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Recently, many of the members of the Hitched! Wedding Team met at the Burntwood Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  Some of us were meeting each other for the first time, as well as our winning couple, Samantha and Ben.  It was a great day!  Sandham Films has put together a video of our occasion.  Enjoy!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/90446291″>Meeting the Hitched Team</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user19992756″>Sandham Films</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Valentine's Card

Brides to be and Engaged Couples:

Congratulations on your Valentine’s Day engagements!

We at Love, Laughter & Elegance want to help you enjoy this special time in your lives by helping you with your planning! From your engagement party, to your thank-you notes after the honeymoon, we can cover all the details! We offer several planning packages, and individual services like candy buffets, and custom made accessories. Everything is tailored to your tastes and budget. We can help with a small intimate affair of 40 guests, to a blow-out bash for 400!

Contact us today for more information and specials!

Email us at lleweddings@aol.com

Call us at (330) 313-6030

Visit our website at http://cl-kimber0613-ivil.tripod.com/

Visit our Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Laughter-Elegance-Wedding-Event-Planning/294354135708

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!

Many Congratulations to the couples that became engaged over the Holiday Season, and rang in the New Year with a proposal of marriage!

We at Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning are ready and excited to bring your wedding dreams to reality!  With more than 13 years of experience planning and executing weddings, showers and parties, we are looking forward to helping you celebrate one of the most important times in your life.  Whether you are thinking of a beautiful, intimate ceremony with close family and friends, or throwing a large bash so everyone can join in the fun, we are up for the challenge!

Feel free to look through our blog, and visit our website, and Facebook page, for great ideas and inspiration.  Contact us with any questions or ideas, we are always happy to chat!

We also offer a free consultation, where we can discuss your wishes and needs for your celebration.  We look forward to meeting you soon, contact us today!

Phone:  (330) 313-6030

Email: Kimber0613@aol.com or lleweddings@aol.com

Website:  http://cl-kimber0613-ivil.tripod.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Laughter-Elegance-Wedding-Event-Planning/294354135708

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Hello everyone!  I am joining my friend and fellow wedding planner Karin tonight at 6:30pm on blogtalkradio.com for her weekly chat show.  We will talk about all things weddings.  Please feel free to call and join in the conversation, or just enjoy the broadcast!  All are welcome!

Here’s some promo from Facebook:

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    Sorry about the extra boxes and such!!  LOL  Enjoy the show!!
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    Monkeying Around Inspiration Board

    Ooo!! Ooo!!  Ahhhh!!  We’re monkeying around today!!  Seriously though, I love  the idea of a monkey-themed party!  This works well for a baby shower or a child’s birthday party.  So well, in fact, I found lots of great ideas online for party games, decorations, and food.  So I put a few of my favorites together in this inspiration board, to serve as a springboard for the baby shower I am planning for the end of this month.  Should be a fun affair!!  Details to follow soon.  Enjoy!!

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    Hello Everyone!

    We would like to offer a new service to you:

    When you book a party, we’ll include a free cake!  Think about this, and the possibilities are endless for baby and bridal showers, engagement parties, retirements, or any other special occasion!   It’s one less thing you’ll have to plan for. 

    Please feel free to contact us for more details!  Enjoy!

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    I found this little gem on Bridalwave this morning!  These would be a great addition to a summer garden party or wedding, or even as ambience in a darkened restaurant.  Enjoy!

    Miniature table-top wine glass lamps

    wineglass lamps.jpg

    Isn’t this just a wonderful idea? The tiny lampshades sit on your wine glasses, transforming them into nightlights to give a gentle and romantic glow. If you’re planning on a spring and summer wedding with an outdoor element, I can see these working particularly well – but they can be used indoors, too. Why not use them to create mood lighting during your ceremony, then remove the candles to return the glasses to their usual function once the celebrations begin?

    You can buy an assorted pack of three shades for €12 at Charles & Marie, but if you want a large number, making your own may be more cost-effective. There’s a pattern available here that shows you how.

    [Via Casa Sugar]

    Related: Light up your evening reception with Fairwind’s colourful tea lights

    Source:  (http://www.bridalwave.tv/2009/02/table-top_wine.html)

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    These great spring dishes are from an article I found on BizBash Florida:

    THE SCOUT   03.17.08 11:15 AM PRINT | SEND TO A FRIEND
    Afternoon Delights
    These lunchtime dishes celebrate the fresh flavors of spring.
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    Photo Gallery                           Pan-roasted Maine diver scallops with sautéed pea shoots and sunchokes  and a ramp-and-lemon vinaigrette from New York-based Williamson Calvert
                              Pan-roasted Maine diver scallops with sautéed pea shoots and sunchokes  and a ramp-and-lemon vinaigrette from New York-based Williamson Calvert                                                        Thai-inspired salad wraps with steamed lobster, green beans, mango,  avocado, and a chili-lime dipping sauce from DeLish in Toronto
                          Sweet corn, red pepper, and green pea soufflés served in mini terrines  from Design Cuisine in Washington                                                        Locally sourced porcini-crusted rack of lamb with spinach, oyster  mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and tomato concassé from Chicago's Greg Christian Catering
                              Black rice salad with seared tuna, salmon poke, and papaya, topped with  citrus vinaigrette and passion fruit from Los Angeles-based Food Perfected                             
    Locally sourced porcini-crusted rack of lamb with spinach, oyster mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and tomato concassé from Chicago’s Greg Christian Catering
    Photo: Kristina Carter Photography
       —Lisa Cericola

    Enjoy!!

