Thursday, March 27, 2014

A word from True Woman

One of my favorite blogs, True Woman, posted a great article, "Motherhood or Singleness: Which is More Sanctifying?"


I think the author handles a sensitive subject very well and accurate from all sides. I hope you'll take the time to read and be encouraged.

Blessing, friends!!

Click here to read..



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

All roads lead to Jax!

In an unusual turn of events, three different sets of friends from Huntsville ended up in Jacksonville in the same week!

The high school choir from Whitesburg was down here singing at a local church for their Spring Break tour. The minute I got out of my car, I saw the Whitesburg crew and all but ran to them!  It was great seeing familiar faces and the choir was so impressive!









Later Sunday afternoon, our close friends, the Phillips, came to visit for the first time!  We enjoyed looking at wedding pics and eating baked ziti and ooey gooey butter cake.





Monday morning started bright and early at Maple Street Biscuit Company, one of our favorite spots.







After breakfast, Chris headed to work and the Phillips took Andrew on a tour of the University of North Florida.  Keri and I hung out and then met up for lunch at a new, fabulous spot, M Shack.  Their burgers and shakes are A.Mazing!!!







We've had such beautiful spring weather for weeks UNTIL Monday when we headed to the beach for dinner and it was FREEZING!  But at least Joe's Crab Shack still eats the same!






In last minute plans, I found out my college (and Whitesburg) friend, Laura and her husband, Pete, were in the area on vacation!  Chris and I loved having them to dinner Wednesday night and getting caught up.








If you find your roads heading to Jax, give us a call!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Steps to a great weekend:

1. Start Friday off with an impromptu hot dog date...my sweetie knows my love languages!


2. Play plenty of board games!  One of our new favs is Ticket to Ride...it's slightly addictive! The only thing missing was Nick and Abby.


3. Eat some yummy food!  Chris and I made his famous Hershey chocolate bunt cake and I made some of our new favorites for Moma and Daddy.

4. Spend time in the great outdoors enjoying a picnic and getting jealous of all the folks who own boats!

Individual bean dips all 'round!




4. Share hot donuts with the in-laws.


5. Play yard games while listening to the newly-hung wind chimes and enjoy being surrounded by your precious family!

Friday, March 14, 2014

This week in pics...

{Sunday}

We didn't eat here but how great is this restaurant's name- Ying's Chinee Takee Outee? Cracks me up!



{Monday}

I started a new job a couple of weeks ago! I'm working part-time at our friend (and best man in our wedding) Micheal's accounting office. It's a wonderful atmosphere and such a blessing!



{Tuesday}

We confess we fried the leftovers of Chris's famous mac and cheese. Oh. My.



{Wednesday}

A view from our evening walk...



{Thursday}

We discovered this beautiful park about 10 minutes from our house!






We have an exciting weekend planned so stayed tuned...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Intervention Needed

I'm addicted to bread...well, to making bread! I don't know if it's a newly wed thing or a carb thing or just in my Southern blood, but I've loved learning to make Moma's biscuits, Mama Jan's biscuits, Nanny's biscuits, from scratch pot pie crust, pizza crust and Miss Hazel's cornbread.




There's certainly a learning curve and several of my first biscuit attempts ended up more like Lord Supper waffers!

At Chris's cheese-obsessed suggestion, I turned Nanny's biscuits in garlic cheese biscuits and they were amazing!!!!!



I don't have a written recipe for them but went off what Moma remembered. The first time I bit into one I felt like I was 4 years old in Nanny and Popa's kitchen.

Here's the "recipe" if you want to give it a shot!

Mix about 1 cup self-rising flour with buttermilk until dough forms.

Melt a heaping tablespoon of shortening in a small cast iron skillet in a 400 degree oven.

When melted, add balls of dough (Nanny rolled her's out but I make drop biscuits) and bake about 15-20 minutes.

The shortening ends up frying the bottom of the biscuits and coupled with the bite of buttermilk- wow!!!- so yummy!

For the garlic cheese version, I added shredded cheese and garlic powder (enough till I could smell it in the dough).


Why can't I get addicted to lettuce or water?!?!?


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ft. Caroline










Chris and I took advantage of Saturday's fantastic weather and headed up to Ft. Caroline, a state park on the St. John's River. 



















Watching this cargo ship go by reminded us of our first day together in Savannah, GA...almost one year ago!





See those homes in the background?  They were huge 3-story homes, but look like doll houses compared to that ship!





And yet it was so small....





After the park, we went to visit Mom & Dad Brooks...and the doggies!  They love their Chris...but what's not to love??!!











Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring has sprung!

I don't want to brag to my friends and family still struggling through cold weather, but we've been enjoying temperatures in the mid-70's...just perfect!  Friday evening we headed to St. Augustine to a local fair and later the historic district with our friends Marco and Ashley. 


Chris and I stayed safely on the ground while Marco and Ashley rode this crazy thing!



On Saturday, we headed downtown to Memorial Park and strolled for a while, wandering through the outdoor Riverside Market (one of our favorite spots) and the art museum.




This afternoon after lunch, we took a long walk and enjoyed the beautiful day.  The best part of the whole weekend was spending time together.  Beautiful days with my beautiful husband...what more could a girl want???