Weekend Wrap-Up

Monday, April 14, 2014

It was a busy weekend (par for course come spring, it seems), filled with sunshine and friends.  This little artiste got to stay at her grandparent's house Friday night, since I had to do volunteer work at a plant sale all day Saturday. She is enthralled with my mom's pottery studio (the "Shop") and loves to sit on her stool, paint, and drink Sprite from a cup down there.  Gigi and Graddy's house is truly a magical land in the eyes of Dell Harper.

Having a little peace and quiet with this fella Friday night was a lovely little interlude.
I had a blast slinging sandwiches with these ladies at said plant sale- it was perfect weather and a great day.

Things I have missed- blue skies, sunglasses and shorts!  Lawdy, my legs are a mess though.  I bought some of that Jergens gradual glow stuff after noticing the extreme level of white trash-ness my legs have attained.  I must bang Deeds' carseat against my shins as I tote him. Bruises galore, and, pale! Oh, it is just pitiful.

After church on Sunday we headed to the Lilly store to see the Easter bunny.  Miss Priss was all fired up about the "big bunny", then would not get within six feet of him.

 DH did enjoy the yogurt pretzels, however.

After naps for all, we headed back to church for the annual Easter egg hunt, which was more of a success.

 Cookie decorating with one of her best buddies- they share a love of Frozen and sprinkles.  Toddler friendship at its finest, people.

Followed by some egg hunting-

 I had to step in for some assistance in explaining the concept of putting the eggs in her basket.  She preferred opening, examining the contents, then discarding.

Deeds wants it to be known that it was his nap time, he was still wearing church clothes, and it was hot.  Not an opportune for a mother-son picture I suppose.

 Ahhh, the discovery of candy inside helped move the collection process along.  Those eggs started flying into her basket.

She couldn't even make it past the mudroom before stripping down and investigating her loot.
Toddler tornado.

Off to fold some laundry that I have been procrastinating all evening.  My poor sister-in-law was the recipient of approximately eighty-seven thousand texts while I put off washing dishes, and y'all are getting eleventh billion pictures of Miss Priss to avoid laundry.  Priorities.

Five on Friday- FOOD!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Our baby meals are coming to an end (sob!), and I am getting back into the kitchen.  Of course, I love to cook and eat, so this is no great hardship.  Of course, at 5 PM when I am trying to get something ready and both children are screaming to be held, I might say something different. . .

Here's what I have been enjoying recently:

1.  Asparagus Soup:

This rich and creamy soup from this month's House Beautiful just tastes like spring.  Leeks and Asparagus- what's not to love?  Find the recipe here.

You can add scallops if you are feeling fancy.

2. Hot Potato Salad

Have I told y'all that Deeds is getting baptized Easter Sunday?  Probably so.  My in-laws are all coming in from North Carolina and staying at my parents' house.  We are having Easter lunch on Saturday at my house, and I am being thoroughly unoriginal and making the Easter lunch menu from this month's Southern Living.  I made a trial run of the Hot Potato Salad as I was both intrigued (green olives) and concerned (velveeta).  It was delicious! Morgan also approved.  The inclusion of velveeta falls under the old recipe/cannot be subbed with actual cheese exception.

3. Symphony Brownies

I have had to make approximately eight hundred billion of these brownies for a volunteer deal this weekend.  Of course I had to make a practice run for my house this week, just to test my oven of course.  I'm real scientific like that.

Basically you make a box of Duncan Hines chewy fudge brownie mix (fudgey style) and put in in a 13x9 pan.  Then you place three Hershey's Symphony bars (with toffee and almonds) on top.  Then you cover that with another box of prepared brownie batter.  Bake it in a 350 oven for 30 minutes, then 325 for 10-20. Heavenly!

4. Salad

Luckily to balance out the potatoes and brownies, I have been obsessed with salad lately- salad with strawberries, avocado, pecans and goat cheese.  I make a simple balsamic vinaigrette and can't get enough!

5. Ginger Tea

Also balancing out my dietary indiscretions is a constant mug of homemade ginger tea.  I love the stuff!   Basically you boil chopped and peeled ginger root, let it steep for about 20 minutes, then add lemon juice and honey to taste.  Delicious!  It helps my tummy, and possibly Deeds' tummy through my milk.  Also possibly speeds up your metabolism.

So that's it for me- off to sling brownies all weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Thanks, ladies for hosting the link up!

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 10, 2014

While procrastinating actual work last week, I found a stash of completely random pictures stuck in a desk drawer. So without further adieu-

This one is during law school in Atlanta. Guy friends from Georgia put on a golf tournament every year.  One year they decided to invite us ladies to participate as cart girls.  We decided that we should also be shot girls.  People drove golf carts home, and we were banned from the (public) course.  Ladies were not invited again.  (I'm on the far left in black and white).
 The last time I had my hair this short- junior year of college?  This is in Knoxville so maybe over Christmas break with two of my favorite guys in the world.  Like my lovely purple satin evening coat paired with jeans?  Styling.

 This is from Watercolor almost two years ago.  It's hard to believe that Deeds will be that size when we go at the end of this summer.

These are from Leigh's wedding about a year and a half ago.  I wore the exact same outfit to Loucinda's nuptials a few weeks ago.  Such fun- I'm enjoying looking through this group of gals and seeing all the weddings and babies and changes that have happened since this picture was taken.

The solo shot of me is just exceeding flattering. I need to frame that baby.  Hmm, anniversary present for Morgan perhaps?  One year for Valentines (or his birthday, I can't remember?) I framed a ton of our wedding pictures/my bridal portraits and gave them to him, knowing full well there was no way for him to vocalize any dislike for said gift.  "Whaaaat?!?  You don't want pictures of your wife scattered everywhere throughout the house? What kind of unloving monster are you?"

Who could say no to that?  What can I say- my vanity for professionally flattering pictures of myself knows no bounds.

At least I'm not framing the college pictures.  Those are all getting put in a lockbox where my children can never find them and use as ammunition or defense to their own wild times.  My parents telling stories on me will be bad enough.  (I know, I know, Mama.  Payback's a bitch.)