Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What I love about MY south: Colloquialisms

My South

He’s busier than a one-legged man at a butt kickin contest!

Don’t you pee on my leg and tell me it’s rainin’!

She could make a preacher cuss!

You’ve got champagne taste with a beer pocketbook.

He doesn’t have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out.

It’s raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock.

My husband’s favorite: He’s grinning like a jackass eating briars or a possum eating a lemon.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Shopping with Sarah


I love Room It Up! They are a great company with tons of cute accessories in lots of cute prints. Here are some of my favorites:

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Although I am very partial to the Bright Bloom print, they have so many other cute styles too!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Fourth Friday in Ashburn


We had our very first “Fourth Friday” event in Ashburn tonight and I have to say, it was a BLAST! I didn’t take any pictures of the farmers’ market or the singers, but I do have some wild and crazy pics from the scavenger hunt! We even found the elusive Elvis bust! We found everything on our list, but another team finished before we did :( It was a great night! Suzi, Sami, Zack, and I were a pretty impressive team (if you ask me).

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Our city workers did an awesome job getting our new park ready for tonight! A few weeks ago, this was just an empty lot where an old building fell in during a tornado. It is so cute!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Elbow Grease & Love, Part Three

Part Three
The first thing Justin worked on when he bought the house was the bathroom. He built the vanity all by himself. We laid new linoleum and gave everything a fresh coat of paint. I think a new paint job in in my future. I think it needs a burst of color instead of the neutral tone we initially painted.
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Yes, I’m keeping it real, y’all. I didn’t straighten up or fancy it up for you. This is what our bathroom looks like most of the time.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

As you can tell from my barrage of gardening posts lately, Justin and I have been spending quite a bit of time outside. When all the plants have been watered and the bric-a-brack has been put away, we like to sit out on our covered back porch if it’s not too terribly humid. Unfortunately, Georgia’s state bird—the mosquito—loooovveess to get me all the time!


Tiki torches have helped, but since our porch is raised off the ground, they tend to come right at ponytail level to me when I’m sitting down. I’m one of the clumsiest people you could meet so we had to rethink that option for my personal safety and for Justin’s sanity.


Luckily, I came across this tutorial and found the easy solution to our problem. In the interest of being fair, the one pictured above is from the tutorial. Ours look like this:

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I really should take a short photography class since I’m flooding y’all with pictures all the time! The best part? Drinking some of the wine we got at Hillside Winery from our anniversary trip in Tennessee. Last night we had a raspberry frizzante, which is basically sparkling wine. Loved it!


Of course, one does not have to use wine bottles for this. Mama and I were talking the other day how glass Coca Cola bottles would be great for smaller versions. Justin thought it would be cool to use a Seagram’s 7 bottle. We didn’t have any extra hardware to hang this one up though.


The gears are turning, so I’m sure there will be several different versions of these on our porch throughout the summer. It was great to be able to recycle some old bottles and they were relatively inexpensive. I think we have less than $5 in materials in each of these. They’re selling on Etsy for $18!

On a completely unrelated note, I hate frogs--or rather the idea of them--and I think they know it. I have a beastly toady frog that makes his way up onto our porch every night. Justin says it’s to eat the bugs that are drawn to the light inside but I think he just likes to see me squirm.  If he really wanted to eat some bugs, he’d go to the bottom of the porch stairs and eat the barbequed ones that fall below the bug zapper. Anyway, I digress. Mow watched this one for at least 20 minutes last night. It’s like they were having a staring contest. It was hilarious!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lovely South Georgia

I snapped a few pictures on my cell phone on my way home from work today. Don’t worry—I wasn’t driving down the road. I was stopped at a stop sign:

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These are part of the UGA Tifton Campus. It’s a really beautiful place to work!

After we got home from supper we walked around the garden pulling off over-ripe tomatoes and wilted flowers and Justin found this pretty little bloom with a snapped stem. We’ve really put a lot of work into our yard this year and things are looking good around here :)


What I love about MY south: Great Food

My South

Great times in the South almost always center around food. Every year for as long as I can remember, my family has had a Christmas Eve open house and we have created a long time-honored tradition of “Yankee-fying” southern offerings. 1216092249

I can cook a mean batch of cheese straws. In fact, I won a local contest this past December with these.


I love to whip up cinnamon sugar pecans!

We have a few great restaurants that offer some great Southern foods, but my favorite by a large margin is Keith-A-Que in Ashburn. They have the BEST sweet tea and barbeque sandwiches. This is good and bad because they’re only a block from my house, making the temptation to over-indulge that much greater!

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And check out my SIL’s blog for some mouth watering Memorial Day food!