Archive for September, 2012

September 18, 2012

Wedding: Reception Magic

Over the last year, I have been able to pull together a small selection of photos that captured our wedding. Ending with the reception, this will be the last post of the Schleder wedding….for now that is! The mustard yellow table numbers, the glitter ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ signs, to the bittersweet in the vases and everything in between was well thought out and executed perfectly by our vendors who have now become friends.

Seeing the emotion and happiness in the photos will always bring me back to that magical day. I love seeing my parents and how happy they are especially my proud dad during his speech! He gave me the greatest gift any girl could have asked for, after decades of smoking he made a promise to stop by the wedding and did an amazing job and it shows in the photos below. I only hope it will continue!

The reception like all other weddings was the ‘life’ of the wedding. Saying the celebration was a dance party would be an understatement. From my little 3-year-old nephew who threw down moves he most likely learned from his daddy to the dance off’s and groom’s sweat dripping off his shirt after I rung it out the next day! We even had friends and family tell us later they were sore from dancing all night!

If I could pick one special moment from the reception, I would choose the very last song. Our DJ, who was amazing btw thanks to the groom’s meticulous guidance and playlists  played ‘Piano Man’ by Billy Joel. The remaining crew that was still at the wedding gathered around us in a large circle while my handsome husband spun me around the dance floor. Seeing all of our amazing friends and family swaying from side to side around us made me burst with happiness and love. I feel truly grateful and blessed to have been able to celebrate our marriage exactly how I always dreamed it would be.


Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

September 8, 2012

Lactation Cookies

I am beyond excited to have not one, but TWO new little babies join our family. My sister, bother in-law, and nephew welcomed two beautiful twin babies to our world last weekend, Harper Grace and Samuel Philip. By keeping the genders a surprise until they were born, the little babies wanted to be set apart even further by having different birth days and even months! Harper was born on August 31st in the late evening and Sam September 1st in the early hours of the morning. As they arrived early, Sam and Harper are both in the special care nursery at the hospital to get extra strong before they come home.  I will share photos and more of the ‘fresh humans’ as Nick likes to call them soon, once the family is all settled in.

My sister, being an amazingly strong women by bringing these guys into the world and a nurse herself asked if I could  bake up some ‘Lactation Cookies.’ I had no idea what these ‘cookies’ were all about. She said that as the babies arrived earlier than expected, mama’s milk was not quite ready for them. These cookies are made with special ingredients to help increase the supply. As my family knows I LOVE to bake, I jumped to  try a new recipe. I have lots to share over the next month as it is harvest time here in MN. If I could put a ‘smell button’ on this website I would. Currently my kitchen smells of: Heirloom Brandywine Tomato Sauce on the stove top, Homemade Applesauce in the crock-pot, and these Lacation Cookies!

For all the mama’s out there that may need a little extra help with milk, and just a nice tasty cookie; these are the ticket. Enjoy! I followed the recipe from Epicurious  without modifications.



  • 1 Cup Butter (Organic)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 TBS Water
  • 2 TBS Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TBS Brewers Yeast (SECRET INGREDIENT!)
  • 3 Cups Old Fashion Oats
  • 1 Bag Chocolate Chips

1. Mix Flaxseed Meal with Water, Set aside 3-5 minutes

2. Cream Butter and Sugar

3. Add Eggs

4. Add Flaxseed Meal mixture and Vanilla

5. Sift Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Brewers Yeast in small bowl

6. Add sifted ingredients to main mixture

7. Mix in Oats by hand

8. Mix in Chocolate chips by hand

OVEN: 350 degrees

YIELD: I made 36 cookies and 22 cookie balls for the freezer.

COOK’S TIP: Store cookies in air tight container with piece of bread for freshness.

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