Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekly Wishes #23

Veteran's Memorial Wall

Good day!  I hope you all are doing well.  Phil and I had a fantastic time during our long weekend in Jacksonville, FL.  We skipped the zip lining but did take a side trip to St. Augustine to see some things we missed the last time we were there.  We also went out with some friends to see Annabelle.  Now I love a good horror movie, and I have enough sense to know what's taking place is not real.  BUT Annabelle?  I wanted to go back to our friends' house (where we were staying) to watch cartoons.  That there movie scared me right out of my pants! know, I don't even think we need to review my goals from last week.  In fact, I'm going to do a quick copy and paste, and we'll pick this back up in a week. How does that sound?

This week's wishes:

* Paint my new door mat.  It just needs one word.

* Work on my craft room.

* Work out six days.

* Run two days with Adrian

* Finish gathering books for the read-a-thon

The Nectar Collective

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Road Trip to Savannah, GA (photo heavy)

Phil and I took a short trip to Savannah, GA several weeks ago.  It's less than 3 hours from Columbia, so it was an easy drive.  The trip can be summed up like this: we ate, we walked, we saw.

We stayed at Embassy Suites which is one of my favorite hotel chains.  As much as I recommend them, they should pay me a referral fee.  No matter what city we stay in, we are never disappointed.  The rooms are spacious and clean, the staff is always friendly, and the breakfast is superb.

On our first night, we ate at Vic's on the River.  Phil ordered Crab Cakes, and I ordered the Chickpea, Spinach and Arugula Dumplings which were served on a bed of Toasted Farro.  Everything was delicious!

On Saturday, we started the day with the First Squares Food Tour with Savannah Taste Experience.  If you ever get a chance to take the tour, ask for Sam.  She was a sweet, fun and extremely knowledgeable guide.

She Crab Bisque with Chive Oil - Rocks on the River
Shrimp and Grits - Tondee's Tavern
I unfairly compare all Shrimp and Grits to Bubba Gump's.  While this was good, it wasn't Bubba Gump's.

Scottish Meat Pie - Molly MacPherson's Pub

Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimiento Cheese - B&D Burgers
Famous Mabel Cupcake (Vanilla) - Mabel's Cupcake Emporium
The last two stops on our tour weren't restaurants.  At The Salt Table, we tried different spices, salts and teas.  Some were the all around good grinder blend, smoked bacon sea salt, maple salt, and the ghost pepper salt.  We walked out of this little shop not with spices or salts but with raspberry jalapeno jam and a Himalayan Pink Salt Block.

Next up was  the Savannah Bee Company where we tried wildflower, acacia, tupelo, orange blossom, and winter white honeys along with honey still on the honeycomb and bananas cooked with mead and winter white honey.  I bought jars of the wildflower, tupelo and winter white for my mother.

After walking about 1.5 miles in nearly 3 hours, we did a lot more walking to see 6 more of the 22 squares in Savannah's Historic District and Forsyth Park.

Girl Scout tribute at Telfair Square
Site where Forrest Gump tried to share his box of chocolates

City Hall

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Franklin Square

Forsyth Park

We had dinner reservations at Garibaldi's Cafe.  We ordered the Shrimp Risotto Cake for our appetizer.  Phil had the New York Strip, and I had the Seared Salmon with Crab and Cream Sauce on top of Mashed Potatoes and Spinach.  Oh my yum!  Best. Salmon. Ever! 

Whitfield Turkey Burger

Before heading home on Sunday we returned to B&D Burgers for Fried Green Tomatoes and burgers.  Those tomatoes are to die for.  My sister asked me to make some for her.

There was so much to see and do and many more restaurants to try, so we will be making a return trip, or two or three, to Savannah.  I can't wait!

Hungry yet?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

You know what today's time for Thinking out Loud with Amanda.

* I had a guest in my home a few nights ago who must have glanced at my bookshelves a hundred times during the course of her nearly two hour visit.  Before she left she asked if I would mind if she took a closer look.  Of course I said yes, but I was secretly hoping she wouldn’t touch any of them.  I know there’s at least one other person in this universe who can relate.

* I’ve been thinking about getting a second tattoo, but I don’t know what I want or where I want it.  I've also been thinking a lot about how painful it's going to be.  My tolerance for pain is not what it used to be.

* I’m so glad I’ve been recording How to Get Away with Murder.  When I first heard about it, I didn’t think I wanted to add another show to my schedule, but it’s entertaining enough to continue watching it.

* The bulb on our big screen TV blew out last weekend.  Instead of replacing it (again), Phil is considering buying a new TV.  Don’t tell him I said so, but I really wouldn’t mind having a TV free living room.

