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Brandi's Bridal Shower

My oldest friend is getting married in less than two weeks. About a month ago her Mom hosted her bridal shower with the help of the bridesmaids, myself included. It just happened that it was the same day as the Ironman and located in Oldham County on part of their bike path. Lucky for us, the traffic wasn't too awfully bad and the weather was perfect. I was put in charge of the food and many people have asked for the recipes so I thought I would share them. Here are a few pictures from the day...

Brandi's Mom made a poster with some pictures of her and her fiance over the years.

  One of my favorite things for a bridal shower is to ask attendants to bring a favorite recipe, or two, to share with the bride. My maid of honor did this at my shower and I still use it all the time. Brandi got a number of amazing recipes and her Mom made the box for them to go in.

The bride enjoying a mimosa.

 Brandi opening gifts. She got this awesome chips and salsa bowl.

  Brandi with her future sister and mother-in-law

 Brandi and her parents

The bridesmaid with the bride. 

The food

Brandi is a pescetarian (vegetarian who eats fish) so I focused mainly on meatless dishes. I made chicken and tuna salad sandwiches, spinach/artichoke dip, pasta salad and cucumber canapes. I wish I could say the recipes were all original, but I'm no chef. These are just some yummy dishes I've had over the years from other people and gotten the recipes. All three are amazing and are always big hits at any gathering.

Cucumber Canapes...
1 pkg of good seasonings Italian dressing
3/4 cup of mayo
1 pkg cream cheese
french bread
2 cucumbers

You can't tell from the picture, but when I make these I use pillsbury french loaf dough and bake the bread in pampered chef bread tubes. This bakes the bread into shapes, but unfortunately these bread tubes have long been retired by pampered chef and the only way to find them is used online. Bread tubes are not necessary and any type of bread/baguettes can be used. I prefer french bread. Just mix the dressing, mayo, and cream cheese together. Spread it over the sliced bread and top with a slice of cucumber.

Spinach Artichoke Dip
1 cup mayo
1 can artichoke hearts-diced
1 pkg frozen cream of spinach-thawed
3 cups parmesan cheese

Warm up cream of spinach in microwave, mix together remaining ingredients. Spread into baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Yes, it's that easy and most importantly it's delicious!

Pasta Salad
1 lb angel hair pasta
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. lowry's seasoning salt
1 1/2 tbsp. accent
1 green bell pepper-finely chopped
1 small can black olives
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup mayo

Cook pasta as directed and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl add olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning salt, and accent. Mix with pasta by using a fork to pull it through. Let chill for 24 hours. Afterwards, add mayo, olives, onion, pepper and mix again.

As wonderful as the food was, it was even better just to see Brandi surrounded by family and friends. She is definitely someone I know I will be in contact with throughout life regardless of where life takes us. We've had a lot of great times over the last twenty or so years and I'm super excited to help her celebrate this weekend with her bachelorette party and be a part of her wedding next weekend. Let the wedding celebrations begin!

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