Southern Revelry


 

Sometimes our memories will come in the form of videos. Realistic, moving picture memories.

In the beginning, I’m sure the first shoe-boxers were not throwing in many 8mm films with the medium format photos stored under their beds, but that’s the beauty of the 21st century! We have the internet. So, we’re throwing in videos. Also in instances like this, it makes me happy to experience and create with D in an area where he is very gifted!

Last night, we excitedly slipped away from the lake to go experience the first Southern Revelry at The Overall Company in Opelika, AL. I love this beautifully rustic venue. Architecturally created light fixtures contrast grand, sparkling chandeliers. Craft beers, wine, coffee, and now cold ‘sicles from the “pop factory” can be consumed inside around mixed chairs and couches or atop the large outdoor patio with an air breeze. Yard sale and antique treasures can be found in every nook & cranny, even in the bathrooms which houses a bountiful bottle display! Overall Co. really has an art-centered heart, desire to inspire, and love for its locals… and it shows. Best of luck to this venue, and we’ll see you soon!

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photo credit :: E – Iphone4S, D - Canon 5D Mark III

Superhero, Baby

D’s sister, Allison, is preggers… with a superhero! Crazy, right? I mean, he already has super strength and practices everyday on mama’s belly. Little Leo is ready to breakout and save the world with his baby cuteness!

Last weekend, we visited SoKno (a.k.a. “South Knoxville” – for those of you who are not locals of East Tennessee, sadly… as far as D is concerned!) for a superhero baby shower!

In preparation for Leo, Allison has completely redone her room.. and house, honestly! (OH, to be a teacher and have summer vacation!) Leo’s room is head to toe with a red, white, black & turquoise color scheme. I’ve never seen someone carry out a theme so well, I don’t think… all the way down to Leo’s stroller, blankets, washcloths, and even the storage cabinets that house them! On top of it all, he has been gifted many onesies to match. Every superhero needs a onesie, right?! Future HeroOnesie Wall

Anyway, the party was a BLAST! Pow! POP! Boom! We were able to ASSEMBLE THE AVENGERS (a.k.a her friends and family) and really show some love, while enjoying each other’s company. Best super powers around, if you ask me.

We’re excited to add photos of Leo & Mama to our shoebox. For now, I’ll leave you with some images from the party & helpful links if you’re planning to throw your own super party!

WELCOME STATION:

Welcome TableWelcome Table Close-UpSuper Game Close-Up Super Game

Ultrasound Pics

FOOD: (most important part of a shower, duh.)

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CREATIVE ADDITIONS:

Super Banner Super Banner Close-Up Super Signs

PARTY PEOPLE:

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Links below for more superhero inspiration & the original, FREE printable goodies pictured above.

Cupcake Toppers :: Food Toppers :: Super Hero Game

photo credit :: E – iPhone 4S

Sheppard’s Pie & Smallville

After work on Saturday, we were ready to kick back and enjoy the rest of our “off-day.” Time for some of that number #14!  We decided to cook a meal and watch one of our current favorites, Smallville.

We both watched Smallville before ever meeting one another…. When I was in High School, it was one of my many weeknight viewings, but it has been quite some time since I’ve seen the super Clark Kent in action. As for D, he owns 5 season on DVD. It’s safe to say he’s seen them once, or twice!

With Smallville secured, we went grocery shopping! In hopes of avoiding our regular pasta on pasta on pasta dish, we ventured out into the Sheppard’s Pie world. D craved, E tried! We must forgo the typical loaded-with-meat pie because I’m a “vegetarian”… with a few exceptions. We’ll get into that discussion later, but D is always eager to try non-meat substitutions with me! We just get him a bratwurst or two on the side, and he’s good to go!

Ingredients:
Frozen Mixed Veggies (corn, green beans, carrots, lima beans, whatever your heart desires, etc.)
Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 Red Pepper
Sliver of Onion
1/2 a can of Beef Broth
Mashed Potatoes
Cream Cheese
Shredded Cheese
Biscuits

Directions:

  1. Boil the veggies in water until they are cooked. {follow the bag – the beauty of frozen items!}
  2. Chop & sauté the mushrooms/onion/pepper in olive oil.
  3. Combine the cooked and sautéed veggies into a saucepan and simmer them in some beef broth.
  4. Make the mashed potatoes [instant, baby!] and add as much or as little cream cheese as you want to the mix on low heat.
  5. We cooked it all in a square, glass, brownie dish – layer the bottom with your veggies and cover them with a thick layer of mashed potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top!
  7. Bake for 30-ish minutes on 400 degrees.
  8. Nom!

Nothing too fancy, but man ‘o man, stinking delicious. Feel free to substitute real veggies for the frozen ones. We were hungry…. what can I say!

Mushrooms, Pepper, Onion Mix

Mushrooms, Pepper, Onion Mix

All the veggie goodness!

All the veggie goodness!

Cream Cheese Potatoes

Cream Cheese Potatoes

Voila!

Voila!

photo credit :: E – iPhone 4S

Hello World!

necessities: love & biscuits.

necessities: love & biscuits.

We have a blog, and you are looking at it. Fancy that!

This southern couple has got full heads & hearts ready for filling this space. We’re in the kitchen & cooking it up big, like a hearty Thanksgiving Dinner on the menu. Okay, that’s a little over the top. But, we’re really excited, and  nobody in their right mind isn’t excited about Thanksgiving food!!

E {the organizer} dreams, plans, nit-picks, and impatiently awaits filling these pages with beautiful ideas and memories. D {the curator} supports, creates, masterminds, and eagerly awaits documenting life here.

So, I’d stick around if I were you… we’re having classic yellow cake with chocolate icing for dessert.

P.S. ”Forgive me for what I said when I was hungry.” Words often uttered by D, himself, that I am now connecting with. This is NOT a food blog, but deliciousness will frequent these pages… we like to get our grub on every now and then.