Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Panoply & Franklin}



What: Panoply

When: Friday, April 28, 5-9pm
            Saturday, April 29, 10am-9pm
            Sunday, April 30, 12-7pm

Where: Big Spring Park, downtown Huntsville

Cost: Day pass- $10, Weekend pass- $18, kids under 12 get in free

Parking: $5 in city parking facilities

Weather Forecast: high 80's, 20% chance of rain Friday, 50% chance of rain Sunday

Website: click here

Panoply has been a part of Huntsville for as long as I can remember (pretty sure my 4th grade art work was displayed)!  The weekend is full of music, art, interactive projects for kids and of course food trucks.

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What: Main Street Festival

When: Saturday, April 29, 10am-6pm
            Sunday, April 30, 11am-5pm

Where: Downtown Franklin, TN

Cost: free

Parking: available at Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm with $1 shuttle rides to the event

Weather Forecast: mid to high 80's

Website: click here


This is the 34th annual Main Street Festival and the website promises lots of live music, a vintage carnival for kids and over 150 vendors selling all sorts of crafts and treasures.  There will be plenty of delicious festival favorites...kettle corn, roasted corn, old fashioned soda...you name it, they'll probably have it!  Festival hint: bring a wagon to haul all your finds...or kids...or dogs...or your sore feet from all that walking!

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Bloomin' Festival Update...Daddy, Moma and I headed to the festival after the rainstorms and we had so much fun!  I could have spent at least $700 in the first 10 minutes but I showed great restraint.  In fact, we only bought our lunch and Monk Bread to share with Chris (who had to work).  Loved this sign and it sums up the last 10 months perfectly...it's so good to be home.




Friday, April 21, 2017

A hope & a future

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.
Jeremiah 29:11


Abby & Nick got a fun surprise this week when TN Valley Community Journal called and asked if they could interview them for an article about their adoption!  The Community Journal's mission to share inspiring, faith-based stories from the community so when the reporter saw their story on gofundme.com, she contacted Abby for an interview.

Click here to go read Adoption Offers Hope And A Future.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {music, festival & art}


I'm highlighting three events going on this weekend.  I hope you can grab your friends or family and have a little fun livin' it up in Dixie!



What: Concert on the Dock (first of the season)

When: Friday, April 21, 6-9pm

Where: Lowe Mill East Dock (under the water tower), 2211 Seminole, Dr, Hsv, 35805

Cost: free

Parking: $5 suggested parking donation

Weather Forecast: clear, in the mid 80's

Website: click here

Chris and I went to several concerts last year and always loved it!  Make sure you bring your lawn chairs...and your pet if you want!  Someone brought a goat last year.  #Ilovebama

Lowe Mill is open during the concerts so it's a great time to get a jar of Piper and Leaf Tea and take a stroll through the shops and booths inside.  The Spring series runs through June 9, so don't miss this new Huntsville tradition!

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What: Bloomin' Festival

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 9am-5pm both days

Where: St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School, 1600 St. Bernard Dr., Cullman, AL 35055

Cost: $5 but kids 5 and under get in free

Parking: free

Weather Forecast: Saturday: possible afternoon storm, mid 80's
                                 Sunday: 20% chance of rain, high 60's

Website: click here


Back when we were a family of 4, we spent a fabulous Saturday at the Bloomin' Festival!  They have some of the best booths I've ever seen at a festival with many treasures to discover.  This is where my mom got her bottle tree that's in her yard and where I got the church birdhouse that is too pretty to actually put outside for the birds!  It takes just over an hour to get to Cullman, so totally worth the drive.

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What: Art on the Lake

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 10am-5pm both days

Where: Recreational Center, 1500 Sunset Dr., Guntersville, AL 35976

Cost: $2, but kids under 12 are free

Parking: free

Weather Forecast: Saturday: possible afternoon storm, mid 80's (event is rain or shine!)
                                Sunday: 20% chance of rain, high 60's

Website: click here


I haven't been to this festival yet, but Abby and Nick have and they really enjoyed it.  The website promises over 130 fin artists and craftsman plus food vendors, outdoor games and a bake sale.  The festival is actually alongside Lake Guntersville so no doubt this will be a beautiful event.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Randomness

In an only-a-God-thing kinda of story, when we joined Calvary and got a church directory, I started flipping through it and one picture caught my eye.  Before I even saw the name I knew that I was looking at Brooke, a girl Abby and I knew in first grade...and hadn't seen since!  We ran into each other in the hall a few weeks later and have become fast friends!



I have never before been so grateful for spring!  For some reason, the darkness of winter really had me down so the newness of spring is really blessing me this year.

