Thursday, October 2, 2014

Caesars Head

Ryan took the Step 3 exam on Monday and Tuesday and we are both so, so glad it's over! Hopefully, that's the last Step exam ever! On Wednesday, he had the day off so we Caesars Head State Park to hike. It was beautiful!


This is the view from the outlook spot by the visitors' center. In the distance you can see Table Rock - another popular hiking spot. 



We did the Raven Cliff Falls Trail which leads to this overlook where you can view the highest waterfall in the state from across the valley. It's over 450 feet tall. It looked more impressive in person that it does in these pictures! It was an easy two mile trail and the perfect fall day to spend outdoors!



Along the trail we could see mountains peaking in the distance. So pretty!

And the night after the Step we celebrated at Wild Wings - Ryan's favorite place downtown. I'm so glad that (at least for a little while) the studying around our house will die down.





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Crafting

This morning my friend Jennie organized a little fall decorating get together and it was so much fun! We spent some time looking online for inspiration and hit up Michael's. I updated a basket I've had for a couple of years with some new flowers and berries but Jennie and Maggie were much more creative!


Jennie hot glued fall potpourri on a wicker wreath. It turned out really cute!


Maggie's picture here is upside down and I'm not sure why but it was really cute too. She made little rosettes out of burlap and then hot glued a little brown pearl in each. 


I can't believe summer is over and fall is here. Although I'm really enjoying walking in the cooler weather!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Net's Visit


Net has been here visiting for the past few days and I have loved every single second! I just dropped her off at the airport and am missing her already! I had so much fun showing her Greenville - we spent one morning at Falls Park and then an afternoon at the Upcountry History Museum. She cooked for us and instructed me on what all I need to do in the yard. I'm so thankful for a wonderful visit and can't wait for her to come back!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Four for Friday

Somehow blogging has gotten put on the back burner this week so here's a catch-up!

1. On Labor Day Jennie and I visited the NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It was so fun! And there were tons of apples!



2. Afterwards, we went back to Jennie's and made an apple crisp with the Mutzu apples she bought at the festival. It was delicious and we watched Frozen (my first time - I had to see what all the fuss was about!). It really was cute but I can't figure out why Elsa is the one you hear about but the story is more about Anna?


3. Wednesday night we had a storm. Who needs a weather radio when you have Pepe in the bathtub at the first sound of bad weather? Poor thing. His look says, "Why are you taking my picture when you should be taking cover?" The power flickered, but fortunately came right back on!


4. Ryan was off on Thursday (yay!) and we had a fabulous day. And were so happy when Chandler and Julie stopped by -- they are both doing residencies in Jackson and were passing through on vacation! So fun to see them! 


Happy Friday!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Friends!

Chad and Kristen and their crew came for a visit this weekend and we had so much fun! Friday afternoon involved a very competitive game of putt-putt.


Then we all headed downtown to walk around and eat. They loved the bridge at Falls Park at night!


Saturday morning we headed to the farmer's market downtown and explored Main Street some more. The "Mice on Main" scavenger hunt was a big hit with Katelyn. There are nine little bronze mice statues and clues to the location of each one. We found seven and I have promised to send pictures of the final two when I find them!




We loved every second of their visit and can't wait for them to come back soon!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leno Fun

Yesterday Sis and I met in Atlanta for my birthday present from Ryan -- tickets to see Jay Leno perform! I've loved Jay Leno since Leigh Allyn introduced me to him our freshman year a college. At first it drove me crazy that she went to sleep watching The Tonight Show. I almost cried when he left the show earlier this year!

We had dinner before at Cinco Mexican Cantina before the show and then headed over to the Cobb Centre. Waiting before the show...


That's him - it's a tiny version of him but it's Leno! He was so funny and kept the audience laughing for an hour and half. I was very impressed that he didn't seem to look at notes or anything and just kept on rolling. 


For lunch today we met our cousin, Margaret, and her family for lunch. We were so excited to meet Walker - he is just precious - and Ellie has grown so much since the last time we got to visit! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Taste of Fall

Yesterday and today the upstate is enjoying a nice little preview of fall weather. It feels glorious outside (at least until you start to do anything strenuous!). The weather put me into the mood for fall food like a poppy seed chicken casserole. And our farmers market has had the most delicious snap beans that make a wonderful side.


First I cooked the beans for about 4 minutes in the water left over from boiling the chicken for the casserole. Then I melted butter and added to crushed garlic cloves in the iron skillet and threw in the beans. Sprinkled with "shake shake" cheese (EM's term for canned Parmesan cheese!). I cooked these until they were well done - basically until Ryan got home and it was time to eat.