Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Comes Love, Then Comes Links: 1/13/11

Anna-Marie here, with your Thursday clicks, from leftover holiday candy to hours of inspiration board distraction.

33 Uses for Leftover Candy Canes

You’ve probably still got at least half a dozen of these languishing around your house. Don’t let them sit around through Valentine’s Day.


I know you know better than to throw that old computer battery in the kitchen trash. But if your earth-minded outlook has left you with a pile of obsolete electronic accessories, this website’s here to help.

Engagement Pictures in a Tent

I’m still on the fence about the concept of an engagement shoot (who needs an excuse to take pictures with the one you love?), but here’s a cute backyard idea, particularly if you’re camping fans. Or if you don’t feel like hauling a damask sofa and fifty pounds of antique milk glass into an open field.

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Couple Can Use

Losing the Auld Lang Syne glow? Some of the resolutions you’ve each made for yourself may be ones that can bring you closer together.

Candied Pecans

Salads tend to lose their allure in colder months, but try throwing a few of these on arugula or spinach while they’re still warm. This is the basic recipe, but I recommend playing around with spices. Cinnamon, cayenne, and black pepper are great for winter.


Inspiration board junkies can get there fix on this site, which lets you search for images by a color or combination of up to ten colors. Style Me Pretty has a similar feature and tons of gorgeous photos specifically of weddings.

Black, White, and Read All Over

And now for another kind of color: I'm half of an interracial marriage, and I rarely give it much thought. But with MLK, Jr. Day this Monday, love and color warrants some discussion in the wedding world. Here are a few articles from the past few years talking about a new generation's acceptance of interracial relationships, how they've changed in America since anti-miscegenation laws were struck down, and how the struggle for same-sex marriage may bear a resemblance.


When Anna isn’t searching the blogs, she’s writing romance stories, cooking for her wife, or freelancing as a cake decorator and floral designer.

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Gretchen said...

Thanks for the link about what to do with your leftover candy canes! I have a bunch of them sitting on my kitchen counter and they've been driving me nuts!

Anna said...

No problem! I've become a big fan of stirring them in hot cocoa.

angelasw said...

We didn't "need an excuse" to take pictures with the one we loved, but we did need an excuse to spend the money on a quality photographer to get the great pictures we wanted.

Okay, that came off way more defensive than I meant, but you get where I'm going?

Anna said...


Apologies if my post resulted in any hurt feelings. People who don't want to do engagement shoots shouldn't, people who do should enjoy it; couples who have the money for one should do it if they feel like it, but couples who don't shouldn't feel like they're missing part of the wedding picture.

If a (meant-to-be) upbeat comment came across as a judgment call, I'm truly sorry for that. I also included this link as part of a trend of varied engagement shoots; I loved that it included part of the couple's history together. I love wedding shoots with lots of flowers, but I also adored a recent shoot at a track for a couple who met on their high school team.

Hope that clears things up!


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