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A country wedding

October 16, 2013
By Pat Jensen , Marshall Independent

On the 7th of September my niece, Trisha, was "hitched" to the love of her life, Kevin.

The invitation included directions to a farm site. Casual attire was encouraged. This was my kind of affair. I wouldn't have to get all dressed up. A pair of jeans, plaid shirt and comfy shoes would do just fine - and I could even wear a sporty hat. I was a happy gal.

Since my husband didn't care to attend the wedding, I rode with my daughter, Sue, and her family. Upon reaching our destination, we were greeted by a small flock of sheep. Yup, we were in the country.

A short walk brought us to the outdoor chapel. There were a number of trees to provide shade. Rows of hay bales had been placed at the base of a small hill - to serve as the seating area.

The minister and the groom (wearing a sleeveless white shirt and camouflage pants) stood on the hill top as the bridal party approached. The gals did not wear matching dresses. One wore black, while the remaining three wore dresses in various shades of orange. The guys appeared very comfortable in camouflage pants and white shirts.

Then we saw the bride (in a short off-white dress and brown boots), escorted by her proud father. They slowly walked to the hill top where Joe presented his daughter to the waiting groom.

All the guests had an excellent view of the ceremony. At one point, the minister stepped aside while the bride's mother shared a poem she had written. The poem was about love and well suited to the occasion; it even produced a few tears.

A country style reception followed the ceremony. Cold beverages could be found in a small water tank filled with ice cubes. On a charcoal grill, there were brats and burgers. Near by were buns, chips, and an assortment of condiments to choose from. I even spotted a big jar of pickled eggs.

What's a celebration without music! Two large speakers insured that the country music could be heard by all.

I must tell you about the guest book. There was a large piece of wood on a table. Guests signed their names using a permanent marker. Great idea.

This wedding was unlike any other I've ever attended. It was a joyful event held in a small country pasture. Expenses were kept to a minimum. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were glad they came to witness the union of two young people in love.

Now that I've had some time to think about it, there was only one thing missing.

Where was the cake?

Want easy? This is it


1 whole fryer (4-lbs.)

4 T. melted margarine

Salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, to taste

Mrs. Dash Grilling Blend (for chicken), to taste

Barbecue sauce (your favorite)

Place chicken in a roasting pan. Drizzle margarine over chicken and then add seasonings. Cover. Bake at 350, 1-1/2 hours. Baste as needed. Remove from oven. Uncover. Remove most of the liquid in roasting pan; leave just enough liquid to cover bottom of pan. Add barbecue sauce. Use enough to cover the chicken. Return to oven and bake (uncovered) for 1 additional hour. Baste two or three times.

Notes: I put cover back on roaster for the last 20 minutes, as chicken was well browned. Mrs. Dash seasoning is optional.

Use oven or crockpot


6-8 med. potatoes

1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sour cream

1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Add potatoes to boiling water in saucepan and boil for 5 min. Drain off water. Remove potatoes from saucepan and allow them to cool slightly. Then cut each potato into bite size pieces. In saucepan, heat soup. Add butter, sour cream, cheese and then potatoes. Mix gently. Transfer mixture to a greased casserole dish or crockpot. Bake uncovered in oven for 1 hour at 350 or in crockpot (on high) for 3-4 hours. Serves 6.

Lots of flavor in one little pot


1 can (15-oz.) pinto beans, partially drained

1 slice of onion, diced

1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. ham flavored soup base

Scant 1/8 tsp. liquid smoke

1/8 tsp. plus dash of chili powder

1/8 tsp. dried oregano

2 dashes black pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for about 30 min. Stir occasionally.

Note: I use L.B. Jamison's soup base.

Perk up a boxed cake mix


1 (15.25-oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix

4 eggs

2/3 cup veg. oil

1 can (11-oz.) mandarin oranges, juice and all

Blend, then beat with mixer at high speed for 2 min. Pour into three greased and floured 8" pans or a 9 x 13" pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 45 min. Baking time varies with pan size. Cool thoroughly and frost with desired icing.

You might wish to make the following icing ...

1 large can (20-oz) crushed pineapple, undrained

1 sm. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix

Mix together using a spoon or whisk. Fold in 8 to 12 ounces Cool Whip.

Frost cake. Refrigerate.

Note: May bake cake in 10 x 15" pan - about 30 min.

Food for thought: A smart husband buys his wife expensive dishes so she won't trust him to wash them.



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