Here's our yard in full bloom!


And I love adding flowers to the front porch.  I've set an alarm on my phone to remind me to water them, so I pray they last longer than a week!


Last weekend, I visited the Funky Monkey for the first time (what took me so long?!?!) and found the "C" and "K" I had been searching for to hang with the "B" we already had.  They were the perfect design and size and only cost $4.  A few coats of spray paint and here you go...


On Saturday, we headed up to the Slawburger Festival in Fayetteville.  Here's a very attractive pic of us chowing down!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the world famous slawburger with mustard slaw.

Mr & Mrs. Slawburger...

...and the junior Mr. & Mrs. Slawburger

My strong man.


There were about 20 contestants in the slawburger eating contest.  And you thought I was intense about slawburgers???  These people were diehards!

I think the winner downed 17 slawburgers in 10 minutes...and no, it wasn't me!

After the festival, we kicked off our Easter celebration by dying eggs...how do you say "egg salad for lunch all week?"

For Easter lunch, I tried a new recipe- Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake because it seemed to scream "SPRING!"

I also thought it would be fun to tried a "naked" cake look, where the sides are only crumb coated.  I love how you can see some blueberries poking through!


Couldn't let Easter pass without some family pics!

We may not have it all together but together we have it all.  Love my family!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Resurrection Sunday

I love music of all kinds...but songs of Christ's resurrection rank up there pretty high.  As we approach Easter weekend, here are two of my favorite songs that will take you to the throne of grace.


First up is "He's Alive" a Don Francisco classic I grew up listening to.  David Phelps' version (with the Gaither Vocal Band) is incredible!



I'm also slightly addicted to listening to "This Blood" sung by Terette Mitchell at First Baptist Jacksonville.  These words will speak to your heart and she sings the life out of it!



Crank 'em up and praise our risen Lord!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Slawburger Festival}



What: 3rd Annual Slawburger Festival

When: Friday, April 15, 10am-9pm

Where: Historic Fayetteville Downtown Square, Market St E, Fayetteville, TN 37334

Cost: free, but some activities have a slight fee

Parking: free, signs near the Square will direct you,

Weather Forecast: clear, in the low 80's

Website: click here

I have been waiting for this weekend ever since I first heard about it last year!  I first discovered slawburgers in Fayetteville a few years ago and introduced them to Chris last fall.  There's just something about a homemade burger with mustard slaw that speaks to me!  Plus, the square in Fayetteville is so quaint and the drive up there is beautiful!

In addition to the festival food vendors (they are serving things other than slawburgers!) there are several fun shops on the square, so come ready to shop and snack.

The festival has a eating contest, corn hold tournament and an ice cream contest (detailed schedule on their website).  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs for the live music that's from 7-9pm.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Family Time

Chris, Moma, Daddy and I headed over to Cloverdale for a family baby shower for my cousin whose wife is expecting twins.  I always get nostalgic when we head to Georgia...just so many wonderful memories of Nanny and Popa and my childhood.  One thing that's always been true of family gatherings at Cloverdale is you can count on a delicious potluck and Saturday's dinner didn't disappoint.  I've always loved a good potluck!


 My cousin, Angie and her grandmother, Tiny, drove in from Chattanooga for some family time.

Here we are with my cousins, Linda and Patsy...


.. and I had to grab a selfie with my cousin Steve when I found out he reads the blog!  

So thankful for a great evening with family!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Adoption By Design

To raise funds for my sister and brother-in-law's adoption fund, I'm offering my interior design services through July for $25 an hour with proceeds (up to $50 per client) going toward bringing Baby Hayes home.

I can help you choose paint colors, pack or unpack for a move, decorate on a budget, purchase furniture, hang pictures, rearrange furniture, organize your junk room...if it has to do with your home, I can help!

Please re-post the below graphic on your social media outlets to get the word out!  Book your appointment by filing out the "contact me" section on katyforesterbrooks.blogspot.com.


Follow Abby and Nick's adoption journey at know-the-plans.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Spring Plant Sale}



What: Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale

When: Friday, April 7, 9am-6pm
            Saturday, April 8, 9am-6pm
            Sunday, April 9, noon-5pm

Where: Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Hsv, 35805

Cost: free

Weather Forecast: clear, in the 60's on Friday and mid 70's Saturday & Sunday

Website: click here

If you're having Spring Fever and are ready to brighten up your porch, flower beds and garden, you won't want to miss the Spring Plant Sale!  In addition to shopping, the event will offer food trucks, soil testing, kid's activities and seminars about gardening.  I also hear they have just remodeled their gift shop...so you know it's gonna be good shopping!