Wedding Vows-Love, Honor and Shop?

Summer Weddings

It’s the wedding season!  Get out your GPS and get ready for a road trip that will lead you into that love, honor and obey territory.  Ladies, you will be able to shop for your wedding gown… and Gents, you will be able to shop for a new shot gun or fishing rod, all in the same store, all on the same floor.   No joke.  As the sign says, “Guns, Wedding Gowns, Cold Beer.”  Does it get any better than that?

If you are planning a wedding, you must check out Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine.  I know the name doesn’t sound as elegant as Chez Manifique La-De-Da, but, you will get your money’s worth and have a good time shopping together.  

I had heard rumors about Hussey’s and could not believe such a place really existed.  My daughter-in-law tells me she took a look there.  I had to see it for myself and did a litle road trip with a friend.  It happened to be a gray day, but the store was bright and delightful.  It’s true- it’s the perfect spot to shop as a just-about-to-be-hitched-couple.   Look around this wonderful 3-story complex, and shop for wedding guest favors, grab a lunch, and a six-pack and venison steak to take home.  It’s a fun place to visit, and don’t you want your wedding to be fun?  Try to keep that word “fun” in mind as you get all balled up in the stress of wedding planning.

With permission/StockFood #00971183/FoodCollection 

 I love weddings.  Weddings are great.  They can be filled with family drama and there are so many disasters just waiting to unfold and send the bride into hysteria.  We, as guests and family that attend, are there to observe a new love that is blooming and to stand as a group and give support to the bride and groom.  It’s  a time to celebrate new love, eat, drink, dance and have a taste of wedding cake.   I had 3 slices of cake at my son’s wedding.  Well…there were 3 different flavor layers and I had to taste them all.   The details are now so important!  Gone are the days of white linen shoes to match the dress– now colors abound and shoes match the cake. 


 The Cake – The Shoes 

 Mom & Dad

 No fancy shoes or bright colors at Mom & Dad’s wedding – just a plain old wedding at the church, October 16, 1947.  I’ve been married for 39 years this coming July and we have renewed our vows four times. There might be time for one more renewal.  Of course, I’ve been known to use any excuse for a party.   In honor of weddings, I offer this recipe from a friend.  FYI – I don’t make fancy wedding cakes, I just eat them. 

Better Than Sex Cake


1 dark chocolate cake mix (fudgy is fine)

1 1/3 cups water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

1 jar caramel topping (16 oz)

1 jar fudge topping (optional-for drizzle)

1 frozen whipped topping (8 oz thawed); or make your own whipped cream

1 bag toffee bits (8 oz or smash your own candy bars)

1/2 bag mini chocolate chips (optional-for topping)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease bottom only of oblong cake pan, standard size 13 x 9 x 2

Mix cake as shown on package; pour into pan; and bake as directed

Cool 15 minutes; poke holes in warm cake with handle of wooden spoon

Drizzle milk evenly over top of cake and let stand until absorbed

Drizzle with caramel toping; run knife around edge of pan to loosen cake

Cover and chill for 2 hours

Before serving, spread whipped topping over top of cake and sprinkle with toffee bits & choc chips; decorate with a chocolate fudge drizzle diagonal

Store any leftover (if there is any) in refrigerator.

NOTE:  Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook.  Betty Crocker calls this the “Better-than-Almost-Anything Cake” and uses German chocolate cake mix.  I prefer a dark chocolate mix.

If you are to be wed this Summer, Congratulations!   Remember, always RESPECT your partner. 

Picture Credits:  Wedding cake and shoes by Deborah Zoe Photography

Cake by: Carrie Fields @

Respectfully, Susan

2 thoughts on “Wedding Vows-Love, Honor and Shop?

  1. Oh my does that cake ever sound wonderful!!! I’d also like to visit Hussey’s General Storey someday. 🙂 What a great place.

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