    Photo and article credits: (http://www.bizbash.com/florida/content/editorial/e10161.php)

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    La Boda - The Wedding - An Inspiration Board

    My husband and I visited Mexico a few years back, before my daughter was born.  It is a gorgeous country!  We stayed in Puerto Vallarta, on the Banderas Bay.  The weather was hot, humid and sultry.  It was August, after all.  But the water was cool, the people warm and friendly, and the food excellent.  We enjoyed our stay very much, and look forward to returning some day.

    Hispanic culture is very much a part of everyday American life.  Spanish is unofficially our second language in the United States.  Many of the words have become interspersed with english words to form our everyday dialogue.  You will find Hispanic influences in many aspects of our lives, from fashion and food, to music and dance.  These influences also carry over into the bridal industry.  I have tried to capture the feel of a Hispanic celebration with this board.  Enjoy!

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    Did you think I was going to post about The Ohio State University?  No, not I!!  Today’s post is about the decadent candy called “Buckeyes”. The candy closely resembles the native fruit of the Buckeye tree, which is also Ohio’s State Tree.  The candy is mass produced and marketed by several companies in Ohio, but I enjoy the homemade ones the best.

    If you are looking for a unique treat to serve to your wedding guests, as a flavorful addition to your wedding cake, or as a special gift to take home at the end of the evening, Buckeyes are a great choice.

    I found some great recipes to share with you.  Enjoy!!

    From www.allrecipes.com:

    Buckeyes I

    SUBMITTED BY: Tammy Winters      PHOTO BY: LROSE55

    “This recipe is so good that I double it whenever I make it. Since it is peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate it is almost like candy. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees and are related to the horse chestnut.”

    PREP TIME  15 Min
    COOK TIME  5 Min
    READY IN  50 Min
    SERVINGS & SCALING
    Original recipe yield: 5 dozen
        

    About  scaling  and  conversions

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS

    1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
    2. Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
    3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
    4. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
    Buckeye Balls Buckeye Balls Description
    A recipe for Buckeye Balls

    Ingredients

    • 1-1/2 cups Smucker’s® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • Coating:
    • 1 pound chocolate flavor candy coating
    • 2 tablespoons Crisco® Shortening

    Preparation
    1. Combine Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, butter or margarine, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended. Add 2 cups sugar. Beat until blended.

    2. Continue adding 1/2 cup sugar at a time until mixture shaped into ball will hold onto toothpick. Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Place on tray. Chill.

    3. For coating, combine candy coating and Crisco Shortening in microwave-safe bowl.

    4. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Insert toothpick in candy ball. Dip three-fourths of ball into melted coating. Scrape off excess.

    5. Place on waxed paper lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes. Refrigerate until coating is firm; then remove from paper. Store at room temperature in covered container.

    Nutrition
    no information available

    Serves
    Makes 8 dozen

    Variations
    no information available

    Source Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter

    Buckeye Candy Buckeye Candy Description
    A recipe for Buckeye Candy

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
    • 3 3/4 cups (16-ounce box) powdered sugar
    • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

    Preparation
    LINE baking sheets with wax paper.

    BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze 1 hour.

    MELT morsels and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.

    DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using toothpick, leaving small portion of center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate sets. Store refrigerated in covered container.

    Nutrition
    Nutrition Information per Serving: 100 calories; 50 calories from fat; 6g total fat; 2g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 40mg sodium; 11g carbohydrate; <1g fiber; 9g sugars; 2g protein

    Serves
    Makes about 6 dozen candies

    Variations
    no information available

    Source Nestlé USA, Inc.

    From www.andreasrecipes.com:

    Buckeyes

    Buckeyes

    This is a Midwest Christmas tradition that both our families enjoy. Buckeye candy is designed to look like the seeds of the Ohio buckeye tree and is quite popular during the holidays or during the Ohio State University football season. I have made the traditional recipe for years, then this year I decided to darken things up a bit by adding some good bittersweet chocolate, and the new recipe was a hit.

    I usually make two batches of this, but I do the batches separately. I’ve had trouble fitting a double batch of the peanut butter mixture ingredients in my 4-1/2 quart mixer bowl without making a huge mess, but if you have a large mixer bowl it might not be a problem.

    [Recipe updated November 11, 2007]

    Equipment

    stand mixer with paddle attachment
    half cookie sheets line with wax paper
    toothpicks
    4-cup glass bowl
    tins or plastic containers, for storing

    Ingredients

    1-1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
    6 cups confectioners’ sugar
    2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    Preparation

    1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, butter, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Stir until blended, mixture will be slightly dry.

    2. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on prepared cookie sheets.

    3. Stick a toothpick in the top of each peanut butter ball. You’ll use this “handle” later for dipping. Freeze the balls for about 30 minutes, until hard.

    4. Pour semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips into glass bowl. Add the butter. Microwave 60 seconds at 70% then gently stir. Microwave for 30 seconds at 70% and stir, repeating until the chocolate is almost but not completely melted. Do not overheat. You don’t want the chocolate to be completely melted in the microwave. If you’ve done it right, the last few stirs will mix in the remaining firm chips.

    5. Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter showing on top. They should look like buckeyes (see photo below). Place the dipped balls back on the cookie sheets.

    6. Refrigerate finished buckeyes for at least 2 hours. Remove the toothpicks and store in tins between layers of wax paper.

    Aesculus glabra seeds (Ohio buckeye tree)

    References

    Wikipedia -Aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye tree)

    Wikimedia – Image: Aesculus glabra seeds

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