November 1, 2009

DIY Oreo Truffles

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:39 am by Dory

Happy Day-After-Halloween! Today is the day that all that candy goes on sale, and those with children don’t see the light of day (on account of all the tummy-aches from too much candy the night before). Go and get the Oreos at a discount, and make this delicious treat!



1 package Oreos

14 oz. can of condensed milk

1 bag of candy melts for dipping (or chocolate chips)



1. Crush Oreos in a food processor or in a ziploc bag.

2. Mix crushed oreos in a bowl with condensed milk.

3. Form little balls with the mixture and place in freezer for 10 minutes.

4. Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments until melted. It won’t look like it’s all melted, but just mix it a little, and the rest will melt down. You do NOT want to overcook chocolate. Be careful to not get water in the bowl you melt the candy melts in.. it will mess up the chocolate!

5. Take balls out of freezer, dip in melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to allow to harden.


Enjoy your tasty treat! I think this is going to be my “cookie” for a co-worker’s cookie exchange.


October 20, 2009

DIY: Hot Cocoa Cone

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:25 pm by Dory

Mmmm. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. I had my first cup of cold-weather tea today, and it tasted oh-so-good!

When planning my early-April wedding, my husband and I were wondering what the weather would be like. In Virginia, you never know. One of our ideas for a gift for our guests was to do this cute, cheap idea: DIY Hot Cocoa Cones. They are absolutely adorable and so easy to make! Enjoy these quick directions and inspiration pictures!


12×6 cello cone bags (2 for each cone)

Clear hair elastics (the small size)

Twist ties or ribbon (depending on your desired finished look)

Sprinkles (3.2 ounces make 15 cones)

Hot cocoa mix (18.5 ounces make 15 cones)

Chocolate chips (3 bags make 30 cones)

Mini marshmallows (1 bag makes 30 cones)


  1. Using a funnel, pour 4 tablespoons of the cocoa mix into cone bag.
  2. Twist bag, cut off any extra, and tie shut with the clear elastic band.
  3. Put the cocoa bag into another cone bag. Be sure to line up the seams.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of sprinkles, then 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Top off with 1/2 cup off marshmallows.
  5. Twist shut and tie off with either twist tie or ribbon.
  6. Attach a label or tag (your preference).

August 8, 2009

Shower/Wedding Alphabet Details

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:06 pm by Dory

I am a teacher, and because of that, I love alphabet touches. My initials were always important to me (DMT), and I love my new ones (DTD). When I saw these featured on Martha Stewart, I knew I had to include them here. Maybe I’ll be able to use some of these in the future:


“Homespun white cupcakes are crowned with fondant hearts cut with a cookie cutter and imprinted with the bride and groom’s first initials using a new rubber stamp. Those bearing a B are paired with napkins marked with an H, and vice versa.”



“Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes. If you find a monogram you’d like to use as a cake decoration, you can transfer the design from paper to a rolled fondant-covered tier.”



“To create these special cookies, monograms can be made by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial could also be crafted in contrasting dough, or piped onto still-wet icing.”



Prior to arriving, the guests at this shower came up with words to describe the bride. They were used to decorate these cookies.



Mmmmmm… truffles!



I love how the little candies are shown off in coffee cups. Also, notice that the little jelly candies have pictures sticking out of each of them. The “R” cookies are adorable!



“Make an impression on guests by adding eye-catching detail to basic cookies with ordinary rubber stamps, which come in a wide range of designs, or ceramic cookie stamps. Since rubber stamps can be custom ordered, create your own, like our monogram. To yield the best results, use the stamps on cookie dough containing no leaveners, such as shortbread.

Tools for the Task: Rubber and Ceramic Stamps
Use inexpensive ready-made rubber stamps with graphic patterns (polka-dot stamp by Outline, stripe stamp by Hero Arts). Or order a custom rubber stamp; ours from Wax-Works has the monogram recessed, so the letters will be raised on the cookie. Ceramic cookie stamps, such as the bird cookie stamp by Rycraft, come in many pretty motifs.”



“Powdered cocoa forms a monogram on these stenciled chocolate cakes.”



