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I have my life back

December 22nd, 2008 No comments

Well, kinda.

The wedding went very well and ended up with them actually getting married.  So overall it's a success.

The dress looked very nice, except for the odd bit in the back I couldn't fit.  Luckily it was covered by the jacket.  Even more luckily one of the costumers was hanging around the bride dungeon and was able to look at it and see what needed to be changed.  It's an alteration on the back seams between the armhole and the waist.  Actually a pretty simple fix and change to the pattern.

No one tripped.  No one got silly during the ceremony.  We ladies only had one hankie between us so we kept passing it around.  Now I have to wash four colors of eyeliner out of it.  It was worth it.

Surprisingly (or not) I was the only person to have the foresight to bring a nippy flask, filled with the bride's choice.  My seat at the head table turned into a very popular stop.  Old time participants from the Renaissance Faire recognized it immediately and mostly took a nice little nip, just to take the edge off.  The photographer saw it leaning up against my bouquet on the table and just had to get a picture.

She was quite amazed.  Most of the ladies in the wedding party had been involved with the royal court out at the Renaissance Faire at some point.  So it was second nature to take our position and move accordingly.  And when it was time for pictures we all immediately turned correctly, grouped correctly, looked at the right place, and kept the post and the smile until she said we could stop.  Some training you never forget.

I had more fun at the reception than I expected.  I saw some very old friends and met some new ones.  Besides slopping something on the front of my dress (big surprise there) I was just fine.  I sadly didn't overindulge in cake like I had hoped to do but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

I still have a hairstyle from all this.  I won't go into what went into making this happen but suffice to say that I got very odd looks from children as we drove to the church.  Eventually it turned into a hairstyle.

We were out of the hall by 6:00pm, which was very good for a Sunday wedding.  I came home, got a foot rub from Mr. Rastl, did some computer work I had promised him I would do (he was pleased, not only with the work but that I remembered) and then made the cookies needed for tomorrow's cookie exchange at work.  I ended up 3 cookies over the amount I needed to make, which is as close as I care to cut it.  I had some leftover melted chocolate so I dipped some mini marshmallows, just for fun.

Then I wrapped the gift for our secret santa exchange tomorrow.  I'm pretty well set but it will take me a couple of trips from the car to the office to bring everything in.  Not a problem except that it's brass moneky cold out there.

I checked the weather.  Looks like more snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Good thing there's no paint night this week so I don't have to worry about making the trip.

So what's left to do?  Wrap Mr. Rastl's presents.  Make fleece coats for the dogs.  Plan some new dolls to make.  paint a new mini for my new character in our new game.  Clean up the disaster that is my kitchen.  Alter the dress pattern and see how it fits, making a new dress of course.

Except for a few time sensitive ones up there the rest are rather fluid.

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Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

March 9th, 2008 1 comment

Witterquick is posting his recipes, so I thought I would post one I've been using lately.

1 box cake mix (any flavor) *
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, margarine, or butter flavored shortening **, softened
2 TB water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients ***.  Drop by rounded teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, let sit 2 minutes before removing to racks.

You can add 1/2 cup of chips, nuts, etc after everything is mixed.

Frost if desired.

* Note.  The 'butter flavor' recipe of cake mix didn't turn out so good.  It really spread out during baking.

** Note.  Alton Brown recommends the butter flavored shortening for baking and who am I to disagree?

*** Note.  I used my cheap hand mixer for this and it really complained about mixing this stuff near the end.  Be aware of that or use a good mixer.  Next time I'm making more than one batch I'll suck it up and pull out the stand mounted KitchenAid mixer.

Edit – Oh yeah.  The stand mixer makes all the difference.  I don't know what I was thinking when I pulled out the hand mixer but never again.

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