Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Disney Wedding Music

What is more perfect for a wedding than the childhood reminiscence of princesses and heroes, of happy endings and happily ever afters? What brings back these childhood memories better than the music from the Disney Films that imortalize and epitomize these very ideas! Here are a few ideas for Disney music in a wedding order to make your special day even more perfect, romantic, and memorable!

I’m Wishing (Snow White)
You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story)
Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White)
Beauty And The Beast (Beauty And The Beast)
The Second Star To The Right (Peter Pan)

Bridal Party Procession:
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)
Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty)

Bridal Procession:
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella)
I See The Light (Tangled)

Unity Ceremony:
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
If I Never Knew You (Pocahontas)

Musical Interlude:
Kiss The Girl (The Little Mermaid)
Something There (Beauty And The Beast)

Love Is An Open Door (Frozen)
Aloha ‘Oe (Lilo and Stitch)
That’s How You Know (Enchanted)


As the wind; my passion is unseen,
though the whipping and the whistling,
through the trees of woody green,
are felt and can be noted,
and may make emotions lean,
though as it is with the wind,
my passions, yet, remain unseen.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Thy neck as sculpted marble,
above the temple of thy flesh doth stand;
upon it poised the pinnacle of thy unblemished face,
which radiates with beauty and shines of sacred light of joy and happiness and grace.

Your smile, the muse of bards,
the theme of song, the stuff of ecstasy;
thy beauty timeless as the very song of love,
a beauty given solely to thee, from some great power above.

A dove of radiant beauty,
above the clouds; across the gleam of day;
above the Earth you glide and dance across the sky,
as you ascend those below you gaze at thee in awe as you fly.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Message of Hope

In this day the heathen shall rejoice and the blasphemer shall be glad. The pagans shall revel and godless shall dance. For heathen and the blasphemer and the pagan and the godless, they know only what has passed away but they have no hope. They have no fathom of events to come. Those who mourn have hope, for we know by faith that the sun brings warmth. For when the feasts of the pagans end and when the cup of the blasphemer runs dry, and when the stores of the heathen are barren, and when the godless whither away, hope will remain in them who trust the Lord. Rejoice today all ye that do not fear the Lord, and say "Your Lord has died! Your God has perished and his body mangled and given to the earth." but when the morning comes the earth shall be opened. He who had been put to death shall conquer death, and he who was scourged will be glorified! Over the veil of death He shall rise, and our hope shall not be lost, for in His Glory we shall have Glory, and in His life we too shall live, for even as the things of earth shall pass away, the things of His Kingdom shall remain!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Delicious and Simple Meat Pie!

Most people think of meat pies and instantly go one of two directions. Either they lean toward a Pot Pie or they just go yuck! But neither of these is what I think of. My image of a meat pie is one which is best described as a meatloaf packed with vegetables in a crust. And boy is it yummy! So to try it out yourselves, here is what you'll need:

1-2 lbs of ground meat (Turkey, Beef, or even Sausage)
2-3 cups of chunked root veggies (If you use Sausage you may just want to put potatoes in)
Various spices and seasonings (I like to use Kitchen Pepper for which you can find the recipe on My Wife's Blog)
3-4 cups of flour
2 sticks of butter
A little bit of very cold water
1 Egg
A Pie Dish
A cup or mug
A brush for an egg wash
A Mixing Bowl
A Pie Crust Tamp (or just fingers will do)

We will start by making the crust! It is very simple. Using your hands on the counter knead together the flour and butter until you get a thick doughy consistency. Add a little salt and a few drops of very cold water. (You can also do this in a bowl with a mixer) It should have a texture similar to playdough. Let the dough rest for a moment before you put it into the pie dish. Using the pie crust tamp (or just your fingers) evenly press the dough into the dish so that it looks something like this:
With the remaining dough you can roll out a top crust. I find it is easiest to put the dough between 2 layers of wax paper and roll it flat, adding a bit more flour so that it doesn't stick or tear. Put both the pan and the top in the fridge to cool down and harden. 

Next we make the filling! Take your ground meat, add spices as you desire, and mix in your veggies. It is almost too simple! In my filling I used ground beef and a frozen veggie mix (carrots, potatoes, and celery) because it was cheaper. Make sure that the veggies are evenly distributed. It should look something like this:

Now you may remove the crusts from the fridge and fill the pie. Be sure not to over fill the crust. 2/3 to 3/4 full is plenty. Both the crust and filling will expand as they cook. Pack the filling in very tightly. To put on the top crust I like to lay out the top, flip the entire pie over (this is why packing it tightly is key) and cut the edge of the top crust to the shape of the pie. Using a cutting board or something flat I flip the entire pie over again so that the top is now actually on top. Crimp the edges and make cuts in the crust like so:

These cuts prevent the crust from tearing or buckling and the pie cooks. The crimping seals the edges and makes it pretty. Add an egg wash and bake in a 400*f oven for 30-45 minutes depending on how thick the pie is. 

Once it is finished cooking you can either serve it hot or cold. When Cold it makes an exceptional breakfast dish! This dish is an excellent choice for a working class High Tea or Supper in the evening!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea

It is often confusing to Americans when they hear the worda High or Afternoon Tea. The common misconception is that High Tea is a formal event attended by the upper crust and that Afternoon Tea is a leisure time in the middle of the day where tea and sweets are served. The truth is that Afternoon Tea is the more formal of the two.

Afternoon Tea became popular among the upper classes as a sort of stop gap between lunch which is served around noon or 1 pm, and supper which is served around 7 or 8. With up to an 7 hour gap betwen meals, you can imagine that one might get hungry between them. The meal that is now known as Afternoon Tea was  introduced for that purpose.

Afternoon Tea is a light meal, traditionally consisting of an assortment of sweets and/or light sandwiches, designed to tide one over until supper, not to fill the stomach. As an institution of the upper classes it naturally developed a very formal and ceremonious nature.

High Tea, on the contrary, is a working class meal designed to replace dinner or supper. Served between 6 and 7 in the evening the designation of "High" is believed to refer to the high backed chairs of the lower classes or the high stools found in pubs where the meal was sometimes served and not to the ceremony or formality. Someimes the meal is also referred to as "Meat Tea" designating that it is a heavier meal which included more sustenance (such as meat) for working class men and women as opposed to the frilly light fare of Afternoon Tea.