Sunday, March 18, 2012

The wedding!!

Greetings to all of you who have been faithfully following along and are still around!:-)  It has certainly been a very busy time here with all the pre-wedding activities, then the wedding for our daughter (Country Girl) yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.  We have had many family activities, plus family staying in the house.

For the next few days, I will be sharing some recipes with you that were used for the reception.  Hopefully there will be some pictures that I will be able to include in a satisfactory way.  If you've been keeping up with the blog for awhile, you will know that photography is often a challenge for me.:-)  Then, to successfully post them where I want them in the blog is another challenge.:-)

I am going to begin with something that was very well-received by the guests.

In the punch bowl....

....was Almond Ice Tea.  This picture, taken by The Husband, shows the ice ring we made, with a bit of the tea remaining in the bowl.  Although this was popular, we were prepared and had more to serve, had it been necessary.  The recipe comes from a former co-worker, who was actually one of Country Girl's teachers in elementary school!


3 Tablespoons plain instant tea, regular or decaf (we used decaf)
1 cup sugar
2 cups hot water
- Combine and dissolve the above three ingredients.  Then add:
2 - 6 oz. frozen lemonade (Where I was shopping only carried the 12-oz. size).
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon almond extract
8 cups cold water
- Stir and chill.  This makes a large amount, requiring a very large pitcher or container.  

Country Girl is not a fan of the usual punch that is served at wedding receptions, so we had made this some weeks ago to be tried/approved as what would be in the punch bowl.  We also served lemonade from a beverage server and coffee.  We made the ice ring with slices of oranges, limes, and lemons.  I wanted to be sure to be well-prepared and made four of them!  We have two in the freezer  that weren't used. I suppose I need to plan another party to use them.:-)  Actually, that doesn't sound like such a bad idea.:-)

The flowers behind the punch bowl were wildflowers gathered from the nearby area and are in a blue Mason jar.  

I hope to spend some time catching up with other bloggers whose blogs I have missed for the past few days.  

Next post - More wedding "goodies."  

Thank you for following along.  I love reading your comments.


  1. That sounds like a good thing to serve. I like the addition of the almond flavoring. I am saving this over to my files for future use. Hope we get to see some weddng pictures! xo Diana

  2. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding. God bless you for doing your own catering as well as the important role of Mother of the bride! xo

  3. Oh Nellie...I love this recipe and those flowers are so beautiful!!! My congratulations for your daughter are wished by me! smile... I'm so glad you had a good time...and that all went well! My thoughts were with you


    PS Since I have this 'sore' throat your little cakes are so easy to eat (esp with Cool Whip)I've had two of them so easy to make!

  4. I thought about you all day yesterday. I am so glad it was a nice day. I can't wait to hear about all the goin's on.
    The tea sounds wonderful!

  5. Well, you know that I enjoyed that tea punch! Even though I'm supposed to limit my sugar, I had two cups of it because it was so refreshing! Ahem...if you need volunteers for that party, just let me know! :-) Everything was quite lovely, and I hope the happy couple will remain as blissfully in love as they are now! I'm honored to be a part of your precious family!

  6. The tea sounds very good. Suppose you could use Splenda for those watching the sugar. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog and leaving a message about my daughter's new pillows.

  7. Hello Nellie!
    Thank you for your comments and for becoming a follower on my blog, I would like to follow you too and have become the most recent on your followers gallery :)
    Looks like I'm in for a treat, with the great recipes you produce here.
    Hope you can relax a little now that things have calmed down.

  8. What a beautiful ice ring. I can't wait to hear more about the wedding.

  9. That sounds so good. I'm a huge fan of tea hot and iced, I'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. I love tea this sounds wonderful . Thanks for sharing joann

  11. I'm glad everything went so well - wildflowers sound so refreshing!