"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Friday, April 29, 2011

oh happy day!

I wish I could have been there! 

I need to re-watch my BBC recording of the event before I compose my wedding entry.  The six-hour time difference was quite difficult, and I certainly do not want to post in haste on such a monumentous occasion.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

wish list wednesday - royal wedding edition (duh)

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That I were picking out the perfect dress and hat for the wedding of the century (which would mean I'd been invited).

* A cute nickname like Pippa or Jecca.  Somehow "Strats" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

* That Harry would do something funny during the ceremony.

* A gorgeous sapphire ring like Kate's.  But real, of course.

* That I were hosting a royal wedding viewing party.  The boys could wear top hats, and the girls could wear bridesmaid dresses and gloves.  Complete with tea and crumpets, of course.  Smashing!

What's your royal wish?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* Lovely weather for Easter/my daddy’s birthday/Cotton District Arts Festival this weekend.

* That the Rolling Stones would tour in 2012 for their 50th anniversary, and I could go!  Fingers crossed!

* This adorable hooked bee pillow.

* Some driving mocs like these… in yellow, of course.

* This print for my house.  I love the colors AND the words!

What's your wish?

Friday, April 15, 2011

have a sweet weekend!

(photo from cookies and cups)

How cute are these little Easter lamb cupcakes? There are few things I love more than a powdered donut.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?
* To be able to keep my head above water at work this week. Sheesh!

* Some bright wedges. Aren’t these neato?

* For Kell to win his tennis tournament this weekend.

* This super cute, versatile skirt for spring!

* That I were going to see Martha Foose at Thacker Mountain Radio tomorrow. Go buy her new cookbook. Because I said so.
What's your wish?

Monday, April 11, 2011

could you do this?

(photo from Jessi's blog. Hope she doesn't mind...)

Jessi has always been cool. She was two years older than me in high school and a bff of yaya’s older sister Kristen. She was a cheerleader, totally cute, really smart and mind-blowingly creative. She made me feel cool by just knowing my name and acknowledging me in the hall of my small high school. And as if she weren’t a cool enough teen, she’s an even cooler adult: a graphic designer, living in Brooklyn with a cool husband named Creighton. Serious cool. So needless to say, when I heard she was tapped by the TEDActive conference to speak, I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t even surprised at what she’d speak about.

Her blog Lucky So and So is a tribute to color – every color of the rainbow. Plus the rainbow. And no one loves thrift store shopping more than she does (rarely does an outfit cost more than $50). Exhibit A: her “Week’s Worth of Undies” project. Her mission: Take a trip with no other clothing (other than what’s literally on her back) besides a week’s worth of, yep, undies. All the clothes she would wear that week would be purchased in thrift stores, worn once and either given away or donated to a thrift store. Leaving her again with...only the undies.

Could you do this? I know I couldn’t. The second I learned I’d be traveling to Paris this summer, I started stressing about packing…

Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

11 years ago today...

Kell and I started going steady!

11 years ago I thought he was a cool frat boy from the Delta. Today, he's still a cool boy from the Delta, but now instead of being boyfriend and girlfriend, we're hubs and wifey!

I love you, Ray Ray!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

wish list wednesday - etsy edition

What am I wishing for from Etsy this Wednesday?

* These little donut squeak toys for the twins.

* A place for this awesome end table. I bet Jenny would LOVE this!

* This pretty little pill box for my new, much smaller purse. I've scaled down significantly, but I still need a place to stash an emergency dosage of Pepto or Advil.

* This awesome light fixture. Mason jars? Brilliant!

* That I had a reason to get this boutonniere for Kell. How lovely! Any grooms out there?

What's your Etsy wish?

Monday, April 4, 2011

like buttah, only bettah

Butter is so good. I’ll use the spray stuff when I have to, but nothing beats the real thing. What I love even more than good old plain cow butter is compound butter (basically just butter with other delicious things in it). Few things make me happier than to get to a restaurant and have a server bring me some carbs and their accessories. Fratesi’s in Ridgeland is a local Italian restaurant that has phenomenal salad, uncomplicated entrees and you guessed it, garlic butter. It’s also great to slather on a steak right as it comes off the grill…or in a baked potato...or a piece of fish…or an ear of corn…or pasta…or roasted veggies… Heavenly.

I’ve made (and eaten) more Cinnamon Honey Butter than anyone should be allowed to make (or eat), but I’d never made a savory version. Well, hold onto your hats because this is about the easiest - and cheapest - thing I’ll ever suggest you whip up.

What you’ll need:

1 stick butter at room temperature (don’t microwave! It changes the composition of the butter, and it will never work the same)

1 clove garlic, minced (NOT the stuff in the jar. Just don’t.)

1 tablespoon fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme or whatever you like), very finely chopped

¼ teaspoon table salt

What to do:

Several hours before you want to make the butter, leave the stick sitting out on the counter until it reaches room temperature. Sprinkle a little salt on a cutting board and place the minced garlic onto the salt. With a knife (a place knife or butter knife works fine), mash the garlic into the salt until it forms a paste. Add the garlic and herbs to the butter and mix very well. Let hang out at room temp for a little while longer so the flavors can get to know each other. Smear on some warm bread or place in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Also, you can shape the mixed room temperature butter into a log shape, wrap in wax paper and store in the fridge. At this point, you can slice the butter into medallions for steak or give as a lovely hostess gift! If garlic butter's not your thing, check out this post on the nibble, and you're bound to find something that you can't live without.

Have a delicious week, friends.

Friday, April 1, 2011

guess what?

My most famous friend Martha Foose is in the April/May issue of Garden and Gun, my new favorite magazine! (Perhaps you caught the article I wrote on her in Portico?)

Go grab a copy and sit on pins and needles for her second cookbook A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home to hit stores April 12
I love you, Martha May!
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