Friday, December 3, 2010

I Guess It's Wedding Week

I found a few from my own wedding.
This is my Italian Grandmother at my wedding reception. I've been thinking about her a lot this week. I have some of her dishes and we ate off of them a few times this week and I was thinking about her Christmas cookies which I haven't had in years. Maybe I'll make them this year.
My Dad and I dancing at my own wedding. He has since passed away but I think of him often at this time of year too.  My father- in- law did not want to wear a tux at the reception so everyone was off the hook for tuxes (except for the groom). :)

I was downright poor when I got married because I had just come home from my mission and hadn't worked in a year and a half. I didn't have any money to buy a wedding present for Jim, so I wrote him a poem and read it to him at the reception. After all these years, I still like it. If I ever get brave enough, maybe I'll blog it. Hats were in back then, go figure. And you really can't see the pretty detail on the neckline in this picture, oh well.


  1. You are leaving out important details about the hat. Please give the whole story...spare no details ;)

  2. That's right. I did pick out the hat FIRST and then matched a dress to it because I loved the hat so much. You're right, that is an important detail. Sounds silly now and the idea that I would like a hat so much is silly but I did love that hat. The details on it were just so pretty. What can I say, they were THE "in- style" thing that year. You could never get me to consider a hat now!!!!

    And people kept knocking it when they gave me hugs and so it was never quite on the right way.:)

  3. Hi Liz!

    I had to write you and tell you what happened last week. I bake for a living, I'm not sure if you know that, but I use several of Nanny's recipes. They are one of my most cherished things I have. I also have her Kitchen Aid mixer, which I've had for at least 15 years now. Last week, I had a real large order, around 2,300 was a tough week. I knew it was coming, but could never be prepared for it...the mixer died. Just wouldn't budge. I would turn it off and walk away and try back again, nothing. I can't tell you how said I was. Allison said she's going to come up so we can have a proper burial!!! That mixer has gotten me through many orders. One saving grace is that I wear her old apron, it's torn, snaps are missing and pockets ripped off, but everytime I wear it I smile :)

    I was talking to her all week last week. She was on my mind for sure!


  4. It's just that time of year Stacy, Nanny WAS Christmas. I think you also have some of her dishes like I do and we share that bond I think! Love them.

    Jim and I ate at an Italian restaurant the other day which I had never eaten in before. I ordered a canneloni and I took one bite and said,"Oh my gosh, this is Nanny's." Boy, that was good.

    I always remember her having her freezer stocked with her homemade ravioli that one of the restaurants used as one of their menu items. They used to pick up from her on a weekly basis. That's why I generally have a hard time with any Italian restaurant because nothing is as good as hers!

    2,300 cookies. My goodness, that makes me want to take a nap. You deserve the apron! (And I remember it well and fondly). I have my own aprons. I am constantly in an apron like Nanny it seems. Do you ever remember her without an apron? :) I sure hope I turn out to be the kind of grandmother she was.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Liz, It is so nice reading about your family. My husband Gene and I had Christmas Eve dinner with your aunt Louise and Jim. Theresa and Gene were also there. We had a wonderful dinner. It is so nice to get together with my cousins. We are all getting on in years but are so greatful we have each other. I remember seeing you at Leann's wedding with your beautiful new baby. Time does fly. Your Grandmother was my neighbor and we spent a lot of time together. She was special to me. I hope you remember me. Josie Schoonmaker

  6. Josie,

    Of course I remember you and I have so many wonderful memories of visiting you with Nanny. Those are happy, happy memories for me.

    It's a small world how everyone somehow gets connected in one way or another through internet options these days. I hope you enjoy reading my blog from time to time. I try to make sure there is something for everybody.

    Happy New Year! Thanks for dropping in.