“The monograms on these French patisserie-style charlottes, or molded sponge cakes, consist of piped chocolate batter baked into almond-flavored cake.”



“Silk flowers spell out a couple’s initials on a silk faille banner. Start with a 30-by-40-inch piece of fabric. Hem sides; sew 1-inch casing at top and bottom; insert 1/2-inch dowels. Hot-glue silk blossom to banner; hang with ribbon.”



“A chic pearl monogram tied with a satin bow hangs from a sconce. To make, string pearl beads onto 16-gauge wire; make loops at ends and shape into a letter 20 inches tall. Secure junctions with finer wire.”



“Personalize the entrance to the shower in an instant with store-bought wooden initials.”



One of my favorite gifts (which we didn’t register for) was a monogrammed kitchen towel.



The typical shower ribbon bouquet has an added touch with hanging letters.



“As everyone arrived at the party, they stacked their gifts marked with their assigned letter. As it grows, the present pile spells out the guest of honor’s name. “



“Cards written by guests are bound into an accordion-fold book.”



“The bride stands with a banner made of rosemary, which stands for remembrance.”



“Name tags for the favors — ranunculuses in espresso cups — are tied to Italian nougats, which are traditional wedding candies.”



“A clip-art letter can be scanned into your computer, or you can use a letter from its word-processing program. Make the letter or name a detail in the envelope of your shower invitation. A single repeated letter or the bride-to-be’s name is a treat for the invitees when they open the envelope.”



“To fashion these monogrammed labels, print on adhesive or regular paper and cut out with a 3-inch circle punch.”



“Give a glimpse of the favors inside with monogram-punched boxes. They make an impression and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Boxes, B.T. Eelements. Alphabet punch set, Quilling Superstore. Cellophane bags, U.S. Box. Jelly beans, Jelly Belly. Ribbon, Tinsel Trading Company, 212-730-1030.”



I think the most thoughtful gift I got from one of my students after my wedding was a set of notecards with my new last name. How wonderful would it be to give this to a bride at her shower?

Thanks, Martha, for your amazing ideas!

August 7, 2009

A DIY Teacher Gift

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:50 am by Dory

I got my master’s degree in Elementary Education last December (2008). I had the opportunity to work in my dream school (which was the same school I did my student teaching in) as a long-term substitute for a woman who had just had a baby. I was there from the beginning of March until the end of the school year (June). It was a 2nd  grade classroom, which was a completely different (and wonderful!!!) situation, and I became wonderful friends with the 2nd grade teacher next door.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers get wonderful gifts from their students: gift certificates, flowers, yummy treats, etc. I wanted to do something for Amy because she was not only a great friend to me, but she acted as my mentor, helping me through the adjustment to 2nd grade and really taking me under her wing. I didn’t want to do the typical gifts, and I remembered she had mentioned that she didn’t have any white out pens (but she loved mine). Somehow, I thought of this idea, and I loved the result:


All you need is:

  • a flower pot (or some type of holder)
  • a round piece of styrofoam that fits securely into the flower pot
  • assorted pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc.

Once you have placed the styrofoam in the flower pot, just start placing the goodies all around. Some may fall out if you move it, so you might want to stick the goodies down deep into the styrofoam and not very close to each other.

Doesn’t it look so neat?

August 2, 2009

Me- a Wedding Coordinator!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 9:45 pm by Dory

I am so excited to announce that I have been asked by a wonderful friend (Christy) if I would be her coordinator for her April 2010 wedding! I am thrilled!!! So expect to have lots of new and different ideas posted here as I change from being a Bride/Planner to a Friend/Coordinator. I already have a Travis and Christy wedding notebook so I can be just as organized as can be.

My husband (I still love calling him that) and I have known Travis and Christy for a few years now. They were both members of our co-ed service fraternity, and we became great friends through our love of community service and Virginia Tech football. We were convinced that Travis was once the actual Hokie Bird, but he has constantly denied it… I’m still not completely convinced.
When they moved to our area, we were thrilled that now we had a couple to do dinners and activities with. When Travis was thinking of proposing, I got to hear (and approve) how he was going to do it beforehand. I drove him to the airport (and I got to see the ring) right before he proposed, and I was able to hang a “Congrats” sign in their house for when they got back (I was taking care of their cat). I adore both of them, and I can’t imagine a couple more perfect and suited for each other.


