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The Countdown has begun

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For the longest time people have been stopping me in the hallways at work and asking what the countdown was before the wedding. To be honest, I have known it’s been getting closer but I wasn’t really watching the exact days. Well, that’s changed now. I’m starting to think I need a day-by-day planner so I am sure I’ll have time to get all the remaining things done. After feeling like I had scads of time, tomorrow will be the 3-week mark. Holy, holy macaroni.

After the past couple of rain storms, the weeds are now flourishing in the yard. The grass isn’t 100% but Ben went out last night and gave everything a quick cut. After that, we got called over to my family’s house for an impromptu birthday meal!

What a feast! My mom made several of my favorite dishes and we loaded up on awesome goodness.

I grabbed some caprese salad – with fresh mozzarella and garden tomatoes.

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My grandma used to make calico beans with brown sugar and bacon. My brother Matt adores this recipe and it was delicious!

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Ironically, we haven’t had melon much this year – so Ben was excited to load up on fruit. 🙂

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Mom also made her sweet and sour cucumbers. They have a bit of sugar and vinegar in them.

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But the star of the show were one of my favorite summer dishes: homemade BBQ spare ribs. These are absolutely to die for. You boil them the night before and make a homemade sauce that they marinade in overnight. The result are these tender, juicy, and flavorful chunks of deliciousness.

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My plate (she also made homemade potato wedge fries. they were sooooo good!):

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My birthday cake was an orange gelatin cake:

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It looked and smelled beautiful but we all agreed that probably wasn’t one we’d make again. (I know, right, how can I say that about CAKE??!!) But the spongy bits of cake had a weird texture alongside the more gelatin pieces. It was just a weird and not appetizing mouth feel.

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But who cares after a meal like that?

Somehow, I didn’t manage to get a picture of ME in front of my cake! That might be the first time that’s ever happened. I’ll have to hope the folks snagged a picture. 🙂 What can I say, I’m a sucker for tradition.

So a possible dinner date with a girlfriend tonight, dress fitting #3 tomorrow, and then over the weekend we have a few things we need to get done and crossed off the wedding list. Slowly but surely folks!

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2 Responses

  1. Hmmm… gelatin in cake? That sounds interesting.

  2. It was interesting… kinda like those jello “poke” cakes but because it had larger pieces of gelatin, it was a weird consistency.

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