* We have a three day weekend coming up, and Phil and I are heading to Jacksonville, FL.  We always have a good time visiting friends, but I’m searching for new things to do in the city.  So far, zip lining has made it onto our agenda, and we may even head down to St. Augustine for a bit.

* I have quite a few pet peeves, but one of them is when someone asks me to support their business then takes forever to respond to email or voice mail when I want to reorder.  That, people, is not how you treat your customers.

What are some of your pet peeves?  Any big plans for the weekend?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Wishes #22

The Nectar Collective

Happy Monday!  I'm sitting back in my bed chillaxing and watching Sleepy Hollow with Adrian.  I'm trying to do more relaxing and less doing. Working on being okay with laundry piling up an extra day or two when it means I get more quality time with my family.  I'm working on it.

I got about 8 hours of sleep the first 2 days of last week which made the rest of my week suck a tad bit more challenging!  Let's have a look at how I did with my goals, shall we?

Last week's wishes:

* Paint my new door mat - Nope

* Work on my craft room.  It's been years since I've had my own room, so I don't know where to start with it.  I have too many ideas. - Fail

* Work out six days - Not even close

* Run two days with Adrian - Do what?!

* Begin gathering books for the read-a-thon - I actually did pick two up from the library.

This week's wishes:

* Paint my new door mat.  It just needs one word.

* Work on my craft room.

* Work out six days.

* Run two days with Adrian

* Continue gathering books for the read-a-thon

What awesome plans do you have for the week?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Final 2014 Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photography Scavenger Hunt

Summer is over, and so is the latest installment of Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  I didn't photograph every item on the list, but here are the ones I did get.
1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)
2. A garden gnome
3. Birds on a wire
4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards
6. An urban street scene

7. A rural landscape
8. A tattoo on a person
9. A bakery
10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)
11. A horn
12. A mascot

Meet Cocky

13. A sunrise
14. A parade
15. A juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English

17. A lamp post

18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season

My other 2014 scavenger hunt photos can be found here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

October Goals / Weekly Wishes #21

Happy Monday!  I hope your week started as well as mine.  And I had a great weekend.  Phil, Adrian and I saw The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) on Friday.  It was gooood.  Go see it!

This month's goals:

Buy new brassieres

* Compile a list of books I've read this year.  I made a goal to read 30; I think I'm at 22.

* Match the food photos to the new recipes I've tried this year; my goal is 50.

* Complete the Daring Bakers' and Daring Cooks' challenges

* Make bats for the dining room walls

Last week's wishes:

* Work out six days. I did.

* Work on getting my spare room in order.  Now that I have a table for my sewing machine, I'm clearing out the last of the clutter and decorating. The table is in place with the machine on it.

* Visit the Halloween store to see if they have a vampire costume for a 6-year old girl and secretly hope Heaven changes her mind and chooses a cute cougar costume. I found a cute vampire costume that's not at all scary.

This week's wishes:

* Paint my new door mat

* Work on my craft room.  It's been years since I've had my own room, so I don't know where to start with it.  I have too many ideas.

* Work out six days

* Run two days with Adrian

* Begin gathering books for the read-a-thon

What are your plans for the week?

The Nectar Collective

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday!  It hardly matters that it's almost over because Thursday is the day we Think out Loud with Amanda.

* Fall is one of my favorite seasons followed by spring because of the mild temperatures.  I can go on and on (I won't) about why I love fall, but I will only say that I'm super excited about the crisp morning air, and the smell of pumpkin cooking in a million and one dishes, and skirts with boots, and sweaters, and new fall shows.  I think that's enough.  Oh, and Halloween.

* Speaking of pumpkin...I'm having this for breakfast in the morning.  Thanks, Amanda.

* I forgot to mention cooler weather means it’s time for fuzzy toe socks.

* Remember that Cookbook Challenge I was participating in?  I seriously suck at challenges. I especially sucked at the cookbook challenge since most of my new recipes have come from the Internet.  I just have so many more online recipes bookmarked than those I’ve marked in my real cookbooks.  I’m going to give it another go, though.  I'm going to choose a cookbook with more every day recipes and see what happens in October.

* I miss cooking with the Daring Kitchen bakers and cooks.  I cook every day anyway, so...

* I will never understand why people complain about what others post on Facebook or on their blogs.  If you don’t like it, skip over it.  It really is that easy.

* Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon is back on October 18, and I will be there.  My goal is to read for 16 hours.  It shouldn't be a problem since my family is pretty good about leaving me be.

What's your favorite thing about fall?  Or, if you don't like fall, what's your least favorite thing?