Weekend in Review

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This weekend was exceptional. It feels like summer is here and, just like every year, I forget I actually love summer until we’re in it. However, check in with me around August and I might have other opinions about the weather. August in Georgia is no joke, friends. Imagine a super-sauna and then crank the humidity up to 1000 and that is what Georgia feels like at summer’s end. But, for now, the weather is swell and let us all soak up our farmers’ tans, grill all our food, and keep our eyes peeled for the perfect baby sun hat. Maybe the last one only applies to me, but it sure is a cute accessory necessity we can all think about for a moment. Something like this or this (to coordinate with mama) is at the top of my list for my teeny girl.

Also of note, my dear, sweet baby slept 7.5 hours Friday and Saturday night… and Pal and I got to do the same! What a beautiful gift (and one I will never take for granted).

On Sunday Harper got to experience her first cookout. A few of us went to our friends’ house and enjoyed delicious food in the great outdoors. It doesn’t take much more than a back porch and a nice breeze to make me happy this time of year and, judging from the picture below, my kid feels the same. It was glorious – steak, veggies, corn muffins from heaven, and blueberry crumble with extra Cool Whip. Harps napped through dinner and this mama said a million thank yous.

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If I can make requests, as I am wont to do, I’d like for every weekend to feel a lot like this past one. So, consider my request formally logged and sent out into the universe.

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Lastly, I leave you with this:

“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” – Mrs. George

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Adios, Weekend!

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Another summer weekend comes to a close, and I have to say, this one was rather nice. Friday night was spent at home catching up from being in Austin for a couple days. Meal planning, tv watching, all-together not a far cry from any other Friday. We were just sleepier. Friday was also Day 1 of Whole30! It came and went like a breeze. Pals were a little snacky that night and when Tex went for the homemade popcorn I decided to toast a bit of coconut and almonds in coconut oil with a sprinkle of kosher salt and cinnamon. A touch sweet and fixed my snack craving right up.

Saturday night we celebrated a city’s birthday with some friends over some fireworks. It was lovely! Snacks, music, and most certainly the fireworks show of the summer. We also got to play with babies! Incredibly cute babies, to be precise.

Today was nice and slow, complete with a little back porch reading, iced tea making, pug snuggling, and a delicious dinner of pork chops and crash hot potatoes (my new favorite thing ever).

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Photo Aug 03, 5 28 53 PMDon’t worry, Elizabeth got lots of pets and kisses, too.

See ya later, weekend! Monday, I think I can handle you.

Grateful, Not Grumpy

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I woke up this morning and even though I slept really well, I sort of wanted to be grumpy. This past weekend was one that went too fast and by the time it was over, it felt like it was just getting started. Despite my best efforts to mope, I ultimately decided to put on my big girl pants, make my bed, and get on with my day.

While I was sitting in line at the bank, I decided to write down a few things that I was grateful for, in that moment. Here is what I came up with:

  • Elizabeth’s 8th Birthday: Today my little blonde pup is 8 and I’m so thankful that she is mine. This August will mark 8 years that I’ve gotten to be her mom and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. She has made me so happy and I love her energy, smiling face, and squishy, squishy neck.
  • Gorgeous, breezy weather and getting to run errands in it. The crazy winter we had wasn’t all that long ago and I finally feel like I’ve thawed. It was just perfect outside and I relished every moment.
  • New Music: While I was compiling this list, this song was on I can’t wait to hear more from The Horrible Crowes. (Despite the name, the song was anything but horrible.)
  • A teeny puglet that likes to rest her head on my feet.
  • Knowing that my bed is made, my house is clean, and my Pal will grill pork chops when we get home.

Memorial Day Weekend 2014: A Post of Mostly Nothing

This weekend was a little of this, a little of that, and one day longer than normal; which makes it extra lovely in my book.

Not a whole lot happened of note, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway! Aren’t you the luckiest?

