Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Paula Deen ain't got nothin' on me...

well, except for some t.v. shows, a magazine, some cookbooks, a cookware line, a restaurant, a few million dollars, etc. But besides that, she's got nothin'!

(She's got some pretty darn white teeth, too!)

I mention dear Paula, because she has given me my latest inspiration in my canning adventures. Right there on page 41 of the latest issue of Cooking with Paula Deen. Sweet Georgia Peach Honey - yum! I mean come on, how could I pass up something that sounded so perfect and so southern?!?

Sweet Georgia Peach Honey -makes 6 pints

1 large unpeeled orange (quartered and seeded)
1 unpeeled lemon (quartered and seeded)
12 cups of unpeeled peaches (pitted and chopped) approx. 20 peaches
8 cups of sugar

Add oranges and lemons in food processor and process until smooth. Add peaches, in batches, to lemon/orange mixture and pulse until smooth.

In a Dutch oven, combine peach mixture and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 hours or until mixture is the color and texture of honey.

Follow standard canning procedures, processing 10 minutes in the water bath.

Oh Paula, thank you so much (or shall I thank your "Grandma Paul", who is credited in the magazine) for sharing this! It is delicious! And pretty!!

Can do~

P.S. Perfect addition!

*Strawberry Preserves, Peach Honey, Blueberry Conserve

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dog days of summer!

What do you do on these hot, steamy days of Summer?!?! Well, a lemonade stand, of course!

Lemonade $.50 - peppermint $.05 What a deal!

Bear joined in on the fun!

Patiently waiting!

Well, they ended up $11.50 richer!

Perfect Saturday~

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

And now, another edition of:

Conversations from the backseat of my minivan!

I know you've been waiting on pins and needles for another edition and I do believe this one will please!

Allow me to set the stage for you:

Sam, Lily Clare and myself are leaving the cool, air conditioned house and entering the minivan that has to be 200+ degrees. We are all buckled in and waiting for the A/C to do it's thing. Conversation begins....

Sam: Oh my gosh, no one wants to touch my armpits right now!

Lily: Why?

Sam: Because they are so, so wet!

Lily: Oh, let me feel!

Conversation pauses as Lily leans across the seat to (I'm assuming) touch Sam's wet armpit.

Lily: Ha, they ARE so wet!


Lily: Mine are too!

Sam: Let me see.

Again, conversation pauses while Sam confirms Lily's statement.

Sam: Yeah, and they smell, too.

Lily: Yeah.

Then we pull into the Publix parking lot and exit the now cool minivan and enter the sweltering, humidity laden, asphalt heated air.

I can only imagine the condition of their armpits at this point.

Raising my hand cause I'm Sure~

Monday, June 7, 2010


In his happy place......

And, yes, that is his happy look!


If she thought....

saying "Susie sells seashells down by the seashore" was hard before?!?! Baby girl really has her work cut out for her now!

So precious!

Loving the lisp~

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Weddings and markets and fun..oh my!

Well, our first week and a half of summer has been chock full of excitement!

It all started when Sam stepped off of the school bus on his last day of school. In our normal neighborhood tradition, the parents were waiting at the bus stop with loaded squirt guns and blasted the kids as they stepped off of the bus! (Video to be added...camera in John's car at the airport...oops!)

We left from the bus stop to head out to Chattanooga for the wedding of Bart Simpson! No, not this Bart Simpson, this Bart Simpson...our nephew.

Sam had the honor of being the ring bearer and even carrying the real ring! He did a superb job! Needless to say, the weekend was full of fun, family and lots of love! Take a peek:
The rehearsal dinner was a "Boots and Barbeque" theme! So fun and yummy!

It was held in this shabby 'ol barn. (Just kidding, I'd be a barn rat in a minute if this were my abode!)

Me and my cowboy by the bonfire.

Me with my other cowboy! (Hubba, hubba!)

Unfortunately, this is the best picture I have of the beautiful bride and groom. I was the annoying picture taker who was trying to mooch off of the professional photographer's poses.
But, here's one of their engagement photos. See how precious they are?!? And yep, Sam is totally enamored with Ashley! How could he not be?

The lovely little ones!

Sam and the flower girl (Ashley's sister) being introduced at the reception.
Oh wait, here's a pretty good picture of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Simpson. Wow, I must have really been annoying to get this good of a shot!
Sam can't let a pretty lady sit out a dance, so he asked John's cousin, Michelle, to join him on the dance floor!
Dad and Lily Clare enjoying a dance at the reception.
And what's that saying..."The family who eats greasy diner food together, stays together"? All of the relatives who were staying at the hotel journeyed over for a yummy breakfast together! Very fun and loud!

The kids and I stayed a few extra days to soak in the fun and beauty of 'Nooga...our old homestead! There is so much going on in this town and the beautiful surroundings offer enough to pass an entire day just sitting and staring at the mountains and river.
Sam and his cousin, Mason.

Lily pushing cousin, Serenity. Lily felt like a big girl!

Splashing at the fountains!

Picnic with Grandma!

These past couple of weeks have also given me the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite things...open air markets. On the Sunday after the wedding, I ventured to the Chattanooga Market (kids free, thanks to my wonderful in-laws) with my sis-in-law! This market started out as a trial run when we lived there, and has grown to a spectacular weekly event! Check out the link to see what they offer: each week features produce, meats, handmade goodies and art from local groups and a different type of musical entertainment performs through the day. Add booths from local restaurants and breweries and you have yourself a perfect Sunday excursion.

I love the proud farmer and his wife sitting in the back of the pic. Looks like they are showing off their grandchildren!

Strawberries were definitely in demand and plentiful!

I tried to order the coon fat gravy, but they said they were out. So I just got a bottled water instead.

This past weekend we went to the Decatur Arts Festival! This is another event that I love to attend, but falling on Memorial Day weekend makes it a tough one to get to. But we were able to go and despite the horrible forecast, we had a delightful afternoon of beautiful art and awesome music!

Now, we're settled in at home enjoying the pool and trying to find our next adventure! We know that Alabama and Tennessee are in the near future and we're eager to see what fun awaits!

Loving Summer~

P.S. This was my only purchase (well beside the strawberries and boiled peanuts) over the weekend. Meet Sally...
I've already been told that she is creepy. But I like her!