Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Three Days

Three more days until

The grove is full of tents and people and the team walks down this trip of sidewalk.

The team runs out of the tunnel and touches Chucky's head.

The stadium is full of cheering fans.

Though I will always miss seeing this gent running the sidelines cheering the team on.

Saturdays in the South with UGA Bama Belle

Link up and join UGA Bama Belle every Thursday for her Saturdays in the South link up party.

*all images found on Google

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tailgating with ZTA

Saturday afternoon I headed down to Oxford for the ZTA alum kick off party.  We are not always good about a theme for the parties but Saturdays was Tailgating with ZTA.  Some people really got into it.

Only Molly wanted in the picture.  Her hat is covered with buttons for the team.  The big one on the front is for Archie's Army.

Our spread.  Full of Ole Miss plates along with red and blue.  We have a few ladies from other schools but the Rebels win out.

A group shot.  We have our party every year at Donna Ruth's house.

I so could curl up on her porch screen for hours reading a book.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

South of Broad

I love to read and finally got around to reading a Pat Conroy book.  I know that is terrible. My first choice was

I picked a great first choice.  I fell in love with Charleston a couple years ago on vacation.  And reading about the gorgeous city made me want to visit again soon.
The book is in five parts.  Divided between the memories of Leo starting with the summer before his senior year of high school and current events 20 years later.   Leo is an awkward kid who makes friends with a set of twins who move in across the street, a set of orphans, three kids from south of broad and the new black coaches son.  This unusual group comes out of senior year the best of friends and are there for each other through out their lives.
The twins are the only ones to leave Charleston for California where Sheba becomes an actress and Trevor heads to San Francisco.  They are also the only two not to marry within the group. Sheba comes home with a problem in 1989 because she has not heard from her brother Trevor in months but has heard rumors that he is dying of AIDS.  She convinces the group minus Chad to go out to San Francisco to find him.  They spend two weeks hunting and serving meals to other men dying of AIDS in run down hotels in the Tenderloin.  They finally run into a bum trying to rob Sheba who states he knows where he is.  
They bring Trevor home and start nursing him to health.  Not to mention surviving hurricane Hugo and the rebuilding of the city.  
I love how Pat Conroy makes the city a character and additional character in the book.  I will read more his books.  

Saturday, August 27, 2011

One Week


This is a weekly scene.  

Or at least when we have home games.

I can't wait to spend some time in Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium and watch my Rebels play.




Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pink and Green Thursday - Football

I am linking up with Trish at Pink Preppy Lilly Lover for Pink & Green Thursday.
Next week both the college and pro football seasons start.  I am so excited the NFL got their act together and we don't just have college football this year.

I love the NFL supports breast cancer awareness.

Pink Colonel Reb purse.  I will admit I prefer my team items to be in the colors but some of the pink stuff is cute.

I can't wait to be in this place a couple Saturdays this year.

So excited to see this guy play this year.

Very cute for a desk.

Are y'all ready for some football??

all images found on Google

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cookbook Review Simply Done Well Done

I picked up Simply Done Well Done by Aaron McCargo Jr., who is better known as Big Daddy, from the library a couple weeks ago.

Big Daddy won season 4 of The Next Food Network Star.  By the second show of that season he became my favorite.  Though I totally admit it was week 4 before I completely remembered his name I just knew I wanted the Mr. Clean look alike to win.  

I love watching his show.  There are few things that seem to hard to accomplish at home.  I love he dedicated this cookbook to his oldest son.  So sweet!  I love all the pictures in the book.  There are way to many recipes in this one that I want to make.  The one I keep looking at I will have to wait a bit to make.  It is one of his soup recipes and I can't bring myself to eat soup during the summer especially with as hot has it has been this year.  Big Daddy starts off each chapter with a little story about the types of dishes in the chapter and what he likes about the items.  

I have made one of the recipes last year after pulling it off the Food Network website.  The Savory Taco Chicken Pizza with Guacamole and Chipotle Salsa is wonderful and I have made it several times.  

The one minus I have with the cookbook is that it is paperback.  I hate that it is so hard to keep them open to the page you are using.  

