2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 1/2 cups Crisco shortening
Cream sugar with milk and extracts. Mix in Crisco and beat using a mixer for 15 minutes. This frosting will ice one layer cake.
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Thanksgiving was lots of fun. We had a house full of hungry folks who happily ate to their hearts' content. Our three granddaughters, 1 month old, 10 months old and a big 2 year old, slept and played together too.
Now it is time to decorate for Christmas because time will fly by in the wink of an eye.
Actually the wedding was in a garden at a really neat venue in downtown Columbia. Our own Rhonda Fantozzi made a beautiful iron chandelier to hang above the makeshift altar. Rhonda fashioned it so it could hold votive candles in glass vessels. The guests sat in a semicircle so we could all see the ceremony with no trouble. The weather was very chilly, but it could not dampen anyone's spirits. Kim's brother, Ben Murray, was the officiant, and he did a wonderful job.
After vows were exchanged, we all went inside the restored brick building for a delicious feast. The band played all kinds of music and soon the joint was jumping. Kim's mother and father, Doug and Pam, really know how to cut a rug. In fact, the whole family danced every dance and were having the time of their lives. Blufftonians Rita and Jim Szarka danced, as did we, until the bus driver announced all aboard for the trip back to the hotel. Josh and Kim are setting up house in Washington, D.C., and we wish them much happiness. Josh and Kim each have a really fun set of in-laws. Who could ask for anything more?
We had to leave Columbia early Sunday morning because I had to be in Jacksonville by 3 that afternoon. Tat and I were to meet my brother, Trevor, and have a quick look at a house he has an option on. We were asked to help with decorating. It is a big house with 14-foot ceilings and a pool. Monday we went to lots of shops looking at furniture and fabrics. Jacksonville has so many great places to shop. There are lots of consignment stores and thrift shops too.
My brother knows every great place in the area to eat so we had fun at every turn. He should write a travel guide.
We got home at 8 p.m. Monday night and discovered we had driven more than 800 miles in just a few days. The car we were riding in was a Ford Fusion. I could not believe how comfortable it was and how great the gas mileage is. If you are thinking of getting a new car and want a small one, I urge you to test drive a Ford Fusion. You'll see what I mean.
* Do you need a present for that hard-to-shop-for person? I suggest you commission Pierce Giltner of Gallery Without Walls next to my store. He and his wife, Pressly, can whip up a one-of-a-kind sign or painting just for you. If plants are on your list, try The Garden Gate for a beautiful plant or, if you like orchids, Madeline Nelson of Bluffton Orchids has a wonderful selection at her greenhouses on Confederate Avenue. If someone has a sweet tooth, Barrett Collins sells Bluffton Peanut Brittle at the farmers market Thursdays. Lots of local eateries have gift certificates too. Shop local and help your community.