Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best Maid Blues

by Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mysteries (MURDER WITH GANACHE coming February 4)

I wish I could find the photo I took last week--it's of an old, rusty jalopy parked not far from the Cuban Coffee Queen in Key West. It obviously hasn't driven any where in a long, long time, but it's got a sign on the window that says: "Out of gas--back in twenty minutes."

LOL, I'm feeling a little that way lately, with Connie's wedding coming up soon and all--and I do mean all--my family coming to the island for the occasion. But who knew how nutty even sane girls could get about their weddings?

Connie can't decide...should she have a cake?

 

Or should she ask her best maid to bake 200 lime cupcakes?


 
And what about the flowers? (She says none needed. My mother says, what, bare tables??)

 

I know it's all going to work out and be great, and they'll have a great life together. But in the meanwhile, you know what will get me through?



That's right, Evinrude. (He looks a little freaked out too, doesn't he?)

And a little chocolate never hurt either:).

 

What was the hardest decision you made about your wedding? 

A copy of MURDER WITH GANACHE goes out to one of the commenters! I think I mentioned the book hits bookshelves on February 4. Boy will we celebrate that day! And don't forget, you can pre-order so it will arrive the day it's published...


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57 comments:

  1. It's taken me awhile but I finally read book 1 of the series and am looking forward to catching up.

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  2. The hardest decision of my wedding was the seating chart. And now...18 years later I still get frustrated thinking about it. After hours spent arranging and rearraning the design on paper, I learned that what looks nice on paper doesn't always look nice in real life. Looking back, I wish I had just reserved a table for the parents and let everyone else pick their own seat.
    Looking forward to Murder with Ganache!

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    1. Oh the seating chart--that's a killer:). but it doesn't always work well to let the guests duke it out...thanks for sharing!

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  3. Where to go on the honeymoon! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. The hardest decision for our wedding was the location. We had planned to go home to Texas for the wedding, but in the end we got married at the chapel on Ft. Bragg.

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  5. We got married 30 years ago in my parents back yard, I think the hardest thing about the whole affair, was convincing my mother I wanted my sisters in-laws to attend. We had a shouting match I told her I'd rather have them than some of her "friends" she HAD to invite.

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  6. I think the hardest decision was what kind of wedding to have. My parents wanted to have an immediate family wedding only and keep every thing simple, while his Dad (his Mother was deceased) wanted the church wedding with every one invited. Considering that his Dad didn't even have a rehearsal dinner and didn't pay a dime towards the wedding, he was rather gutsy to insist we have it his way.

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    1. Oh, weddings definitely do not always bring out the best in people!

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  7. The hardest thing was to decide to invite my step-mother when my mother refused to attend. My mom refused to even talk to my soon to be husband. We've been married 40 years now...smile.
    Congrats on your new book. Would love to read it.

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    1. Thanks Brenda, the stepfamily issues are always tricky:). Hayley has them too...

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  8. I've never been married and I've never been to a wedding, but I think the hardest choice would be theme.... so many awesome ideas.... I'd love to attend a dinosaur one! Or Doctor Who! Or an old South cotillion! Or a speakeasy of gangsters and molls! Most of all, I would love to go to a murder mystery wedding!

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    1. gg, you've got enough wild ideas to be a wedding planner! a murder mystery wedding, never even considered that one...

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    2. it's never crossed my mind but i'd def love to see one played out, kinda changes it to 'til death do us part-y'! you never know, hayley might decide to get married someday, nate's a detective.... of course, this would necessitate them having more than say one scene per book together.... ;-D

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  9. kim j
    the hardest (and dumbest) choice I made was allowing my Grandma to choose the band. We had a polka band, enough said
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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    1. Tee hee hee, I should have consulted with you guys before writing this book!

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  10. Our hardest choice was where to have the reception (what town). We ended up having two receptions to please all the parents. Here we are 36 years later; everything worked out!

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  11. The hardest decision was what to do about all the young children...my nieces and nephews would be there, of course, but what about all my cousins' children? There were so many! But my mom, bless her, said we should invite them all because children belong at weddings. She even arranged for the kitchen to serve the children kid-friendly hamburgers instead of the fancy adult meal the rest of us were having. This was in 1989 and I had never heard of a "kids menu" at a wedding before.. Even now, I love seeing the photos and videos of all these little kids dancing and having a great time. My mom was definitely right. We all had a wonderful time.

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  12. I'm not married so I haven't had to plan a wedding.

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  13. Since I've never been married and don't intend to get married I've never had to deal with wedding decisions. I've never even been a bridesmaid. Yea-no ugly dresses for me. I did do a reading at a friend's wedding-which was the closest I've gotten-the only decision I had to make was what to say!

