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!

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


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!