Thursday, March 27, 2014

Savnnah, Georgia

This time last year.......Do you ever do that?  You know, you think back to what you were doing this time LAST year? 

Well, I did that today.  I decided to look at the pictures I took when we made a spring break trip to Savannah, Georgia. 

Savannah is a beautiful city. 
 I have been there several times, but it had been many years since my last visit, so spring break seemed to be the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful southern city again with my family.
I don't always take the best pictures, so I decided that this city is super photogenic--almost all my pictures were nice!
Just walking down the sidewalk is a treat!
  I love all the beautiful details in the buildings.
  Also, since the climate is mild in Savannah, plants are
 so pretty even in the chilly early days of spring.
Just looking down the sidewalks is interesting.
There are gates and gardens in many neighborhoods.
Wrought iron is everywhere!
 Many homes feature gingerbread and wrought iron. 
 I took pictures of this porch
 because of the beautiful blue ceiling.
Creeping Fig was a favorite vine in many outdoor spaces.
Public spaces were lovely, too.
Join me again for my next post! 
 I've decided to write a series on Savannah. 
I'm going to feature the public squares, places to shop, sites to see, yummy food spots and a surprise or two.

Monday, February 3, 2014

I Love a Crafty Day.....Marshmallows

I know many of you heard about our crazy weather that we had in the south last week.  I made my trip to the grocery store and thought that when the weather got icy, I would make some homemade peach fried pies.  My mom made them for us on cold snowy days when I was a little girl. 

Well, it never happened. 

Sometimes, cooking can be like crafting...only better, because you get to eat your project.

THIS is what happened instead.... 


Now I've made marshmallows in the past with a recipe from M. S.  It was a recipe I got from her magazine about 8-10 years ago....long before gourmet marshmallow confections became popular...before blogging....before Pinterest.  I decided to try my hand with a new recipe and boy am I a happy lady!
Aren't they just beautiful???


A cup of hot cocoa on a frigid day with the delightful addition of a delicious and perfectly plump homemade marshmallow.  So easy to make and a fun project, too!   ENJOY!

Here's where I got the recipe: marshmallow recipe


Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Chapel

So, did you get to go to The Chapel event in Pike Road, Alabama?  I got to go and it was the most fun!  It was exactly what I thought and hoped it would be--lots of  eye candy in the form of beautiful vintage displays--a happy crowd of shoppers and wonderful, friendly bloggers who were so happy to see us.

Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage has been working on this event for months.  She would keep us up-dated with details as the time for the event grew closer.  Thank YOU, Layla for planning and organizing such a fun event for us! 

So, I had never been to an event like this before and even though it was exactly what I had hoped and thought it would be, I didn't know what time I should plan to be there.  Layla had said in her last post that they would probably have to let shoppers inside in groups to keep things safe with the Fire Department.  That being said, my sister-in-law and I decided that we would rather have a wait at the door BEFORE the event started, rather than stand in line OUTSIDE while others were inside shopping....and waiting for them to leave so we could go in.

It was raining when I woke up this morning. 
I hadn't thought about waiting in line AND getting wet while waiting for the event to begin.  Fortunately,
it stopped raining so it wasn't a soggy wait. 

There were two lovely floral arrangements on the
 doors to welcome everyone who attended. 
Before the doors opened, there were several opportunities to visit and take a few photos.  On the left is Rhonda of Southern Hospitality.  In the middle is Linda of Coastal Charm along with KariAnne of Thistle Wood Farms.
KariAnne came outside when it was
almost time for the doors to open. 

She was so excited!
 She told us we were going to LOVE
what was behind those doors!
 She was right--of course!

Mary of Urban Farm Girl came out to say hello.

Miss Mustard Seed peeped out to say good morning.
Being on the porch early really had it's advantages!
Layla came outside just minutes before the event started. 
 She is so pretty and has the most beautiful smile.
  And, with this blog event, I must say,
some of the BEST IDEAS!
Layla and my sister-in-law, Kelley, share a laugh. 
They used to be neighbors!
And then, the doors OPENED! 
Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect takes a picture
 of the shoppers as they enter the building.
  Lots of vintage goodies to see!

I bought this "OPEN" sign at KariAnne's booth. 
 I told her that my kitchen was always open. You've probably read
 a post or two of hers that mentions gas station pizza 


 The Waters is a beautiful community. 
 Stop by when you have a chance and you'll be glad you did.
Okay, if you've read this to the end, I'll tell the truth. 
My sister-in-law and I arrived for the 9:00 event at....
 I know. 
 But really, we both agreed that we were glad we got there
 when we did and it only seemed like we had waited
a few minutes before the doors opened.
So, what did we do while we waited?
We giggled and laughed that we were there so early (completley dark, still). 
We had a snack, we talked and when it finally got light,
I took the best sassy picture of my
 Birthday Weekend Celebrating Self!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Pumpkins on the Patio

It's a beautiful fall day here in Alabama. 
That means temperatures in the 80's.  What a nice day to enjoy my terra cotta pumpkins on the porch.  It's too warm for a fire, but I'm enjoying this area of my yard without the benefit of the flames.

 There's a little breeze blowing so it's quite nice this afternoon.
I have planted a few pansies for when we have cooler weather.
I'm ready Halloween--
it will be here before we know it.
Now have you seen these at your local Wal-Mart? 
 Yes!  It's a vintage-style olive bucket planter! 
It's not as tall as my genuine olive bucket, so it is
perfect for the pot of mums that came with the bucket.
Aren't they just wonderful together?
Just right for enjoying on a fall afternoon.
I have a pot of rosemary on the table between the two chairs. 
 I love the smell of rosemary--so relaxing!
The comfy cushions are from World Market.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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