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


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. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Update

We had a wonderful weekend trying to soak up Ryan having the weekend off - it won't happen again until October! But we are so thankful for the past "easy" month and feel rejuvenated for this harder month of wards that starts today.

Friday night we went to a Peds get-together at a condo overlooking the Drive baseball game. The stadium is a mini Fenway Park (the team is a training team for the Red Sox) and even has a small Green Monster. It was incredibly hot and I have no idea who won the game. 

Saturday we played tennis (I lost) and after lunch attempted to go to Paris Mtn to hike and swim. We got there and the bottom opened up!

So we changed our plans and went to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" instead. It's about a displaced Indian family who open up an Indian restaurant in the a small village in the South of France. "Maison Mumbai" at first disturbs the village's Michelin star restaurant and its owner, Madame Mallory. It was definitely one of the best movies I've seen in awhile! Highly recommended!

Watching a movie about food made us hungry and so we ended the day at Giovanni's. Ryan had heard about this hole-in-the-wall place from a guy who said he ate there five times in one week when he first tried it. It was truly that good!

Sunday we tried out a new church and had a lazy afternoon. Ryan studied and I went to an open house for the barn where Sassy Stables is moving. I'm excited about the week ahead - Sis and I are meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday and then Chad and Kristen and family are coming for the weekend! And, of course, Ole Miss football starts on Thursday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lake Conestee

Jennie and I attempted to walk at Lake Conestee Nature Park yesterday evening. A threatening thunderstorm cut it short but we did get to do one short trail and saw this beautiful swampy area. I can't wait to go back and explore some more - the park has over 400 acres and is just six miles from downtown.

Scout is always up for anything - we had to sneak out the back door so Pepe wouldn't hear!

Happy Thursday!