the vanilla. Grease and flour baking pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When a toothpick inserted comes out clean, cake is done.

Bakery Frosting:
1 1/4 cups crisco
1/2 c. Water
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla
Pinch salt
Beat until smooth. Frost when cake is cool.


We got back from the course and discovered that my two younger sisters had done all the dishes from lunch at my house while we were gone. By hand, in my tiny kitchen. So incredibly sweet.

Happy Spring!
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