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The wedding cake

picture of Cake with flowers

DD Nora wanted me to make a key lime cake with coconut icing for the wedding. She had a recipe for the icing, but not for the cake. I did a lot of experimenting over the last few months before finally coming up with a recipe we approved of. Many of the recipes I found contained lime gelatin, but we didn't care for the color of that cake and the flavor wasn't quite what we were looking for either. I'm definitely not a professional baker and assembling the cake outdoors on a very windy day was rather daunting, but fortunately it all stayed together.

Today I'm going to post the recipe I used for the wedding cake. One thing that we discovered added a nice lime flavor was the lime oil. I ordered this from the King Arthur baking catalog. I had experimented with lime zest, but the oil was definitely our preferred flavor booster.

Key Lime Cake

1 box Duncan Hines lemon cake mix
3 Tbps. instant lemon pudding mix (dry)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
5 Tbsps. key lime juice (I used bottled juice)
3 drops green food coloring
1/4 tsp. lime oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease, flour, and line baking pans with waxed paper. In a large bowl stir together the cake mix, instant pudding, water, oil, eggs, key lime juice, food coloring, and lime oil. Mix on low for about 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans and then bake according to the time recommended for the size pans you are using. (For 8" round pans it takes about 35-45 mins.) Test to see if the cake is done. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 mins. and then carefully turn out onto cooling racks. While the cake is cooling you can make:

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
dash salt
1 tsp. coconut extract (I used McCormick)
5 cups powdered sugar (sift)
1/4 cup cream (approximately)

In mixing bowl cream butter, shortening, salt, and coconut extract. Add powdered sugar and cream and mix well. This should be plenty for a two layer 8" or 9" cake. Frost cake and then you can add fresh coconut on the sides and top of the cake if you wish. This frosting is delicious!

I had not used coconut extract much before, but have decided it is a wonderful flavor even if you don't like actual coconut. I recently tried this frosting on a chocolate mayonnaise cake and it was a great combination.

As we cleaned up from the wedding I was very happy to see this:

picture of Cake Toppers

Aren't the little cake toppers that Nora painted cute?


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Scenes from the wedding

Thanks to all who have made such nice comments about the wedding and our new little grandson, Ryan. We could tell that people were praying for us that day and we were truly blessed. It certainly is a date that no one in our family will ever forget.

As I promised in my last post here are some pictures from the wedding:

Here's a shot of the back of Nora's dress:

picture of Nora's Veil

Here is DH Rob walking Nora down the aisle:

picture of Father of the bride

Here are a couple of shots of the bridesmaids:

picture of Bridesmaids

picture of Nora and Bridesmaids

Topher's parents and Rob and I had a few minutes to relax just before the ceremony:

picture of Both Sets Parents

Here is Drew, our grandson, who was one of the bell ringers. DD Megan, his mother has posted a video of him walking down the aisle ringing his bell.

picture of Bell Ringer

This picture (one of many attempts) shows some of the many children who were at or in the wedding. Nora is a nanny and wanted all the children to be involved. They were all remarkably well behaved during the ceremony. (My friend Sandy did tell me that she saw the two ring bearers having a pillow fight with their little pillows as she was leaving the church though.) 🙂

picture of Wedding Children

Here are Nora and Topher in front of the church:

picture of Nora Topher Church

As they left the church people tossed gold candy coins at them. The coins were immediately gathered up by the children in the crowd. (For those in the Greenville area you will not be surprised to learn that we were able to find a couple of boxes of the candy coins at Wilson's. We have found over the years that if you are looking for a hard to find item they often have it or can get it for you!)

picture of Coin Toss

And, finally, here is a picture of the bride and groom speeding away from the church in a ... rickshaw!

The rickshaw company actually decorates this way for weddings. The newlyweds' house is just a few blocks from the church so the driver drove them around downtown for a bit and them dropped them off at their front door.

picture of Rickshaw

I hope you have enjoyed a pictorial view of the wedding. I'm planning just one more post about the wedding and then have some other topics to explore. Hope you are having a wonderful week.


