I know I say it every month, but I LOVE this link-up! It’s fun to see how everyone interprets each month’s prompts and what they’re up to! Here’s what I’m CURRENTLY…
snacking (on):Dark Salted Brown Butter Chocolate. I discovered this chocolate bar at Publix yesterday, and it jumped into my cart all by itself. I don’t usually eat chocolate, but this bar apparently thought I’d like it. It’s right. …
A month ago (WHAT?!? A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer. I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!
Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far: (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)
Pantry: Reorganize my pantry.
I’ve started cleaning it out little by little. I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago. (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
Boxes: Clear boxes out of garage.
Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet. SOON! SOON!
Letters: Write one real letter each week.
I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline. Wow. Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
New Places: Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
AHA! I *have* made headway on this one! I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean. I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library. I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
Intentional Friendship IRL: Meet up with a friend at least once a month. (IRL means “in real life.”)
YES! I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends! HOORAY! This is a discipline I can get excited about! (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
Intentional Friendship Virtually: Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
Time for Parents: Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement. I WANT to talk to them! I do text and message them! Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently. I love them!
It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer! Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!
Today I’m linking up with Anne and Nancy for this month’s Currently! This month we’re sharing what we’re currently baking, listening to, loving, planting, and remembering.
I am currently…
Baking: shortbread! I got a GREAT deal on some mini cookie cutters at World Market just before Easter, and I knew I just HAD to make shortbread to take to our family Easter gathering! They turned out so stinking cute! …
Do YOU have a springtime fun list? Or if not an official list, what are some things you’d like to do over the next few weeks? Please share them with me in the comment section below! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Yesterday I shared the top ten most viewed posts on OutAndBack in 2016. Today I took a few minutes to look back through all my posts and picked 10 personal favorites. I’ve listed them in the order they were published. ( The Letter R & the Elephant and Currently – December 2016 are favorites, but since they made yesterday’s list, I won’t include them here.) …
What a fun year here at OutAndBack! Thank you for stopping by, reading a while, and cheering me on! Here are the ten most popular posts for 2016 (based on number of views).
1. Electric Pressure Cooker – YES! My initial foray into the world of electric pressure cookers. I started with the Farberware model; here’s what I thought of it. (Coming soon: a post comparing this to the Instant Pot that I purchased later.)
2. Michael Ann’s Kitchen Day One of the Write 31 Days Challenge. Welcome to my kitchen! Let me show you around! You’ll find the complete list of posts in this series here.
3. One Carly, Three Ways LuLaRoe posts have been VERY popular this year! LuLaRoe fans abound, and for good reason! If you’ve not succumbed to the LuLaRoe world yet, Carly is one of their wonderful dresses.
5. Currently – December 2016 Each month I link up with Anne at In Residence for her “Currently” posts. The topics change every month. This is a fun post to write AND a fun way to quickly check out bloggers I don’t know. The variety of responses each month always amazes me! Beautiful Thomasville, Georgia featured prominently in this “Currently” post.
6. In the Beginning This was Day 2 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen, my response to the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. On this day I shared what Mama taught me about being a successful cook. She knew what she was talking about! (Do you suppose my kids will ever say that about me?!?)
7. Capes! This post is nearly a year old now, and it’s cape season again! Check ’em out and see what you think! (I like THIS cape post a lot better!)
So, I’m curious. Did YOUR favorite post(s) make the top ten?!? Leave a comment and let me know! I plan to list MY favorite posts tomorrow, and most of them ARE NOT on today’s list! (You KNOW you’ll need to come back tomorrow, right?!? HOW will you ever sleep tonight?!?)
Hooray for a new Currently link up! Here’s what I’m currently up to!
Doing: Visiting new friends in beautiful Thomasville, Georgia! I met some ladies at the #READSavannah event back in September, and two of them live in Thomasville. I had been here once before and discovered a delightful downtown area with loads of unique shops and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. (I’m looking at you, Jonah’s Fish and Grits!) I’m here now to invest in these fledgling friendships and to eat more great food! What a joy it’s been! I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know Julie and Mary Jane better.
BONUS: I was also able to meet up with Susie, a “virtual” friend of mine I met on the GYPO Style Challenges. It was our first time to meet in real life! Talk about a blessing! Oh my! So this friendship, too, has taken great leaps forward this weekend. I thank God for prompting me to come and spend time with these ladies!
Enjoying: Eating my way through Thomasville! I had lunch yesterday at Savannah Moon Bakery & Cafe; monster grilled cheese and tomato bisque! Dinner last night was at Jonah’s. The hush puppies were JUST as amazing as I remembered! I nearly wept over them the first time I had them. For real. Last night I chose (along with hush puppies) grilled mahi and grits with tasso gravy and a side of collard greens. Y’all! I was one happy Michael Ann! This morning I’m blogging from Grassroots Coffee, and in a minute I’m meeting Mary Jane at the Q Cafe for breakfast. Lunch plans are to be determined. I’m not ruling out a return trip to Jonah’s!
Cooking: I tried a new pressure cooker recipe for Chicken Cacciatore last week, and it was a hit! I used this recipe as a starting point and added a couple of cloves of garlic, a tablespoon or so of capers, and about 1/4 cup (maybe less) white wine. I used chicken thighs and cooked the whole thing for 15 minutes as the recipe said, then served it over brown rice (cooked in my second pressure cooker).
Wrapping: I’d love to say I’m wrapping up my Christmas shopping, but I’m just getting started! Thomasville offers some amazing shopping! Did I mention that already?
Playing: Christmas music. Lots of it! Jordan Smith’s album is still a frequent flier, and I just located my Christmas in Velvet album. That was my favorite album when I was growing up (back when it really was a physical LP album!), and I still love it.
Link-up: Be sure to click over to Anne and Kellie to see what they (and a lot of other fun folks) are CURRENTLY up to!
So, what are YOU currently doing, enjoying, cooking, wrapping, and playing?!? DO tell in the comment section below!