“Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse” a Book Review

We all have more time to read these days…well at least I hope you do. Reading is the ultimate escape. I’m always on the look-out for a new mystery. The talented Kate Young has a new cozy mystery out TODAY, and I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. But first, a brief description straight from  amazon:

On Georgia’s picturesque Peach Cove Island, a killer is serving up a two-for-one special . . .

After their mama’s passing, Marygene Brown returned to Peach Cove Island to help her sister Jena Lynn run the family diner, renowned for its homemade peach desserts. But Mama is never too far away—her sassy spirit haunts the island, and more specifically Marygene. Lately Mama has been warning her that the dead will seek her out to solve their murders, an idea Marygene is far from peachy keen on.

But that prophecy appears to be coming true when she goes skinny-dipping off the island and swims right into a woman’s charred corpse floating in the waves. And when Marygene and her brother Sam come upon a second burned body in a wine cellar at an event they’re catering, it appears they have a double homicide on their hands. It soon turns out the victims have more in common than their charred remains, and Marygene will need to double down to find a killer who has no aversion to playing with fire. Good thing Mama has her back . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

I loved this book. I never had a chance to get bored and do what I am often compelled to, skip ahead. Many a book I haven’t finished because there was a lull in the story, and I jumped ahead…and once you know who the killer is, what’s the point?

While reading this book, my workday suffered; because I committed to a limited reading time during the day, but when it came to Southern Sass and a Crispy Copse I found myself cheating. “One more page” I promised, which quickly turned into five, ten, fifty…

Marygene is a character you’ll love and root for. Young’s characters are interesting, believable and her description makes you want to visit Peach Cove Island, if not move there all together. Don’t miss this read. Links are below if you’d like to check it out from your favorite bookseller.

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Below, the beautiful Kate Young.

 

I Wore A Dress to the Market

While Disney World is purported to be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” I have the happiest job on earth. Imagine being able to be a part of planning a couple’s wedding; up to that point, the best day in both their lives. But then…the Pandemic of 2020 hit.

Not only are poor couples forced to change their wedding day plans, or reschedule entirely; the job, which once gave me so much joy, has become a source of sadness. Instead of speaking with excited, giddy brides, I am, at best, speaking with disappointed ones.

I found myself out of sorts, and of course worried about my family and friends’ health and that of the world. My family was patient and kind, but frankly, had their own pandemic challenges: working from home with a houseful, as well as going to school on-line. We all had to make compromises.

I am not novel in declaring that, I had more time to do the “simple things”, more time to “get things organized,” more time to “connect with both family, in my home, and friends from afar.”  Yes, I did all those things, but I also decided to step outside the box.

I have never been a formal person, I’ll go run errands, do my marketing in sweats or exercise wear. So I decided that I was going to start dressing up for my only event, the grocery store. I began to look forward to my wardrobe selections, and plan what outfits I’d wear. It gave me something to anticipate, and got my mind off feeling sorry for myself.

Yes… I wore a dress, (or two), to the market. This may not be your thing, (maybe this was already your norm!), maybe you’ll enjoy cooking during this new normal,  (I oddly enough, have!). But if  you’re so inclined, pick something to get yourself out of your funk. I don’t think there’s anyone among us who has escaped some level of ennui. My message is: do something for yourself, and don’t feel you must do what everyone else is. We are all different, and different things please us. Find your happy thing.

Enjoy what we have, and what’s to come. It’s all we have.

And to my brides, both present and future out there, we will get though this. Sending my love.

Below, Mary in a dress. 🙂

 

 

 

Virtual Wedding ?

 

How to Plan a Virtual Wedding

So you’re worried that your wedding won’t happen because of the pandemic. Think you’re out of options? Think again. You DO have options. You will have to change the paradigm of what you thought your wedding would be, but you can still get married, and do it well.

Option A:

Elope.  Seem old-fashioned? It is. An elopement is something our great-grandparents did. But you can do it with a few modern-day tweaks. Make sure you get your marriage license is obtained  where you  choose to get married. A courthouse is a  good place to start.  Call ahead and confirm hours have not changed due to our new reality.

Option B:

Reschedule for a later date. This is disappointing and a lot of work. But if you’re looking for your dream wedding with no changes except the date, it’s your best bet. My concern? What is to insure you won’t be rescheduling again in six months?

If you go this route, talk to your venue and vendors about penalties, rebooking costs, and their availability.

Option C:

Get married in a simple manner now, then hold a big party a year to year and a half from now. While not guaranteed to be trouble free, your new plans have less chance of interruption again.

Option D:

A virtual wedding. WHAT?  Yes, it’s a thing. This option, life anything else, takes planning.

  • First, make sure your vendors are available.
  • Next, inform your guests of the new date. I suggest doing this via email, or even better, an e-invite such as https://www.paperlesspost.com I’ve used this company for many occasions, and you can often select e-invites for free!
  • Make sure you have whatever tech gear you may need.
  • Choose the platform you wish to use. A quick google search will give you options.
  • Make sure all your ducks are in a row.  Have you decorated as you wish? Are you wedding clothes ready?
  • Say, “I Do!”

 

https://thebudgetsavvybride.com/how-to-plan-a-virtual-wedding/

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Check your state’s requirements for virtual weddings, While virtual weddings are a way to allow guests to view your wedding who can’t attend, your state most likely will require your officiant to be physically present, as well as witnesses.

How To Virtually Plan and Live Stream Your Wedding

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Virtual Wedding Expo: Fancy That Cake - TheWeddingRing.ca

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My Mom and Dad were early adapters.  Here they are viewing my oldest’s wedding in New England from the comfort of their home in California.

Wedding Bouquet – Giant or Smaller?

Wedding Bouquet, giant or smaller?

I’ve noticed a trend lately. Brides are choosing larger bouquets.

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I’m going to be honest…it’s not my first choice. I don’t think they’re flattering in either photos or the bride. Note the photo above.  We can not even see the bride’s waist. I have an inking she did her best to present a trim silhouette, but we can’t see it.

Exceptions? When you are close to six feet tall and are getting married in a venue such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. To whom am I referencing?  Well, Lady Diana Spencer, of course. Her wedding ensemble warranted a gigantic bouquet. It was part of the costume.

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Note the bouquets carried by her daughters-in-law above. I think they are much more flattering. We as guests, or at least the viewing public, are able to see the brides’ dresses.  A bride still has something to do with her hands by carrying a smaller bouquet, but is not overwhelmed.  The eye is able to focus on the important things: the dress, hair, accessories, not just the flowers.  Another upside? Large bouquets are HEAVY! And…they are more expensive.

I am not advocating skimping on wedding flowers.  They are an extremely important part of your wedding decor; perhaps just not one you have to tote around and pose with in your formal photos.

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Wow!  Check out the floral above!  That is  spectacular.  You can go big without making your florals part of your personal flowers.

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Another favorite of mine?  A splash of color in the bride’s bouquet, and white flowers for the bridesmaids. With this model, both styles of bouquets pop in photos.

But remember…it’s YOUR wedding; so what is correct is what YOU like…not me, not your mother, your bridesmaids, or your florist….YOU.  Enjoy all the planning.