Surprise Bridal Shower!

On Sunday Alex and I had plans to meet with his extended family at his parents’ house for our first reunion in awhile.  This was the first time I’d seen most of the people I’d met in the last 2 and a half years all in one room together.  In preparation for this reunion I wanted to make some of my favorite recipes from my maternal Grandmother.  These do not comply with my raw food diet, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from sharing the goodies with the family.

Grandma’s Lemon Cake

1 box lemon cake mix

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup Wesson oil

4 eggs

1 cup apricot nectar (juice)

Mix in bowl, grease bundt pan, pour in pan, and bake for 1 hour at 350.


juice of two lemons

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Mix and drizzle on cake


I also made another favorite of mine from Grandma:

Strawberry Candy

(updated version)

2 large boxes strawberry JELLO, dry

1 bag of Baker’s angel flake coconut, 7 oz

3 drops red food coloring

1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk

1 cup crushed nuts (I used walnuts)

Mix together, place in fridge for 1 hour, shape into strawberries.

I put a little thumb hole in the tops to make it look like their stems had been removed.

I love how simple these recipes are- easy to follow and quick to whip up.

Grandma & Grandpa

I’ve never seen a couple anymore in love than these two, maybe that was what inspired me to make some of her recipes.  With 25 days to the wedding~ love is in the air.

And now for the surprise!

The family reunion turned out to be a surprise Bridal Shower for me and Alex.  It was wonderful to have everyone together, but even better to make it a party.

My mother-in-law to be, Cissie, put it all together and got us this beautiful and delicious cake.

Thanks to all that joined us and for all the wonderful gifts, we look forward to using them in our new home!  Closing date is coming up!

~ Lauren



  1. I am so happy you had a surprise Bridal Shower! The goodies you made sound delish too., especially the Strawberry Candy.

  2. Cissie and Alan Lear says:

    It was wonderful to have our family together,especially my Father who is 87 1/2 and doing better than people half his age. It was also alot of fun surprising Lauren as she is the dearest daughter .We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a wonderful, caring son ,Alex, and now we have a beautiful daughter.

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