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Biscuit Debacle

Biscuit Debacle

Goodness gracious!   I pride myself on being a good cook!  I’ve told you the basic rules that my mom taught me.  Usually I do really well in the kitchen!

Usually.

I’m reading Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist as part of a reading challenge this year (but mainly because my good friend Sheila, the queen of hospitality, recommended it to me).  It’s a LOVELY book, exquisitely written, and it includes some amazing recipes.  I just HAD to try her Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe tonight.

Well.

I managed to mess up nearly every step of a VERY simple recipe! 

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Currently – January 2018

Currently – January 2018

img_5117Anne at In Residence is sharing today what she’s CURRENTLY starting, hoping, scheduling, reading, and playing.  Me?  Here are MY answers!

Starting:  exercising.  I’m really going to do it this time.  Really.  *sigh*

Hoping:  for snow!  Yes, I live near Savannah, Georgia, and yes, you read that right!  We are having the oddest weather situation today!  Temperatures are super low for this area (the predicted high is only 33 degrees Fahrenheit), and rain is moving in from the Atlantic.  Predictions are for 1-3 inches of snow!!!  We’ll see what happens!

Update: SNOW!!! In Coastal Georgia!!!

Scheduling:  coffee dates with friends.  This is something I worked on last summer and autumn, being more intentional about meeting up with friends.  I got a little lazy over the holidays, but I’m getting back on track!

Reading:  books from my 2018 Reading Challenge list!  See the categories and list here, and then give me YOUR recommendations!  I need your help!

Playing:  episodes of Victoria (starting Season 1 tonight) and the album The Christmas Collection by Jamie Grace.  Still.  Even after Christmas.  Yes.

Thanks for stopping by!  What are you CURRENTLY up to???

Currently – December 2017

Currently – December 2017

Hi, readers!  Advent has started, and Christmas is coming soon!  Let’s see what everyone is up to with this month’s “Currently” linkup!  I am currently:

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lighting:  our Advent candles!  This is the first week of Advent, one of my favorite times of the year.  I enjoy focusing on Jesus’ birth and his promised return and everything in between!  You can check out my DIY Advent Wreath for a way to make a quick and inexpensive Advent wreath; I also shared some Advent devotionals there and here.

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Cinnamon Star Bread #bakealong

Cinnamon Star Bread #bakealong

One of my goals for this autumn was to do two of the King Arthur Flour bakealongs. Each month they post a recipe and invite folks to bake the recipe and then post a picture on social media. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and I finally got in the kitchen and did it!

The recipe for November was Cinnamon Star Bread, and it looked WAY too complicated! My mom taught me that I can cook anything if I just followed the recipe, so I grabbed my apron and got started.

Y’all, I still can’t believe how simple this recipe was and how well it turned out! King Arthur Flour did a fantastic job on their step-by-step directions. Those made this project a joy!

Four disks of yeast dough with egg wash and cinnamon sugar in between each layer.
I might have squealed and danced a little after twisting the “petals” and seeing the pretty stripes show up! Is this gorgeous or what?!?
And I might’ve squealed and danced a little more when it came out of the oven looking all beautiful! HOORAY!!!

You guys should definitely give this a try!  Did I mention how good the directions were?!?

I’m looking forward to the December #bakealong now! I wonder what it will be!

Do you like to bake? Have you done a bakealong? Give this one a try and let me know how it goes!

Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Autumn Adventures – Update #2

Is it just me, or has time been moving at warp speed lately?!?  Wow!  We’re two months into autumn, and it’s time to share how I’m doing on my Autumn Adventures list.  My original list is here, and my October update is here.

I’ve had some AMAZING adventures over the last month, and I’m excited to tell you about them!  I’m going to give short recaps here today, and then over the next few days (when I’m spending many hours on the road) I’ll write more about all the fun I’ve had lately!  Here we go!

 

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Check out that reflection! So cool!
An unplanned bike ride ended up being SO romantic! (Other than when I nearly had a heat stroke and nearly fell off my bike!) Ah, memories!

1.  ✔Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  We didn’t have a picnic in Forsyth Park, but we DID have a picnic at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina!  We made a last minute trip to Asheville and then made an unplanned visit to Biltmore!  We rented bikes and rode up the (enormous) hill to the back side of the house, looked around for a bit, then had a lovely little picnic under the trees just down the hill from the house.  What a view!  Don’t you love how unplanned, super simple things end up being your favorite memories?!?  Crazy!  In any case, I’m going to call this one done.  Maybe we’ll make it to Forsyth Park next month.  If so, I’ll give myself bonus points!

2.  ✔Go to the beach at least once. 

 

3.  ✔Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival DONE!  I took the “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” class.  It was taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, and I had a great time!  She taught us how to make three different dishes.  We were then able to taste each dish!  I’d like to take more classes next year.  I learned a lot and had a really lovely afternoon.

4.  ✔Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Happening now!

5.  Χ Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have done SOME shopping and some thinking, but I failed to do MOST of my shopping before Thanksgiving.  Ah well.

