Pastoral Beauty

Country weddings are wonderful because they rely on tradition and creativity. Here we have made votives and pillar candles. We used birch bark and leaves. In one example we have wrapped the inside of a mason jar with a leaf added water and floated a tea light, our larger mason jar is wrapped with birch bark and we finished off the look with a birch bark pillar. Details are important in decorating whether it is for a wedding or for your home.

Country Favor with Flavor

For this same country wedding we have homemade peanut butter cookies packaged in a jam jar with the date written on simple white paper and finished with twine.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 cookie sheets.

Sift together:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Beat in a large bowl until well blended:

1 stick + 2 tbsp unsalted softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

Beat in:

2 large eggs (1 at a time)

2 cups peanut butter 

1 teaspoon vanilla

Add 1/3 cup chopped peanuts if you like

Stir in the flour mixture until blended. Shape into 1-inch balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Press flat with a fork making a criss-cross design, dipping into water between cookies. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand briefly, and then remove to a rack to cool.

Photos by: Liz Donnelly

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