Exactly ten days ago we had the pleasure of gathering to witness Jake Michael, and his fiancée, Leigh Thompson, tie the knot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church here in Lake Village, Arkansas. The ceremony was beyond everything you would expect it to be. The bride was a stunning vision in white with an anxious smile draped across her face, the guests whispered to their friends how exquisite the dress was as soon as the future Mrs. Jake Michael walked in the door, bridesmaids and groomsmen squirmed excitedly through the ceremony as their close friends committed themselves to one another, and the groom looked taken aback at the gorgeous girl standing across from him.
Shortly after the “You may kiss the bride!” part, we headed down Main Street to Paul’s office to celebrate the newlyweds. Normally, Paul’s office serves as the accounting office, board room, bread baking kitchen, Dove Hunt party venue, and warehouse for Ecommerce. In just a week’s time, it was transformed into a reception hall for the new Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael. Using Paul Michael Company merchandise, Ron Pepper worked his magic to create the “woodsy wonderland” the bride envisioned for the event. He certainly did not disappoint!
Before it all began
Teak bench seating
One of the buffet areas
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Another of the buffet areas
Anyone need a cold beverage?
The cake. It almost looked too good to eat. Almost.
Fun fact about the cake: Paul’s sister baked and decorated this delectable masterpiece. The flowers are made out of sugar. Yes, sugar!
Cozy sitting area
No centerpiece. Just a bit of light.
Gifts for the girls: nail polish and bobby pins
Usually the brick and wooden walls of the accounting office and kitchen areas are bare, but Ron hung Paul’s favorite antique wall art to add some color and character.
Antique circus art
Star Brand Shoes
This particular antique sign belonged to Paul’s grandfather. Our corporate office resides in the old Mansour building on Main Street, so this sign was a special sight to see.
The happy couple
Of course we couldn’t do a post about the happy couple without picturing the happy couple! Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael, y’all!
When my husband requested tuna casserole for dinner yesterday evening, I didn’t want to take the easy way out and just serve up a box of Tuna Helper. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Miss Betty Crocker, but since I hadn’t cooked in a while I figured I should put in more than minimal effort. The words, “This is better than my mom used to make,” might have escaped the husband’s cheese covered lips. Or maybe it didn’t. I’ll add a bit of mystery to this post.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 12 oz. Farfalle pasta
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 small, chopped onion
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 pint whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup baby peas
- 3/4 cups chopped roasted red peppers
- 1 package chopped Shiitake mushrooms
- 20 oz. tuna packed in oil
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- 2 more tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- pinch or 2 of basil leaves
Here’s how to get cookin’:
- Prepare your noodles al dente. Set them aside for later.
- Chop your onions and mushrooms separately. Set them aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt 4 tbsp butter for your base. Sautee your onions.
- Add flour and stir. Whisk in your whipping cream and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil until it thickens, then remove from heat.
- Add your pasta, tuna, mushrooms, peppers, cheese, and peas. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a skillet, add the remaining 2 tbsp butter. After it melts, add the breadcrumbs and mix well. Remove from heat.
- Put casserole into six, single serving casserole dishes for portion control, or one large casserole dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.
- Bake at 425 °F for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Garnish with red pepper flakes and basil leaves
Tasty Tuna Casserole
Serve and enjoy!
As most of you know (or so we hope) our stores are pet friendly locations no matter what size or breed. While this comes as a shock to some people, pets in the work place are nothing out of the ordinary for the Paul Michael Company crew. Since the company’s establishment, we have always had a pet friendly atmosphere and have even welcomed a cat or two as live in furry friends in our stores. Since it’s Monday and cute fur babies put a smile on everyone’s face, we wouldd like to introduce the pets of Paul Michael Company!
Tennessee from our Lake Village location has designated napping spots around our store and loves glamour shots. If you have ever visited our Lake Village location, you’ve probably met Tennessee.
Cypress from our Lake Village home office enjoys climbing in front of computer screens when you give them more attention than her, climbing atop our tallest warehouse shelves, and desk naps.
Melba, or Melba Toast if you prefer using her whole name, came to us one day after she followed our Ecommerce Manager, Mary, down Main Street one sunny afternoon. She has a wonky eye ball and she’s put on a few pounds since her arrival, but she is just as snuggly and endearing as the next kitty.
Melba Toast, the early days
Sheba is the on-staff security guard at our Lake Village home office. Her favorite hobbies are sitting in laps, barking at anyone who comes in the office door, and fashion. You might see an “outfit of the day” post coming from her soon.
Sheba around Easter time
Aggie spends her days at our accounting office with her dad, Joseph. She may look like a tiny pup, but she’s full of muscle and spunk. She attends most of our corporate meetings and loves munching on pecans.
Aggie at Christmas
Quite a few people ask how all of our dogs and pups get along. They are all incredibly friendly and often spend their time playing chase or tug of war together. They take turns sharing food and love cuddling for naps. They have even banned together before to help us pack Ecommerce orders.
Cypress and Melba
Sometimes they forget how to nap together, but it results in adorable pictures like this one.
Cypress and Melba
Cypress and Melba
Cypress and Sheba
Some studies have shown that having pets in the work place makes for a more productive work day. We can certainly say, it sure does make things more entertaining!
And because we love our furry friends so much, we always keep them in mind when making our market purchases. Click here to shop our pets section.