Wednesday, April 27, 2011

And now I pronounce you .......

As we fast approach the Royal Wedding in England I thought it might be fun to see some of our US Royalty.
I was reading an article in Real Simple and thought you might enjoy remembering some of the wedding gowns of ole.......for those that are too young to even know who these brides are...just sit back an enjoy..Some are old and some are new...hurry go get that cup of coffee and see how many brides you remember........

Joan Fontaine

The story goes that Fontaine received a phone call the night before her wedding to fellow actor Brian Aherne saying that he had cold feet, but she demanded that the marriage take place. It did, on August 20, 1939, and she wore this lovely buttoned-front satin gown.

Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman on their wedding day

Jane Wyman

After costarring with rising actor Ronald Reagan, Wyman married him on January 26, 1940, and the two were dubbed the “All-American couple.” For their church wedding and reception afterward, held at the Beverly Hills home of gossip columnist Louella Parsons, the bride chose a full-skirted satin gown with long sleeves and quilted detailing. The couple broke up in 1948. Wyman would go on to win an Oscar, Reagan the White House.

Gloria Vanderbilt and Pasquale di Cicco on their wedding day

Gloria Vanderbilt

On December 28, 1941, days after America entered World War II, the world-famous teenage heiress married Hollywood hanger-on Pasquale di Cicco in Santa Barbara, California (Errol Flynn was an usher). Vanderbilt, whose fitted-and-draped satin-and-tulle gown had a 30-foot-long train, divorced him a few years later, just as she was coming into her $4.5 million inheritance.

Shirley Temple and John Agar on their wedding day

Shirley Temple

The astoundingly popular child star married for the first time when she was 17 years old, on September 19, 1945. The bride wore a traditionally styled satin wedding gown, while groom John Agar—just weeks after the end of the war—was in military uniform.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor in wedding dress

Elizabeth Taylor

Thousands of fans lined the streets outside the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills on May 6, 1950, to catch a glimpse of 18-year-old Taylor in her sweetheart-necked satin wedding gown, a $1,500 design presented to her by MGM. Her marriage, to hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, went south within months, and the actress would walk the aisle seven more times.

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy on their wedding day

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

Not quite eight years before she became the first lady, the onetime “debutante of the year” married Senator John F. Kennedy in Newport, Rhode Island, on September 12, 1953. Her dress, said to have required 50 yards of fabric, was ivory tissue silk; her wedding was indisputably the social event of the season.

Grace Kelly in wedding dress

Grace Kelly

Kelly wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956, in a lace, silk taffeta, and tulle gown with a fitted bodice and flared skirt created by Helen Rose, MGM’s costume designer. Kelly gave up Hollywood, where she held the title of Oscar winner, to become Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco.

Lyndon B. Johnson and Lucy Baines Johnson at their wedding

Luci Baines Johnson

When Johnson married Air National Guardsman Patrick Nugent on August 6, 1966, before some 700 guests and 55 million television viewers, it was a wedding to which “nobody [was] invited except the immediate country,” a comedian quipped. So it’s not surprising that she set a trend with her A-line taffeta Priscilla of Boston gown, which featured a nine-foot-long Watteau court train that fell from between her shoulder blades. Three years later, her sister, Lynda Byrd, would wed in the East Room wearing a high-necked white silk-satin Empire sheath by Geoffrey Beene.

Liza Minnelli in wedding dress

Liza Minnelli

Introduced to Peter Allen by her mother, Judy Garland, Minnelli married the Australian performer (later immortalized on Broadway as The Boy From Oz) on March 3, 1967, in a simple gown with a white lace bodice and a streamlined skirt.

Elvis Presley & Priscilla Presley cutting their wedding cake

Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas was the setting for the May 1, 1967, marriage of Beaulieu and Elvis Presley, following an eight-year-long courtship. The bride reportedly designed her flowing pearl-trimmed silk-chiffon gown. On the feet of the brocade-tuxedo-clad groom: Western boots.

Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox on their wedding day

Tricia Nixon

A few years after her younger sister, Julie, declined a White House ceremony—marrying David Eisenhower in New York City just weeks before her president-elect father assumed office—Nixon married Harvard law student Edward Cox on June 12, 1971, in the first-ever Rose Garden wedding. After a slight rain delay, the petite bride appeared in a lovely pearl-and-lace-trimmed silk organdy design with a lower-cut neckline that supposedly dismayed her mother. The dress was by Priscilla of Boston, as her sister’s had been.

Wedding of John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O’Neal

On August 1, 1986, O’Neal, only 10 when she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, married the equally precocious tennis star John McEnroe in a modest high-necked white gown that projected an innocence belied by her wild-child life.

Mariah Carey in a wedding dress

Mariah Carey

Carey ruled the charts when she wore a fit-for-a-queen Vera Wang gown to wed music executive Tommy Mottola in New York City on the rainy evening of June 5, 1993. Carey required six attendants to carry her 27-foot-long train.

Amy Carter and Jim Wentzel on their wedding day

Amy Carter

In a brief ceremony described as “very sweet, very simple” by one attendee—words that could equally describe her 1920s hand-embroidered wedding dress—Carter wed computer consultant Jim Wentzel at the home of her grandmother in Plains, Georgia. The bride kept the September 1, 1996, festivities small and private: She even baked the three-tiered wedding cake herself.

Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd on their wedding day

Jennifer Lopez

It wasn’t her first wedding, nor would it be her last, but Lopez’s September 29, 2001, nuptials to dancer-choreographer Cris Judd may have been her most lavish, with some 10,000 white and pastel rosebuds trucked in to the private mountaintop estate in Calabasas, California, where the ceremony was held. All seven bridesmaids wore Valentino, as did the bride herself, whose off-white silk and Chantilly-lace gown, cut low both in front and back, was by Valentino Couture.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's wedding

Gwen Stefani

California girl Stefani chose a French label (Christian Dior) headed by a Gibraltar-born designer (John Galliano) to create the gown for her September 14, 2002, wedding to a British rocker (Gavin Rossdale). Stefani recently donated the distinctively hued dress to the Victoria and Albert Design Museum in London.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes on their wedding day

Katie Holmes

In an official portrait from her November 18, 2006, wedding, Holmes showed off both her elegant slim-silhouetted Armani gown and her new husband, Tom Cruise. An off-the-shoulder design, the gown was lavishly adorned with Valenciennes lace and Swarovski crystals.

Jenna Bush in a wedding dress

Jenna Bush

Bush married business student Henry Hager in a low-key May 10, 2008, ceremony at her family’s ranch near Crawford, Texas. The bride, who went veil-less in a beautifully embroidered organza Oscar de la Renta gown, was given away by her father, President George W. Bush.

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner on their wedding day

Ivanka Trump

Wearing a gown inspired by Grace Kelly’s classic, Trump married businessman Jared Kushner in Bedminster, New Jersey, on October 25, 2009. The elegant custom-made design—its creator, Vera Wang, described the dress as “royal” and “majestic”—featured layers of hand-appliqu├ęd lace and a sophisticated neckline and sleeves.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on their wedding day

Chelsea Clinton

Introduced to America as a braces-wearing 12-year-old who memorably stood beside her father as he took the presidential oath of office, Clinton was pure elegance when she wed Wall Streeter Marc Mezvinsky in a crystal-belted ivory Vera Wang confection on July 31, 2010.

I hope you had fun walking down the aisle......One "I do" at a time.......

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rejoice ! He has risen.......

Happy Easter all my peeps............One peep at a time.....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bunnies on Parade

Flowers from my Garden

Everything was purchased at Goodwill and Value Village
Happy Easter Everyone......Sunday is coming..He will have risen...Rejoice !  
.............One blessing at a time.........