(To make a banner in this style, you can go to Martha Stewart’s wedding website.)


Congrats, Travis and Christy! You are an amazing couple!

July 9, 2009

Enchanted Bride Blog and Sparklers

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:06 pm by Dory

After looking to see where most people were finding this blog, I found this wonderful blog from Huntsville, Alabama-based consultant/planner Amanda Hughes of Enchanted Brides. In one of her posts, she talked about my sparkler post. I love seeing who is referring me, so if you want to steer me in the right direction, I’d love it. Thanks to everyone who’s talking about BrideSaver! I love to hear from you all!

And since I never posted a sparkler picture of my one, here you are:



June 17, 2009

My Timeline

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:04 pm by Dory

I absolutely live on lists (as if you can’t tell from some of my earlier posts). Because of this, I had to have not only about 20 lists for the Big Day, but I had to have a timeline. Some brides make these cutsie and colorful like this one:

Cute, right? By the time we got around to our timeline, I was so exhausted with all the projects, I just had to come up with an actual timeline. Here is how ours was:

Tucker-Doyle Timeline

Friday 10 AM

Farmington Walkthrough:

Tim and Dory and all the stuff

4:45 PM

Tim, Dory, JoP, Photographer arrive

5:00 PM

Rehearsal at Farmington

6:30 PM

Rehearsal Dinner at Wild Greens

Saturday 1 PM

Bride and Bridesmaids get ready in Room 301:

Dory, Kathleen, Ashley T., Ashley M.

2:00 PM

Photographer arrives

Dory puts dress on:

Need Elly and Pat

2:30 PM

Group pictures:

Tim, Dory, Kathleen, Ashley T, Ashley M, Kevin, Drew, Nick, Elly, Bill, Pat, Tom, Josh, Tee, UD, Alan, Tony

3:00-4:00 PM

Individual pictures:

Tim and Dory

4:30 PM

Ketubah ceremony (Jefferson Room)

Tim, Dory, Kathleen, Ashley T, Ashley M, Kevin, Drew, Nick, Elly, Bill, Pat, Tom, Josh, Tee, UD, Alan, Tony

5:00 PM


5:20-6:00 PM

Cocktails in Ballroom

Bridal party and family to Jefferson Room to relax and eat (small bar in Jefferson Room)

6:00 PM

Ask guests to be seated

6:05 PM

Bridal party enters to “Enter Sandman”

6:07 PM

First Dance to Israel Kamakawiwo Ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

6:12 PM

Welcome by Tucker

6:15 PM

Stations open for dinner

7:15 PM

Toast by Kevin (Best Man)

7:20 PM

Cake cutting (saving top layer)

7:23 PM

Father/Daughter dance to “What a Wonderful World”

Mother/Son dance to “Wonderful Tonight”

10:30 PM

Garter toss in Ballroom

Bars close

10:35 PM

Bouquet toss in Jefferson Room

Exit with sparklers and golf cart

May 31, 2009

Must Take Wedding Pictures: Details, Fun Shots and Reception

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:55 pm by Dory


  • Exterior of Farmingtontimanddorywedding-0002timanddorywedding-0003
  • Interior of ceremony and reception site before guests arrive
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  • Still shots of:
    • Save the Dates
    • Invitations
    • Ceremony Programtimanddorywedding-0609
    • Signed Ketubahtimanddorywedding-0691
    • Seating Chart
    • Candy Buffettimanddorywedding-0636timanddorywedding-0637timanddorywedding-0888timanddorywedding-0890
    • Cakes (bride’s and groom’s)timanddorywedding-0869timanddorywedding-1083timanddorywedding-1084timanddorywedding-0952timanddorywedding-0949
    • Kid’s crayons and coloring bookstimanddorywedding-0852timanddorywedding-0855
  • Tables with table number and message marbles
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    • Gift tabletimanddorywedding-0891
    • Ring bowl with rings in themtimanddoryweddingkyle-0043
  • Ring detailstimanddorywedding-0588timanddorywedding-0589timanddorywedding-1072timanddorywedding-1074timanddorywedding-1076timanddorywedding-1077