Saturday I managed to cart myself to not one grocery store, but three grocery stores. See, it’s getting good already. By the time I cleaned the house, bought food all over town, and whipped up Joy the Baker’s Cherry Pie Bars, I thought I just might be done for the day. But lo, Pals opted for a last-minute movie date and finally saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was marvelous, as was the medium popcorn and diet coke combo.

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Sunday we churched and headed over to our friends’ house for a BBQ. The rain held off long enough for everyone to stuff themselves silly. I think it’s written somewhere that the only way to kickoff the summer is with various grilled meats and mayonnaisey side items.

Today I managed to clock a good 10 hours of sleep (it’s my magic number). After a slow morning, we did various backyard-ish things before the rain rolled in. While Pal trimmed lots of greenery, I:

– checked out the mulberries Lola is currently obsessed with. There are many streaks of purple where I never thought there would be.

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– bathed both pups – terribly dramatic each time around. Lola shook and looked at me like I’d betrayed in the worst way. Elizabeth swapped cone for bath temporarily and I’m fairly certain considered running away. Alas, they both survived and got to have a treat.

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– painted my nails and very patriotic shade of red.

– continued to read Nora Ephron’s collection of essays, Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble, from the comfort of my back deck. The best kind of reading happens on back decks. A little bit of a suntan wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Pal finished the yard just in time for a fairly theatrical thunderstorm. We took full advantage, opened lots of windows to catch the breeze and started on the final season of Mad men.

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! So many relatives of mine served in different branches of the military, and it’s such a brave and honorable thing. So, thank you (family and beyond)!

To celebrate, I decided to make a pie. A very summery (and red) pie. Strawberry-rhubarb via Smitten Kitchen , to be exact. It’s a pie that I’ve yet to attempt before today; and truth be told, was a little nervous to delve into after reading SK’s post about it and its ‘loser’ status. Regardless, I put my fears aside and got started on it first thing this morning (To clarify, ‘first thing’ this morning was around 9:30 after having slept 11 hours in a Benadryl-induced fog). The pie was easy enough to assemble, but somehow, I managed to forget to add the butter and didn’t remember that until the pie was sitting all golden and pretty on the cooling rack. Oh well, let’s hope two tablespoons of butter doesn’t make or break this thing. I’ll be sure to amend the post post-BBQ–fingers crossed the baby turns out just fine.

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The culprits.

A patriotic pie.

 

Recipe of the Week! Blueberry Pie

I love pies, especially the fruit-filled varieties. I love baking them, but for whatever reason I have yet to master the perfect, easy-to-handle crust. They rip while I’m rolling them out, they rip when I am trying to get them off of my rolling sheet, and they rip while I’m trying to lattice the top half. It is so frustrating and I hate when one of my favorite hobbies puts me in a foul mood, even if just for a few minutes. I have bought my fair share of pre-made crusts, but I always feel like I’m cheating. In the end, my pies usually turn out well, but I would love to master this one crucial aspect of the perfect homemade pie. So, to any pie crust connoisseurs, I welcome your tips, tricks, and secrets you might be wiling to share.

Defrosting blueberries

Semi-homemade crust

Pre-lattice

Lattice crusts are my favorite!

Better than a pop tart... by far.

No complaints!

Classic Blueberry Pie (serves 8.)

Ingredients:

5 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

3/4 cup sugar

3 tbsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

9 inch double pie crust ( I made my own with a just-add-water boxed version.)

1 tbsp butter

Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over blueberries.

Spray pie dish with non-stick cooking spray and line dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter. Cut remaining pastry into 1″ inch wide strips (thinner if you prefer), and make lattice top. Crimp and flute edges.

Bake pie on lower shelf of oven for about 50 minutes, or until pie is golden brown. (My pie browned approximately 30 minutes in, but I covered with foil and baked for the additional 20 minutes.)

I apologize for another not-so-healthy treat so soon… but this occasion called for a fun summer dessert and I cannot resist the opportunity to bake a pie. I just can’t. I’m sparing you all the nutritional info on this one. It’s not as bad as the Hummingbird cake, but it’s not healthy whatsoever. Just bake, eat, and enjoy.