I watch shows on Food Network, where home cooks compete against professional pastry chefs. And I think, "I could never do that."
The welcome bags went to each guest who'd made reservations in the wedding block. Included were two bags of homemade snack mix - one sweet and one savory. The Ladd family helped me assemble them. Susan's mom provided the lavender cookies, made with lavender from a farm near Manhattan.
|(When I was taking photos of the things in bags, I missed getting my sticker in the shot. Susan purchased a variety of Kansas City-themed stickers to put in the hotel guest bags. She chose this one for us because of the wheat featured!)|
Here are the links to all the kinds of cookies I made for the rehearsal dinner:
These shortbread-based cookies have cornstarch, which gives them their "meltaway" characteristics. The lime zest gives a fresh and summery taste.
Kinley got a purple ribbon at the Shawnee County Fair with Raspberry Thumbprint cookies last summer. The shortbread cookie base is flavored with a little almond extract and a thumbprint-sized dollop of raspberry jam.The recipe is from Sally's Baking Addiction.
Jill first made these cookies and shared the recipe, also from Sally's Baking Addiction. This was one of the two kinds of cookies that were completely gone at the end of the rehearsal diner night. The salty-sweet combo is a hit!
Bar cookies are easy, and these are particularly tasty with macademia nuts, dried pineapple, coconut and white chocolate chips.
This time, I used Brach's Confetti Cake Stars because I wanted a pastel topper.
I've also used regular chocolate stars and colored candy melts as the center decoration.
These cookies stuffed with a miniature Reece's peanut butter cup were also gone by the end of the night. Chocolate & PB: Always a popular combo!
You can use different candy melt discs and different colored M & Ms to have these pretzel bites fit any occasion. This time, I used blue candy melts as the base, since that was Brent's and Susan's wedding colors, and then topped them with pastel M & Ms that I bought during Easter and stashed in the freezer.
I also served extra snack mixes at the rehearsal dinner. There was a little down time between the rehearsal at The Barn at Riverbend and our arrival at Dogwood Gardens, where we hosted the rehearsal dinner. This gave time for people to visit, grab a drink and some snack mix.
Link to the Snack Mix Up is HERE.
Link to the Churro Snack Mix is HERE.
I also did traditional Chex Mix, but I didn't get a photo of it. (I don't think I've ever posted a blog with that recipe, but I use something similar to the recipe on the box. I do substitute Quaker Oat Squares for part of the Chex cereal because my family likes the salty-sweet combo. I also use bagel chips that I purchase at Glenn's Bulk Foods.
NOTE: There will be photos from the official wedding photographer at some point. Brent & Susan have decided to wait until they have all the photos before they make their selections and post any photos to social media. So I will be patient.