I have several friends who have just had December weddings in their families. I also have three weddings to attend this spring. Then, summer weddings start usually in May.

I think women enjoy weddings more than men. I know at my house whenever I show my husband a wedding invitation that we have received, his first statement is, “Do I have to go, or can you just go with the girls?”

A little more than 10 years ago, my son got married, and it was such a fun time in our family. I remember when it was over thinking, “Now what did we do before the wedding?”

Our 40th wedding anniversary is this June. It is hard to believe that we have been married that long, but it’s something that I am very proud of.

I ran across these amusing wedding quips and quotes last week. They tickled my funny bone, and I hope they will yours, too.

• When you see a married couple walking down the street, the one who is two or three steps ahead is the one who’s mad.

• Advice given to a son by his father: Never do anything around the house that you don’t want to do for the rest of your life.

• No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

• There are two ways to keep a wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her way. And second, let her have it.

• The last word in an argument is what the wife says. Anything after that is the beginning of another argument.

• What do you call a wife who always knows where her husband is? A widow.

• When my wife was asked, “Do you take this man for richer or poorer…?” She answered, “For richer.”

• A good marriage would be between a blind man and a deaf woman.

• I haven’t spoken to my wife in years; I didn’t want to interrupt her.

• I had a terrible fight with my wife on New Year’s Eve. She called me a procrastinator. So, I finished addressing my Christmas cards and left.

• Keeping a secret from your wife is like trying to smuggle daylight past a rooster.

• Ladies, you may marry the man of your dreams, but 20 years later, you’re married to a couch that burps.

• I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home that answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.

• The only difference between being married and being in prison is that in prison they let you play softball on the weekends.

• You might want to try what my folks did. Twice a week they would go out for a special meal with wine, good food and soft lighting. Dad went on Tuesday, and Mom went on Thursday.

• Going shopping with your husband is like his going fishing with the game warden.

Hope you enjoy this week’s recipes. Thanks for reading.

NO PEEK PORK CHOPS AND RICE

6-8 boneless pork chops

1 tablespoon seasoned pepper

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 cups chicken broth

1½ cups rice, uncooked

1 package Lipton dry onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix soups, chicken broth, rice and soup mix together, and pour in prepared baking dish. Season both sides of the pork chops with seasoned pepper, and place on top of rice mixture. Cover tightly with foil, and bake for one hour and 30 minutes.

ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH MUSHROOMS

1½ pounds fresh asparagus, trim ends

½ pound fresh white button mushrooms, stemmed and quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Coarse ground salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a nonstick baking sheet, toss the vegetables with the oil, salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables in a single layer. Toast for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are tender and brown, turning once during the cooking. Sprinkle vegetables with balsamic vinegar and additional salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine, and serve warm or at room temperature.

ÉCLAIR CAKE

2 packages (4-ounce) French vanilla instant pudding mix

8 ounces Cool Whip

3 cups cold milk

1 box graham crackers

Mix the first three ingredients with a mixer until well blended and thickened.

Lay whole graham crackers to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Pour ½ of the pudding mix over the graham crackers. Cover with another layer of crackers.

Pour remaining pudding over this layer of crackers. Top with another layer of crackers. Top with frosting.

Frosting:

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate squares

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons white Karo

3 tablespoons soft butter

1½ cups sifted powdered sugar, sifted

Melt chocolate squares and Karo. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour over top layer of crackers. Refrigerate for 24 hours before cutting into squares and serving.

• Contact Lee Ann Flemming at lafkitchen@hughes.net.

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