I am in love with this cookbook and already picked it up when I stopped by the Borders going out of business sale.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Turnovers

I had an idea pop into my head a couple weeks ago.  I wanted something that would be a bite of cheesecake.  And I was craving strawberries so why not throw the two together.  So here goes my crazy idea.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Turnovers

4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. butter
diced strawberries
chocolate chips

In a mixer put in cream cheese, sugars and butter.

Dice some strawberries

Mix the strawberries & chocolate in the cream cheese mixture.

Take a teaspoon of the mixture and put on pie crust rounds.

Fold over and pinch the rounds closed.

Bake 15 minutes at 350°.

They turned out okay.  This might be something to play around with a bit more.  I do know that I used to many strawberries.  And I burned my lip with some of the melted chocolate.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pleasant Evening

The last couple of days we have had some really nice weather.  Tonight I went outside to enjoy it before it starts to get hot again tomorrow.  So I headed outside tonight when I got home to hang out with Belle.
I grilled some burgers and sat down to eat while she ran around like a crazy dog.  She even played ball with me a bit.

I enjoyed some beautiful clouds

A beautiful sunset.

One of the burgers broke apart and hit the ground.  It would appear I didn't get it all up.

Enjoying the evening 


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Favorite Movies - The King and I

I come by my love of reading naturally.  Not only do both my parents love to read but so do the grandmothers and one great-grandmother.  When my father retired from the Air Force we moved back to my mother's hometown in Alabama and into her grandparents house.  One small room downstairs was for the farm office and my great-grandmother turned one wall into nothing but bookshelves.  I was bored one summer and needing something to read and no one to take me to town to the library so I started going through the one in our house (it holds mainly Gran's books and a few of ours and the original owners).  I found A small blue book (any surprise it caught my attention).  It was Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book based on the life of Anna Leonowens who was the teacher in the court of King Mongkut of Siam's children.  Anna served as the teacher for 6 years.  Not long after I finished the book Nanny mentioned it was turned into a movie in 1956.  Okay as a teen a movie from the 1950s was not appealing but we found a copy on tape and watched it during one of my sleepovers.  I fell in love with this movie.
Roger & Hammerstein turned the rights to the book into a Broadway play in 1951 and later into the movie starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.  I will totally admit this is the only version I have ever seen.  I have had no desire to see the cartoon one or the one with Jody Foster.

This is one of my favorite clips.  I love watching Deborah's.skirt swirl around.  

I love that King Mongkut wants to send elephants to Abraham Lincoln to help fight the Civil War.

No surprise the movie won the Academy Award for best costumes that year.  The wardrobe is amazing.  
Yul Brynner also won the best actor award for his role.  Not to mention playing the King on stage 4625 times.  

While looking into the movie I looked up a bit of the history surrounding Anna Leonowens who the fictionalized story is based on.  She was estranged from her family but she is the great aunt of Boris Karloff.

If you have never seen the movie or read the book you will not be disappointed.  

** all videos found on YouTube

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mary Payton's Miracle Network

A couple of my friends have a daughter has Late-Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (LINCL) often referred to as Batten Disease.  The disease is a rare and fatal disease.  There are a few clinical trials out working on finding a cure.  One is located at Cornell University.   Mary Payton's parents started a foundation to raise money for research several years ago (you can go here to learn more).  

On September 23rd the third annual Miracles Can Happen benefit will take place at Benedict's Plantation in Mandeville, LA.  There is a link on the foundation site to buy tickets.  I have not been able to make the event the last two years but it looks like things might work out for me to attend this year.    If you live in the area please think about attending.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

I bought a Good Seasons Cruet a couple months ago with the plan to start making my own Italian dressing.  On the side of the box were recipes for other vinaigrette/marinades.  The Cilantro-Lime really stood out to me.
Every time I have gotten ready to make this dressing I can't find fresh cilantro in the store.  I finally just gave in tonight and used the dry I have in the cabinet.

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

1/4 c. water 
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 c. oil
1 - 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro

Pour the lime juice, water, and oil into the cruet.  Add in the chopped cilantro.  Pop on the lid and shake.

