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Mother Nature Crashes Wedding Party!

It’s been a busy weekend… Not… that I actually thought of it being Labor Day

I remember asking my Mom what Labor Day was???

She said, “Labor Day is a day for your Dad… who works so hard every day for us…Wallpa_Cwhere we can have food… a nice place to live… a car to drive… clothes… and money for fun outings sometimes”…

to have a day to just rest… and not have to work…k9073603

I was so young… that I thought it was “my Dad’s” own Special Holiday for a while…

Later… understanding that Mom was making it clear for my young mind to understand the answer to my question…

I don’t have to work any more… being retired after working for 40 years…

So I quite understand the reason behind this Holiday…

President Cleveland signed into law  the creation of a National Labor Day… brought about by Alderman Matthew Maguire… credited with the idea of a National Labor Day…

My Holiday this year was not celebrated with a big family picnic031c9801dcnot, even a cook-out…

although the stores were packed with people with this intent on their minds…

My cousin from Tennessee came up … and we were busy every day!…

My husband was sweet enough to let my sister, Vera and myself “Play”…

First day…

Vera got here in time for us to go out for a nice lunchk8638972 at one of my favorite restaurants lately… longhorn-logo Yes, it’s just a steakhouse… but, the preparation of the food is so tasty… the service is so nice… and the atmosphere is quiet enough to be able to talk and hear each other …

We had a nice drink to start off with… A Frozen Raspberry Margarita for me… Cold and Yummy!… and what was called a Black and Blue Margarita for her… Blackberries and BlueberriesSo pretty!k4721825

We ordered my favorite… Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and a Strawberry, Orange, Grape Pecan Salad with Grilled Chicken…k12738225 Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing…

It was good to catch up even if we do talk about 3 times a week…x30104644

We couldn’t catch up with my sister until we all went to a Great – niece’s Wedding later in the evening… My brother’s Granddaughter1150271_633047090052354_631426888_n They laughed through a few parts… which I thought was endearing… trying to get their rings on and filling a vase with sand…

It was lovely… held outside… in a Garden1352947508with the reception under a large pergola with a canopy roof2315654

Colors being purple and bright wildflowers for bouquets and decorations

It was quite beautiful… 130831_019

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String music during wedding ceremony…

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This “Family Tree’ was signed by all guests… on the variegated green leaves…

A clever… unique idea for a remembrance…

which they can hang in their new home… 

Wonderful appetizer food passed as we waited for Bride and Groom and Wedding Party who were getting photos made…k11646542

Any kind of drink you would like… k11871532

The round tables covered in the wedding colors were big enough to hold us 3 + 6 other of our close family members.

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Vera… with her wonderful smile!

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Molly and Nick… (niece with her nice boyfriend)

Beautiful Gardens… with flowers… big treeswater accents… and sitting areas

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Sitting areas and flowers…

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Sculptures adorned the area…

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More trees and flowers…

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A fountain in front of the 111 year old home that is on the property…

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The home… with its deep burgundy trim was so pretty…

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This tree looks as though it is reaching toward the water…

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The flag was appropriate… since it was on Labor Day Weekend…

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A Koi Pond…

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A log bridge…

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The Gardens were dedicated to a Jean Wakefield Cain… by her son…

UNTIL! …

A major rainstorm came through with from what we heard… 60-70 mph winds straight through the reception…

A huge branch was taken down nearby…

Lightning played across the sky… k10740071

It turned very dark

but, the worse… were the windsk11347798

Table centerpiece spilled over… glasses tumbled over… tablecloths blew up over the Wedding Cake… the music people had to get their equipment unplugged… The gifts had to be grabbed up… and out of the rain…

and the Bridal Party which happened to be sitting on the side the storm blew in from were soakedThe bride… groom and all attendants…

It was chaos!

This happened when dinner was just being served…

which I have to say was awesome!…

Laughter started… comments… regrets  stated… checking on this and that…

but, they took it all in stride as the winds downsized and a hard rain continued …

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Some were pretty soaked… but, being on the opposite side of the area saved us… except for a slight mist blowing every now and then…

We estimated about 200 people had an unusual wedding day captured on cell phones k10271420and photographers lights were flashing

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The bride was beautiful… in her lovely gown… and the groom was handsome…

Just thankful the wedding itself was finished before Mother Nature vmo0011 showed up and crashed the party

“Pizza”… ANYTIME?

Gift…

Is it ever too late for PIZZA?  … I don’t think so… my family doesn’t think so… I bet you don’t think so…

We really haven’t eaten supper yet… We had a late lunch which was a full meal… but, that’s what I do more and more… because of being home…

Our big meal more in the middle  of the day…

From what I hear… a lot of people have or still do that…

But, when the hours go by… the hungries do come upon us … even at 8:00 pm

So I looked in the pantry and remembered I had bought a Pizza Kit…

My son has always loved these little boxed pizza kits… It comes in cheese or pepperoni… and we always get pepperoni

And if like tonight… I have some extra ingredients to add to it… I will…

Tonight it’s green pepper , onion and more cheese … PLEASE!…

It comes with a bag of dough mix… You just add warm water and mix until a dough  forms … I spray a little Cooking Spray on the dough itself… and then turn it over and do it on the other side… Then it rests on top of my stove while the oven is pre-heating

After about 10 minutes… I turn the dough on a sprayed pizza pan… and spread it with my hands  until it is to the edge… I might even spray my hands a little… if sticking to the dough…

The kit comes with a small can of sauce with little pepperoni in it…

Spread it all over the dough… It also come with a small bag of Parmesan Cheese  to sprinkle all over the sauce…

As I said… I chopped up additional ingredients of onion, green pepper and added some shredded cheese on top…

Bake for 20 minutes  … and ou la… that is Italian isn’t it???… Home cooked 12″ pizza… hot… right out of the oven…The Chef responsible for this neat little kit is Ettore Boiardi

You may recognize the name as Chef Boyardee when you buy kids canned pasta  like ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti/meatballs, etc. …

He was an Italian-American immigrant… Opened up a restaurant called Giardino d’ Italia in Cleveland , Ohio in 1928…

After customers asked for his recipes and ingredients like the TV commercials state… he decided to open up a factory …The company has gone through 3 owners but, the products are now made by …and still depicts the likeness of this wonderful chef…

Now… time to try our late supper… thanks to Mr. Boiardi

… and my love for pizzaANYTIME!