Writing wedding vows for the slightly offbeat couple

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This last week I’ve been scouring the internet reading everything and anything to do with writing vows, and I have to say, it was just not for me.  Don’t get me wrong these were perfectly great explanation, but as I read real life vows, I was just not vowed! (see what I did there). Looking at a bunch of photos of us was great and all, but they just made me giggle and think “damn, I love you.”.  This is the man I love, but as I sat there, staring at a piece of paper, my brain being really silent and dead, as I had the biggest zone out of my life.  I decided this is just not for me, and I started doing the best research anyone can do…… Series couples and their vows.  Sometimes all you need is an actual sitcom writers beautiful wedding vows to inspire you and boy did things just get flowing for me.

You have to set a couple of ground rules with your future husband.  We have a tendency to write essays, with fact points and a numbering system (Yes, we are perfect for each other). Right from the start we said no longer than an a5 piece of paper, its should be something special, and not something that feels like its not us and we just got a draft from the internet.  After we set the ground rules, it turned into a competition who will write the better vows, we will see tomorrow who cries first!

Write something about the past about how you met, keep it short and if its not for family and friends ears, keep it vague, it will be your little thing. write about now and the promises you want to keep for your future, but mostly believe in your vows, and every year renew your vows to each other in private, because you will both change and grow together, always falling in love and saying the things you love to your partner is a great reminder of your love.

Here is some of the inspirational vows I found, that send me into a writing frenzy.

 

Carla and Turk (Scrubs)

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Carla

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but you’ve managed to erase them all, because each and every one of them has led me to you.

Turk

When I look into your eyes, I see the future.  I see kids, I see minivans..you name it I see it.  The weird thing is, though, as long as I see your smile, non of that stuff scares me.

Jim and Pam (the office)

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Pam

When I look back at everything that we have been through together, it seemed like the gods had to be smiling at us. I think about how lucky I was to take the receptionist position.  I wonder what life would have been like if you had never come to Dunder Mifflin.  I guess you could say that the office ties us together.  Jim, from the very second I met you, I thought you might be something special, and when you smiled at me, I knew that I was right.  I love you more than anything in the world, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the rest of my life than with you.  You mean everything to me.  Thank you for being there during the good times and the bad.  Thank you for showing me so many new ways to live.  Thank you for giving me all that you have given me.  I love you.

Jim

There was never any doubt in my mind about what I wanted to be.  I wanted to be with you.  I was never unsure about who I wanted to spend my life with.  It was you.  Not for a second was I hesitant in thinking about what I wanted to do with our relationship.  It was to marry you. The good and the bad, I’ll take it all just to stand by you everyday and love you, and hope that you love me just as much.  That’s all that’s important.  That’s all I’ll ever need.

Chandler and Monica (friends)

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Monica

Chandler,  for so long I wondered if I would find my prince, my soul mate.  Then three years ago, at another wedding I turned to a friend for comfort.  And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life.  And now, here we are, with our future before us and I just want to spend it with you.  My prince, my soul mate, my friend.  Unless you don’t want to!

Chandler

Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do.  But when I saw you walking down the aisle, I realized how simple it was.  I love you.  Any surprises that come our way, its okay, because I will always love you.  You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.

Lilly and Marshall ( how I met your mother)

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Lilly

Marshall, I love you, because you’re funny and you make me feel loved and you make me feel safe. and for our anniversary you gave me a sweatshirt that says : “lilly and Marshall, rocking it since 96.”  Kind of wish I was wearing it right now, cause it smells like you.  But the main reason I love you, Marshall Eriksen, is you make me happy.  You make me happy all the time.

Marshall

Lilly, there are a million reasons why I love you.  You make me laugh, and you take care of me when I’m sick.  You’re sweet and caring, and you even created an egg dish and named it after me.  She puts a little Italian dressing on scrambled eggs, before she cooks them. Its called eggs Marshall and its awesome. But the main reason I love you is that you’re my best friend, Lilly. You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.

I hope you feel inspired to go write some vows now, oh and one of my favourites that I couldn’t find the vows for, has to Ben and Leslie from Parks and recreation!

PARKS AND RECREATION -- "Leslie & Ben" Episode 513 -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

I will be away from the blog until Monday, as I get married to my best friend/ soulbro and go on our little honeymoon in the mountains.  If you would like to see what we get up to, follow me on instagram! See you later folks!

 

Peppadew Butternut Salad

I’m in a deep love affair with peppadew. On a sandwich, salad or just eaten out of the jar, I just love the amazing taste explosion, that gives me instant heart eyes.  In an attempt to eat peppadew with everything, I had to make this deliciously refreshing, satisfying, oh, so yummy salad.

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This butternut salad, is a take on traditional potato salad, but with non of the tradition.  We bought a whole lot of butternut and they’ve just been sitting around waiting to be made into wonderful things, and with Carl’s potato allergy, they were just destined to become a potato substitute.

This is a great recipe for a picnic or a barbecue.

PEPPADEW BUTTERNUT SALADserves 4 – 6 

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Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into bite size chunks.
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 peppadews, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika – optional
  • 1 tbsp peppadew brine
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Place the butternut squash in a medium/large pot, pour water in the pot, to just cover the squash.  Bring to boil.  Boil until tender 5 – 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, peppadews, paprika, brine and salt and pepper.

Place the butternut into a bowl, add onions, and parsley.

