10.24.2014

Mother’s Haunted Home

Honey and I had the pleasure of house swapping with Mother and Daddy-O for my reunion weekend.  It was so very strange (and wonderful) to be at their home without all the hustle and bustle that is usually going on when we visit.  I just adored all of her Halloween touches and thought y’all might like a peek into Mother’s haunted home.

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I usually don’t make it to Savannah in October since we’re in the thick of baseball season.  I loved her front door wreath.

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The pumpkin patch made me want more!!  I also love the metal pumpkins in her two front pots.

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Inside, her skeleton is quite fancy with its oyster shell necklace and chunky bracelet.  I love that its reading a Poe book.

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The foyer had a few bats on the mirror.

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I took a few pictures of the house in general since y’all usually see it decorated for Christmas.  This is the “everyday” look.

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She recently painted the living room and dining room a more neutral color.  I loved it… need to find out what it is!  My grandmother’s baby grand piano is out for refurbishment.  I cannot wait to see it!!

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Since Sister didn’t have the guest room all covered up in stuff, I grabbed a quick pic from the door

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And this is my room.  I had to get creative so that you didn’t see the mess I made of old high school pictures.

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Sister’s old room has been transformed into a bunk / play room for the boys.  It’s hard to get a good picture, but Mother has put the most darling sheets and accessories in there.

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I hope you loved your little peek.  We sure loved every second of our stay!!

I'm heading back to the ortho today for a check-in on my ankle.  It's not any worse, but I wouldn't say it's much better either.  Can't wait to hear what he says :-)  Oh, and I have a "free" baseball game tonight too.  "Free" because even though John's team got knocked out of the baseball tournament to end the season Wednesday night, the other team was disqualified after the fact for using two ineligible pitchers so we are now back in.  If you follow me on instagram you know just how okay I was with our season being over.  *wahhhhhhhh*
xoxo


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10.23.2014

Care for a Bite? {Free Printable}

Now that we’ve got all of our issues worked out (school, shingles, a burst pipe in the yard, rabies shots, etc.), I finally got around to making some little treats for our teachers! 

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I filled three kraft boxes with four layer brownie bites!!!  Think chocolate on top of chocolate filled with peanut butter and topped with chocolate.  Yeah.  You’ve got a little bit of drool on your chin, right?!  The good news is that they couldn’t be easier!!

Four Layer Brownie Bites
- 24 break and bake chocolate chip cookies
- 24 mini reeses cups
- box of brownie mix, prepare the batter according to directions
- m&m’s

1. Grease two 12-cup muffin pans.  Do this WELL as these can be the devil to get out. 
2. Flatten each square of chocolate chip cookie dough and put one in the bottom of each muffin cup.
3. Top with one unwrapped reeses cup, upside down.
4. Top with a spoon full or two of brownie batter.
5. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until cooked through.  When there is about 5 minutes left, pull out of the oven and top with m&m’s.

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I whipped up the little Care for a Bite tags at the last minute.  You can download the free printable file here:



I hope the teachers loved them as much as we did!!!  You can see many, many more Halloween treats and free printables by scrolling through my Halloween posts.
xoxo


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10.22.2014

20 Years Later

It’s SO hard to believe that I just celebrated the my 20th high school reunion.  Most days I still feel like I’m twenty.  (But then there are those other days when I feel like I’m at least eighty.) 

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I had the very best time torturing Honey with my high school memories.  As much as I was into ballet, I still adored every aspect of cheerleading under the Friday night lights.

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I went to the Engineering & Robotics Academy at Jenkins High School.  There were a small group of us in each grade and I liken it to today’s magnet programs.  We.were.dorks.  Seriously.  The rest of the school called us “the nerd herd.”  All jokes aside, we pretty much lived in our own little world and all of us agreed this weekend that we loved the way we did high school!  The teachers really sheltered us from some of the other crazy things going on at the school – I mean, we played spades in the gym for an entire year when they realized we didn’t mix well with the rest of the students in PE.  LOL. 

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Case in point to the nerd herd comment… receiving our academic letter jackets.

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We had a great turn out for our 10 year, but our 20 was much smaller.  The committee did a lovely job and everyone had a fabulous time!!

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Ahhh… only in the south do you get chicken ‘n waffles on your buffets.  YUM!

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These are two of my life long besties.  I have been friends with B (middle) for almost 35 years.  And I met and instantly became friends with E (right) in middle school.  These are the kind of friends that you just pick up where you left off with and I love them both to pieces!!

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We were missing just one of the senior cheerleaders.  A on the left was captain and I was co-captain.  These two were SO MUCH FUN in high school!!!

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Bestie B and I braved the dance floor.  Thank goodness those cheerleaders thought me enough dance moves to get by.

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After the reunion we ended up meeting up at Rocks at the Bohemian for a while too.  So great to catch up with these gals.  All are married, we have nine kids between us, and our husbands were DOLLS to let us gab for so long.

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As for the rest of our weekend getaway, we hit Local 11ten for dinner on our way in to town.  It’s one of my favorites!!  Always get the catch of the day chef’s prep.  It is delish every time!!  And the early autumn cocktail they were serving was just amazing.

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On Saturday, we slept in and enjoyed a lovely and scenic coffee walk around Savannah.  We stopped in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where we were married twelve years ago.

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We lunched at The Public Kitchen & Bar.  Their rosemary mule was to die for.  Oh, and the grilled brie and ham sammie too!!

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We did dessert at Back In the Day Bakery.  They were out of ‘nana puddin’ for the day, so cookies had to suffice.  Believe me, it was not a sacrifice :-)

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And we wrapped up our day before the big event with a little Lilly shopping.  He’s a good man, that Honey.

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All in all it was a lovely getaway, filled with loads of memories and lots of fun.  I’m already looking forward to 25!!  Many, many thanks to Mother and Daddy-O for holding down the fort so we could enjoy Savannah.


While days gone by are on my mind, can y'all believe Renee Zellweger's new face?  Reportedly not the product of plastic surgery, but a "happy, healthy" lifestyle.  smh.  Why, oh why???!!!!  I am a firm believer in just owning up.  I really don't care one way or another but don't be saying your happiness made you unrecognizable.




Happy hump day!!
xoxo

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10.21.2014

Boo-zing

I just love this new little tradition of boo-zing that’s happening in my neck of the woods.  And when Tricia at HKL Designs started selling her monogrammed spider web wine glasses this year I knew I had to pick one up to do a little boo-zing of my own!!

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The package includes a monogrammed wine glass or beer stein AND the darling tag for $7.

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I added a bottle of my favorite red and tucked it behind a pot on bestie P’s front porch.  And then, much to my delight, WE were boo-zed that very same night :-)

Why should kids have all the fun?!?!?
xoxo


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