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!

 

7.  ✔Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  YES!!!  Watch for a post in the next few days about our camping trip to Asheville!  Photos and restaurant recommendations will be included!

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Still not making progress on this one!  Goodness gracious.

9.  ✔Eat from a food truck.

10.  ✔Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, Bookseller

11.  Χ Make an autumn art project.  This one did not happen.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  Not yet!

 

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  YES!  I did my first #bakealong last week!  I made Cinnamon Star Bread and still can’t believe how beautiful it was!  I’m eager to see what December’s baking challenge will be!  A post with the recipe and more photos is coming soon!

15.  ✔Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  YES!!! I’ve had two especially fun time with friends over the last few weeks!  I’ll share more in the next few days!  (Hints:  Poe, camping, and IKEA!)

So.  Much.  Fun!!!  Like I said on the front end, I’ll have lots of time to blog on our road trip to Missouri this week, so come back soon and often to get all the details about my adventures!

I’m linking up with some other bloggers to see how THEIR autumn lists are going.  I love seeing what everybody is up to!  I’m getting a lot of great ideas for things *I* want to do!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have YOU baked anything new lately?  Hiked a beautiful trail?  Spent some time with a friend?  Please leave a comment so I can celebrate with you!

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Currently – November 2017

Currently – November 2017

I’m linking up with Anne of In Residence and Julie of A Hopeful Hood for this month’s Currently linkup!

I am currently…

Realizing: how important stretching is. I’m battling a toe/foot injury that is due, in part, to my leg being so tight. Who knew?!?

Stirring: soup! And cranberry wassail! #helloautumn

Appreciating: cooler temperatures. Hallelujah! We’ve not seen 90s for a week or two!

Investigating: how bail works. Just out of curiosity, I promise! I love learning, don’t you?!?

Following: college football. Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em! Our beloved Georgia Bulldogs are having themselves a great year so far!

So there’s a quick glimpse into my world these days. We’re also heading out for a weekend of camping. I’m looking forward to wearing sweatshirts and, hopefully, seeing some autumn color. Woohoo! It’s finally cool enough to camp!!!

What are YOU currently up to?!?

Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Autumn Adventures – Update #1

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future!

Which is to say we’re a month into autumn already, and it’s time to revisit my Autumn Adventures List and see how I’m doing!

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1.  Have a picnic in Forsyth Park in Savannah.  Not yet, but I HAVE been planning my food strategy for this one!  I’m thinking Smith Brothers will be involved!

2.  Go to the beach at least once.  YES!  Gene and I went to Tybee Island for a while last weekend!  The temperature was around 78 which was PERFECT for watching the waves without getting all sweaty.  I took a book but never even opened it.  It was nice to just BE, you know?

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3.  Take a Master Class at the Savannah Food & Wine FestivalI bought my ticket!  I’m signed up for “Southern Dishes with a French Accent” taught by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement!

4.  Take a road trip to Eifel Acres Farm in Missouri to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  Coming soon!

5.  Finish most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.  (So that I can…)  I have started my shopping!  What fun!

6.  Focus on Advent.  Coming soon!  I need to go ahead and round up my Advent wreath stuff.

7.  Take a hike during peak autumn color in the mountains.  Trip planned and coming really soon! 

8.  Write one letter a week to a friend.  Seriously?!?  Why is that so hard?!?  No letters yet.

9.  Eat from a food truck.  (Hoping for The Big Cheese truck!)  DONE!  Gene and I caught the last few hours of the Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park, and I snagged a grilled cheese from The Big Cheese food truck! 

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Photo is from The Big Cheese’s Facebook page.  I wasn’t able to take my own picture at the jazz festival because it was too dark.

10.  Attend a local book store event.  I’m looking at you E. Shaver, BooksellerDONE!  I attended a book signing and reading with Daren Wang for his book The Hidden Light of Northern Fires.  Watch for a blog post soon to tell you all about it!

11.  Make an autumn art project.  Nothing on this yet.

12.  Make a winter/Christmas art project.  Not yet.

13.  Have dinner at Alligator Soul in Savannah.  We’ve at least discussed it!  I need to make reservations.

14.  Do two of King Arthur Flour’s bakealong projects.  While I *have* baked, I haven’t done an official bakealong yet.

15.  Continue to have intentional meet-ups with IRL friends.  (A favorite from my summertime list!)  One done!  I met a special friend for dinner earlier this week!  She has a house of busy teenagers and a busy life in general, so I really appreciated her making the time to hang out with me for a while.  We enjoyed getting caught up and sharing victories and concerns with each other.

Hooray!  We’ve had a lot of fun over the last month, and there’s more on the horizon!  Temperatures here in Coastal Georgia are finally, finally feeling a little more like autumn, so that’s an extra bonus!  And as an extra extra bonus, there are currently NO hurricanes to watch out for!

Here’s to all of us living intentionally!  We all have to roll with the punches, but with some effort and a little creativity we can make sure we have some special moments of fun in there too!  Have a great weekend, y’all!  Check out the links below to get more ideas for YOUR autumn adventures!