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Pour over the mayonnaise and fold in. Refrigerate until cold.

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Butternut Biscuits

Yes, a biscuits recipe and its not even anywhere close to thanksgiving or Christmas! Well if you do that whole Christmas in July celebration than this is the recipe for you! or you know what? Just enjoy it now, its so good and goes perfectly with a gravy, and lentil meatloaf. We started eating it as is, without anything on it and its was darn good!

Feel free to add things like sage, or rosemary to this, I didn’t add any of those things, because I wanted a simpler, lighter biscuit, without an explosion of taste in my mouth.

BUTTERNUT BISCUITS 8 biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut, cut in half and roasted until soft. Flesh scooped out and purreed. 1 cup of purree
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 356 degrees F/ 180C.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl add all the ingredients incorporating until you have a thick dough, its should be slightly sticky.

Drop large spoonfuls onto the baking sheet, until you have used all your dough.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with a Ginger dressing

A love a good salad bowl, this one sure is filling and bursting with flavour.  Its also a snap to put together, and its a great way of getting rid of leftover rice.

Now I’m not a big fan of leftovers or rice, I actually might have a phobia towards rice, thanks to my Aunt, that always told me if I ate rice I would get big boobs.  For some reason this traumatized me for years.  Apparently not eating rice works too.  The leftovers thing, well I just don’t like having a lot of food clutter in my house, by food clutter, I mean ways of getting me to over eat and regret it, so I like to make perfect amounts of food, so I don’t pig out in a day.  So obviously rice is the one thing, that can clutter up my house and I won’t eat it, unless its jazzed up to be a delicious and easy sushi bowl.

This is a versatile recipe, that can be made to your taste.  I added avocado to my bowl, after I took a photo, and it made a delicious sushi buddy.

DECONSTRUCTED SUSHI BOWLserves 1 or how ever many you want to make.

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Ingredients

  • leftover brown rice
  • grated carrot
  • chopped cabbage
  • chopped cucumber
  • red pepper sliced
  • green pepper sliced
  • fried tofu
  • 1 nori sheet, chopped
  • fresh coriander, chopped
  • flax seeds or sesame seeds – optional

Ginger dressing

ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (maple)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

Place everything in a jar and shake until combined.

In a bowl add rice and arrange the vegetables on the top.  Sprinkle with sesame or flax seeds.  Pour over desired amount of dressing.  Serve Immediately.

Pancakes Filled with Creamed Spinach, Tomatoes and a Balsamic Reduction

I’m a big fan of savoury pancakes and the South African Dutch pancake makes a perfect stuffing pancake.  Similar to a crepe, but with a thicker and fluffier, consistency, its holds the creamy creamed spinach perfectly.  You can also overstuff this bad boy without any problem!

Just like the name of this recipe, this meal is a mouthful, and will keep you satisfied and full.  Its a perfect any time meal, that will impress your friends.  The cherry tomatoes adds a little freshness to the pancake and pairs wonderfully with the creamed spinach.  Drizzle with a little bit of balsamic reduction for a little bit of pizazz!

PANCAKES FILLED WITH CREAMED SPINACH, TOMATOES AND BALSAMIC REDUCTION –  serves 2

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Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  •  2 tbsp oil
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup non dairy milk

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, until you have a lump free batter.

Heat a large non stick pan, over medium to high heat.

Slightly grease the pan.

Spoon a ladle full of batter into your pan, swirl it around until you have a rather thin large disk.  When the pancakes start to show little holes all over flip and cook on the other side. Continue with rest of the batter.  Set aside.

Creamed spinach

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Ingredients

  • 2x 200g bags of spinach, steamed, cooled, drained and chopped
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp margarine or coconut oil
  • 2 cups non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast ( optional)

Directions

Melt the margarine in a medium sized pot over low to medium heat.

Add the flour and make a paste.

Slowly add the non dairy milk, whilst stirring the whole time, until you have incorporated all the milk.  Keep stirring, until you have a lump free sauce, add the spinach, onion, garlic and nutmeg. Cook for 2 more minutes, while stirring.

Remove from heat and season.

Balsamic Reduction

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

In a small  saucepan bring balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to a boil.  Reduce heat and let it reduce to 1/3 cup about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Assembly

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  • Pancakes
  • Creamed spinach
  • Cherry tomatoes halved
  • torn basil leaves
  • Balsamic reduction

Directions

Fill your pancakes with creamed spinach. Fold arrange tomatoes around the pancakes and garnish with basil.  Drizzle balsamic reduction.  Sit back and admire your beautiful creations.  Now.  Stuff your face.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean couscous salad that I threw together over the weekend is really something special.  Filled with crunchy vegetables and a lemon this is a perfect recipe for a hot Summers day.

This is a great side dish for picnics or grilling days, it keeps well in the fridge and makes a refreshing lunch.

I served this with grilled mushrooms and kale slaw.  Yes, I think I might be in love with kale slaw, but as much as I love kale slaw, I love this recipe just as much.  Now that’s love.

MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALADserves 6

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry couscous
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 small yellow pepper, chopped
  • 6 radishes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • lemon zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl add the couscous and boiling water, cover with  dishcloth making sure non of the steam escapes.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Remove cloth, and fluff up with fork.  Let cool.

Add in all the ingredients, taste and adjust salt and pepper according to taste.