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June 24, 2013

Family weddings, banana bread and birthday fun

Yesterday was the wedding of nephew Noah and Ruby in northern Indiana.

They had a big wedding with lots of friends and family attending from various communities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and possibly more states.

I went to help prepare for the wedding on Saturday. We cut up and cleaned 400 pounds of chicken and baked pecan pies. The rhubarb and blueberry pies were baked on Monday. More than 90 pies were baked for the wedding.

On Monday, daughter Elizabeth and I finished sewing our wedding dresses for the wedding. It sure was a relief to get those done.

Their menu for the wedding noon meal was barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, dressing, mixed vegetables, lettuce, salad, cottage cheese salad, sliced cheese, homemade bread, butter and strawberry jam, date pudding, mixed fruit, white angel food cake, with strawberry topping, rhubarb, pecan, and blueberry pies.

For the evening meal they added ham, strawberries, and ice cream to the menu. They had 16 couples of a boy and girl paired to serve as table-waiters. Three couples were coffee servers. Daughter Elizabeth and Timothy were table-waiters.

Each of us cooks were assigned to different jobs. I had to help slice the loaves of bread and cut the cakes. When our job was finished there were always plenty of dishes to wash. We all had a turn to help serve at one of the meals which was filling all the bowls for the table-waiters to pass out. I had to serve potatoes for supper. It was nice to see and visit with a lot of our aunts, uncles, and cousins we don’t often see.

The remaining part of the week will be spent cleaning everything for church services here again on Sunday. Our house was all cleaned very well before the first services so we will just have to re-clean where needed.

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