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Currently – October 2017

Currently – October 2017

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I’m linking up today with Anne at In Residence and Dana at Something Good for this month’s Currently!

On this first week of October 2017, I am currently…

Styling:  outfits from the Get Your Pretty On (GYPO) Fall Style Challenge.  These challenges are always a lot of fun and incredibly helpful.  They’ve taught me how to shop wisely AND how to stay on trend!  Here are a few of my favorite outfits so far.  (The Fall Work Wear Capsule is available now!  Yes, that’s an affiliate link!)

 

Saving:  time and money by using Prep Dish.  Prep Dish provides weekly meal plans and more importantly, well-organized instructions for preparing the meals.  Watch for a full review of my experience with Prep Dish REALLY soon!

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Searching:  for Christmas gift ideas.  One of the items on my Autumn Adventures list is to enjoy Christmas shopping by doing it earlier.  If I want hand-crafted gifts, for instance, I know I need to get them ordered soon.  (I’m looking at you, Etsy!)

 

Picking:  books I want to read and restaurants I want to try.  I’m currently reading The War that Saved My Life, another fantastic recommendation by Modern Mrs. Darcy.

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Photo from Amazon

 

Making:  time for a special treat!  I’m treating myself to an afternoon out tomorrow!  Books and food MIGHT be involved!  Stay tuned for all the details!

What are YOU currently up to!  Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

TBB Asks: Fall Theme

TBB Asks: Fall Theme

Autumn is finally here!  Hooray!  Temps here in Coastal Georgia are finally down to the low 80s!  In celebration of this happy season, I’m linking up with the wonderful ladies of The Blended Blog for another round of “this or that.”  It’s a fun way of getting to know the person behind the blogger!  Let’s go!

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1.  Favorite fall sweet treat?   All of it.  Fruity cobblers.  Gingerbread.  Candy corn.  All of it!

2.  Red, yellow, or green apples?  For eating I like red Gala apples.  For baking I’ll snag some green Granny Smith apples.

3.  Favorite fall sport to play?  Is hiking a sport?  Or lying on the beach?  Because I like to do both in autumn when the temps are less likely to bring about heat stroke.

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4.  Best drink for fall?  Sweet tea, as always!  Or Jamaican Me Crazy coffee.  Yes.  Well, and hot chocolate.  I had a great hot chocolate with cinnamon at Red Owl Coffee in Valdosta, Georgia this weekend!

5.  Favorite fall activity?  Hiking and lying on the beach, as I mentioned earlier.  I also feel more crafty in the autumn, so let’s add “make crafty things” to the list.  (That actually IS on my Autumn Adventures list!)

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6.  Must have fall purchase?  A fresh scarf or pair of boots.  I’m still on the prowl for an embroidered scarf, but I DID snag this fun pair of Teva hikers!  I wear them all the time!

7.  Pumpkins:  pick your own or store bought?  I’ve never been pumpkin picking!  I usually buy my pumpkin in a can.

8.  Real or fake pumpkin?  For baking I prefer to use real pumpkin!

9.  Favorite Halloween costume?  I like the clever, punny ones!

10.  College football or NFL?  College for the fun, NFL for the power.  I enjoy watching both!  (For the sake of all that is good, I’m not entering the NFL debate here!  Thanks!)  My daughter leaves the room when I watch football.  She says I’m loud.  Hmph.  If my Georgia Bulldogs are playing, I do tend to get a little vocal!  Our Dawgs are doing us proud this year!  #godawgs #goyousilverbritches

11.  Fall or Halloween decor?  Fall.

12.  Raking leaves or no leaves to rake?  We have no leaves to rake!  I like leaves, but it’s okay that I don’t have to rake any.

13.  Favorite soup?  Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Kürbiscremesuppe) from the Torschänke in Dudeldof, Germany.  I enjoy making vegetable barley soup and chicken barley chili.  And I’ll be making Kürbiscremesuppe this week now that it’s on my mind!

14.  Favorite fall candle scent?  Anything apple or berries!  These days I’m diffusing an apple cider essential oil, and it’s amazing!

15.  Love or hate pumpkin spice?  Meh.  Neither.  I prefer a nice apple pie spice blend.

16.  Short booties or tall boots?  Tall boots!

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17.  Favorite Halloween candy?  I enjoy giving mini moon pies.  #halloweensouthernstyle  #georgiayall

18.  PSL:  yes or no?  No.  I try to avoid the sugary coffees.

19.  Hayride or corn maze?  Corn maze.  This one is fairly local to us.  I should put it on my Autumn Adventures list!

20.  Favorite fall tv show?  Oh, goodness!  I’m a longtime fan of Survivor, and I also enjoy Madam Secretary and Designated Survivor.

Well, that was fun!  I’m eager to see what the other folks in The Blended Blog’s linkup enjoy about autumn!

Have a great week everybody!  What are some of YOUR answers for today’s questions?!?