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Another wedding post

Over the weekend Nora and Topher got back from their honeymoon in Chicago. They had a wonderful week and enjoyed visiting many interesting sites in the city.

People have very generously shared their wedding photos with us and we now have quite a few to choose from. I thought I would try to do a couple of posts showing a few more of the little details and of the people involved in the wedding. So, if you're not interested in wedding details you can opt out. 🙂

Here is the big cardboard "C" that Topher was painting in a previous picture. It is covered in paper flowers that Nora made and that several of Topher's relatives helped "fluff."

picture of Big C

Megan and I stitched these pew banners and then Meg and Nora painted them.

picture of Pew Banners

Several of the ladies helped to make these large paper flowers which were used to decorate the tent. My nephews graciously helped to hang them on the very windy afternoon of the wedding.

picture of Large Paper Flowers

This was the wish tree where the guests could write out wishes on cards and attach them to the tree with ribbons.

picture of Wish Tree

This was the guest tree which Nora drew while she was recovering from her back surgery. The guests inked their thumbs and made thumbprint "leaves" on the tree and then wrote their names by their print.

picture of Guest Tree

This was what the food tent looked like without the food.

picture of FoodTent

We had a small tent outside the main tent for the wedding cake. The girls all put their bouquets on the table which made it quite beautiful. We have known the girl who did the flowers since she was a small child. She now works with flowers up at the Biltmore House in Asheville. We thought they were very lovely. I got to bring several bouquets home and enjoy them for several days after the wedding.

picture of Cake with Flowers

In my next post I'll include pictures of the families and the wedding party and give you a few more details.


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Double Chocolate Treasures

picture of Double Chocolate Treasures

I'm hoping to have time this weekend to do another post about the wedding, but until then I thought I'd post this recipe that I already had here in the computer.

For Nora and Topher's wedding reception we had cake, groom's cake, fruit, a variety of cookies, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, coffee, and punch. I realized that I had never posted the recipe for these cookies on the blog. They are one of our favorites. I found this recipe in a church cookbook years ago. Before the wedding I experimented and found that you can prepare the balls of cookie dough, roll them in powdered sugar and then freeze them on a tray. After they are frozen they can be slipped into a ziploc bag. When we baked them we just baked them for about two minutes longer than normal and they turned out great. This was a big timesaver in preparing for the wedding.

Double Chocolate Treasures

2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 stick margarine or butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups oatmeal (not cooked)
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
about 1 cup powdered sugar

Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and then set aside to cool slightly. In a mixing bowl beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs, vanilla, and melted chocolate. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix into the creamed mixture. Stir in the oats and remaining cup of chocolate chips. Shape the dough into 1" balls and roll in powdered sugar, coating heavily. Place on cookie sheets (I like to line them with parchment) and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 mins. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheets. Roll in powdered sugar again while they are still warm if you like a heavily sugared cookie. Makes about 5 dozen.

Baby Ryan is absolutely darling and we have come up with any number of excuses to run out and see him. Here's one of his latest photos:

picture of Ryan Smiling 4-7-11

Have a wonderful weekend!


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The two new men in my life

Well, we had a doubly blessed weekend. The wedding went off without a hitch, although they did get hitched. The bride was beautiful and everything turned out fine in spite of some complications with high winds and trying to set up the reception in a tent! Here is a picture of the happy couple and us:

picture of Couple and Parents

About 3:30 the morning of the wedding we got a call from DS, Mark telling us that Katie was in labor and they were at the hospital. About three hours before the wedding he texted to tell us that they had broken her water and that she was dilated to 9. We were definitely torn emotionally with extreme joy for Nora and Topher at their wedding and with concern for Mark and Katie and the delivery of the baby. Later in the afternoon we heard from Mark that Ryan David had arrived at 2:56 (the wedding was at 2). He was turned face up and they had to use suction to help with the delivery. It caused some swelling and a wound on his head, but we still think he's pretty adorable. Both parents and baby are doing well and hope to go home from the hospital tomorrow.

picture of Ryan David

We weren't able to take too many pictures at the wedding or the reception, but I will try to post some as people send them to us. I'm sure I'll also be posting lots of baby pictures too! 🙂


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