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    1. Oh yes, the obligatory ugly dresses. I still have some in my closet, saving for the right opportunity and need for a costume LOL

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  14. The hardest decision was about whom to invite and leave out. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Always a challenge! and hindsight clarifies everything:)

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  15. Planning on when to marry since husband is a workaholic. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. To elope or not! We ended up with a small - 8 people - wedding at my parents home.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  17. my wedding was 46 1/2 yrs ago -- I can't remember what, if anything, was hard about it. It was the end of my junior year at college and we got married at the church I attended in the college town. I think my mother did most of the planning and executing (long-distance), tho I do remember talking to and arranging for the photographer. Then the day of the wedding, that photographer wasn't available after all so he sent a substitute! Wasn't happy about that at all because I'd picked the original on basis of HIS work and samples. But one picture the substitute took almost made up for the rest. 'Course that was the days of black & white -- looking at our wedding picture now, boy we were young!!

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    1. Congrats to you and your hub Donna! But i love black and white wedding photos...

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  18. Whether or not I should ask my husband-to-be to take off his sunglasses and if I should ask that the television be turned off. We were married in 1969 in Indiana in front of a Justice of the Peace. My nervous (very young) groom forgot to take his sunglasses off. Probably didn't really matter, since the JP had "Gunsmoke" playing on the TV behind us - and being very young myself I was too intimidated to speak up. It was a wedding we will never forget, though - and we are still married, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren & still counting!

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    1. Gunsmoke in the background--that's amazing and unforgettable:)

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  19. My wedding was so easy that I did it all including my dress and bridesmaid's dresses in one weekend. Maybe that's why the marriage didn't last. I wasn't picky enough about the wedding or the groom.

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    1. Oh Sue, sorry it didn't work out. My theory always was if the photos get lost or the photographer doesn't show (my first wedding LOL), the marriage is in trouble!

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  20. We just had us and two witnesses in the church. My mom threw a reception later. It was supposed to be a surprise. The hardest thing was finding a dress in a short time. The only white dresses I could find were nurses uniforms. Finally found a really pretty very mini dress. Good thing it was my super skinny days. ;)
    My daughter was her best friend's maid of honor and had a beautiful dress. The bride's mother was angry about it because the bride picked it to match my daughter's really deep blue blue eyes. She kept saying its YOUR wedding not B's. finally the bride, first time I ever heard her talk back to her mom, said, yes it's MY wedding not YOUR wedding. :)

    Pen M
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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    1. The white minidress sounds so much better than a nurse's uniform LOL. And wow, that's a fascinating story about your daughter's dress. Sometimes the family has a hard time letting go of their vision for their kids...

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  21. The guest list was my biggest problem, trying to keep it to a certain amount, I kept adding and subtracting people and felt horrible about it, but it all worked out in the end.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  22. The guest list is not easy--sometimes it comes down to the pocketbook, right? and making sure all sides of the family are represented

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  23. My parents said that they would give us $5,000 that we could either use toward a wedding or toward a downpayment on a house. After some agonizing, we chose the latter and were married by a justice of the peace at the county clerk recorder's office exactly 18 years ago today. I no longer have the husband nor the home (he took over it when we divorced). Now I'm a little depressed! Here's hoping I win the book and get cheered up a little bit. :-)

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    1. at least you didn't throw the big wedding Katherine! LOL

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    2. Yeah, what a waste that would have been!

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  24. Hardest choice was which champagne to serve. Hmm! Have to try them all again. I just can't make up my mind.

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  25. Who to invite on a limited budget. We didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. I absolutely love this series. Jersey girls rule! :-)

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  26. We were an "older" couple...31...been out and about on our own for years before we met..we did it our way..hardest part, was letting the moms know they did'nt need to offer any advice, and the dads did'nt need to pay for anything!! That was not a real high point with them,but,,,they still came and we still got married, and...so far so good..30 yrs down the road!

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    1. Good for you SueAnn, I imagine it was harder on the mothers than the fathers:)

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  27. We had our wedding in the middle of a snowstorm so our biggest problem was getting the witnesses home before the roads closed.
    I think the lime cupcakes would be wonderful. Pet Evinrude and eat some chocolate---that should solve all problems.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  28. Evinrude stepped on Pen M's name when they were all spread out on the floor, so she is the winner of MURDER WITH GANACHE. THANKS to every one of you for your comments--I loved hearing from you! xo Lucy

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  29. We had a small wedding . Just us and the minster.

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