Have you ever had a Buche de Noël? Oh, my goodness, there is heaven ahead of you, if you have not! It is a rolled chocolate sheet cake with hazlenut-cream filling covered with meringue snow. It is a French (but, of course!) food version of the Yule Log. You can even put candles on it to celebrate its tie to the long burning log. The other thing that’s true about it is that it can be cut into day-after-day and not lose its fabulous taste.
I’m particularly partial to it. So partial, in fact that the friend who made our wedding cake last February made this fabulous chocolate hazelnut cake. oh, yum. (I ate cake, Steve ate ganache! Perfect, something for everyone!)
Tip: If you’ve decided to have a holiday wedding, you might as well use the traditional foods to tie your marriage and the holidays together in your minds and in the minds of your community. Use foods that you’re going to want to become traditions in your life. This would be appropriate as a wedding cake or a rehearsal dinner. (And the great thing about something like Buche de Noël is that you only eat it at MidWinter/Christmas/New Year Holiday. So, you won’t be tempted through the rest of the year!
Well, you’re planning your wedding. And today is the biggest shopping day of the year. Normally the focus is on the Holidays. (ack! the holidays are here?) But the economy is lousy and you’ve got a wedding to plan. The stores are in deep discount. Before you hit the malls armed with your Christmas or Hannukah list, you might want to take a look at your Wedding List and see whether or not some of the things you need aren’t on sale.
I must admit, the best impulse purchase I bought during the holidays for my February wedding last year was a pair of fabulously ugly/beautiful glass drink dispensers. We offered a punch before the wedding. I could never have rented them for that price. and now I get to have people over for iced tea and pour out of my crystal beauties whenever I want! and I can lend them to the next person getting married. really, if you’re close, call me!
Tip: take a good look at your wedding planning list. See what you have to purchase and look at prices. See what you’re renting and look at prices. Then tuck that list into your purse while you’re shopping the sales and see what you find. You never know! Just think. what if the things you wanted to buy were on sale, and you bought them, and you got finished with your list? now there’s a holiday present!
I’m excited! I just started writing for an online zine entitled Examiner.com. I am officially the Philadelphia Marriage Examiner. (sounds very official doesn’t it?). Well I won’t be going into people’s homes and examining people’s weddings. “Hey, you! that’s a wedding vow violation. We’re going to pull your license if you don’t shape up!”
Nothing so juicy. But I will be writing about fun places to marry in Philadelphia and great products and services. (Some of those will be Philly-specific and others will be national products. And they’re some great ones out there.)
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