Friday, April 12, 2019

Wedding Bells for All: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: magic ~ hallway ~ boots ~ vase ~ wedding
They were submitted by Rena of Wandering Web Designer.

Weddings are magic. She'd always thought so. Not just the love it represents, but all of it. From the initial planning to the consideration of each choice, specific not just to a wedding but to this specific wedding. Weddings are about vows and unity and devotion, but they are also about reflecting who the two people are as a couple. She'd married her husband 8 years ago in a very formal wedding. They'd renewed their vows 3 years ago in a fun, more casual event, and he knew she'd plan another wedding for them every year if he let her {{sigh}} but every five years was as far as he'd go. That was the deal they made and for now she'd honor it.

He didn't say anything about hosting for others though, right? So this was perfect. She got to plan and put on a small wedding right here in their home. Well, it was their beautiful little girl getting married, so who better to host, right? Her husband Michael couldn't complain, all she's asking him to do is pick up their beautiful bride at the day spa, come home and play host. He's off the hook. Well, this year anyway. But 2 more years from now . . .

That's why she not only wanted to do this, but to do it at her home. The couple was clearly in love, had basically known each other since birth. She and Michael were best friends with his parents. The bride and groom, Tiffy and Benny, had even first set eyes on each other here, right here in her kitchen as a matter of fact, when they were tiny little babies. The romantic in her believed that they remembered that day. Yeah, it's not possible, but the connection, that connection between them surely was born that day.

As she put the flowers into a large vase she'd be using as the centerpiece for the buffet table on the back veranda, she looked around and smiled. She was proud of herself. The food was ready, selections for the adults, alternatives for the young ones, and a special treat for the happy couple.

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White Chocolate Nonpareil Cookies

Glancing out the window into the back yard, she was pleased. She'd done the best job she could to set the scene. Truth be told, she had loved every minute of it. Wondered in her own mind if maybe she could make a business out of this. No, she knew without a doubt that this was not for everyone. Probably not for most people, but she knew many who possibly would consider it, a wedding of this sort. Small, yes. Intimate, yes. But she was putting on, if she did say so herself, a beautiful event. Even, not that she had anything to do with it, the weather had cooperated. It was a beautiful, clear sunny day for an outdoor wedding. The pictures would be magnificent.

She really wished her husband would hurry home. He was cutting it close (as was the groom, now that she thought about it). Michael had gone to pick the bride up after a day of pampering and, of course, a cut and blow dry. But guests were actually beginning to let themselves through the gate and into the back yard. No big deal, there was plenty to drink out there and everyone would mingle. After all, you can't start without the bride.

Then she heard it, the easily distinguished sound of her husband's boots, clumping as he entered the back hallway. They're here! Just in time. Out front she could see the groom's parents' car pulling up as they got out with him. He looks great, Benny. Handsome as ever. And wearing a sequined bowtie, too. Perfect. 

Time to go give her beautiful Tiffy a quick kiss, snap on her crystal collar, attach her white lace covered leash and get this lady married.

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

White Chocolate Nonpareil Cookies        

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes about 40 cookies:
1 stick butter
1/2 stick margarine
3/4 cups white chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup multicolored nonpareils

*In microwave, melt butter, margarine and white chocolate chips at 15 second intervals until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
*Whisk together eggs with sugars and vanilla, then whisk in the white chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour and salt. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Place the nonpareils in a bowl. Roll the cookie dough into about 1 inch balls, dip the tops into the nonpareils and place, nonpareil side up, onto cookie sheets.
*Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to cool completely.


  1. Love this. Is this a doggie wedding? Lace covered leash?? So cute. Michael is a good husband.

    1. Yes, a doggy wedding and a good husband who plays along!

  2. Sounds like a beautiful wedding, but I'm stuck at the cookies! They look yummy for sure.

    1. Yes, I actually have a few left but I'm willing to bet they'll be gone by the end of the day today.

  3. I want to throw a doggie wedding now. The man will thank you later. LOL White Chocolate Cookies would be perfect to serve at the weddig. For the humans, of course. :)

  4. Awww so cute! Maybe I should throw a wedding for my puggies, LOL

  5. Another recipe Gigi and I need to make. Might actually do these tomorrow, if we can find the time. It has been a hard week. Cookies would be lovely.

    I absolutely loved your use of your words. I'd totally do a dog wedding, if my girl had a beau. Since they'd only been married eight years, I thought it was a pretend wedding for toddlers, or that they'd been together a long while, before tying the knot. The dog twist was awesome.

    1. Glad you liked the story, and let me know if you and Gigi find the time to make the cookies.

  6. Cute ending. A dog wedding? Perhaps your recipe should have been for doggie treats, lol. My husband loves white chocolate. Me, I'm a brown chocolate gal all the way.

    1. I thought about it, but I don't make doggie treats. Thought maybe these cookies were festive enough for the occasion.

  7. I had to laugh. A dog wedding .Great job.

  8. Yeah a dog wedding that is funny
    I love weddings
    I would like it if my daughter got married before my dad dies

  9. I love it! A dog wedding? Maybe I could marry Edsel off and he can go live with the bride? Yeah that works

  10. So cute! I was starting to wonder if it was two little kids having a pretend wedding! Adorable!


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