  • Wedding party in a circletimanddorywedding-0452timanddorywedding-0719
  • Rings on the day’s newspapertimanddoryweddingkyle-0040
  • Bride framed by the windowtimanddorywedding-0158timanddoryweddingkyle-0050
  • Groomsmen relaxingtimanddoryweddingkyle-0016
  • Bride and groom on stepstimanddorywedding-0902
  • Whole group shottimanddorywedding-1389
  • Dipping the bridetimanddorywedding-0585
  • Kissing under the parasoltimanddorywedding-0490
  • Playing footballtimanddorywedding-0292timanddorywedding-0297
  • Playing golftimanddorywedding-0574timanddorywedding-0569
  • Under the veiltimanddorywedding-0908


  • Musicians
  • Dances
  • Food stations
  • Bouquet/garter tosses
  • Bride and groom’s perspective looking down at guests
  • Sparkler send-off
  • Exit on golf cart

Must Take Wedding Pictures: Ceremony and Group Shots

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:07 pm by Dory


  • Signing of the Ketubah pre-ceremonytimanddoryweddingkyle-0045timanddorywedding-0669timanddorywedding-0671
  • Typical picturestimanddorywedding-0692timanddorywedding-0724timanddorywedding-0726timanddorywedding-0759timanddorywedding-0773timanddorywedding-0792timanddorywedding-0811


  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride with bridesmaids (group and individual)
  • Bride with father
  • Bride with mother
  • Bride with both brothers
  • Bride and little brother competing heights
  • Bride with both parents
  • Bride with grandfather
  • Bride with immediate family
  • Groom with groomsmen
  • Groom with father
  • Groom with mother
  • Groom with brother and sister
  • Groom with grandfather
  • Groom with both parents
  • Groom with immediate family
  • Bride and groom with both sets of parents
  • Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides
  • Bride and groom with entire wedding party

May 29, 2009

Must Take Wedding Pictures: Getting Ready / Things I Love: Cramer Photography)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:39 am by Dory

We hired an amazing photographer for our wedding, and I have never regretted it a day. She was well worth the money we spent, even after we received only the first 2 pictures. Her name is Sarah Cramer Shields (she got married 2 weeks after our wedding) of Cramer Photography. Not only was she our photographer, but she was our day-of guide for all things wedding. Throughout the day, she would grab either my husband or I and tell us little tricks or hints, like “Take down your bra straps so you don’t get red lines in the pictures.” Or “Eat something!” And she would make me eat. Not even my mom could do that.

Now, I knew how amazing she was, and I knew I didn’t need to worry a bit about our photography. That being said, I still had a few set pictures I wanted to take. After all, you don’t get hooked to The Knot message boards for almost a year and  a half and NOT have a list of Must Take Pictures.

Sarah was great. She memorized this list, knew when and where to take the pictures, got them done, and then took amazing other ones! This past weekend at the beach, we saw a bridal party take wedding pictures for almost 2 hours. And they were just the formal pictures. Our formals took all of 10 minutes, and we got them all! This is the mark of a true professional.

So here is my list of Must Take Pictures, along with the pictures Sarah took:


  • Bride doing makeup/fixing hair in mirrortimanddorywedding-0067
  • Bride’s gown hanging in windowtimanddorywedding-0058
  • Something old, new, borrowed, bluetimanddorywedding-0026timanddorywedding-0025
  • Detailed shots of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquetstimanddorywedding-0598timanddoryweddingkyle-0039
  • Candid shots of the girls getting dressedtimanddorywedding-0096timanddoryweddingkyle-0048
  • Mother helping the bride with one last detail, such as the veiltimanddorywedding-0049
  • Father seeing bride in gowntimanddorywedding-0164
  • Bride with parents, siblings, grandfathertimanddorywedding-0126timanddoryweddingkyle-0027


  • Groom and groomsmen putting on boutonnierestimanddoryweddingkyle-0026
  • Groom and groomsmen clinking beers/drinkstimanddoryweddingkyle-0016

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