Hop over and join me at

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday Easter Brunch

Baked Cinnamon French Toast
12 slices cinnamon bread, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
9 eggs
1 quart milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Warmed blackberry preserves, optional
Whipped cream, optional

     Line the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x2-in. baking dish with six slices of bread. Butter remaining bread; place butter side up over bread in dish.
     In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cream, sugar and vanilla; blend well. Pour over bread; let stand for 15 minutes. Place the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour boiling water into large pan to a depth of 1 in.
     Bake, uncovered, at 375* for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top with preserves and whipped cream if desired ( I didn't) thought it might be too sweet..but worth trying, because it sounds goooood.
Yield: 6 servings.

There's no last-minute preparation and you can serve several people at once with this casserole. Everyone loves the smooth custardy bottom layer topped with thick slices of cinnamon bread. I made this casserole for Christmas morning and everyone raved. I made some turkey sausage for a side dish and ice cold orange juice and coffee......yum..yum. The recipe serves 6 but it is really rich, so smaller portions went further....enjoy.....One fork at a time......

Friday, April 15, 2011

Egg Holiday



National Eggs Benedict Day

When : Always April 16th

National Eggs Benedict Day is a day to enjoy eggs with hollandaise sauce, canadian bacon and english muffins.

A lot of people have never had Eggs Benedict. If you're upper crust, you most likely have enjoyed Eggs Benedict a number of times, and perhaps, on a regular basis. However, many people (regular folk) have never tried Eggs Benedict. Go ahead and do a survey. See how many of your friends can even tell you how its made, or what's in it. Or, ask them what hollandaise sauce is.

Celebrate today by eating Eggs Benedict. If it's your first time, we suggest you go to a restaurant where they know from experience how to properly make it.

Origin of "National Eggs Benedict Day": Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We do know that Eggs Benedict was created in New York City over 100 years ago. There are historical claims that one of  two individuals are credited with its creation: Mrs LeGrand Benedict in 1893, and Mr Lemuel Benedict in 1894.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

“Eggs Benedict” Day

April 16
Eggs BenedictEggs Benedict is a breakfast dish made with a two toasted English muffin halves, a slice of Canadian bacon or ham, one poached egg, and covered with Hollandaise sauce.
  1. Seafood Benedict: Replace the bacon with crab, shrimp, lobster or scallops.
  2. Eggs Florentine: Replace the ham with spinach, cover in Mornay Sauce
  3. Eggs Hussarde: Replace English muffins with Holland rusks and add Marchand de Vin sauce
  4. Salmon Benedict, also known as Eggs Pacifica, Eggs Montreal, Eggs Royal or Eggs Royale: Replace bacon with smoked salmon.
  5. Pacific Northwest Eggs Benedict: Two Poached eggs, Alaskan Smoked Salmon on a Toasted English muffin Covered with Hollandaise Sauce.
  6. Artichoke Benedict:Replace the English muffin with a hollowed out artichoke.
  7. Country Benedict: Replace the English muffin, ham, and hollandaise sauce with a biscuit, sausage patties, and country gravy.
  8. Irish Benedict: Replace the ham with corned beef hash or Irish bacon
  9. Eggs Chesapeake: Replace the bacon with crab cakes.
  10. Veggie Benedict: Replace the bacon with avocado and tomato.
Thank you my Birch Bay Condo Buddie Candis for sending me this. I thought my blog followers would have fun reading this...not to mention the list of different ideas for Egg Benedict. Okay all you egg-heads out there...grab an EGG and start benedicting.(I don't think that's a word).....
and if you want some great smoked salmon for the Pacific Northwest Benedict ........checkout...............
Easter is bunny at a time.....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Have Egg will paint..

Found on Personalized Keepsake

Hand Painted Eggs from Germany

Found at Southern Lady's Vintage

These are so sweet..

Writing Straight from the Heart....Poland

Found these cute ceranic noggins @ Raelee's

Handpainted Eggs from Austria.....Horshow
It's getting closer to Easter..I can hardly wait. Not only because of the true meaning of the holiday...but...the kids are so cute searching for their Easter Baskets and Eggs in the yard. I found some really beautiful and fun hand painted eggs. I thought you might enjoy and if the bug bites, paint up a few eggs for Easter. One egg at a time........