Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Signing


I couldn't be more excited to share that my friend, Suzanne Matthews, has released a new book!   She'll be signing copies next Thursday at Cyn Shea's Cafe.  Can't make it?  The book and journal are also available at Amazon by clicking here.

While I never got to sit under her teaching as a BSF Teaching Leader, I've grown to love and appreciate the treasure she is.  I have the no doubt Unlocking Belief will encourage and challenge us all.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Festival Edition}

I'm excited to start a new series I've lovingly named...



I love local festivals, restaurants, shops, events, concerts and am always posting about them AFTER the fact!  So now I'll be giving you all a few days notice so you can join in the fun too!

Be sure to click each festival to go to their home page for all details.

Our inaugural edition of Living' it up in Dixie is focused on upcoming festivals.  I mark my calendar a year in advance for some of these and thought you might want to also!


{Chris and I love the slawburgers at Honey's in Fayetteville!  The drive up there is quick and beautiful.  So a whole day of slawburgers?  I'm so there!}

{Held at the St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School that's adjacent to the Ave Maria Groto, the one time I went to this festival, I was completely impressed!  It's all about flowers, beautiful Etsy-like crafts and yummy lemonade!}


{Certainly a Huntsville tradition full of local art, music and food!  I'm assuming all the renovations on Big Spring Park will be done by then so if the rain holds off, it will be a great way to spend the weekend.}



{I haven't been to this one before, but hope to make it this year!  If there's local crafts and a funnel cake...I'm there!}


{Held downtown at the depot, Whistle Stop never disappoints!  I love the atmosphere of BBQ and live music.  Early bird special of $20 for a 2 day pass ends February 28}


{I'm ashamed and shocked to say I've never been to Mentone!  But I hope to change that soon with the 35th Rhododendron Festival.}


{Want to see more than 60 hot air balloons over the Tennessee Valley?  This is your chance!  In addition to balloons, they have a car show, tractor show and craft show.  What's not to love?!?}


{There's not a lot of info online yet, but I'll keep you posted!}


{Moma and Daddy discovered this fair a couple of years ago and Chris and I joined them last October.  We absolutely LOVED it!  Wonderful craftsman (over 120 of them), local entertainment, delish food vendors (over 20)...Ketner's Mill has it all!  I suggest you get there early in the day because this is one popular fair!}


{Chris and I went this last Christmas and loved the small town atmosphere.  We strolled downtown where they have the luminaries lit in the historic district and split a funnel cake while we listened to the live band.  A nice getaway to kick-off the holiday season.  The website doesn't have 2017 details up yet, so I'll keep you posted.}



Please leave a comment of festivals I've missed and I'll share in an upcoming post.

Stay tuned for our next edition of Livin' it up in Dixie!




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Doughnuts & Cheese




Chris and I had a day of double-dates!  First up, breakfast with Moma and Daddy at Bigfoot's Little Donuts!  You've probably seen their Airstream on South Parkway near Airport Road.




These doughnuts are truly little!  Sort of the size of a munchin from Dunki' Donuts.

You buy them by the dozen, all one flavor.  We ended up each getting a dozen so we could try a bunch of flavors!  We got Funnel Cake (my fav!), Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Blueberry and Lemon. I have a feeling it won't be our last visit!


Our next outing was with Abby and Nick to Belle Chevre ,a goat cheese creamery in Elkmont, AL.  I found a Groupon deal that was too good to pass up!  The Groupon included a tour, samples plus cheese to take home.


I'm not a goat cheese fan but love exploring North Alabama and we had the best time!  I loved the design of the whole place...so trendy!







We got to visit the goats...


..then watch the cheese being packaged.



Here's a behind the scenes glimpse into our marriage...that's me forcing Chris's head through the face hole!  Anything for a good pic!


We had a great Saturday with our fantastic, fun family!  I'd highly recommend both Bigfoot's Little Donuts and Belle Chevre for your next weekend outing!