It was great and I am sure it will be better when I can find fresh cilantro to use.  It was a nice freshening change from the usual Italian, Ranch, and blue cheese I use on my salads.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Day I Got Flashed

I left out a big event in my first week of dorm life. It is the story of getting flashed in my own dorm room.  As I mentioned yesterday our freshman year was the last time Rush was before classes started.   I can't remember if it was the second or third night after we moved in we had a meeting with the RoChis assigned to our dorm about how the Rush parties would work and finding our groups.  These sweet girls also told us that if we had any questions about what an outfit to wear to feel free to ask them.  After the meeting several people ended up back in mine and Jules room.
One person was to shy to ask the RoChis for their opinion of an outfit for the week.  A few minutes after the rest of our little group piled in our room there is a knock at the door.  Our sweet Southern Lady appears wrapped in her pink and white robe to ask us for an opinion on something.  About this moment she starts to go for the sides of the robe.  Jules yells out "Please don't flash us."  To late the robe was wide open.  Thankfully it only revealed a cute red sheath dress.  Whew!  We didn't have to worry about avoiding the weird girl down the hall who flashed us all year.  And a new rule was made.  When future wardrobe questions are needed warn the others if you come with your robe on.
I hope this is the only time I ever get flashed.  And this story has provided us with laughs for years and I am sure for many years to come.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Brown Town

I can't believe 15 years ago I was moving into my dorm.  I lived in Brown Hall affectionately known to the residents as Brown Town.


I lived on the first floor in the very first room on the left.  Room #116.  And for all those who also read Beth over at The Southern Blossoms lived across the hall and down a bit in Room #113 (I think that is the right number).  I can't believe it has been so long since we settled in and started our college lives together.


The dorm was built in the 1950s (if I remember right as I couldn't find the year online).  This is a show of what one wall in our rooms looked like.  Really neat because ours never looked like that.  Or at least mine and Jules never did.  Ours looked more like this

Yep, we weren't the neatest.  And had some huge books as we were both Pre-Pharmacy.  


This was how our room was arranged.  We weren't very creative but it worked well for us.  
In the last year or two I have realized I have no pictures of Jules and I together and that makes me so sad.  Not to mention it has been forever since we saw each other.  

Our Freshman year was the last one to have rush before school started.  And yes it will always be rush to me because it so describes what the week is really like over the term recruitment.  
A couple years ago the administration made Brown Town a freshman guys dorm and flipped one guys dorm in the area to a girls.  It is so weird knowing there are guys living in my room now as we had to sign them in for visits only during certain hours.  Also that one or more of my nephews could live in my old room instead of that beautiful niece of mine.  

Beth and I on our pref party night.   Turns out the next day that we would not only be friends but sisters too.  
Oh to be that young again.  It was a wonderful year and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Even if the night we moved in I had to hear Beth yell down the hall as I was falling asleep about writing "I love ******" on every one's memo boards.  I thought I would hate her at that moment who knew after meeting face to face she would become one of my first college friends and still be my bestie.  

*from Ole Miss website

Monday, August 8, 2011

Crushing On

One of my favorite movies was on this weekend.

And it reminded me of the crush I have on

Josh Lucas.  
How could you not love this southern hottie?

The first thing I remember seeing him in Sweet Home Alabama.  

I am not big on a man having facial hair but I could live it on Josh.

Now if I could manage to meet Josh or another gent like him.  

all pictures from google

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Lucy!!!


Lucy was born in Jamestown, NY on August 6th, 1911.
She went from being known as the queen of the B movies to the queen of our hearts.  

Some of the things I have laughed at the hardest and still do are episodes of 

I can never decide which is my favorite clip though.  The Vitameatavegamin commercial bit 


The Candy Wrapping job.  

It was really sad to learn when she died in 1989.  I still have the People tribute magazine.  

Thank you Lucy for providing us with so many laughs through the years.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fashion Friday - Shoulder pad

I am linking up with Kori over at Blonde Espisodes.  After thinking of Designing Women I had to do one about the faboulous 1980s fashion trend, Shoulder Pads.



Who's the Boss?

I will admit that Who's the Boss?  sticks out the most for me. 

Designing Women.

I remember having shirts and sweaters with those huge shoulder pads.  I am so glad those things are out now.  

all images found on Google