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!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

South Carolina Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joes are one of those foods that say "summer" to me. Growing up, we always had them at the lake after a day of skiing. But it's been a really long time since I made one and this South Carolina Sloppy Joe in this month's Southern Living made me what to fix that! Click here for the recipe.


Basically, you make a hamburger patty and then top with chili and a coleslaw mixture. I served with roasted sweet potatoes. It was definitely good enough for company and easy enough to do on a weeknight. A little fancier than the typical sloppy joe! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chasing Waterfalls

We had a great time on Saturday exploring Lake Jocassee and Devils Fork State Park. The beautiful lake is located right where South Carolina meets Georgia and North Carolina. Known for its crystal-clear water, Lake Jocassee is a popular place to scuba dive. We'd heard that the waterfalls were only accessible by boat. Turns out really only accessible by motor boat - after a few hours we realized we would not be getting to them in a canoe. Oh well, we had fun trying!



 



Look how clear the water is in this picture! It was amazing to look down and be able to see the bottom of the lake. During lunch I mentioned to Ryan how I'd love to see a bear. Well on the way back home, one ran right in front of our car!

Friday, August 15, 2014

TGIF


For some reason this has seemed like a long week! A good one, but a long one. I blame computer issues and that crazy class on Monday that made me feel stiff as a board all week. Not good for sitting in front of a computer most of the day! Anyway, the weekend is upon us and we are so ready. We have plans to rent a canoe and find a place to float. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Running

Every few months I get on a running kick. I am not a natural runner. I've run off-and-on since college but have never gotten a "runner's high." I actually really doubt if exists! Anyway, over the last two weeks I've made progress - over 8 miles in six runs. Which I know is nothing compared to most people who run but for me is a lot! I use the Nike running app - it keeps me motivated and it cheers for you at the end which I find very rewarding!


The app is saying my pace was slower today, but I actually attempted to run up a few hills! Attempted being the key word - I think a turtle passed me at one point. Our street is at the crest of a hill and if I venture off it, there's at least one major hill involved! Now if only the app gave results in more real-life terms: